MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Geography and Environmental Management
- One year full-time, two years part-time.
- Full-time, part-time, individual modules for CPD.
- Programme leader:
- John Parkin
- Key fact:
- As career opportunities in transport 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 7 September 2016
Transport touches everyone's lives. Transport planning is all about finding out how to reconcile today's needs for movement and development with protection and improvement of natural and urban environments. This course provides the necessary academic background to begin or enhance your career in transport planning.
MSc Transport Planningdraws on our strong links with employers, and offers the potential for a summer work placement linked to your dissertation.
All of our 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. The city has some interesting and complex transport problems, 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. We have close links with local authorities in the area, and have been commissioned to evaluate Bristol's Local Sustainable Transport Fund project.
Why do most Park and Ride schemes cause an increase in overall 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 equal increased collision and injury rates? These are just some of the questions posed by researchers from the Centre for Transport and Society at UWE Bristol in a series of short films, 'Surprising Things You Never Knew About Transport', which challenge beliefs among policymakers and the general public.
The course is international in outlook, although it will also teach students about the context and framework of transport in the UK. It has attracted students from a wide range of countries, and from employers around the region.
Watch the YouTube film to find out what some of our students have to say about their experiences on the MSc Transport Planning course.
Throughout the course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills transport planning employers look for in potential employees. You will also focus on how spatial planning interacts with transport needs and transport systems, and we encourage you to be open to new ideas and to critically examine established practices.
- Transport economics and appraisal
- Travel demand analysis
- Transport policy and finance
- Changing travel behavior
You will also study:
- Plan making - This module introduces students to the core skills necessary to conceive of, develop and write appropriate plans for a range of spatial scales in a range of sectors. It requires students to evaluate the potential for imaginative responses to planning challenges at a range of spatial scales including neighbourhood, local, strategic and international. Plan-making incorporates a European field trip.
- Implementation and design quality - This module offers a practical and theoretical understanding of the mechanisms and system of planning. It provides students with the analytical skills needed to make outcome based planning decisions, underpinned by the 'development management' approach, which focusses on the quality of the outcome and the effectiveness of the process. The module is project-based and you will work with spatial planning students.
- Dissertation - This includes research training and the potential for a work placement.
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, 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, which give you valuable insights into the latest developments in practice.
Transport planners must be numerate. If you lack confidence in this area, we can provide guidance and assistance for the mathematical content of the course.
For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Full-time: One year (includes dissertation)
Part-time: Two years, plus dissertation
Assessment is through coursework presentations and examinations.
For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.
This is an approved course for those wanting to gain the Transport Planning Professional Qualification, the equivalent qualification to chartered status in other professions.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), and is designed to meet all the academic requirements for becoming a Chartered Member. It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist planning programme.
A feature of this course is the potential for a work placement. This gives you the chance to gain valuable experience in practice and a competitive edge over graduates from other courses. If you choose to, we will help you to 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 or may not be unpaid) will involve a project designed to address an employer's genuine need. Your experience and findings will contribute to your project-based dissertation.
UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Careers / Further study
Opportunities in transport planning are growing. UWE Bristol's transport graduates have an excellent reputation, and several have since secured senior positions around the region and further afield.
Every year, employers ask the programme leader to advise students of their vacancies. 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.
Full time course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee||7000|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||583|
|International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)||1042|
|International-Full Time-Award Fee||12500|
|Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee||12500|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1042|
Part time course
|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.
We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above. This course is suitable for graduates of degrees from any academic background, and particularly social sciences, geography and planning.
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.
For further information
- E-mail: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333