University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Mathematical Modelling for Transport

Mathematical models form the foundation of all quantitative analyses of transportation systems; past, present and future. Such models are relied upon to provide a scientific basis for transport policy and decision making. There is a growing need for highly skilled quantitative modellers across the international transport sector in consultancies, planning departments and universities. This programme is intended for students who have a solid grounding in mathematics. The focus is to gain �deep� understanding as to how transport systems can be conceptualised, and hence to develop and apply mathematical models to represent, understand, analyse and optimise the performance of transportation networks and flows. Students learn how to formulate real world transport problems as mathematical problems and alternative ways to solve them.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (Hons) 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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 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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