Professional course Transport Planning and Placemaking

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Six one-day sessions scheduled over eleven weeks
Through lectures, tutorials and workshops
Course Director
Ben Clark

Page last updated 31 January 2024


This course can count towards the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

Transport professionals have an important role to play in shaping the delivery of healthy, low carbon places. This module is about how we plan and design places, from city to neighbourhood scale, that deliver sustainable transport outcomes. You will be introduced to transport planning principles and critically examine the relationships between spatial planning and transport planning. Transport professionals also need to be effective communicators and numerate and this module is designed to build confidence in these areas.

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



On completion of the module, students are able to

  • Evaluate different approaches to planning for movement, considering the relationship between spatial planning and transport planning.
  • Evaluate the role of transport planning in the planning and design of sustainable new developments (referred to as development management) and apply transport planning principles to development management scenarios.
  • Evaluate and synthesise information drawn from multiple domains to support transport planning recommendations.
  • Develop and communicate effective evidence-based arguments relating to transport planning.
  • Apply critical thinking and advanced quantitative analysis skills to evaluate transport planning problems.

Learning and Teaching

This module is delivered through lectures, tutorials, and workshops. Practical exercises, based on the evaluation of a place-making scenario (linked to the assessment), will be conducted in workshops.

Contact with students will be on a weekly or bi-weekly basis across a single semester.

Study time

This module will involve 6 hours direct contact time, every other week, for one semester.

Each 15 credit course (module) is expected to take 150 hours to complete, typically involving:

  • Up to 36 hrs directed contact learning
  • Up to 36 hrs independent study
  • Up to 78 hrs assessment, including preparation


The assessment for this course includes a reflective essay on transport planning and placemaking and a transport planning portfolio.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

Please view our MSc Transport Engineering and Planning  programme page for information on course accreditations.

Also see our Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) pages for further information on our research projects and upcoming events.

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.

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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
Six one-day sessions scheduled over eleven 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. 

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.

How to find UWE Bristol

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.

To make an enquiry: Enquire Now


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