Professional course Transport Policy and Finance

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Six one-day sessions scheduled over fourteen weeks
Through lectures and workshops
Course Director
Ben Clark

Page last updated 7 March 2024


This course can count towards the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

This module is designed to develop your understanding of transport policy-making, considered in the context of social, environmental and technological change. You will examine the nature of transport policies at different levels of governance and the role of stakeholder engagement in developing transport policies.

You will evaluate how transport issues cut across all aspects of social policy, considering the needs of different sectors, different transport modes, and different population groups. The module also examines options for funding and financing investment in the transport sector.

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



On completion of this module, students are able to:

  1. Enter into a sophisticated debate about the key challenges presented by increasingly mobile societies and economies worldwide and the appropriate responses for transport planning and finance       
  2. Critically comment on the role of transport and how it interacts with other policy sectors
  3. Explain the objectives, contexts, institutions and practices of transport policy and finance and identify contrasts between international examples  
  4. Explain how policy, finance and regulation operate in respect of a range of modes of transport
  5. Critically analyse the concept of sustainable transport through application to the current transport system

Learning and Teaching

The module will be delivered through a series of interactive lectures and workshops.

Study time

This module will involve 6 hours direct contact time, per session, accross 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 presentation and project report. In previous years, the presentation and project have involved students developing and communicating a transport strategy for a context of their choosing.


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.

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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 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

Cohort October 2024 - TBCTimeLocation
Six one-day sessions scheduled over fourteen weeksTBCFrenchay Campus

Course fees

All prices are VAT exempt.

CohortOctober 2023
UK participants£792*
International participants£1,333*

*Fees displayed are based on 2023/24 entry and are an indication only. Please note there might be a small increase for 2024/25. 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

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 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

To make an enquiry: Enquire Now

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

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)