In semester 1, you'll study core modules that lay the foundations of the programme. You’ll develop the knowledge of key principles and topics in transport economics, as well as econometrics and cost-benefit analyses. You'll also be exposed to the multiple disciplines within the transport sector and have an overview of transport modelling, planning and engineering and how these fit with transport economics.
Semester 2 allows you to expand your understanding and gain specialist knowledge relevant to your career. You can choose from a range of modules giving you the chance to learn about a variety of topics, such as public transport planning, funding of infrastructure projects, investment appraisal and transport in the context of development. You'll also study our Transport Integrated Project module, which gives you experience of working on a real-world transport project by collaborating with a team of students from our other degrees.
Throughout your course, 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 industry experts and will be required to write both group and individual reports. At the end of the module, you'll present your final 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.
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 Economics MSc Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Transport Economics MSc Part Time in the course catalogue
Shaping Future Transport Systems
Principles of Transport Economics
Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Economics of Regulation
Economic Appraisal and Economic Performance
Transport Integrated Project
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Public Transport Planning and Management
System Dynamics: Modelling Policy
Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design
Transport in Development
<p><strong>Want to find out more about your modules?</strong></p><p>Take a look at the <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/module-information-3/doc/transport-economics-msc">Transport Economics MSc module descriptions</a> for more detail on what you'll study.</p>
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.
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 undertaken around the end of semester 1 will build on the teachings you’ve learned from the first semester, 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 the Peak District after the Sheffield visit – a fantastic way to get to know your fellow coursemates 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.
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 economics research has been successful in bridging the interface between academia and industry. For example, the Cost, Quality, Customer (CQC) Efficiency Network initiative offers local authorities throughout Britain the ability to quantify the scope for cost savings in the delivery of highway services and to identify better practices. We have also developed the open-access R package Apollo widely used for choice modelling.
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 Thijs Dekker, is an Associate Professor in Transport Economics at the Institute for Transport Studies. His research focuses on travel demand and travel behaviour analysis with specific interest in the links between transport and the environment. In terms of methodology, his research makes use of welfare economics and applied econometrics.
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.