Professional course Transport Economics and Appraisal

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Twelve sessions scheduled over fifteen weeks
Through lectures and workshops
Course Director
Ben Clark

Page last updated 31 January 2024


This course can count towards the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

Much of our economic activity and output relies on the efficient movement of people and goods. In this module you will be engaged with debates over the relationship between transport, the economy and sustainability and examine how foundational economic principles apply to the transport sector. For example, you will explore the relationship between transport supply and travel demand, the nature of different types of transport market and economic models of how people make transport choices. This will equip you with the ability to critique economic arguments for policy levers such as road pricing as a means of addressing issues like congestion.

The second part of the module examines economic appraisal as a method to support decision making. You will learn how to apply economic appraisal methods to assess the costs and benefits of transport interventions and think critically about the strengths and limitations of this technique.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements if you wish to undertake this course as a stand-alone short 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 Programme Leader 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. Use economic principles to evaluate transport markets, travel behaviour and policy interventions like congestion pricing.  
  2. Explain and critique the relationship between economics and concepts of sustainability.
  3. Critically evaluate the principles of welfare economics that underpin cost benefit analysis and the economic appraisal of transport investments.           
  4. Apply the principles of UK transport appraisal to assess proposed interventions.

Learning and Teaching

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures and workshops. The interactive lectures will seek to explain the economic and appraisal concepts and these will be supported by practical exercise in the workshops. The lectures will prepare participants for a culminating session in which they are requested to present and critique the results of an economic appraisal for a proposed transport scheme.

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 a report and a presentation.


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

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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
Twelve sessions scheduled over fifteen 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. 

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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.

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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.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)