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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.51k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The focus of this programme is on engineering solutions to transport issues, particularly how the design of systems determines the nature of how people and goods are transported. Students learn how to use engineering to meet the challenges of integrating different modes of transport and make travel safer, greener and more efficient.

    Students are first equipped with core technical skills in data collection, modelling, planning and engineering design. They then select from a range of options, all of which have practical applications.

    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.

    The programme is particularly suited to students who wish to extend their engineering capabilities, having studied a civil engineering or related degree. It is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Please see for further information.


    • Principles of Transport Engineering
    • Principles of Transport Modelling
    • Transport Planning & Policy
    • Transport Data Collection & Analysis
    • Dissertation
    Optional modules
    • Analysing Transport & Society
    • Deterioration & Maintenance of Pavements
    • Funding for Projects
    • Global Issues in Transport
    • Green Logistics
    • Public Transport Planning & Management
    • Road Geometry & Infrastructure
    • Safety of Road Transport
    • Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design
    • Sustainable Land-Use & Transport Planning
    • Traffic Management
    • Transport & Urban Pollution
    • Transport in Development
    • Transport Investment Appraisal
    • Traffic Network Modelling

    Students study compulsory modules plus four optional modules. All optional modules are offered subject to a minimum level of demand and thus not all modules may run in any given year. Please contact us for further details.

    The programme is offered on a full-time study basis (12 months) or as part-time study (24-36 months).


    • The MSc(Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering and the MSc Transport Planning & Environment programmes are suitable for students from an engineering or numerate background.


    Please see:

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Applicants should normally have or expect a first or good second class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant numerate discipline. The programme is particularly suited to students who wish to extend their engineering capabilities, having studied a civil engineering or a related subject as an undergraduate.Where English is not the applicant's first language, evidence of competence must be submitted with the application. This is typically in the form of a recent test certificate, such as IELTS, with a score of 6.5 overall and not less than 6.0 in any element. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 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. Work Experience No work experience is required. 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.

    ITS, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. These range from partial course fee payment to full maintenance grants of up to £10000 tax-free plus course fees. Key annual competitions are listed below, but for full details of those currently available, please see the Scholarships Office.

    ITS scholarships 2015/16

    For the September 2015 intake, ITS is offering up to five fees scholarships for Masters study. These scholarships are designed to provide exceptional opportunities to UK, EU and international students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential

    Other scholarship competitions

    UK/EU applicants

    • Brian Large Bursary
    • Rees Jeffreys Road Fund
    • University of Leeds Full-Fee Scholarships
    • Economic & Social Research Council ‘1+3’ (Masters + PhD)
    • Widening Access (2014 intake)

    International applicants

    • British Chevening Scholarships
    • British Council Awards
    • Commonwealth Scholarship Plan
    • Commonwealth Shared
    • Scholarship Scheme (DfID)
    • Ford Foundation Fellowships
    • Shell Centenary Scholarships
    • Tetley and Lupton Scholarships
    • Techno Scholarships

    There is strong competition for scholarships and early application is essential. For certain scholarship competitions, the procedure is for ITS to nominate which applicants it wishes to put forward for consideration to the awarding body.

    Our nomination in these cases is based primarily on academic merit (degree result and references), but relevant previous experience and other factors may also be taken into account.

    Other funding sources

    Given the competitive nature of scholarships, it makes sense to also explore other possibilities, such as:

    • Sponsorship – some organisations provide funding for their current/future employees.
    • Part-time study over two or more years - this spreads the cost and can be alongside paid employment.
    • Career Development Loans.
    • Charitable trusts, professional bodies and other grant-making organisations.


    This programme is recognised by the major professional bodies in the transport sector. It is approved as further learning for holders of accredited degrees seeking Chartered Engineer (CEng) status via the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or Institution of Highways and Transportation (IHT). It fulfils the educational requirements for membership of Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and the IHT whilst also providing a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

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    Enquires can also be made direct to the Programme Leader, Dr James Tate:

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