Professional course

Travel Demand Analysis

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:
Dr Kiron Chatterjee
Key fact:
This course can count towards the MSc Transport Planning or the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning.

Page last updated 15 November 2017


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.

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.

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?

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

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Study time

Each 15 credit course is expected to take around 150 hours to complete. The course is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. During and between lectures participants are expected to participate in solving example problems and discussing analysis approaches. Seminars are held to debate travel demand analysis issues and the workshops are linked to the project coursework.

The project is further developed in participant-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.


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.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

UK & EU Student Fee £583 (academic year 2017/18)

International Student Fee £1,042 (academic year 2017/18)

Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of this course fee however, the university campus has parking available (at a small charge) and numerous catering outlets.

Course dates

There are currently no dates available for this course.

Dates for the academic year 2018/19 will be announced in the summer 2018.

Please complete our enquiry form below to be notified when new dates are available.


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

If you wish to gain university accreditation by completing the assignment please register for our Transport Framework. Once your application has been accepted by the programme leader you will be able to book onto the chosen module/s by contacting the course administrator directly. (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator to make a booking).

If you do not wish to gain university accreditation, please complete the module booking form which will be available here once 2018/19 dates for this module have been released. All participants attending this course, on a class only basis, will receive a certificate of attendance.

Please be advised that when applying onto this module, whether with or without university accreditation, the following documents will be required to support your application:

  • an up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • a written 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. drivers licence /passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport.
  • 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 Universities minimum English Language requirements, further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study.
  • an evidence of VISA statue for students from outside of UK/EU (if accepted onto the module)

For all content related enquiereis please contact the course director, Professor John Parkin, directly. For all general enquiries, please complete our on-line enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: For general enquiries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86728

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