University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Mathematical Modelling for Transport

If you have a strong grounding in mathematics - perhaps a degree in physics or computer science - the Mathematical Modelling for Transport Masters is a smart route to a stimulating career in advanced transport modeling. 93% of ITS Masters' graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.* If you are already a practitioner, confident in the use of mathematical models, this course will take you to the next level and give you a mastery of cutting edge techniques and methods. Core modules include concepts and mathematics for modelling transport; transport modelling in practice; and transport data science. Learn to think creatively, beyond the standard application of established solutions, and use your technical expertise as a mathematical modeller across multiple transport disciplines. Experience a course designed in collaboration with the industry, learning skills the industry desperately needs to unlock the full potential of big data. Develop and apply mathematical models to represent, understand, analyse and optimise the performance of transportation networks and flows. In addition: -Use mathematical models in different contexts of transport analysis -Develop solutions and strategies based on mathematical models -Apply optimisation algorithms to traffic network models -Write computer programmes to solve problems and visualise model outputs -Write scientific reports for technical and lay audiences -Critically and creatively evaluate current issues -Develop research and advanced scholarship skills. 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 learn mathematical modelling skills that can be applied to design smarter transport solutions founded on robust methods. 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

A Bachelor's degree with a 2.1 (Honours) in a relevant subject such as mathematics, statistics, or a science/engineering degree with substantial quantitative/mathematical content (e.g. physics, computer science). Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include: Concepts and mathematics for modelling transport; transport modelling in practice; transport data science; future transport systems; transport dissertation; integrated transport project; system dynamics (modelling policy); choice modelling and stated preference survey design; transport and urban pollution; global transferability of policies, models and methods.

Assessment methods

Assessment is equally varied and will include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.

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. 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 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 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