Professional course Transport Infrastructure Design

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Seven 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

Transport Infrastructure Engineering looks at the options and processes involved in designing transport infrastructure systems that are safe and sustainable.

This course develops the skills needed to design proposals whilst repecting physical, financial, environmental, social and time constraints and builds on your ability to present and critique solutions.

"It was great to research the potentially life changing technologies of driverless cars, and work through real life problems experienced in the consultancy environment in the field of highway design". Dan Trump, Jacobs.

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 the following named postgraduate qualification by completing the module assessment:

- PG Diploma or Masters in Transport Engineering and Planning



What does it cover?

  • Needs appraisal - evaluation of primary and secondary information sources.
  • Geometric design and route selection.
  • Pavement design.
  • Vehicle/infrastructure interaction.
  • Materials design and optimisation.
  • Construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets.
  • Material sourcing and management.
  • Infrastructure management.
  • Communications and safety systems.
  • Design standards and procedures.
  • Economic, environmental and social issues.

What will the course outcome be?

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the design principles applying to transport infrastructure systems.
  • Analyse client requirements and site conditions to identify safe and sustainable options for design and management.
  • Evaluate transport project proposals against physical, financial, environmental, social and time constraints.
  • Design, present and critique solutions to address a range of Infrastructure development needs, with consideration of good practice and appropriate design standards.

Learning and Teaching

You will be required to investigate and develop proposals for the design of a transport infrastructure project from a range of possible transport modes including: Air, road, cycle, rail and mass transit systems.

This will require a combination of individual and group-working, with opportunities for formative feedback on your proposals via tutor and peer-review.

Study time

This module will generally 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 an exam and design portfolio.

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.

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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)