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.You can study this course on a full-time, part-time or distance-learning basis.
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 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: Behaviour: Explore the relationships between transport systems, the people who use and run them, and the wider world
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.”
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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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