Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,500 *
International Fees £11,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams. The Course also forms part of the pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

The course will enable you to understand the causes and motivations of personal travel and goods movement; to analyse transport problems and develop, and implement policies and measures for resolving such problems; to evaluate transport projects, plans and policies, taking into account the need for stakeholder participation and recognising the political, social, health, environmental and economic issues involved.

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

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.

Indicative timetable

Students usually need to attend classes at University on Tuesday and Thursday in Semester 1, and the days of attendance in Semester 2 will depend on the options chosen. Please note, this timetable is subject to change.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Your dissertation will draw on techniques and background material introduced on the Masters course, and incorporate original analysis. This module provides you with an opportunity for an in-depth study on a topic within the transport sector. 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.

60 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 statistics and GIS software, and learn how to interpret and present your results.

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 economic principles and assessment techniques used in transport planning, pricing and costing of transport, monitoring the performance and impacts of transport schemes and plans, elements of operational and commercial management of transport system and services.

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.

20 credits.

Option modules

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.

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.

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.

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 the transport and land use feedback cycle, framework of laws and regulations of land use planning, land use strategies to promote sustainable mobility, principles of LUTI modelling, sustainable accessibility planning, perspectives on planning major transport infrastructure.

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.

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.

20 credits.

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.

Non-credit bearing module.

Professional accreditation

The MSc course will give you a full exemption from 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.

Entry Requirements

You should have at least a good Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject area, and any relevant transport experience would further enhance your application. Part-time students should normally be employed within a relevant sector of transport for the duration of the course. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

You should have at least a good Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject area, and any relevant transport experience would further enhance your application. Part-time students should normally be employed within a relevant sector of transport for the duration of the course. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component.

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Careers

Transport Planning and Management MSc is the right choice if you see your future work in transport planning as part of the design of sustainable cities.

Graduate students have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment with the following organisations:

  • transport operators
  • consultancies
  • local and central governments
  • international funding institutions
  • third sector and lobby groups
  • public and private utility companies
  • teaching and research

Students have gone on to work with:

  • international consultancies
  • Arup
  • AECOM
  • CH2M
  • Atkins
  • Alan Baxter & Associates
  • WSP
  • Transport for London and GLA
  • TfGM
  • metropolitan and city authorities

We work closely with employers and industry to provide graduates with the technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills they need for a successful career.

Students gain valuable contact with industry through guest lectures, seminars, field trips, group design activities and individual special project (dissertations) as well as employer presentations.

The course has close links with international consultancies and local authorities. We have worked with organisations such as Arup, AECOM, CH2M, Atkins, Alan Baxter & Associates, WSP, Transport for London and GLA. 

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Brian Large Bursary Fund

Provides financial support to UK students that are studying full time on the Transport and Planning MSc from September 2017.

Find out about the Brian Large Bursary Fund.

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

Up to £10,000 bursary providing financial support for education and research in transport.

Find out about the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.

International tuition fee: £11,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

What our students say

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Lucy Marstrand

Transport Planning and Management MSc, 2015–16

The focus of Westminster’s Transport Planning and Management MSc is policy, which aligned closely with my work as cycling officer on local transport policy at Bournemouth Council. Furthermore, being based in London the course leader manages to secure a range of great lecturers.

Shevaugh Philips, student on the Transport Planning and Management MSc

Shevaughn Phillips

Transport Planning and Management MSc

This MSc has given me the opportunity to learn alongside experienced practitioners, developed my skillset and knowledge base allowing me to successfully apply for strategic planning positions within my organisation.

Max Hemmerle, Transport Planning and Management alumni

Max Hemmerle

Transport Planning and Management MSc

The course was instrumental in helping me understand how transport shapes all aspects of our lives I am now putting my learning into practice, working for one of London’s most prestigious international consultancies.

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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).

View fees for the Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate courses

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