Professional course Traffic Engineering

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
Six one-day sessions scheduled over twelve weeks (every other Thursday)
Through lectures and workshops
Programme leader
Prof. John Parkin

Page last updated 2 April 2020


This course can count towards the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

This course is designed to enable you to explain traffic flow theory, compare capacity and performances of junctions and understand approaches to demand management and network management.

Understanding and being able to mitigate issues in connection with safety are also covered, as well as understanding and the ability to mitigate issues in relation to environmental impacts.

"I found Traffic Engineering most useful in my day-to-day duties at work, particularly junction modelling using TRL software, which is a key skill for any transport consultant". Dorota Dys, WYG.

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.

Overseas participants will be required to provide evidence of visa status once accepted onto the course, before they can be fully registered and attend.

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 or Transport Engineering and Planning by completing the module assessment.



What does it cover?

  • Meeting the competing needs of different users of transport networks.
  • Highway link design and the theory of traffic flow.
  • Principles of junction design and modelling.
  • Infrastructure design and construction for active travel.
  • Road safety auditing.
  • Traffic management strategies: Traffic calming, Urban Traffic Control, Intelligent Transport Systems, Freight management.
  • Intelligent transport system applications.
  • Air quality and environmental management.

What will the course outcome be?

  • Explain traffic flow theory and appraise the capacity and performance of highway links.
  • Evaluate and compare the capacity and performance of priority, roundabout and signal controlled junctions.
  • Describe different traffic and demand management measures and explain how they can be combined effectively in network management.
  • Use guidance, advice and analysis tools for road safety auditing.
  • Identify environmental pollution issues, and suggest appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Evaluate and explain the role of professionals from a range of disciplines and the ways in which they interact in transport network design and management.

Learning and Teaching

The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and site visits, over one semester (every other Thursday).

Practical exercises will be conducted in workshops and involve evaluating different junction designs using traffic modelling techniques. The exercises are linked to the coursework project.

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

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 project report and exam.

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

This course runs once a year. The next module run is programmed for January 2021 and likely to follow the same delivery pattern: Six one-day sessions scheduled over 12 weeks (every other Thursday).

As an indication, the cost of this course was £625 UK/EU and £1083 for International participants in the last academic year, so there might be a small increase for 2021.

Exact course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in September 2020. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once dates are available.

Course Location

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

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

Overseas participants will be required to provide evidence of visa status once accepted onto the course, before they can be fully registered and attend.

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For further information

  • Email: For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader, Prof John Parkin ( 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 86927