About this course
Discover our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering: Operations and study the issues relating to the operation and management of transport systems. On this UK master's degree you'll study topics such as transport management and safety, and freight transport and logistics.
This degree is ideal if you want a career in the transport industry or you're an experienced transport professional interested in enhancing your skills.
This master’s degree in transportation planning and engineering: operations 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 capabilities and career prospects 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.
Your taught learning includes modules on:
- transport economics
- transport data analysis and techniques
- transport modelling
- logistics systems operations
You’ll also have the chance to choose from a range of modules including:
- highway and traffic engineering
- transport, energy and the environment
- railway engineering and operations
- human factors in engineering
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.
If you already have a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree, this degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Visit the Joint Board of Moderators website for more information.
This degree is also accredited as meeting the academic requirements for Transport Planning Professional status. Visit the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation website for more information.
If you'd prefer to study a different specialism, you can apply for one of our other MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering pathways:
- MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering: Infrastructure. Study the design, engineering and operation of land transport systems
- MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering: Behaviour. Explore the relationships between transport systems, the people who use and run them, and the wider world
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.
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.
This course is accredited by:
“I came to Southampton because I knew that the Transportation Research Group is one of the most influential, and I liked the programme structure. I've met people from many disciplines studying and teaching transport from different perspectives. This has made me understand that the problem is multidimensional and requires a broad scientific view.”
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.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in:
- a physical science
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The course is made up of 2 semesters of taught modules and a summer period devoted to your individual project, from which you produce your dissertation.
Your lectures take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.
The course includes a 2 day residential field trip. In the past this has featured behind-the-scenes site visits, museum trips and a 'transport challenge' competition.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
As well as lectures and tutorials your learning will include:
- individual and group planning exercises
- practical work
- group discussion to exchange ideas
- one-to-one tutorials
- access to dedicated research groups
Our Boldrewood Innovation Campus is home to the National Infrastructure Laboratory (NIL). The NIL is part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities, a network of 13 universities in the UK.
The NIL finds ways to improve and upgrade infrastructure. It contains 5 engineering labs that you'll use to learn the latest testing and analysis techniques.
Boldrewood Innovation Campus is also home to the Southampton University Driving Simulator, and the Transportation Research Group’s instrumented car and instrumented bicycle.
We assess your experimental, research and design skills using a combination of techniques including:
- problem solving exercises
- design exercises
- individual and group projects
As part of this transport planning master’s degree you’ll carry out a research project and complete a dissertation.
Your research project can focus on any of the areas covered in the course. It brings together all the skills you’ve learned and allows you to demonstrate in-depth knowledge.
The research project involves:
- sourcing and gathering information
- critical analysis
- evaluation skills
- presentation skills
It should include your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that needs new research applied to it.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
This transport planning msc gives you everything you need to secure roles in logistics, transport planning, management and consultancy, in the UK and overseas.
Employers could include:
- local authorities
- national government organisations
- engineering consultants
You'll also be well prepared for further study, such as postgraduate research.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000