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Professional course

Sustainable Transport Management and Operations

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Two, three day blocks delivered approximately two - three weeks apart
Course director:
Prof. John Parkin
Programme leader:
Ben Clark

Page last updated 30 April 2019


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.

Careers / Further study

Sustainable Transport Management and Operations can be taken as a stand-alone CPD course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Capability Development Framework and our Transport Planning or Transport Engineering and Planning courses.

Professional accreditation

This course contributes towards the following programme: MSc Aerospace.

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.

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

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to undertake this course as a stand-alone short course without the optional course 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.



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 module will include a variety of approaches, which will encourage participative learning. Methods include individual and group exercises, together with films, tutor presentations, discussions and reading.

Watch the video of students comments on transport teaching at UWE Bristol and find out why recent students chose to study Transport at UWE Bristol.

Study time

The course is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and student presentations.

  • Directed contact learning = 36 hours
  • Independent Study = 36 hours
  • Assessment, including preparation = 78 hours
  • Total =150 hours


The assessment for this course includes a presentation and project report. For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

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.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

DatesUK & EU Students Fee / International Students Fee*
This course will next run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.TBC

*Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of this course fee


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

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How to apply

How to apply

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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. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Course Director.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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