MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

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
Ben Clark

This course is open to Home, Home EU and Home Offshore applicants.

We are no longer able to accept applications for September 2022 entry from those requiring a Student Route Visa to study.

Page last updated 11 July 2022


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.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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. Their 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 learning and teaching experience



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

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.

You will study:

  • Changing Travel Behaviour
  • Masters Project
  • Transport Economics and Appraisal
  • Transport Modelling and Scenario Planning
  • Transport Planning and Placemaking
  • Transport Policy and Finance
  • Street Network Planning and Design
  • Sustainable Transport Management and Operations
  • Transport Infrastructure Design.

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

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

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.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment is mainly through coursework, presentations, and exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


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 JBM for further information.

This course is also accredited by the CILT(UK), Transport Planning Professional and the Engineering Council.


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.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Take a look at the Engineering building

Step inside our new School of Engineering building at UWE Bristol


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
  • Bristol City Council.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2022. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Entry requirements

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

The course is generally suitable for graduates of degrees from any academic background, but particularly engineers, scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, geographers, planners and economists.

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.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications

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