Professional course

Transport Economics and Appraisal

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 Steve Melia
Key fact:
This course can count towards the MSc Transport Planning or the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

Page last updated 1 May 2019


The course emphasises aspects of economic methodology relevant to the understanding of practical transport problems, in order to equip you with the relevant skills for a career in transport planning.

Appraisal is a central theme through this course, which examines benefit-cost analysis and other means of assessing planning options and their use in the appraisal of transport projects and policies.

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 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?

  • Links between transport and the economy
  • Aspects of economic methodology relevant to the understanding of practical transport problems
  • Demand and supply
  • Appraisal of transport schemes
  • Interventions
  • Case studies in transport economics and appraisal
  • Public hearings

What will the course outcome be?

The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of, and competence with, state-of-the-art appraisal techniques as they are applied to the transport sector in the UK.

Participants will understand how contemporary appraisal techniques have emerged from the sustainability discourse and will appreciate the complexities and conflicts raised by seeking to reconcile economic objectives with social and environmental ones.

On completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the need for public sector intervention in the transport market, and in particular the justifications for public investment.
  • Recognise and critically debate the economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of promoting travel and transport within society, reaching conclusions about the effectiveness of the concept of sustainability.
  • Critically evaluate current approaches for the appraisal and mitigation of transport investment and implementation in the UK, including reference to the role of EU legislation.
  • Communicate economic arguments making appropriate use of economic terminology, both orally and in writing.

Learning and Teaching

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Study time

Each 15 credit course (module) is expected to take 150 hours to complete. The course will be delivered through a series of lectures and workshops. Given the technical nature of the syllabus, these will be largely delivered and lead by a range of the core programme staff.

The interactive lectures will seek to explain the economic and appraisal concepts; these supported by practical exercise in the workshops and private study. The lectures will prepare participants for a culminating session in which they are requested to role-play within a mock public hearing format. Additionally, the formative sessions will enable the participant to write a summative essay critiquing a particular and contemporary appraisal case.


The assessment for this course includes a report and exam. 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

DatesFee Home & EU / 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

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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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