Professional course Sustainable Transport Management and Operations

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Computing and Creative Technologies
Six one-day sessions scheduled over thirteen weeks
Through lectures and workshops
Course Director
Ben Clark

Page last updated 24 May 2023


This course can count towards the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

The course is for you if you who wish to develop skills and knowledge in sustainable transport, focusing on understanding the important key transport systems of aerospace, rail, road and how to initiate, manage and operate optimal integrated solutions, particularly in respect of the global environment.

The course will be of value if you work in a transport discipline and is suitable as a short professional course for employees that need an introduction to the wider subject of transport sustainability and its relationship to aerospace.

"The field trips to Bristol Airport, Network Rail etc. and the various guest speakers made the entire module very interesting and provided a perfect blend of theoretical and practical." Sehar Malik

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to undertake this course as a stand-alone CPD course without the optional module assessment.

If you wish to complete the course assessment you are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience.

We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

If you are a non-UK student you will need to show your passport on entry to the UK. Please check your eligibility to visit and study in the UK here. If you are a non-Irish EU national currently resident in Ireland please contact us directly for further advice.

If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand-alone CPD course, or used to build up credits towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) in Transport Engineering and Planning by completing the module assessment.



What do I get out of it?

A detailed knowledge and understanding of how transport systems inter-relate with the principles and policy of sustainable development, including climate change science, the relative modal dependencies of different transport markets, and the potential that change in different transport sectors has both to influence the achievement of future sustainability objectives and to secure a profitable future for the transport industry.

You will learn how different designs, technologies and techniques, both existing and evolving, influence the environmental and economic performance of transport systems from the perspectives of transport operators, and be aware of the institutional constraints on development of a suitable sustainable transport policy framework.

What does it cover?

  • Sustainability definitions and climate change science applied to transport generally and aviation in particular.
  • Transport markets, environmental economics and regulation.
  • Transport policy and politics, and particularly aviation policy, with an emphasis on the potential for and limits to substitution between modes.
  • Users and non-users' experiences and expectations of transport systems.
  • Planning and operation of termini, including integration with strategic spatial planning, the emergence of large service hinterlands, and access management to termini and logistics hubs.
  • Best environmental operating practice for transport operators.
  • Future trends in technological development and environmental performance.
  • Science and technology issues of sustainable transport development focusing on design efficiency, emission and noise control.
  • Current and future demands on vehicle and aircraft design and manufacture, including propulsion, aerodynamics, structures and on-board systems.

Learning and Teaching

The course will be delivered through a series of interactive lecture-discussion slots combined with individual and small group work on assigned tasks, over one semester (every other Wednesday).

The theory will be applied and assessed in a project assignment, based on a topic agreed between the student and module team with a presentation made within the final module session.

There will be pre-work to familiarise students with the concepts to be taught. The post module assignment will require further independent learning. The particular examples that students can learn from will be varied and include road public transport, rail, aerospace, and road freight.

Study time

This module will involve 6 hours direct contact time, every other week, for one semester.

Each 15 credit course (module) is expected to take 150 hours to complete.

  • 36 hrs directed contact learning
  • 36 hrs independent study
  • 78 hrs assessment, including preparation


The assessment for this course includes a presentation and project report.

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


Professional accreditation

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

View our Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) pages for further information on activity including upcoming events and opportunities in transport.

Study facilities

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.

Get a feel for the Geography and Environmental Management facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

This course is planned to run again in 2024. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2023. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

Should government restrictions be enforced this module will move to online delivery.

Course fees

All prices are VAT exempt.

As an indication, the cost of this course was £750 UK and £1,188 for International participants in the last academic year 2022/2023, so there might be a small increase for 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

Course Location

UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport
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For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or telephone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)