The University of Southampton
Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Transportation Planning & Engineering

Our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering (TPE) has been running since 1969. Planning effective transportation systems presents exciting challenges, as does their engineering, both in developed and developing countries. Issues include: the widespread use of private cars, the effects of transport on all aspects of the environment, congestion on roads, new towns and industrial estates, old towns and urban renewal, the economics of transport, the movement of freight, the difficulties of public transport, the potential of new systems and operations on transport, and national and international interaction.

Introducing your course

Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transport industry, or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering is the masters course for you. Covering everything from the fundamentals of modelling and economics through to the application of software and planning tools using real life examples from around the world, it is the perfect way to improve your capabilities and employability in the transport sector.

Overview

Our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering degree has been taught here since 1969. We will give you a firm technical knowledge of the theory and concepts involved in transportation. You will benefit from the insight of our world-class Transportation Research Group, as well as our links to the transport industry and external organisations who contribute to the course.

The one year full-time course starts in September each year and includes two semesters of taught modules and a summer period devoted to your individual project, from which you produce a Dissertation. Lectures take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week – allowing the course to be undertaken on a part-time basis over 2 years, with attendance on one day each week.

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Lead, Dr Simon Blainey.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can do this through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system (see link in top-right corner of this page).

For more background and detailed information, see How to Apply.

The deadline for applications to this course is the 31st July each year.

Please note that applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

UK and EU students may be eligible for a loan to help cover the costs of this course, whether studying on a full time or part time basis. For more information visit findmasters.com funding page

Accreditation

EUR-ACE

This degree is accredited, as a Technical MSc, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. The accreditation bodies are the following: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

The degree is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), for candidates applying to become a Transport Planning Professional.

Key Facts

  • The degree is delivered by a dedicated Transportation Research Group within the faculty of Engineering and the Environment
  • Southampton is a member of the Universities Transport Partnership, a group of 8 leading British universities collaborating to provide the best postgraduate education and training in transport.
  • Employment prospects are excellent – our success rate is over 90%
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“Transport is not only about civil engineering; it integrates knowledge from various areas such as geography, economy, urban planning, management, and even politics! It is really fascinating and I’ve enjoyed discovering it as my passion.”

Aditya Tafta Nugraha - MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering, 2014
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Programme specification

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

General entry requirements

Our minimum entry requirement is normally an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as engineering, science/mathematics, planning or geography. However, all applications are assessed individually and we encourage candidates with relevant experience and an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to apply.

English language

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: Normally 30-40 students per year

Average applications per place: 6

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly any practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The MSc TPE course can be undertaken full-time over 1 year or part-time on a day-release basis over 2 years, starting in October each year.  

The full MSc course consists of 8 taught modules and one individual project. 

Six of the taught modules are compulsory, with each student choosing two more modules from three available options. 

The formal degree course specification is available here.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentDesign equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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