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MSc

Transport Engineering and Planning

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K46D1
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Geography and Environmental Management
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year full-time, two years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time, part-time, individual modules for CPD
Programme leader:
John Parkin
Key fact:
As career opportunities in transport engineering and planning continue to grow, this course's excellent reputation gives you a competitive edge. Learn from industry experts at the forefront of research, enjoy our strong industry links and gain valuable experience through outstanding work-placements.

Page last updated 22 September 2017

Introduction

This course is an excellent route to a wide range of career opportunities. Estimating transport needs, providing systems and infrastructure to meet those needs, and addressing the impacts of transport on society and the environment all require the understanding and skills this course offers. The module content draws on our strong industry links, our research and our local and national project-based work.

MSc Transport Engineering and Planning is run by UWE Bristol's Centre for Transport and Society. All the teaching staff are engaged in research and consultancy, and often advise national and local government.

Cutting-edge research on the doorstep

Bristol is the home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and an exciting place to study transport and engineering. The city has some interesting and complex transport problems of its own, and plans to tackle them include a bus rapid transit network, continuing developments to cycling networks as the country's first Cycling City, and experimental closures of the city centre to motor traffic on Sundays. Our close links with local authorities in the area means we were commissioned to evaluate Bristol's Local Sustainable Transport Fund project.

Why do most Park and Ride schemes cause an increase in traffic? Why do people living in high-density housing make fewer journeys than people in suburbs, yet cause more traffic congestion? Does an increase in traffic inevitably increase collision and injury rates? These are just some of the questions posed by our researchers in the Centre for Transport and Society at UWE Bristol. They have explored these questions in a series of short films, 'Surprising Things You Never Knew About Transport', which challenge beliefs among policymakers and the general public.

This course draws on the latest research and practice, and attracts students from a wide range of countries, and from employers around the region. We welcome applicants from all over the world.

Watch the YouTube film to find out what some of our students have to say about their experiences on the MSc Transport Planning course.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Throughout the course you will acquire the knowledge and skills transport engineers and planners look for in potential employees. The course focuses on the modelling of transport systems and transport infrastructure engineering, as well as covering demand forecasting and appraisal. We encourage you to be open to new ideas and critically examine established practices.

The course modules cover the following topics:

  • Transport Infrastructure Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport Economics and Appraisal
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Transport Policy and Finance
  • Changing Travel Behaviour
  • Sustainable Transport Management and Operations

You will also study:

  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

This module introduces students to fundamental concepts related to GIS and its application, and develops the fundamental practical skills that are developed and extended in the rest of the programme. Using a variety of data students will undertake a GIS project in their chosen field.

  • Dissertation - including research training and the potential for a work placement

Individual modules are also available as short-courses for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) routes.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, fieldwork and laboratory work, debates and discussion, teamwork, presentations and external visits. Teaching staff are mainly active researchers in the Centre for Transport and Society, but, where appropriate, we include contribution from UWE Bristol experts working and teaching in other related fields.

We also have guest lectures from professional practitioners, who give you valuable insights into the latest developments in practice.

Transport engineers must be numerate. If you lack confidence in this area, we can provide help for the mathematical content of the course.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Full-time: One year (includes dissertation)

Part-time: Two years plus dissertation

Assessment

Assessment is mainly through coursework, presentations, and exams.

For more details, please see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Placements

A feature of this course is the potential for a work placement. This gives you the chance to gain valuable experience in practice and gain a competitive edge over graduates from other courses. If you choose to, we will help you find a suitable placement with an employer based in the area, for a few weeks in the summer after the end of teaching and assessment. The placement (which may be unpaid) will involve a project designed to address an employer's genuine needs. Your experience and findings will contribute to your project-based dissertation.

Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and has a vibrant campus environment. The Centre for Transport and Society is in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, so you can use its excellent facilities to support your learning.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Opportunities in transport engineering and planning are growing. UWE Bristol's transport graduates have an excellent reputation in the marketplace, and several have since secured senior positions around the region and further afield.

Every year, employers ask the programme leader to circulate details of vacancies with them. Several of our students have been hired as a direct result by employers such as Arup, Halcrow, ITP, WSP, Matrix, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Bristol City Council.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1042

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042

Supplementary fee information

For information about the specific scholarships available for transport students visit our postgraduate scholarships pages.

For information about general funding for postgraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Entry requirements

We normally require a first degree of 2:2 honours or above.

The course is designed to suit graduate engineers or scientists, mathematicians or statisticians, geographers, planners and economists. Graduates in other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate they have studied subjects containing a good level of numeracy.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

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