Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

MSc Transport Planning

Transport Planners play a key role in ensuring that transport systems are efficient and equitable. To do so they need to understand the core principles, techniques and concepts that underpin the discipline. Compulsory modules ensure that all students, whatever their background, have a solid foundation including policy, economics, planning, modelling and data analysis. Optional modules then allow for specialisation and expertise in specific areas.

The programme is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds and equips them for a professional career in transport. It engages with a highly applied and practical subject, which is also academically rigorous and challenging.

Students learn to:

  • understand how and why differing transport policies work and the relationship to wider social policy
  • analyse different perspectives on transport and their underlying assumptions
  • collect, analyse and present transport data
  • model the impacts of a range of interventions
  • assess future transport demand and its impacts
  • design and implement objective-led strategies.

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 course, a relevant Undergraduate degree in the following is required:

Geography, town planning, earth & environment, architecture, sustainability, logistics, business & management, psychology, social policy, history, politics, public administration

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).

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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Amalia Defiani

Indonesian

MSc Transport Planning
2011/12

Indonesian Ministry of Transport

Architecture, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB)

The Capacity and Circulation of Passenger Terminal Building in Middle-Sized Airports

Dr Darron Dixon-Hardy

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
The urge to uplift well-being and equity in Indonesia's transport sector.

Why did you decide to study at ITS?
The institute offers a well-known worldwide reputation in transportation field and I am more than happy to take the opportunity to study here in ITS.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?
It is life-changing, a lot of new knowledge gained from experiencing different teaching methods and assessments than those I previously taken.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
The field trip to Castleton, Peak District, which was so much fun! I am looking forward for the next field trip to Europe.

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
Some brought out a fresh perspective and a new way of looking transportation (as in sustainability issues and global perspective of climate changing) and most were interesting. The teachers are pro-active and nice.

How have you found living in Leeds and being part of the University?
Leeds is nice! Nice city with maybe not so costly in prices compares to other big cities in the UK. The campus located not far from the city centre where you can get almost anything you want. The University is superb, offering a lot of uniqueness in a form of societies and each of them may take you to a field trip to somewhere in the country!

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?
I will be going back to my workplace, to continue working there for my government.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
ITS is a great name for enhancing your skills as transport planner.  The way ITS emphasizes more on policy making may help you in future problem solving regarding transport planning. Try to think positive and be tough though, since it is hard to study especially when you are an international student who is far away from home. Adjust well and you'll survive.


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MSc Transport Planning
(part-time) 2010-12

Funded by employer

Ancient History & Archaeology (University of Liverpool), MA Town & Country Planning (Leeds Met)

Is company travel planning worth the effort in economically uncertain times?

Dr Ann Jopson

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
I am really interested in arguments for the importance of sustainability in transport choices.  This is a key aspect of my work and an area I hope to gain key insights in through undertaking modules and my dissertation.

Why did you decide to study at ITS?
A number of other members of the team at my place of employment studied at and recommended ITS as a great choice.  I also live fairly locally, which is nice!

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?
Great!  Its hard work but very worthwhile. Having undertaken a Masters previously, this programme feels a lot more engaged from the perspective of preparing you for the working environment… and I should know – I was working before I started the course!

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
Well my first semester started last year!  I really enjoyed the Understanding Travel Behaviour module – it gives an interesting alternative perspective on the world of transportation concerns.  The PLUTO exercise also turned out to be quite fun… I probably shouldn’t say this but it wasn’t so far from playing on SimCity (with more academic effort obviously).

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
As I said above I have really enjoyed some of the module content.  Even for the modules where I struggled (I am not a natural mathematician!) I found that in the end I came out with a better understanding than I expected to!  I have found teaching staff on the whole to be very supportive, in particular the mentors for part time and Transport Planning students.  One tutor even answered a question I posed via an email sent on Xmas day!

How have you found living in Leeds and being part of the University?
I don’t live in Leeds – I live in Bradford, the city next door!  Its far better than Leeds and I recommend that people should come visit! In all seriousness Leeds is a great city to come and live in whilst undertaking an MSc.  The university has high quality facilities with great libraries and the student union is so huge and packed full of shops and bars that its like a labyrinth!  Leeds is also a great night out with great bars in the city centre as well as in the student bits (Headingley and Hyde Park).

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
Stay with my current employer BUT get a pay rise!

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
Be prepared to work hard and if there are areas of your understanding where you are worried about your ability (I hate maths!) then seek advice – the staff are really helpful and always looking to improve provision.  Get to know Jo Moran, the administrator – she is a god-send and will help with anything she can!  And – go on the Euro Trip – I did it last year and it was fantastic!  If you don’t you are a fool!


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Danny Nicholls

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MSc Transport Planning
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East Riding of Yorkshire Council

French Studies
University of Warwick

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
As you can see from my Bachelors degree, the road into transport from French was not a well-defined one and I sort of fell into the world of transport via the Graduate Trainee Scheme at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. After a couple of months on the scheme I worked on projects in the transport services team and then gained a job as Transport Development Manager which analysed a wide range of public transport services across the Yorkshire and Humber region, trying where possible to share resources and work collaboratively across local authorities. Four years later from what was a stop-gap in my search for a career and I’m still working in transport having grown quite fond of things such as Special Educational Needs school taxi contracts(!)

On a more general note, I love to travel, and I guess it is that respect that enables me to enjoy studying transport. I’m a stickler for organising and planning things, and so I feel I fall quite comfortably into the category of Transport Planner – I’m always the one to decide how best to get from A to B, be it visiting a conference in London or going on a city break with my fiancée. I enjoy travelling around Europe and spent a month inter-railing in summer 2009. I would welcome the chance to introduce some of the innovative European policies and transport solutions to the British decision makes, particularly with regards the arena of school transport.

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
I was very aware of the University’s reputation in the transport sector, having noticed numerous speakers at conferences and events across the country were often either studying or had studied at Leeds ITS. As I study part-time, Leeds offered a geographic match with my need to study whilst working in the East Riding. I could have looked at other universities but the travel would have been too much and seeing as though ITS appeared to be the place to go to study transport, I didn’t see much point!

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?
Having worked amongst transport professionals during my early career, I am quite proud to be added to the list of ITS students as they always seem to pop up at the top conferences and events, usually being commended for their views on key decisions in the transport world. I think this status will serve me well in the future and you certainly feel as though it deserves its reputation given the knowledge of all the staff and the quality of the facilities available.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester?
As a part-time student, the first semester gave me a great overall understanding of what Transport Planning is about and what sort of areas I could investigate further in my course when I develop a specific interest. Using the PLUTO transport modelling software was very interesting and, dare I say it, rather fun. It was certainly a lot different from writing a 5,000 word essay on French philosophy, and I actually enjoyed the interactive aspect of it. If you like playing on strategy games such as SimCity, you’ll love using PLUTO software.

Next semester I am taking Sustainable Land Use and Transport as well as Analysing Transport Society. A lot of my work involves planning and developing school transport, and I believe there is a lot of work that can be done in this area to revitalise how pupils travel to school and how the behaviour of parents and local authorities needs to change. I am also looking forward to beginning my dissertation as I have now amassed enough ideas and general understanding of transport planning to identify a topic which I believe could be incorporated into my working life and also provide a valid and authentic academic tool for other transport planners.

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures have been very different to my Bachelors degree learning as Transport Studies is far more scientific and mathematical than the languages. I have enjoyed the link between the work that I do day-to-day and the study of transport, and I have really developed my knowledge of the transport sector on the whole. The teaching staff are all very knowledgeable and their enthusiasm is contagious, you can really tell they love transport and this comes across in lectures. It has helped me to engage with some more unusual topics as they are so keen for you to understand.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
I decided to do the Masters as part of my continued professional development as I had amassed a significant amount of experience but knew that if I wanted to make the next step to becoming a transport professional then I would require this qualification. I currently work in a very operational environment delivering efficiency savings for local authorities in these times of austerity. In the long term, I would like to expand on this understanding of front-line services to develop a strategic and wider knowledge of transport sector as a whole, hopefully moving into working for a central government authority at some point in the future.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters in transport at ITS?
Make sure you like transport. I was amazed that a bunch of people could love a subject so much, from the lecturers to the students, as it is very different from studying your Bachelors degree. I also think it is a good idea to speak to past students about their experiences too, I had a chat with a colleague who had recently completed her MSc at ITS and she said it was a great experience that provides you with a mass of contacts both professional and academic, as well, of course, as friends!


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Anna Fenton

British

MSc Transport Planning 2010/11

Self-funding

Geography at Lancaster University

The driving test - what’s wrong with it?

Dr Natasha Merat

Why did you decide to study at ITS?  
After coming to an open day, I was impressed with the range of subjects you can study within the transport department. I was just looking around for what to do after my undergraduate degree, I had not totally decided that a Masters was what I wanted to do, but the open day swayed me enough to make me want to study a Masters and continue with my interest in transport. I had reviewed other Universities and their departments but ITS had the best reputation and was closest to what I wanted to study.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
Many people have asked me why I am studying transport and the main reason is because it affects all of our lives every day. There is no-one on the planet that is not affect by where they can access, how far they can travel or how they travel. I enjoy studying something you can physically see, not just an abstract concept. Studying Geography as an undergraduate degree is a good basic understanding for interactions between humans and the environment, so some of the basic principles are the same for transport.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?  
Hard, enjoyable work. There is a lot to do and a lot to learn, but it is all very interesting stuff! Everyone is getting stuck into the same topics, issues and coursework so the camaraderie between students is amazing. 

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester? 
Field trips are a very enjoyable experience, being able to travel around learning about transport whilst also having the opportunity to socialise with students and staff alike.   I enjoyed the Understanding Travel Behaviour module thoroughly as my personal interest in travel behaviour, this is being followed up as in the second semester I am studying Analysing Transport and Society. The more personable side to transport is a fascinating topic.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures have been an eye opener as to how much there is to learn about transport. I never knew there was so much being researched, studied and how interesting it is. The staff are so knowledgeable and on the top of their field, so they deserve the respect they are given.

What’s it been like living and socialising in Leeds?
Leeds is a great city. There is so much to do its hard where to start; the shopping is amazing- spoilt for choice, the nightlife is varied and energetic, and they people are so nice. It’s not difficult to step out of the student bubble and see the rest of the city.  I would like to stay in Leeds after finishing my course as I am enjoying living in the city so much.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?
My next step is to get a job, using the skills I have learnt during my time at Leeds. I am unsure which direction to go in as there are many possibilities for me to choose from. I would like to apply the skills and knowledge I have learnt, however the option of further study is not far away.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS? 
Do it! I know I will always remember the skills I’ve learnt, the people I’ve met and the experiences I have had.


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Santhi Nugraheni

Indonesian

MSc Transport Planning 2010/11

Ministry for Transportation of Indonesia

Engineering, University of Sebelas Maret

Airport Noise Valuation in Indonesia

Jeremy Shires

Why did you decide to study at ITS?  
I chose to study at ITS because it has profesional lecturers and great teaching methods. The University also has complete facilities for students like sports, health, library, computing, student union, and many more which are very helpful - not only for study purposes but also for social interaction, so that I have no worries about living far away from my country.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
I am primarily interested in studying transport in developing countries, particularly air transportation.

How have you found living in the UK and Leeds in particular?
Leeds is a very beautiful place to live. The city has many events, like Leeds light night where you can watch a unique city celebration every year. The people are also friendly, so  its easy for students. The foods, market, buses, are easy also.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?  
It is a new experience for me. I’ve met many students from different countries and study together with them. I have also joined in with the  ITS activities, trips, etc.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester? 
I’ve enjoyed all the modules. I think they are all very important for me, and useful for my future career.

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff/Faculty?
The lectures and seminars always present fresh issues on transport and deliver them in a way that is easy to understand. The teaching staff are very friendly, and helpful. We can ask them everything in person or by email, and they reply quickly to our questions.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
Go back to my office, and continue working..!

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS?
I think ITS is the right place if you want to study about transport and become an expert transport planner. Besides, Leeds is also a beautiful place to travel in the UK.


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Thassos Frangeskou

British

MSc Transport Planning 2010/11

Self funding

BEng  Civil and Structural Engineering, Bradford University

Is Road Pricing Mental?

Dr Simon Shepherd,
Dr Greg Marsden

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
ITS is one of the highest ranking schools for transport in the UK. It was one of three choices I had chosen due to the programme, location and price. The staff were friendly and responded to my questions and needs and accepted my application with no problem even though I had applied very late. Their helpfulness and acceptance were the other reasons why I made my choice.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
Everybody travels. Whether it is to walk to the shops, drive to work, go on holiday etc., travelling is a necessity for everyone. To be able to influence a positive change in people's lives was one of the main reasons for studying civil engineering, and with that, I believe I can maximise this by studying transport.

How have you found living in the UK and Leeds in particular?
Leeds is definitely a city that is alive and kicking. There are always events to go to whether by yourself or with friends. Making friends has not been difficult. Everyone is open to new people in the university and in the city.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?  
Being a student at ITS has been a fantastic experience. The years you spend at university are the ones you should enjoy the most, and so far I have not been disappointed. The lessons are stimulating, the lecturers are engaging and respond to the students' needs, the support staff have been supportive and everyone is nice!

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester? 
My all round experience in the first semester has been very positive, but I have to say the most enjoyable aspect has been the field trips and the Induction Week in general. Within lectures, when time is made for discussions to critique theories or opinions in industry is very stimulating. In the second semester, the fact that you get to choose the majority of the subjects you are studying is very advantageous. You basically have a degree that not many others would have as your academic knowledge would be different to other people. The European trip to Belgium, Holland and Germany in June is something I am very much looking forward to. Going to new places and learning new things in a different environment is very appealing, especially when with friends. It's going to be good!

What have the lecture and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures have been what I was expecting. They are very thorough and examine all aspects of the subject in question which I am very happy with. The way case studies have been used in subjects such as road pricing have been very helpful in showing the theory we are learning in action.  The staff genuinely show that they care about your progress and do their utmost to answer questions and provide a lot of help. If you have a problem you would like to discuss in private, a lot of the lecturers have an open door policy. All you need to do is knock on their door and they are happy to help.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters?
After completing my Masters, I plan to start a career in transport. I understand the difficulties in doing so in the current economic climate, but with the drive to succeed and with a Masters from a department with a high reputation in the transport sector, it is possible. The job search has taken me to consider even moving abroad to gain vital experience, with a lot of companies offering the chance to do so, such as Arup and Mott McDonald.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS? 
There's no need to think about it. Do it.


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Fitria Nur Rifa

Indonesian

MSc Transport Planning 2010/11

Indonesian Ministry of Transportation

Psychology, University of Indonesia

Gaining understanding about the behaviour of young motorcycle riders in Indonesia

Dr Natasha Merat

Why did you decide to study at ITS? 
I chose ITS because the Institute is known as one of the best places in the world to study transport.  ITS was also familiar to me due to its record of publishing research in various transport journals. The research done by ITS and the broad spread of expertise, such as engineering, economics, geography, and also psychology, also matched my interests.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
My main motivation is to gain more knowledge about transport. As an official in the Ministry of Transportation, I can then contribute more to developing better planning and policies for my country, particularly on transport safety.

How have you found living in the UK and Leeds in particular?
I have been living in UK for 6 months and although I am studying in Leeds I am always looking for opportunities to visit other parts of UK - to get a complete feel of the country and experience its transport systems. So far I have visited London, Norwich, Birmingham, York, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sunderland and Glasgow. I found living in the UK a wonderful experience to meet people from various backgrounds, as many people from different parts of the world come here to study or work. The UK is a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds, and so far I have found that most people in UK are very welcome and open with foreigners and also respect the differences. I have found Leeds a suitable place to study as it’s not as crowded as London and also not too quiet like Sunderland. Known as one of the safest city in UK, Leeds is also a nice place to explore, alone or together with friends, at day and also at night especially when the annual events like the Leeds Light Night or Bonfire Night take place. I am really enjoying my time in Leeds, so much so that when I was away for a holiday in another city, after a couple of days I was missing Leeds.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?  
Being an ITS Masters student is very challenging, as  each module involves around a hundred of hours independent study, doing a lot of readings, and also completing coursework as well as attending the lectures. This has shaped my skills in managing time, discussing topics, doing a lot of literature reviews, as well as preparing for practical jobs in the transport sector.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester? 
I really enjoyed meeting new friends from all over the world in the ITS classroom. I have also been impressed with the friendliness of all the lecturers and ITS staff - they make me feel at home, even though Leeds is a 20 hour flight away from my home country. I am looking forward to more social events in ITS in the next semester.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The lectures and seminars in ITS are very interesting since they always encourage the students to think critically and be aware of the latest issues in transport. The teaching staff are all very helpful and friendly, the students can ask about anything whether in class, after class, or when having a tea break in the common room. And further enquiries are also welcome at anytime by email and are always responded to quickly.

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
I will go back to Indonesia and implement all the best lessons learned from ITS.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS? 
If you are interested in making real contributions to the transport sector, then ITS is a perfect place to start. The lecturers are the top experts and they are all happy to share their knowledge and experience with their students. The University is equipped with a comprehensive library, sports centre, a place for worship, a nice refectory, and a well-run student union. Leeds is a compact city with complete facilities - modest and modern shopping, interesting city events, beautiful scenery especially in the suburbs, and importantly an integrated transport system that makes travelling around the UK easy. And last but not least, especially for an Indonesian, you will rarely feel homesick as there are a lot of other Indonesians here, either studying or working. I had no idea that studying abroad could feel so wonderful - the learning and experiencing go hand in hand.


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Eric Tetteh

Ghanaian

MSc Transport Planning 2010/11

Ministry of Transport, Ghana

Sociology with Economics minor, University of Ghana

Revamping the Ghana railway system - challenges and opportunities

Dr Tony Fowkes
Jeff Turner 

Why did you decide to study at ITS?
I was confused when I had three prestigious schools offering me admission at the same time for my Masters in transport. One of the schools was at Ohio University in the US, the others were the University of Leeds and Birmingham University, both in the UK.  To clear my confusion, I began to visit the websites of all these schools to see what each could offer me in terms of my career development. I finally settled on ITS (Leeds) because I realised that the transport programme here is interdisciplinary in nature and coupled with this are the excellent academic and service facilities, designed to meet student needs no matter their background, race or culture. I realised that the ITS programmes are practically orientated and provide close links with industry - which gives the practical aspects to the theory students undergo in the classroom. Guest lectures are also given by experts from across the private and public sectors, providing an insight to the various professions within transport. Industry also facilitates site visits which gives you the opportunity to learn from international best practice. I have not regretted making this choice.

What is it about transport that interests and motivates you to study it?
Transport is key to productivity and economic growth and therefore the success of every business.  People and business rely on it to provide the right connections to support and facilitate travel, production and distribution of goods and services. Transport problems are therefore societal problems and of major interest to me since it affects all of our lives every day. My sociological background means I’m interested in these wider problems, such as the chaotic traffic congestion and its accompanying pollution impact being experienced in rapidly urbanising countries. I’m interested in studying the problems of transport in order to try and come up with possible solutions.

How have you found living and socialising in the UK and in Leeds?
The experience of living in a new culture is a challenge, coupled with the fact that you have left your family and friends behind. Trying unfamiliar food was a discovery. However, it has been exciting, fun and led to new perspectives on life. It has made me enjoy a multi-cultural experience, as many of the friends I have made are from various backgrounds. The University’s clubs and societies have served as a great basis for my social interactions. Living in Leeds is a memorable experience.

How would you describe the experience of being an ITS Masters student?  
It’s been phenomenal and eye-opening. I have been working as a transport policy planner back home in my country but my experience at ITS has now made me understand this better.  Back home I was using abstract planning without knowing the anticipated impacts before implementation. The computer simulation and modelling programmes were something new to me and have broadened my knowledge. It has also been a lot of fun studying transport with my class - students with varied backgrounds converge to discuss our experiences. Every lecture is an experience and I learn something new. Inside and outside the classroom, my classmates make the time here fun and exciting. The coursework is interesting and enables me to do better research than I would usually do for exams or other office tasks. It also enabled me to draw synthesis from the various theories studied. It truly is an interdisciplinary field and you need to be open to seeing the different perspectives that emerge. Also, my experience of ITS and the many courseworks which compels me to use the library often has put me in contact with colleagues across the university, many of whom I would never have had the opportunity to meet. I have made many new friends.

What have you enjoyed most about the first semester and what are you looking forward to in the next semester? 
The various trips out of Leeds organised by the International Students Centre were fascinating and I would love to experience more of these this semester. The snow was also a new experience considering the climatic settings I came from. In all, the first semester was a good experience and I’m looking forward to more.

What have the lectures and seminars been like? And the teaching staff?
The experience I will always remember is the student-staff relationship. I have been so overwhelmed by the friendly manner in which both teaching and support staff helped students during the first semester. The lecturers make learning easier because they make students participate, thereby developing our communication skills. The seminars have helped the students to develop a set of transferable skills – to give presentations, study independently and work as a team. I am expecting this to continue through the next semester.  

What do you aim to do once you’ve completed your Masters? 
I am going back home to Ghana to transfer the knowledge acquired to help solve the numerous transport related problems that are emerging there.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about studying for a Masters at ITS?
It is simple. If you intend to pursue a career in any transport related discipline then ITS should be your destination. Here, lecturers are enthusiastic about their field and really help bring the subject matter to life. In short, ITS is the world bank of knowledge in transport studies. 

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