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.
Two additional optional modules will be offered on the course for the 2017-18 academic year. These will cover 'Human Factors in Engineering' and 'Railway Engineering and Operations'. Full details will be added to the website in the near future.
For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Lead, Dr Simon Blainey.
View the programme specification document for this course
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
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.
- The degree is delivered by a dedicated Transportation Research Group within the faculty of Engineering and the Environment
- Employment prospects are excellent – our success rate is over 90%
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.
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.
Normally 30-40 students per year
Average applications per place:
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.
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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 late September each year. Individual modules may also be taken on a CPD basis.
In order to obtain an MSc you will need to complete eight taught modules and an individual project.
For the 2017-18 academic year six of the taught modules are compulsory, with each student choosing two more modules from five 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
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Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
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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.
Bursary sources specific to Transportation courses include:Explore funding opportunities
The Rees Jeffreys Road fund
The Brian Large Bursary fund
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
|Equipment||Approved 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.|
|Stationery||You 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.|
|Books||Where 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.|
|Equipment||Design 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.|
|Clothing||Field 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 copying||In 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.|
|Other||Optional 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.