University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Sustainability in Transport

If you are passionate about solving the grand transport challenges of our time - with benefits for climate change, pollution, urban congestion, economic growth and energy scarcity - then the Sustainability in Transport Masters will inspire and equip you to tackle these issues. 93% of our Masters' graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.* Whatever your background, this course will fire your imagination and expand your horizons. You could be a social or political scientist, a geographer, philosopher, or law graduate, or perhaps an engineering or science graduate with an interest in social issues. What's most important is that you thrive on critical thinking and have a willingness to move outside disciplinary comfort zones. You will: -Study a range of modules from environmental policy and governance, shaping future transport systems, environmental science and sustainability for transport through to investigating the links between transport and climate change, the environment and economic development. -Be taught by internationally renowned academics from the Institute for Transport Studies and the School of Earth and Environment. Their work is developing sustainable solutions in transport and beyond. -Gain industry-specific skills for access to a fast expanding employment market. -Develop the management skills to lead strategic reviews of transport policy. -Undertake strategic assessments and reviews of transport and environmental policies. -Have a choice of modules including gaining leadership skills to effectively chair visioning workshops, stakeholder engagement events, strategy meetings, and make persuasive presentations to policy makers. And experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across numerous subject boundaries relevant to the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how transport planning, social science, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to design transport solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired initiative will enable you to apply your knowledge to real world transport issues in the field. Your colleagues will be among the best and brightest from the UK and across the globe. Together you will develop the strategic vision needed to help you design transport solutions founded on sustainable and equitable principles. You can also study this programme as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) qualification full or part-time - this means you'll study the same content as the MSc but you won't complete a dissertation. *Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2014.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant discipline, such as environmental, management, economics or social sciences. A lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of relevant industry experience and the potential for benefiting from the programme.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to sustainability; environmental governance and sustainability; understanding travel behaviour; global issues in transport; transport data collection and analysis; transport planning and policy; dissertation. Plus 2 options from: Analysing transport and society; climate change: impacts and adaptation; climate change mitigation; green logistics; public transport planning and management; safety of road transport; standards and tools for business, environment and corporate social responsibility; sustainable land-use and transport planning; tools and techniques in the analysis of society, economy and environment; traffic management; transport and urban pollution; transport in development; transport investment appraisal.

Sponsorship information

ITS and the University of Leeds administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. These range from partial tuition fee awards to full maintenance grants (£10,000+ tax free plus fees). Scholarship competitions include: ITS, Brian Large Fund, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, Tetley and Lupton, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, University of Leeds Full-Fee Scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Institute for Transport Studies
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5325