Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

The Institute for Transport Studies is one of the world’s largest and most successful groupings of transport researchers, with a track record going back more than 40 years.

ITS has a world-wide reputation for excellence, largely due to the consistently high ranking in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The most recent RAE showed that research activity in ITS is judged to be ‘internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour’ and that 92% of our research impacts are ‘very considerable’ or ‘outstanding’. The Institute for Transport Studies is the largest transport research centre in the UK and this is reflected in our position as 2nd in the national league table on research power (a measure capturing both quality and the number of staff submitted).

We have around 60 PhD/MPhil/Short-stay research students and each year we look to recruit highly motivated and able graduates who are committed to becoming independent researchers. Those joining ITS as a research student can expect to be an integral part of the research team, with opportunities to be involved across a range of projects, consultancy, conferences and publications. We are fiercely proud of our record of developing people for a range of future careers and a significant proportion of current ITS staff started their research careers as postgraduates in ITS.

ITS offers a vibrant and diverse research community and is part of a large research-led University. Our research encompasses the broad spectrum of transport, from walking and cycling to air transport, and most things in-between. This provides countless opportunities to develop and apply research skills, whatever the student's disciplinary background.

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