Throughout this course, you’ll learn to develop solutions to engineering problems that fit the broader aims of transport and planning policy. You'll study a selection of core modules that address many of the key issues currently facing transport industry professionals. These provide you with a holistic overview of transport problems and approaches to policy formulation. You’ll also deepen your knowledge of:
- Engineering design principles
- Integrated transport networks - road, rail, and aviation
- Refining models to fit local contexts
- How to use SATURN and other Leeds-built models so that you become fluent in their use in live environments
You’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules. This allows you to develop more specialised skills and tailor your degree towards your preferred career interests. You'll also study our Transport Integrated Project module, which gives you an experience of a typical real-world transport project.
Throughout your degree, you'll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic.
In the second semester, you'll study our Transport Integrated Project module. This project lets you experience what it is like to be part of a multi-disciplined team working within the transport sector. You’ll work alongside students from our other Masters degrees, using your different specialisms to solve a real-world transport problem posed by Leeds City Council.
The Transport Integrated Project module helps you develop a real-world experience of working in the industry. You’ll gain insights into how planning, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges.
Throughout the project, you’ll be advised by subject experts and will be required to write both group and individual reports. You'll present your work as a group.
Previous projects have included:
- Designing a new park and ride site
- Designing a new train station
- Redesigning Leeds’ City Square
At the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), we want you to graduate with hands-on, real-world skills you can take into your career. Fieldwork gives you the chance to build those professional skills and put theory into practice – experiencing transport systems in action and meeting transport professionals who are actively working in the field.
Leeds provides a great base for our transport students, with opportunities for on-site visits to Headingley and the City Square. You can also take part in our Metropoly game where you’ll work in teams travelling around West Yorkshire using a variety of transport systems to visit various places of interest. You’ll gain points for each destination reached and the number of different transport systems covered.
See photos from the Metropoly game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ITSMetropoly.
The field trip to Sheffield around December will build on the teachings from semester 1, showing you the reality of planning and managing transport in a practical setting. You’ll also independently explore the city’s main urban and transport features, whilst learning about recent or ongoing transport-related projects from local practitioners.
In addition, we offer an optional residential trip to Castleton after the Sheffield visit – a fantastic way to get to know your fellow course mates better.
We also offer a week-long European field trip in June which usually involves a circular tour around parts of The Netherlands. For many students, this trip is the highlight of the course – offering the chance to experience first-hand some truly innovative transport solutions.
Activities could include a cycle tour of Delft, a planning walk around the redeveloped Rotterdam docks area and a review of the redesign of Utrecht main railway station. You might also get chance to experience a properly integrated city neighbourhood and hear from local transport experts and ITS alumni at various talks.
Check out our European field trip video – produced by one of our transport Masters students – to see the places they visited and get an insight into what the trip is like.
Please note: itineraries may vary from year to year.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Transport Planning and Engineering MSc (Eng) Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Transport Planning and Engineering MSc (Eng) Part Time in the course catalogue
Shaping Future Transport Systems
Principles of Transport Modelling
Transport Data Collection and Analysis
Principles of Transport Engineering
Transport Integrated Project
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Public Transport Planning and Management
System Dynamics: Modelling Policy
Road Geometry and Infrastructure
Traffic Network Modelling
Railway Signalling and Control
Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements
Learning and teaching
Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. You’ll also learn through independent study, allowing you to develop critical problem-solving and research skills that are relevant to a career in transport.
Throughout your degree, you'll be supported by a personal tutor who you can meet regularly to discuss any study or career questions you might have.
There is also the opportunity to apply to the Institute for Transport Studies mentorship programme, where you'll be assigned an alumni mentor who currently works in the industry. The mentorship programme is a great opportunity to receive personal career advice and develop a relationship with someone who is successful in the transport industry.
Active research environment
The Institute for Transport Studies was established as the UK’s first multidisciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research. Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities and a variety of specialist software tools including SATURN, DRACULA, and specialist open-source analysis packages such as OpenPave for pavement design, and licensed software such as ARCADY, LINSIG for junction design. We also have a driving simulator, too.
Other study options
This programme is also available part-time, over 24 or 36 months. We are flexible as to how you choose to study this course so that you can combine it with other commitments, such as an existing job. Please get in touch with our admissions team to discuss part-time study options.
The Programme Leader, Dr Yue Huang, is an experienced Chartered Engineer whose academic research looks at the lifecycle assessment of transport infrastructure. His expertise also includes road safety and novel pavement design, materials and recycling.
The wider programme team is made up of researchers and academics from the Institute for Transport Studies who have extensive expertise across a variety of transport disciplines.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.