University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Mathematical Modelling for Transport

Mathematical models are fundamental to how we understand, analyse and design transportation systems, but these models face challenges from the rapidly changing nature of immobility. Innovative technologies are being harnessed to deliver new approaches to transport services, and huge volumes of date create new opportunities to examine how patterns of movement are evolving. 

If you're a highly numerate graduate with a desire to apply your quantitate skills to the real world, or a practitioner working in the sector, this course will take you to the next level and prepare you for a career as a transport modelling specialist. Experience a course designed in collaboration with employers, learning skills the industry desperately needs to unlock the full potential of big data. Learn to think creatively, beyond the standard application of established solutions, and use your technical expertise across multiple scenarios.

Develop and apply mathematical models to analyse and improve the performance of transportation networks and flows: 

  • Use mathematical models to represent transport systems and forecast demand
  • Test solutions and strategies using different models
  • Apply optimisation algorithms to traffic networks
  • Develop computer code to enhance and visualise outputs
  • Critically evaluate and adapt existing modelling techniques
  • Write scientific reports for technical and lay audiences
  • Develop research and advanced scholarship skills.

Also experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how modelling, environmental science, planning, economics and engineering can work together to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world 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.

Course modules

Modules include: Concepts and Mathematics for Modelling Transport Systems; Transport Modelling in Practice; Transport Data Science; Shaping Future Transport Systems; Transport Dissertation; Transport Integrated Project. Optional modules include: System Dynamics: Modelling Policy; Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods; Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design; and Transport and Urban Pollution.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 24 Months

Campus details

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

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