Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

MSc Transport Planning and Engineering

The focus of this programme is on engineering solutions to transport issues, particularly how the design of systems determines the nature of how people and goods are transported. Students learn how to use engineering to meet the challenges of integrating different modes of transport and make travel safer, greener and more efficient.

Students are first equipped with core technical skills in data collection, modelling, planning and engineering design. They then select from a range of options, all of which have practical applications.

Students learn to:

  • design for safety, efficiency and the environment
  • appreciate the needs of different users in transport design and management
  • use models to plan networks and predict demand
  • plan road construction and infrastructure projects
  • apply design standards to roads and junctions
  • assess advanced traffic control systems
  • align engineering solutions with transport policy
  • analyse human interaction with transport design.

The programme is particularly suited to students who wish to extend their engineering capabilities, having studied a civil engineering or related degree. It is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, students experience a blend encompassing workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions and tutorials. Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Fieldwork also forms an important part of the learning experience and ranges from half-day local site visits to a week-long European field trip.

Applicants should normally have or expect a first or good second class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. For the MSc Transport Planning Engineering course, a relevant Undergraduate degree in the following is required:

Engineering, environmental science, maths, physics, computing, natural sciences and quantitative subjects

Other graduates and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please also refer to our Admissions Policy document.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their language proficiency. This is normally in the form of a recent test certificate:

English testMinimum score required
IELTS6.5 overall 
with not less than 6.0 in any component
Pearson (PTE) Academic64 overall
with at least 60 in all components

Applicants who have not quite achieved the minimum score may be admitted in certain circumstances. Those achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.0 may be accepted conditionally, on attendance of the University’s 6-week pre-sessional English language course. 

For further details including recognised alternatives to IELTS, please contact us or visit the Language Centre website.  The Language Centre provides a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses which are designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful postgraduate study.  These courses  start  in September, January, April, July or August.  For further information, please see visit the Language Centre’s website or contact via email: langc(at)leeds.ac.uk

To find your local test centre, please visit the IELTS website.

ITS Masters programmes are recognised by the leading professional bodies in the transport sector.

They fulfil the educational requirements for membership of both the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CILT UK). 

They also provide a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification, which was introduced in 2009 by CIHT and the Transport Planning Society (TPS).

The MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.  

ITS is also a founding member of the Universities' Transport Partnership (UTP), a group of eight UK Universities providing Masters level transport programmes.

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Additionally, the MSc (Eng) programme, as an engineering degree from the University of Leeds, confers preferential visa status for those seeking to travel, study or work in Australia. Read more here.  

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Wahyu Tamtomo Adi

Indonesian

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning 
& Engineering 2011/12

Indonesian Ministries of Education and Transportation

Civil Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)

Transport in developing countries: Willingness to pay estimates for travel & transport facilities

Dr Phani Chantakalaya

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
Transport is something we find in our daily life and is closely related to society, economic performance and welfare. It is an interesting area because we can manage to provide an efficient use of transport systems, which will reduce costs for both passenger and goods, so that people can use their money for other purposes such as health, education and entertainment. In other words, it improves their quality of life.

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
ITS at the University of Leeds is one of the best universities in the world for transport studies. Many transport experts and teachers from my former University studied at ITS, in addition to numbers of great transport experts and well known writers from all over the world. I like to follow in the path of those great people and also wanted to experience the British educational system, that’s why I chose ITS.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?
The experience of being an ITS Masters student can be just described as amazing. The lecturers were great, the materials were up to date and the facilities complemented it into an amazing experience. I found the libraries provide a huge collection of books, videos, recordings and other collections. Moreover, the electronic resources were remarkable, where we can find papers, journals and other transport resources related to the study easily by using unlimited access from the university login.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
I enjoyed the experience of being a policy maker, we set several objectives to be implemented through many policies and then we got the specific results on several indicators. It gave me the understanding and feeling of being a policy maker where the objectives usually constrained by resources and need to be managed into the effective and efficient way.

I’m looking forward to improve my knowledge about transport infrastructure and modelling techniques. I’m also working on my time management strategy, to manage my dissertation, module assignments and all other social activities. 

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures and modules have been great; along with the seminars it given us recent examples of transport applications, how to solve the problems, and how to improve the result after an evaluation. The lectures usually begin with some general understanding, followed by details and examples.

The teaching staff are the experts of each program. We have a discussion board to get our questions regarding the coursework answered. At the beginning of each module the teaching staff provide their email address, to contact if we have other enquiries. Sometimes the lecturers deliver the material in a compact way, so that we need to do a lot of self study to understand all the material.

How have you found living in Leeds and being part of the University?
Leeds is a small city, which is suitable for studying. Living in Leeds has been wonderful, the people were friendly, and many of them are students from all over the world. We have a lot of cultural differences, but people give their respect each other in term of this. Sometimes to see people drunk made me feel uncomfortable, because I’m a Moslem. However, I easily found halal food in the city centre as well as around the university. The university provides a green room for students do daily praying. It makes me feels comfortable, from the first time I stepped foot on the campus.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
My scholarship is from the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Education, with the requirement to work there after studying, therefore I will do my best to implement as much as possible from my studies. I hope the knowledge will be useful to make a better transport system and so make a better life for people in my country.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
Anyone wishing to study at ITS should try hard to get into the university. Prepare for all the new experiences, self-discipline and self-study. Get ready for the English accent, which is slightly different to American English. Be prepared for the weather as well, although eventually you don’t mind it! 


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Rizkie Syahputera

Indonesian

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2011/12

Indonesian Department for Transport

Civvil Engineering, 
Gadjah Mada University

Developing logistics systems for exporting small and medium enterprises

Dr Anthony Whiteing

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
Because I want to contribute to improve Indonesia's condition, especially in transport, because it related to people's welfare.

Why did you decide to study at ITS?
I heard that ITS is one of the best transport institutions, and many of my previous university lecturers were graduated from here.

How would you describe the experience of being an its Masters student?
I’ve learned many new things related to transport, and the staff are very helpful and communicative when you need information about the modules.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you  looking forward to in the next semester?
I enjoyed the social activities, and the good interaction between staff and students. I am looking forward to finishing my dissertation, but to also keep socialising.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? and the teaching staff?
The seminars and lectures are up to date. They contain recent examples from the transport world. The teaching staff are very communicative, you can easily contact them and ask them about the modules by email, the portal, or just go straight to their offices.

What do you aim to do once you've completed your Masters?
I will work for Department for Transport of Indonesia.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
Don’t hesitate to study here. It is a very good place to study transport.


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Dimas Danang Pratama

Indonesian

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2011/12

Self-funding

Civil Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)


First Class Rail Travel: Who is willing to pay for it?

Dr Stephane Hess

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
I am attracted to transport planning and engineering because I would like to contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of a system in which people can readily move and effectively transport goods, while facilitating economic growth and reducing environmental impacts to sustainable levels.

Why did you decide to study at ITS?  
Like a wise saying ‘to be the best, you must learn from the best’, I am very confident that University of Leeds Institute of Transport Studies (ITS), with its great facilities and updated knowledge and innovation in transport, will truly upgrade my knowledge. I believe that my experience of studying abroad in a developed country will be very exciting and will also give me a very valuable lesson to develop myself. For me, studying transport planning and engineering at ITS is more than an extraordinary study, it is a passion and an opportunity.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?
I can describe my experience of being an ITS Masters student just in two words: challenging and exciting.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
I enjoyed learning about transport planning and modelling, where I can explore the fascinating world of transport. We have explored the purpose of transport planners, who can help play a major role in designing and developing sustainable transportation systems by always considering at least three vital aspects: accessibility, equality, and environmental sustainability.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures and seminars have been great and quite intense. It has given me a lot of insights and also new perspectives on transport. The teaching staff are very professional and also very skilled in their fields.

How have you found living in Leeds and being part of the University?
Living in Leeds have been very nice, it's very different compared to living in Jakarta. The city is very suitable for studying and the atmosphere was very friendly. I enjoyed living in Leeds very much. As being part of the university, I have enjoyed every moment I’ve spent here.

What do you aim to do once you've completed your Masters? 
I want to start my career as a transport planner; I sincerely hope that I can work in the UK or in other countries so in the future I can return to Indonesia with valuable experiences that will be useful to develop transport system in Indonesia.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
My advice is do not hesitate and make sure you are prepared to face new challenges that will be very exciting. Fasten your seatbelts because the road ahead may be a little bumpy.


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Gonggomtua Sitanggang

Indonesian

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2011/12

Department of Transportation Indonesia

S.T, Bachelor of Science, University of Gadjah Mada


Planning for the Mobility of Urban Poor

Jeff Turner

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
It has a vital role within society regarding mobility and accessibility for everyone.

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
I am aware that ITS is the UK’s (even world’s) best institution for transport studies and I wanted be a part of the best place to study transport.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student? 
I am being taught and trained by the experts in this field. I feel my ability to understand about transport is being enhanced competitively. I also experience the best study resources and people are supporting me during the year.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
The way all modules are being managed to fulfil what students should know. I also like how the field trips were a way to study in a fun way. I’m looking forward to optional modules and the variation in teaching and learning methods, like more guest lecturers and ITS alumni to share their experience in the working world after their completion of Masters.

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
They were all very helpful, supportive and nice. They assist to find the best solution to all matters arising to me. The seminars are always related to current issues and concerns in different transport fields.

How have you found living in Leeds and being part of the University?
It is a great student experience. Knowing that there are many other international students also adapting to a new environment makes me feel better and more challenged. Local people and sites are interesting, the University provides trips and information about places to go and things to do to familiarise yourself with Leeds and around.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?
I will fly back to Indonesia and contribute what I have learnt at ITS. I want to improve the transport system in Indonesia. I will collaborate with local government to apply the theory and ideas of how to make the transport better at home.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
I would definitely persuade and encourage them to go to ITS to study transport. There is no place better to undertake the learning experience.


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Peter Yawson

Ghanaian

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2010/11

Government of Ghana / World Bank

BSc Civil Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

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Dr Frank Lai

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
I decided to study at ITS through recommendations by my senior engineering colleagues who are alumni of ITS. This was after I had expressed a desire to undertake further studies in transport.   My working experience after my first degree has been in feeder roads (roads to rural farming communities) development and construction management. But the current development direction in Ghana is supporting the upgrading of most of these roads into higher geometrical standards. These developments have their attendant environmental and safety issues. Therefore when I decided to undertake further studies in transport my senior colleague recommended ITS of Leeds to me as one of the best Transport Studies Institutes one can attend.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it? 
I have always had interest and concern for issues of safety on the road and the environment. Transport affects the environment and vice versa but the extent could not easily be imagined until I came to ITS.

How have you found living and socialising in Leeds? 
Living in Leeds has been wonderful (of course not forgetting my initial encounter with the cold weather condition, as someone from a warmer climate).  The city is beautiful and calm. People are generally approachable. There is always a welcome for you whether at a health facility, the bank, a bookshop, a commercial centre and indeed anywhere else within the city and on campus.  People are always ready to assist if you request for their assistance. I am very comfortable in the mist of my colleagues on the course and will dare to say that we are a wonderful representation of a diverse cultural and social background. 

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student? 
I feel honoured to have had this opportunity to be an ITS Masters student. I have been exposed to a very wide range of transport and environmental issues which I never could imagine. The extent of research and studies that have been done in various dimensions and aspects of transport and the environment is amazing. The opportunity to be taught by and interact with such seasoned researchers and professionals is rare. This offers me a better opportunity to contribute to the road safety efforts of my agency back home in Ghana.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?  
The first semester was very busy and I enjoyed the statistics, and modelling lectures (including all the modelling based courseworks).  The field trips, especially to see the public transport infrastructure in Leeds (the guided bus-ways) were an exciting experience.  I look forward to the specific experiences of the optional modules of semester two and other field trips, in order to make my ITS Masters student experience more complete.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff? 
The pace of lectures and studies requires one to be always on the move because there is a lot to be covered. The lectures and seminars have been very complementary which is very significant. The seminars contributed further understanding to treated topics. 
One or two lectures were delivered in a rush and therefore did not communicate the understanding to me, but this is very minute compared to the entire semester one lectures. The teaching staff are just wonderful. They exhibited clear control over all the topics and were always ready to listen or arrange an appointment on issues concerning the topics for any student or group of students. The VLE discussion board was very supportive of academic work.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
I am being sponsored by my agency (through the Government of Ghana/IDA of World Bank), and therefore will go back home to share my experience with other colleagues regarding safety issues in road infrastructure design. Secondly, I represent the agency at the regional road safety committee where I hope to contribute a lot in their regional activities. I also plan to undertake research studies in driver distraction in the Ghanaian context to support the effort of the Ghana Road Safety Commission to promote road user safety issues.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS?

  • There is a lot to be done within the study period and therefore one should be ready to work hard and plan ones time well.
  • Basic computing knowledge (including internet) is very key in information search, retrieval, usage, application and dissemination.
  • Basic mathematical background in statistics, probability and algebra is an advantage.
  • Last but not the least, ask if you don’t know, and you will be taught.

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Nalini Murkutla

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MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2010/11

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Civil Engineering, Nagarjuna University, India

Traffic Impact Assessment using SATURN

Dr Chandra Balijepalli

Why did you decide to study at ITS?

I chose ITS because of its reputation. It is one of the best transport institutes in the UK.

The curriculum of the course covers all the important aspects of transport and greatly helps in starting out in the industry with a solid foundation. The administrative staff were very helpful and assisted me throughout the application process with prompt replies - that is also one of the reasons why I chose ITS.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?

I have always been passionate about pursuing a career in transport.  Besides the fact that transport touches almost every aspect of our lives, I am particularly interested in the course because of the flexibility it offers to choose from a wide variety of career opportunities - in engineering, planning, management and operations. As a career in transport requires varied skills it is giving me the opportunity to study with and learn from people with multi-disciplinary backgrounds.

How have you found living and socialising in Leeds?

Leeds is a great place to live. It's not a very busy place like London and people are very friendly.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student? 

It has been a great experience. At the same time it is challenging and requires a lot of hard work. There is something new to learn every day. I am really enjoying my time here at ITS as I get to interact with students from varied backgrounds. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and know people from various countries and understand their culture.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?

The first semester has covered the basic principles required for the second semester. It is like the foundation for the course. The courseworks and the traffic survey have been very good learning experiences and provided further insights into transport. I also enjoyed various field trips around Leeds. I really enjoyed meeting new friends from all over the world.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?

The lectures are interactive and interesting. Teaching staff try to explain the things in detail which makes it easy to understand complex issues. They engage students and encourage them to participate – so that students to start think on their own. The seminars also give us information about contemporary issues in transport.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?

After completing my Masters I am planning to find a job in transport engineering or modelling.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS?

I would definitely recommend this course at ITS for anyone interested in pursuing a career in transport. It is definitely a lifetime experience and I would suggest coming prepared for one year of absolute commitment and hard work.
Tell us about your internship at the United Nations

Before finishing my ITS Masters,  I completed a 3-month internship at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in Bangkok. 

I assisted UNESCAP project officers in the development of the ‘Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia-Pacific’ project, whilst gaining practical knowledge of the role of United Nations in promoting innovative policy measures.  I researched best practices and compiled case studies in sustainable transport to provide developing countries in the region with concrete transport policy options and implementation strategies for infrastructure development.  I also reviewed and analysed regulatory and fiscal policy measures to reduce transport related CO2 emissions in the region.  I  took the opportunity to attend the Asia-Pacific Urban forum-5 and put together the views of representatives from various developing countries on sustainable infrastructure and green growth.   The internship has given me invaluable experience in Low Carbon Green Growth in the region and also in understanding the policy role of United Nations.  I am grateful to ITS staff for giving me their full support in enabling me to take up the internship.


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Siti Melani Rizkia Hartanti

Indonesian

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering

Indonesian Ministry of Transportation

Civil Engineering, Gadjah Mada University

Introducing new cycle scheme to Gadjah Mada University

Dr Miles Tight

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
Because ITS is one of the best places to study transportation. Moreover, most of my lecturers in Gadjah Mada University are graduates from ITS. Therefore, I have a lot of support from them.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
Transportation plays important role in many aspects including economic, social, and health. In my country, Indonesia, there are serious problems related to transportation, such as traffic congestion, pollution, and high accident rates, which are very concerning.

How have you found living in the UK and Leeds in particular?
I have had a great chance to experience new culture, meet many kinds of people, not only British people but also people from all over the world. And Leeds in particular, is a small, quiet and friendly city which makes me love to live in here.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student? 
It feels so great to become a part of ITS, where I can find the best people to learn about transportation. Also, I can choose the modules I like and I have nice supervisor to assist me in writing my dissertation.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
I enjoyed meeting new friends the most at first semester, experiencing how the lectures run in ITS, and also explored the campus itself, knowing all the places and facilities around campus. I am looking forward to learn more about the interesting modules in the next semester and starting to do research for my dissertation.

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
I gain a lot of new knowledge from the seminars and lectures. The lecturers are very welcome to any questions and discussion from students. If a student has something to ask he can just meet the lecturer or put the question on the VLE for discussion amongst other students. Overall, students are expected to be active in both seminars and lectures, which is a new experience for me. The staff in ITS are also very kind and very pleased to help us with any problems related to learning activities.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?
As I got a scholarship from my government, after I’ve graduated I will work for my government’s transport department. And I hope that I can use the knowledge I got from ITS to make transportation in Indonesia better.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS?
ITS is a very good choice to study transport, besides its good quality in learning and teaching activities, ITS also supported by facilities provided by University of Leeds which are nice. Moreover, living in Leeds is very convenient, despite its unpredictable weather!


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Leonora Baddoo

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MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2010/11

Self funded

BSc Engineering Science, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA

A review of energy saving and night-time  driving safety: are they in a dilemma?

Dr Haibo Chen

Why did you decide to study at ITS?
It was a tough decision to make because I had also thought about studying in Edinburgh and hadn’t initially wanted to live in Leeds! I had a cousin who was on the same course last year at ITS though, and continually talked about how good the ITS programme was, compared to a lot of others in the UK who offer similar degrees. After a lot of deliberation on cost of tuition and living; distance to family; location; how long the programme had been established for, and ranking of the institutions, Leeds emerged the winner...and here I am!

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
During my undergraduate degree, I realised that I wanted to be able to contribute towards sustaining and improving urban and rural economies through transport. I had learned in social studies in school how good transport networks help fresh food producers – for example, farmers and fishermen - to deliver their produce across the country for sale.   On inadequate transport networks, the goods perish before they reach their destination so producers lose income and the country loses revenue. I wanted to acquire skills on how to develop and maintain sustainable transport solutions anywhere in the world, and know how to adapt these skills – both technical and cultural – to problems requiring lasting solutions with limited resources.

How have you found living and socialising in Leeds?
I really like living here. I’m within a 20-minute walk to the city centre and have found my way around the city centre shopping precinct, various eateries and entertainment spots. I attend a lively Anglican church in the centre of town and have joined its choir as well. I enjoy the diversity of my flat – Chinese, Malaysian and Ghanaian flatmates - and also that of my classmates. I have picked up a few Chinese words and been introduced to dishes one wouldn’t usually get at a takeaway shop!

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student? 
It is a multi-disciplinary experience. Transport, although a specialised topic in itself, also has disciplines within it as considered at ITS: economics, environment, sustainability, engineering and planning. Even as an engineering stream student, you learn to appreciate aspects of the other disciplines...which I haven’t always easily understood! But I realise that one must be aware of the impacts transport has in these areas in order to make informed decisions in future careers. My classmates are from varied backgrounds and countries; one discovers that each student has his or her own reasons for studying transport and is passionate about particular aspects of the course. Also, the manner in which different personalities interact, make for lively debate in and out of the classroom.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
Getting to know people and feeling my way around the structure of the programme. This semester I’m looking forward to learning from mistakes I made last semester, to improve upon my academic performance. I am also looking forward to the European field trip in the summer after the exams!

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures open the students’ eyes to a variety of issues which one may not have thought about before. For instance, comparing road accident rates across different countries is not as simple as one thinks, because of discrepancies in defining terms such as fatal and serious injuries. Fieldwork gives us reasons to don bright neon yellow jackets and count cars in the cold and wet weather. External speakers at seminars provide opportunities to hear about transport research in The Hague; how Leeds city centre was pedestrianised; progress on reducing vehicle emissions in West Yorkshire; membership with professional institutions, to name a few. Teaching staff are approachable, and most are on first-name basis with the students. The wealth of expertise in the Institute is overwhelming, and one cannot help but feel proud to be rubbing shoulders with recognised figures in the industry.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?
I hope to go back to live with my family in Ghana and work in transport or development-related sectors.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS? 
It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it. The facilities and resources are great, and networking opportunities abound whether in  the lecture room or outside it. One will generally leave the  university, a more enriched individual.

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