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.