Transport Planning and Management MSc

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UKPASS code: 000228 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Part-time day release
Start: 14 September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Marylebone

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Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £725.00
Overseas: £1,300.00

This course develops your ability to initiate and implement advanced analysis and research in transport policy, planning and management. You will learn the techniques and methodologies you need to take decisions, or to provide the necessary information for others to take policy decisions.

The MSc course has been running successfully for many years, and is offered by the Department of Planning and Transport. It will give you full exemption from the examination requirements for Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT), and also forms part of the pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

If you are unable to study for a full Masters course, we also offer a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on these courses. Alternatively you can also study some of the individual modules from the Transport Planning and Management MSc course as stand alone short courses.

Course content

The MSc course balances theoretical and practical applications in the three separate components: core modules, option modules and a research dissertation.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

Research Dissertation

(60 credits)

Your dissertation will draw on techniques and background material introduced on the Masters course, and incorporate original analysis. Lectures are provided on research methods in Semester One, interlinked with the Statistics and Survey Methods for Transport module which provides a background in relevant techniques, including an introduction to GIS. Work is undertaken in Semester Two of the full-time course, or in the case of part-time students in Semester Two of Year 2 or Year 3. Final submission is in early September, and part-time MSc students may register to complete the dissertation in Year 3, rather than completing in Year 2.

Statistics and Survey Methods for Transport

(20 credits)

This module is designed to equip transport planners and managers with the basic concepts used in statistics and market research methods, and their application in the transport context, illustrated by suitable examples. You will analyse real-life transport datasets, using advanced Excel techniques and specialist software, and learn how to interpret and present your results.

Transport Economics

(20 credits)

Through this module you will examine the application of relevant economic principles to the transport sector, including fundamental topics of transport economics and new frontiers in the field. Topics you will explore include travel demand, pricing and supply of transport, investment in transport, economic and environmental appraisal of transport, transport markets, and the wider economic impacts of transport.

Transport Policy and Politics

(20 credits)

This module introduces you to debates within transport policy and politics past, present and future. It draws on material from different disciplines in placing a range of relevant controversies, ideas and issues within their theoretical, policy and political contexts. You will cover specific levels of decision-making for different topics, and learn about non-governmental organisations, including lobby groups, that influence transport policy making.

Option modules

Choose three from the following:

Airline Planning and Management

(20 credits)

In this module you will examine the international regulatory framework for air transport and the impact of deregulation. You will evaluate economic principles in terms of costs and revenue structures. You will assess airline commercial strategies. You will investigate aircraft operations in relation to both technical and market requirements.

Airport Planning and Management

(20 credits)

This module examines the organisation, ownership and management of the airport industry. It assesses airport economics and discusses the airport's relationship with airlines. The non-aeronautical aspects of an airport are also considered. Airport operations and service quality are examined and the role of marketing is assessed. The airport's impact on the economy and the environment is explored which includes an analysis of surface access strategies.

Freight Transport and Logistics Services

(20 credits)

In this module you will examine the changing market for freight transport and logistics services in a European and increasingly global context. You will evaluate economic principles in terms of costs and revenues, and assess the changing demands for new services. You will investigate fleet operations and warehouse management in relation to technology and market requirements, and you will also explore strategic options for service providers.

Land Use, Planning and Transport

(20 credits)

The module focuses on the interaction between transport and land-use, including the effect of land-use on travel patterns and the contribution of transport to development. Topics you will explore include changing planning system impact on transport systems and their sustainability, LUTI modelling and the role of forecasting in relation to transport planning, sustainable accessibility planning, transit oriented development, perspectives on planning major transport infrastructure, and scenario planning.

Public Passenger Transport

(20 credits)

This module will give you an understanding of contemporary issues concerning planning and operation of public passenger transport systems, primarily in the urban context and with reference to rural and long-distance markets. This is interpreted mainly in respect of rail and bus/coach, but also demand-responsive systems, taxis, cycle hire schemes and integration among different public transport modes. You will analyse and critically compare different experiences from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Traffic and Streets

(20 credits)

This module focuses on traffic and streets, where traffic refers to a range of urban transport modes. It covers movement and place functions in urban contexts, including tensions within and between each. You will analyse approaches to evaluating urban street environments, particularly focused on walking and cycling. This incorporates comparisons of methodological approaches used within different streetscape contexts and within different countries.

Transport Field Trip

(non-credit bearing module)

We aim to offer an optional field trip module where you will produce non-assessed collaborative work, usually undertaken in a European city or metropolitan area over three to six days. This option is offered to students as an additional module that does not contribute to their degree credits. As a non-credit bearing option, this module attracts a non-standard fee. Please note, dependent on resource, we cannot guarantee this module will be offered every year.

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Professional accreditation

The MSc course will give you a full exemption form the examination requirement for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT), and also forms part of the pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

Associated careers

Transport graduates develop their careers in a wide range of transport organisations, highlighting the breadth of the course content. Key employers regularly come in to speak to students about new opportunities in transport. Many part-time students are recruited from organisations including local government transport planning, transport consultancies, NGOs and transport operators.

Length of course

One year full-time; two to three years part-time

Indicative timetable

Students on the Transport Planning and Management MSc full-time course usually need to attend classes at University on Tuesday and Thursday in Semester One, and the days of attendance in Semester Two will depend on the options chosen.

Part-time students usually need to attend classes at University:

  • Year One Semester One: all day on Tuesday
  • Year One Semester Two: date of attendance depends on the options chosen
  • Year Two Semester One: all day on Thursday
  • Year Two Semester Two: date of attendance depends on the options chosen

Please note, this timetable is subject to change.

Other Transport Planning and Management courses

We also offer a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Certificate.

If you take the Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Diploma you take modules totalling at least 120 credits from the MSc course (listed above), and this must include all the core modules with the exception of the Dissertation. The Postgraduate Diploma usually takes one year to complete full-time and two years to complete part-time. If you wish to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma you should apply now via UKPASS (UKPASS code 052049).

If you take the Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Certificate you take the modules Transport Policy and Politics, Transport Economics, and one other 20 credit module from the MSc course (listed above). The Postgraduate Certificate usually takes one year to complete part-time. If you wish to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate you should apply now via UKPASS (UKPASS code 052048).

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