Professional course Transport Infrastructure 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 Planning or 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.

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 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

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.

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 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

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