Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

MSc Transport Planning and the Environment

Transport is a major cause of environmental impact. Whether it’s air pollution, noise, encroachment on the green belt or climate change, it is widely accepted that further expansion of transport must be balanced against the environmental damage. This programme takes a detailed look at this relationship, and equips students with
practical approaches to environmentally sound transport planning.

Students study the core principles of transport planning and then apply these to the environmental issues. Having understood the nature of the problems, students consider how mitigation can be achieved, through a range of specific interventions.

Students learn to:

  • analyse the complex nature of the environment-transport interface
  • undertake environmental data collection and analysis techniques
  • develop technical knowledge of vehicle emissions, meteorology, noise air pollution, monitoring tools and approaches to modelling
  • assess the environmental impacts of specific transport schemes
  • propose and promote effective solutions which align with other policies
  • design traffic systems to reduce pollution
  • contribute to the wider critical debate, on local to global issues.

The programme is suitable for students from a range of numerate degree subjects. It will particularly appeal to those who want to learn new technical skills and apply these in a challenging and high profile sector. 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 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.