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Professional course

Transport Infrastructure Engineering

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
Six days over a 6 or 12 week period
Course director:
Prof. John Parkin
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 30 April 2019


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.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements if you wish 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.

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?

  • 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

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

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.

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


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.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

DatesUK & EU Student Fee / International Student 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 that 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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