The University of Southampton
Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Behaviour)

Our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Behaviour) explores the relationships between transport systems, the people who use and operate them, and the wider world.  You will study modules covering human factors in transport engineering, and the interactions between transport, energy systems, and the environment.

This MSc is appropriate for students interested in a career in the transport industry.  The behaviour pathway - differentiated through the compulsory study of transport, energy and the environment, and human factors in engineering - is suitable for graduates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Introducing your degree

Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transport industry, or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering (Behaviour) is the masters course for you. Covering 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 is the perfect way to improve your capabilities and employability in the transport sector.


The one year full-time course starts in September each year and includes two semesters of taught modules and a summer period devoted to your individual project, from which you produce a Dissertation. Lectures take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week – allowing the course to be undertaken on a part-time basis over 2 years, with attendance on one day each week.  The course includes a 2 day residential field trip which in the past has featured behind-the-scenes site visits, museum trips, and a 'transport challenge' competition.

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Lead, Dr Simon Blainey.

To Apply

You can apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, visit the how to apply page.

The deadline for new applications to this course is the 31st of July each year.


For candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

This degree is accredited, as a Technical MSc, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Visit the JBM website for further information.

Accreditation bodies are the following:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers,
  • Institution of Structural Engineers,
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • The Institute of Highway Engineers.

For all candidates, this degree is accredited by the following:

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

Key Facts

  • Participate in field trips, including an overnight trip to a major city.
  • Gain experience of using a range of transport-related software packages.
  • Carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice.
  • Participate in a mock public inquiry, to understand how public engagement and opinion forms an integral part of the transport planning process.
  • Benefit from guest lectures from a range of industry experts.
  • Learn from academics who are engaged in world-leading research and who ensure the course content reflects the latest research outcomes.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

General entry requirements

Our minimum entry requirement is normally an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as engineering, science/mathematics, planning or geography. However, all applications are assessed individually and we encourage candidates with relevant experience and an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to apply.

English language

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: Normally 30-40 students per year

Average applications per place: 6

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly any practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The MSc TPE course can be undertaken full-time over 1 year or part-time on a day-release basis over 2 years, starting in late September each year.  Individual modules may also be taken on a CPD basis. 

In order to obtain an MSc you will need to complete eight taught modules and an individual research project.

For the 2018-19 academic year seven of the taught modules are compulsory, with each student choosing one more module from four available options.

Year 1

Semester One
CENV6153Credit: 15
FEEG3004Credit: 15
CENV6003Credit: 15
CENV6170Credit: 15
Semester Two
CENV6016Credit: 15

Semester 2&3 Research Project for FEE Masters Programmes


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

  • Transport planning,
  • Transport management,
  • Transport consultancy,
  • Environmental consultancy.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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