Professional course Transport Modelling and Scenario Planning

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Eleven sessions scheduled over eleven 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

Travel demand analysis involves understanding and predicting travel choices (e.g. whether, where, when and how to travel) and assessing their implications for transport networks and for society in general.

The aims of the course are to introduce travel demand analysis, to provide the opportunity to undertake travel demand analysis and to encourage critical debate of different approaches to travel demand analysis.

"Travel Demand Analysis provides a fascinating theoretical insight into why, when and how we choose to travel, complete with real-world applications and scenarios." David Kearney

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements if you wish to undertake this course as a stand-alone CPD 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.

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?

You will learn about the theories, assumptions and methods used and gain experience of developing and using models to test alternative transport strategies.

Themes covered include:

  • The role of travel demand analysis in transport planning.
  • Data collection and travel surveys.
  • Monitoring and evaluating change in travel demand.
  • Factors underlying travel choices and travel demand.
  • Mainstream transport modelling (four-stage, elasticity-based.)
  • Disaggregate choice modelling.
  • Traffic network models.
  • Alternative transport modelling approaches (activity-based, land use-transport interaction, dynamic.)
  • Application of transport models to forecast and appraise future scenarios.

What will the course outcome be?

  • Understanding and predicting travel choices (e.g. whether, where, when and how to travel).
  • Assessing their implications for transport networks and for society in general.
  • To introduce travel demand analysis.
  • To provide the opportunity to undertake travel demand analysis.
  • To encourage critical debate of different approaches to travel demand analysis.

Learning and Teaching

The module is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. During and between lectures students are expected to participate in solving example problems and discussing analysis approaches. Seminars are held to debate travel demand analysis issues. The workshops are linked to the project coursework. The project is further developed in student-directed time between workshops. The project involves the use of spreadsheet/statistical software to manage and analyse travel data and the use of transport modelling software to test alternative transport strategies.

During the module tutors provide assistance and guidance on core mathematical skills as appropriate.

Study time

This module will involve 3 hours direct contact time, every 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 a 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.

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

This course is planned to run again in 2023/ 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. 

Cohort 2023/ 2024TimeLocation
TBCTBCFrenchay campus

Should government restrictions be enforced this module will move to online delivery.

Course fees

As an indication, the cost of this course was £750.00 for UK students and £1,188.00 for international students in the last academic year 2022/23, so there might be a small increase for 2023/2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available. 

All prices are VAT exempt

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)