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Transportation Planning and Engineering: Infrastructure (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Study the design, engineering and operation of land transport systems, with our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering: Infrastructure. With a focus on transport infrastructure, this full-time course looks in detail at traffic engineering, and railway engineering and operations.

If you want a career in the transport industry or you're an experienced transport professional interested in enhancing your skills, this degree is ideal. 

This course covers 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’s the perfect way to improve your knowledge and employability in the transport sector.

Your course highlights include field trips and a mock public inquiry, where you'll learn about  public engagement and the role of public opinion in the transport planning process.

You taught learning includes modules on:

  • transport economics 
  • transport data analysis and techniques 
  • transport planning: policy and governance 
  • transport modelling 
  • highway and traffic engineering  
  • railway engineering and operations  

You’ll also have the chance to choose from a range of modules including:

  • transport, energy and the environment
  • human factors in engineering
  • transport management and safety
  • logistics systems operations

You’ll gain experience using a range of transport-related software and you’ll be able to hear directly from a range of industry guest speakers. You’ll also carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice.

This degree is accredited 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.

Visit the Joint Board of Moderators website for more information.

For all students this degree is accredited by:

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) for the Transport Planning Professional qualification

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Dr Simon Blainey is an Associate Professor in Transportation. His interests lie in modelling the relationship between transport and other human and natural systems. He has researched nearly all major transport modes and is an expert in rail demand modelling and appraisal. He provides guidance to government bodies in the UK and overseas. Find out more on Dr Blainey's staff profile.

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to study a different specialism, you can apply for one of our other MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering pathways:


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Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport logo
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
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Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
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Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
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European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EAEP)
“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, 2020 fourth year student

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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