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Transportation Planning and Engineering: Operations (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2020 and January 2021

COVID-19: this course has two start dates

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.

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:

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.


This course is accredited by:

Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation logo
Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport logo
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Institute of Highway Engineers logo
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
Institution of Civil Engineers logo
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers logo
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
“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.”
Paraskevi Sarri, 2018 Graduate

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.