If you are an ambitious social science, engineering or mathematics graduate, the internationally-recognised Transport Planning course will equip you with the tools to help address global challenges such as climate change mitigation and reduction through the development of safe and efficient city transport networks and mass public transport.
97% of our graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.*
This ranges from transport consultancies and operating companies, through to planning departments, international agencies and academic research.
For those already in the profession, this course is seen in the industry as the passport to recognition by professional bodies.
Be taught by academics with an international reputation whose research sets industry standards, on a course that has been designed in close collaboration with industry. This includes policy, travel behaviour, modelling, data analysis, land use planning, and public transport planning and management using research and evidence from around the world.
Use research models and tools developed by our staff that set industry standards around the world.
A degree in Transport Planning will not only provide you with a deeper understanding of these analytical and predictive tools, but also gives you:
- Hands on experience of collecting and evaluating data: the key to good planning
- Expertise in sustainable spatial analysis
- Deep insights into human travel behaviour to ensure plans are successfully implemented.
And experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how planning, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues in the field.
Your colleagues will be among the best and brightest from Latin America to the Far East, from Africa to Europe and the UK. Together you will learn planning techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable social principles, state-of-the-art modeling, accurate data analysis, and a profound understanding of human psychology.
ITS - the global institute teaching the transport leaders of tomorrow.
*Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), www.hesa.ac.uk
We have redesigned our suites of courses following close consultation with Industry and academia.
With a strong focus on industry needs, our degrees will prepare you for employment in your chosen field. They will also address the multi-disciplinary nature of transport - enabling you to make effective decisions for clients, employers and society.
And to experience what it's really like to work in the transport sector, collaborate with a project team of students from our other degrees through our new Transport Integrated Project module.
The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK's first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research.
Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator - one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we've developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT.
Other Study Options
This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.
The programme manager is Frances Hodgson.
You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level, part time or full time, or at Postgraduate Certificate level with our PGCert in Transport Studies.
The Transport Planning MSc fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). We are currently re-applying for accreditation for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), which may be in place for 2018 entry.
This course also provides a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification for those who enrolled in September 2017. We are currently re-applying for accreditation, which may be in place for 2018 entry.
“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 studying or had studied at Leeds.” Danny Nicholls, MSc Transport Planning
Alongside specialist modules, study common modules that will address key issues currently facing transport industry professionals. These provide you with a holistic overview of transport problems and approaches to policy formulation.
Our new Transport Integrated Project module enables you to employ project management scenario-based learning. You will cover a range of transport disciplines and be supervised by experts in the field. Join forces with a project team of other students from our other degrees to develop a solution to a ‘real-world' transport problem, identifying how your own interests need to interact effectively with others to achieve an effective solution.
You'll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills throughout the programme. In your dissertation, you'll apply these to a project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic.
If you choose to study part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year. The part-time programme is flexible - the quickest route takes 24 months, but you can take up to 36 months if you choose to spend longer working on your dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Understanding Travel Behaviour 15 credits
- Shaping Future Transport Systems 15 credits
- Principles of Transport Modelling 15 credits
- Transport Data Collection and Analysis 15 credits
- Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis 15 credits
- Transport Dissertation 60 credits
- Transport Integrated Project 15 credits
- Funding for Projects 15 credits
- Green Logistics 15 credits
- Analysing Transport and Society 15 credits
- Public Transport Planning and Management 15 credits
- System Dynamics: Modelling Policy 15 credits
- Traffic Management 15 credits
- Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods 15 credits
- Transport and Public Health 15 credits
- Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design 15 credits
- Traffic Network Modelling 15 credits
- Transport Investment Appraisal 15 credits
- Transport and Urban Pollution 15 credits
- Transport in Development 15 credits
- Road Safety Management 15 credits
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For more information on typical modules, read Transport Planning MSc Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information on typical modules, read Transport Planning MSc Part Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you'll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials.
Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.
“The lectures and seminars always present fresh issues on transport and deliver them in a way that is easy to understand.” Santhi Nugraheni, MSc Transport Economics
“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 culture.” Read more Eric Tetteh, MSc Transport Planning
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as geography, town planning, earth and environment, architecture, sustainability, logistics, business and management, psychology, social policy, history, politics or public administration.
Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience plus experience in the sector will also be considered.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the ITS admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
How to apply
We don't have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship.
- Apply (Full time)
- Apply (Part time)
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read Institute for Transport Studies advice on how to apply.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Faculty of Environment Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
International: £19,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
The Institute for Transport Studies offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships.
Links with industry
ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students.
Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation.
The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others.
Read more about Graduate Employability at the Institute for Transport Studies.
A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies.
ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments.
You'll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation.
Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University's Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans.
We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector.
Find out more about Employability at ITS
“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!” Tom Jones, MSc Transport Planning
Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you've learned in practice.
For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.
Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro.
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