About this course
Explore the relationships between transport systems, the people who use and operate them, and the wider world, with our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering: Behaviour. This course offers modules in human factors in transport engineering, and the interactions between transport, energy systems, and the environment. You can study this course on a full-time, part-time or distance-learning basis.
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 master’s degree in transportation planning and engineering: behaviour 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 planning: policy and governance
- transport modelling
- human factors in engineering
- transport, energy and the environment
You’ll also have the chance to choose from a range of modules including:
- highway and traffic engineering
- railway engineering and operations
- 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.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
You can also study this course as a part-time master's - you'll study the same course content over 2 or more years.
From September 2022, you can study this course on a distance-learning basis. You'll study the same course content on a full-time or part-time basis, with face-to-face study for 1 week each semester.
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.
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: Operations: Learn about the issues relating to the operation and management of transport systems
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
“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.”
This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
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You’ll need a 2:1 degree in:
- a physical science
If you have a 2:1 degree in another subject please contact the programme lead to discuss whether you are eligible to apply.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
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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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.
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For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:
Human Factors in Engineering
This module provides an introduction to the role human factors in Engineering. It demonstrates how the characteristics and capabilities of people can be taken into account to optimise the design of things used by people, the environments in which they li...
MSc Research Project
Within the context of your programme of study, students will undertake independent, original and critical research on a relevant topic. Students will then communicate the research objectives, methodology, analysis, results and conclusions effectively both...
Transport Data Analysis and Techniques
This module is designed to provide knowledge of the basic data analysis techniques necessary for understanding and analysing transportation related datasets. This includes identification of suitable analysis methods, applications/calculations of appropria...
This module provides a critical awareness of how economics can be used to overcome current problems in the transport sector, such as congestion, inadequate service (in terms of both quantity and quality) and high prices. It will give you a systematic and ...
This module builds on theoretical aspects of transport planning and engineering to introduce a more applied approach covering the state-of-the-art in transport modelling. The module is divided into three intermixed strands: 'Transport Demand Models' for p...
Transport Planning: Policy and Governance
This module introduces students to key concepts in transport planning and policy-making, and provides them with the background knowledge necessary to understand transport system development. It makes use of a range of case studies from around the world, ...
Transport Planning: Practice
This module develops the understanding of transport policy and planning introduced in CENV6169 ‘Transport Planning: Policy and Governance’ by providing a broad range of examples of transport planning practice. A range of transport planning measures are i...
Transport, Energy and the Environment
The transport sector is currently heavily fossil fuel dependent and, in advanced economies, accounts for around one quarter of carbon dioxide emissions. This module will provide you with a systematic understanding of the inter-relationships between transp...
You must also choose from the following modules:
Highway and Traffic Engineering
This module will provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of road traffic flow and its analysis, using this as a basis for you to be able to undertake operational analysis and design of key features of the road transport sys...
Logistics Systems Operations
This module provides a comprehensive overview of the main features of logistic system operations. During the module, students will develop an appreciation for the different ways in which goods and services are managed and handled across the different tra...
Railway Engineering and Operations
This module provides comprehensive coverage of the main features of railway engineering and operations, including topics ranging from system planning through to the impacts of noise and vibration. During the module students will develop an appreciation o...
Transport Management and Safety
A key component of Transportation Planning and Engineering is enabling safer and more efficient use of transport infrastructure through transport management. This often involves making use of new technologies, in particular those related to Intelligent T...
Learning and assessment
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 MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering: Behaviour gives you everything you need to secure roles in logistics, transport planning, transport management and transport 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 2022). 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 thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
- our dedicated start-up incubator, Futureworlds
- a wide variety of enterprise events run throughout the year
- our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator, SETsquared
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £27,404.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
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 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 funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
- Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
- Search for the course you want to apply for.
- Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
- Submit your application.
Places are limited and we allocate them on a continuous basis from 21 September 2022, until all places are filled. We advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
We expect to close applications for this course on Friday 7 July 2023 (11:59pm UK time).
This course may stay open after this date if places are still available.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
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.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We will aim to send you a decision 6-8 weeks after you have submitted your application.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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