Urban Transport

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.74 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.3 k / Year(s)  
92 place StudyQA ranking:3322 Duration:12 months

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This Masters in Urban Transport is designed to educate students to meet the needs of cities and urban areas in planning and managing surface transport systems.

The programme will provide students with the opportunity to critically engage with theory and practice in relation to working for governmental organisations and private sector consultancies in the area of transport.

  • The MSc in Urban Transport will help you understand stakeholders and connections with energy, environment, housing, land-use, economic development, labour markets and related sectors as well as the technical planning process.
  • The programme will focus on multiple modes of urban transport – roads, public transport, active transport and emerging shared and intermodal transport - enabling students to design highly innovative urban transport solutions.
  • There will be heavy emphasis on the use of specialized software to develop transport plans, operational policies, geographical analysis, visualisation, statistical analysis and to conduct transportation impact evaluation providing students with an unprecedented advantage in the job market.

Career prospects

The programme will prepare students for successful careers in transportation planning, policy analysis and management in public sector agencies, private companies and non-profit organizations. A typical career trajectory upon graduation would be an entry or mid-level position in a government department of transport or a similar position in a private consulting firm. You will also be highly qualified to apply for a PhD in Urban Planning or Engineering.

Students will be able to choose between a variety of core and optional courses provided by the School of Social and Political Sciences and the School of Engineering. This cross-disciplinary course approach will ensure you learn industry-specific skills in both transport planning and engineering and allow you to focus more heavily on either of the two strands of the programme.

Key courses on transport will be followed by lab sessions where practical lessons on the use of highly specialised software will be given in the form of either independent or group projects.

This approach will help students to not only acquire theoretical knowledge but also to apply their knowledge to real world problems with actual data. Students will learn emerging challenges in managing urban transport in cities and how researchers can investigate them and develop solutions with advanced analytical skills.

Students will be expected submit essays and lab reports as part of the their course assessment and a dissertation at the end of the programme. Dissertation topics will be generated with the input of practitioners and datasets will be made available so as to enable practical skills-development.

Core Courses

  • Transport studies (10 credits)
  • Theory and principles of sustainability (20 credits)
  • Principles of GIS (Geographical Information System) (10 credits)
  • Social Science statistics 1 (20 credits)
  • Project management (10 credits)
  • Transport planning methods (20 credits)
  • Transport planning lab (10 credits)

Optional Courses

  • Spatial planning strategy (20 credits)
  • International urban challenges (20 credits)
  • Transportation systems engineering (10 credits)
  • Autonomous vehicle guidance systems (10 credits)
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in relevant fields including Urban Studies, Civil Engineering, Geography, Management and Economics. Candidates from other disciplines who otherwise meet the criteria are also considered. Additionally, an interest in acquiring quantitative skills in statistics and economics must be demonstrated.Further information regarding academic entry requirements:student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.ukEnglish language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):overall score 6.5no sub-test less than 6.0or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimumCPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): CminimumPTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59Pre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of financial support.

The University of Glasgow also offers funding opportunities to its current students wanting to carry out a project or a piece of research away from the University.



The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
  • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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