Professional course

Transport Policy and Finance

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
Six one day sessions scheduled over a period of up to fourteen weeks
Course director:
Prof. John Parkin
Programme leader:
Prof. Graham Parkhurst
Key fact:
This course can count towards the MSc Transport Planning or the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning.

Page last updated 1 May 2019


This course will help you to acquire a critical appreciation of the context and process of transport policy-making, including the political, economic and socio-cultural constraints.

It will study the financial structures and constraints in which transport planners operate. It will examine the availability, advantages and disadvantages of differing sources of finance, both public and private.

The course will also examine the process of developing local transport plans in the UK, with examples of practical challenges to policy makers, such as different forms of rapid transit and the conflict between economic and environmental objectives in aviation policy.

International comparisons will also be made, drawing on the research and experience of Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) tutors, as well as people from the wide range of countries who have taken this course.

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.

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 Planning or Transport Engineering and Planning



What does it cover?

  • Past and current trends in transport in the UK and internationally.
  • Role of transport in serving society and addressing major societal challenges.
  • Introduction to and recent history of transport policy in the UK, with international comparisons.
  • The policy process, including the roles of the state and private sector in transport provision.
  • The policy case for strategic transport investment and means of delivery.
  • The structure and finance of local transport.
  • The structure and finance of the rail and bus industries.
  • The process of developing a transport plan.

What will the course outcome be?

  • 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.
  • Critically comment on the role of transport and how it interacts with different sectors.
  • Explain the recent history, structure and practice of transport policy, finance and delivery in the UK and compare it with those of one or more other countries.
  • Explain how policy, finance and regulation are applied in relation to the main modes of transport.
  • Critically analyse the concept of sustainable transport through application to the current transport system.

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

The course is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and student presentations over one semester.

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


The assessment for this course includes a presentation and project report. 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 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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