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Professional course

Traffic Engineering

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
Six days over a 6 or 12 week period
Programme leader:
Prof. John Parkin
Key fact:
This course can count towards the MSc Transport Planning or the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

Page last updated 29 January 2018


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.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements if you wish 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.

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand-alone CPD course, or used to build up credits towards the following named postgraduate qualification by completing the module assessment:

·        PG Certificate; Diploma or Masters in Transport

PG Diploma or Masters in Transport Engineering and Planning



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

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Study time

This course is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and site visits. 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.

Contact time = 36 hours

Independent Study = 36 hours

Assessment, including preparation = 78 hours

Total = 150 hours


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

UK & EU Students Fee £583

International Students Fee £1,042

Course dates

This course runs alternative years and hence will next be scheduled to run in our 2018-19 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.


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

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How to apply

How to apply

If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment please register for our Transport Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking).

For all enquiries, please complete our on-line enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: For all queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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