University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Introduction

The Institute for Transport Studies is a free-standing academic department of the University of Leeds and part of the Faculty of Environment.

The Institute's primary purpose is to advance the understanding of transport activity, operations and use, and to develop skills and best practice among transport professionals and decision-makers.

The history of ITS goes back more than forty years and the University of Leeds first offered a transport Masters programme in 1965. The Institute was formally established in 1972 and has since grown to be a world leader in transport research and teaching.

Courses and Training

The Institute is the UK's largest single academic group providing transport courses and training. In a typical year there are around 500 students taking undergraduate modules, 80 students on Masters programmes, up to 40 registered PhD students, and dozens of delegates participating in short courses.

Through this, the Institute makes a significant contribution to resolving the skills shortage faced by the transport sector, and to improving both the quantity and quality of transport professionals internationally.

Research

ITS is a leading international centre for transport research. It is particularly notable for the breadth and depth of research, the international quality of which has been verified by Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) stretching back over a period of 20 years. The research is sponsored by a variety of organisations, including the UK Department for Transport, the European Commission, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. ITS was also the first academic unit in Britain to achieve ISO 9001 accreditation for research management.

Staff

ITS has approximately 50 academic/research staff and about a dozen support staff. The Institute prides itself on its inter- and multi-disciplinary nature; the staff come from a wide variety of background disciplines, including economics, engineering, geography, mathematics, computing, psychology and social science.

ITS staff have provided expert advice to international organisations such as the World Bank, the European Commission and the International Transport Forum, to national governments around the world and to UK entities such as the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Staff also serve as editors and/or members of the editorial boards of many leading transport journals and play a prominent role in the organisation of international transport conferences.

In recognition of a strong organisational commitment to nurturing and developing staff, ITS was awarded Investor in People status in 2004.

Vision, mission and values

Underpinning the Institute's commitment to being an effective organisation is having and communicating a clear vision, mission and set of values.

Vision statement - the Institute's vision is "to be recognised as the world leader in transport-related teaching and research."

Mission statement - the Institute's mission is "to advance the understanding of transport activity, operations and use and to develop skills and best practice among transport professionals and decision-makers."

Values statement - the Institute believes that its values are core to the continuation of its success and that being a member of ITS means we should:

  • encourage innovation and creativity;
  • strive to achieve excellence in all our activities;
  • respect and support each other, be responsive to individual needs and aspirations;
  • be willing to share knowledge and learn from each other;
  • expect to be treated fairly and conduct all activity with integrity;
  • have a collective responsibility for ITS' future success;
  • be transparent in our decision making, consulting widely as appropriate and encouraging staff involvement at all levels.
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MSc

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering (Full-time)

Campus Full time 12  September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This programme focuses on engineering solutions to transport issues, particularly how the design of systems determines the nature of how people and goods are transported. You’ll learn how to use engineering to meet the challenges of integrating different modes of transport and make travel safer, greener and more efficient. [+]

This programme focuses on engineering solutions to transport issues, particularly how the design of systems determines the nature of how people and goods are transported. You’ll learn how to use engineering to meet the challenges of integrating different modes of transport and make travel safer, greener and more efficient. You’ll analyse human interaction with transport design and consider the needs of different users in transport design and management. Designing for safety, efficiency and the environment, you’ll consider how engineering solutions can be aligned with transport policy and apply design standards to roads and junctions. You’ll use models to plan networks and predict demand, plan road construction and infrastructure projects, develop the skills to assess advanced traffic control systems. As well as gaining core technical skills in data collection, modelling, planning and engineering design, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules, all of which have practical applications. Research environment The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research. Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator – one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we’ve developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT. Accreditation This programme is recognised by the major professional bodies in the transport sector. It fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and provides a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification. It is also accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate degree. Course content Core modules will give you a thorough understanding of key topic areas. You’ll learn about the ways in which engineering design principles can be applied to transport systems and develop your skills using a range of transport modelling tools and techniques. You’ll also explore approaches to transport planning and how transport policy is formed, as well as building your skills in data collection and analysis. Optional modules will allow you to build on this knowledge to specialise in topics that suit your own interests and career plans. The variety of modules on offer means you could focus on public transport management, road geometry and infrastructure, or the role of transport in development among many others. Taught modules will allow you to gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a research project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic. Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. There are five compulsory modules including your dissertation, and you’ll select four optional modules. At least three of these must be from the ‘A’ list below, and you may choose one module from the ‘B’ list. PGDip students don’t have to complete the dissertation. Compulsory modules Optional modules Principles of Transport Engineering Principles of Transport Modelling Shaping Future Transport Systems Transport Data Collection and Analysis Transport Integrated Project Transport Dissertation Traffic Management Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements Public Transport Planning and Management Road Geometry and Infrastructure Road Safety Management System Dynamics: Modelling Policy Traffic Network Modelling Learning and teaching Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. Assessment Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Applying, fees and funding Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject such as engineering, environmental science, maths, physics, computing, natural sciences or a quantitative subject. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. Application deadlines We don’t have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship. If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help. Documents and information you’ll need Two references Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa. Fees UK/EU: £6,500 International: £17,000 Additional cost information Students wishing to attend the annual European Field Trip should allow approximately £500 for travel and accommodation during the trip. Scholarships and financial support The Institute, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. Career opportunities Links with industry ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students. Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation. The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others. Graduate destinations A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies. ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments. Careers support You’ll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation. Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University’s Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans. We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector. Field trips Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice. For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro. [-]

MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This programme is intended for students who have a solid grounding in mathematics*. The focus is to gain ‘deep’ understanding as to how transport systems can be conceptualised, and hence to develop and apply mathematical models to represent, understand, analyse and optimise the performance of transportation networks and flows. Students learn how to formulate real world transport problems as mathematical problems and alternative ways to solve them. [+]

Mathematical models form the foundation of all quantitative analyses of transportation systems; past, present and future. Such models are relied upon to provide a scientific basis for transport policy and decision making. There is a growing need for highly skilled quantitative modellers across the international transport sector in consultancies, planning departments and universities. This programme is intended for students who have a solid grounding in mathematics*. The focus is to gain ‘deep’ understanding as to how transport systems can be conceptualised, and hence to develop and apply mathematical models to represent, understand, analyse and optimise the performance of transportation networks and flows. Students learn how to formulate real world transport problems as mathematical problems and alternative ways to solve them. *Please contact the Programme Leader for an informal discussion of the the level of mathematics required and for any questions about programme content. Students learn to: recognise real world transportation issues which are susceptible to mathematical analysis; understand how and why mathematical models are used in different contexts of transport analyses; identify ways to formulate transport issues into mathematical problems and develop relevant solution strategies; apply optimization algorithms to traffic network models; write computer programmes to solve mathematical models and to visualise model outputs; write scientific reports on transport models and modelling approaches suitable for technical and lay audiences; work in a multidisciplinary team and effectively execute and communicate the role of mathematical modelling within an integrated project; critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; take a proactive and self-reflective role in developing professional relationships with others, in readiness for a career as a transport modeller. Course content You will learn about the methods and models used in transport analysis and the software packages that implement them. You will be trained to think creatively, beyond the standard application of established ‘solutions’ and you will learn how to use your technical expertise as a mathematical modeller in interdisciplinary teams. Being equipped with these skills will open up a range of future career paths, whether in government, consultancy, academia or going on to further study. The core of the programme comprises the following compulsory modules, which have been designed together to enhance the learning potential of this programme: Concepts and Mathematics for Modelling Transport – examines how transport systems can be modelled and the methods, assumptions, tools and algorithms involved (Semester 1). Transport Modelling in Practice – applies the theory covered above to realistic example scenarios. Includes use of state-of-the-art commercial software (Semester 1). Transport Data Science – how to manage, interrogate and visualise ‘big data’, and incorporate it into transport modelling (Semester 2). Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions. You will take 60 credits of compulsory modules specific to this programme. A further 30 credits will be compulsory cross-programme modules that are multi-disciplinary. You’ll also select 30 credits from a set of optional modules. Compulsory modules Optional modules - Choose two from the following list: Concepts and Mathematics for Modelling Transport Transport Modelling in Practice Transport Data Science Future Transport Systems Transport Dissertation Integrated Transport Project System Dynamics: Modelling Policy Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design Transport and Urban Pollution Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods Learning and teaching The programme involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, students experience a blend encompassing workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions and tutorials. Fieldwork also forms an important part of the learning experience and ranges from half-day regional site visits to a week-long European field trip. Assessment Assessment is equally varied and will include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Applying, fees and funding Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as Mathematics, statistics, or a science/engineering degree with substantial quantitative/mathematical content (e.g. physics, computer science). Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the ITS admissions team. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes. If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help. Documents and information you’ll need Two references Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa. Fees UK/EU: £6,500 International: £17,000 Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year. Students wishing to attend the annual European Field Trip should allow approximately £500 for travel and accommodation during the trip. Additional cost information Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip. Scholarships and financial support The Institute, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. Find out more about help in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government by visiting Postgraduate funding. Career opportunities This programme was developed in consultation with practitioners in the transport modelling sector, to ensure that its graduates will be highly employable. Many consultancies, local authority planning departments and other organizations in the transport industry have expressed interest in this new programme. Our graduates work across the private and public sectors, and a degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Students come to Leeds from across the world and subsequently follow both ‘international’ and ‘locally-based’ careers. Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with a variety of organisations. Common careers include those in transport consultancies, government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies. Some students are already employed when taking their degree, whilst others will be helped to gain employment, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation. To facilitate this, ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit campus each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students. This programme provides an ideal foundation for a PhD, whether in transport or in other areas of applied mathematical modelling and analysis of socio-technical systems. World-class research staff in ITS are available to discuss opportunities for further study. Careers support You’ll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation. Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University’s Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans. We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector. [-]

MSc Sustainability in Transport

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Bringing together the expertise of the Institute for Transport Studies and Sustainability Research Centre, this programme considers the interactions between the economy, society, the environment and governance. You’ll examine drivers such as climate change policies and corporate governance initiatives and develop the skills to help deliver integrated transport solutions. [+]

The way the world thinks about transport has changed. We now take a more holistic and longer-term view about the future of transport and its relationship with the development of sustainable communities. Bringing together the expertise of the Institute for Transport Studies and Sustainability Research Centre, this programme considers the interactions between the economy, society, the environment and governance. You’ll examine drivers such as climate change policies and corporate governance initiatives and develop the skills to help deliver integrated transport solutions. You’ll learn to conduct strategic reviews of transport and land-use policy, undertake sustainability assessments and conduct land-use zoning and development control exercises. You’ll consider the roles of governments, markets and communities in encouraging sustainability and evaluate policy interventions across sectors and spatial scales. Optional modules also allow you to specialise in topics that interest you. Research environment The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research. Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator – one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we’ve developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT. You’ll also be supported by the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC), an interdisciplinary centre for cutting-edge research in this dynamic field. SRC works with partners and funders such as Marks & Spencer and Asda to address key challenges facing businesses and governments alike. Part-time study at ITS This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months, though the programme is flexible and we advise you to allow for taking between 24 and 36 months. You can also study this programme as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) qualification full or part-time – this means you’ll study the same content as the MSc but you won’t complete a dissertation. Accreditation This programme is recognised by the Transport Planning Society. Course content Core modules will lay the foundations of your studies and introduce you to key topics in sustainability and transport. You’ll examine the concept of sustainability and explore different frameworks for understanding sustainable development – as well as how governance issues impact on the prospects for sustainability. At the same time, you’ll consider why and how people travel from a range of perspectives and consider global transport issues such as energy security, inclusion and development. You’ll also learn the fundamentals of transport planning and policy and develop skills in data collection and analysis. In addition, you’ll have the chance to select optional modules from a range offered by both ITS and SRC. These will give you the chance to develop specialist knowledge in specific topics, from traffic management to mitigating climate change. You’ll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills throughout the programme. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year. The part-time programme is flexible – the quickest route takes 24 months, but you can take up to 36 months if you choose to spend longer working on your dissertation. Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions. There are six compulsory modules including your dissertation, and you’ll also choose three optional modules. PGDip students don’t have to complete the dissertation. Compulsory modules Optional modules Environmental Policy and Governance Environmental Science and Sustainability for Transport Transport Data Collection and Analysis Shaping Future Transport Systems Transport Dissertation Transport Integrated Project Climate Change Mitigation Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development Standards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Global Transferability in Policy-Making Green Logistics Analysing Transport and Society Public Transport Planning and Management Road Safety Management System Dynamics: Modelling Policy Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economic Traffic Management Transport and Public Health Transport and Urban Pollution Transport in Development Transport Investment Appraisal Learning and teaching Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. Modules are arranged so that part-time students can attend one day per week, but this may limit the optional modules available to you. Some modules are taught intensively over 3-5 consecutive days. Assessment Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Applying, fees and funding Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as geography, town planning, earth and environment, architecture, sustainability, logistics, business and management, psychology, social policy, history, politics or public administration. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the ITS admissions team. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. Application deadlines We don’t have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship. If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help. Documents and information you’ll need Two references Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa. Admissions policy Faculty of Environment Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy Fees UK/EU: £6,500 International: £17,000 Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year. Additional cost information Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip. Scholarships and financial support The Institute, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. Career opportunities Links with industry ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students. Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation. The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others. Graduate destinations A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies. ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments. Careers support You’ll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation. Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University’s Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans. We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector. We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers. The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Field trips Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice. For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro. [-]

MSc Transport Economics

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This programme, designed for students with a background in economics, will enable you to use economics to first understand and then address transport issues. <br> You’ll deepen your understanding of economic methodologies and explore how they can be applied to the transport sector. [+]

This programme, designed for students with a background in economics, will enable you to use economics to first understand and then address transport issues. You’ll deepen your understanding of economic methodologies and explore how they can be applied to the transport sector. Using methodologies from welfare economics and cost-benefit analysis to regulatory economics and econometric analysis, you’ll examine key policy questions such as: How does the level of taxation affect people’s choice of transport? Which forms of transport regulation have been successful? What role should the state play in owning and operating public transport? Should users pay directly for their personal contribution to environmental damage? The only course of its type in the UK, this programme allows you to work with leading researchers in world-class facilities to develop a unique skill set. Research environment The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research. Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator – one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we’ve developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT. Part-time study at ITS This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months, though the programme is flexible and we advise you to allow for taking between 24 and 36 months. You can also study this programme as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) qualification full or part-time – this means you’ll study the same content as the MSc but you won’t complete a dissertation. Accreditation This programme is recognised by the major professional bodies in the transport sector. It fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and provides a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification. Course content The academic year begins with an induction week. For the rest of Semester 1, you’ll study core modules that lay the foundations of the programme and develop your knowledge of key principles and topics in transport economics, as well as transport modelling, econometrics and cost-benefit analyses. This will prepare you to expand your understanding and gain specialist knowledge in Semester 2. You’ll have the chance to focus on a variety of topics such as public transport planning, funding of infrastructure projects, investment appraisal and transport in the context of development. You’ll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills throughout the programme. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year. The part-time programme is flexible – the quickest route takes 24 months, but you can take up to 36 months if you choose to spend longer working on your dissertation. Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. You’ll take six compulsory modules including your dissertation, and you’ll also choose three optional modules. PGDip students don’t have to complete the dissertation. Compulsory modules Optional modules Principles of Transport Economics Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis Transport Econometrics Shaping Future Transport Systems Economics of Regulation Economic Appraisal and Economic Performance Transport Integrated Project Transport Dissertation Funding for Projects Green Logistics Public Transport Planning and Management Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design Preference Survey Design System Dynamics: Modelling Policy Transport in Development Learning and teaching Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. Modules are arranged so that part-time students can attend one day per week, but this may limit the optional modules available to you. Some modules are taught intensively over 3-5 consecutive days. Assessment Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Applying, fees and funding Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in economics (single or joint honours). Graduates from other disciplines with professional qualifications and experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the ITS admissions team. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. Application deadlines We don’t have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship. If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help. Documents and information you’ll need Two references Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa. Fees UK/EU: £6,500 International: £17,000 Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year. Additional cost information Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip. Scholarships and financial support The Institute, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. Read more about specific funding available for Institute for Transport Studies students. Find out more about help in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government by visiting Postgraduate funding. Career opportunities Links with industry ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students. Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation. The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others. Graduate destinations A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies. ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments. Careers support You’ll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation. Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University’s Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans. We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector. Field trips Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice. For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro. [-]

MSc Transport Planning (Full-time)

Campus Full time 12  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This programme, designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds, will equip you for a professional career in transport. Compulsory modules will give you a solid foundation in key areas such as policy, economics, planning, modelling, and data analysis. Optional modules then allow you to specialize in topics that suit your own interests and career aspirations. [+]

Transport planners play a key role in ensuring that transport systems are efficient and equitable. This programme, designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds, will equip you for a professional career in transport. Compulsory modules will give you a solid foundation in key areas such as policy, economics, planning, modelling, and data analysis. Optional modules then allow you to specialize in topics that suit your own interests and career aspirations. You’ll learn to analyse different perspectives on transport and their underlying assumptions, as well as assessing future transport demand and its impacts. You’ll consider how and why differing transport policies work and their relationship to wider social policy. In addition, you’ll learn different methods of collecting, analysing and presenting transport data, model the impacts of a range of interventions and design and implement objective-led strategies. Research environment The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research. Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator – one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we’ve developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT. Accreditation This programme is recognised by the major professional bodies in the transport sector. It fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and provides a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification. Course content Semester 1 will introduce you to key topics and lay the foundations of your knowledge of transport planning. You’ll examine why and how people travel from economic, social-psychological and mobilities perspectives and how this affects transport policy. At the same time, you’ll consider the challenges of transport planning and develop valuable skills in collecting and analysing data, as well as modelling techniques. Another core module in Semester 2 will focus on the relationship between transport planning and sustainable land-use, and you’ll learn how to assess proposals for new developments in this context. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, allowing you to gain specialist knowledge in areas including the relationship between transport and urban pollution, transport assessment appraisal or the role of transport in development. You’ll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills throughout the programme. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic. Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. There are six compulsory modules, including your dissertation. You’ll also select three optional modules. PGDip students don’t have to complete the dissertation. Compulsory modules Optional modules Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis Principles of Transport Modelling Understanding Travel Behaviour Transport Data Collection and Analysis Shaping Future Transport Systems Transport Integrated Project Transport Dissertation Analysing Transport and Society Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design Funding for Projects Global Transferability in Policy-Making Green Logistics Public Transport Planning and Management Road Safety Management System Dynamics: Modelling Policy Traffic Management Traffic Network Modelling Transport and Urban Pollution Transport and Public Health Transport in Development Transport Investment Appraisal Learning and teaching Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. Assessment Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Applying, fees and funding Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as geography, town planning, earth and environment, architecture, sustainability, logistics, business and management, psychology, social policy, history, politics or public administration. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience plus experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. Application deadlines We don’t have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship. If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help. Documents and information you’ll need Two references Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa. Fees UK/EU: £6,500 International: £17,000 Additional cost information Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip. Scholarships and financial support The Institute, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. Career opportunities Links with industry ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students. Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation. The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others. Graduate destinations A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies. ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments. Careers support You’ll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation. Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University’s Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans. We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector. Field trips Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice. For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro. [-]

MSc Transport Planning and the Environment (Full-time)

Campus Full time 12  September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This programme explores the relationship between transport and the enviroment, and equips you with practical approaches to environmentally sound transport planning. You’ll study the core principles of transport planning and then apply these to the environmental issues. [+]

Transport is a major cause of environmental impact, and it’s widely accepted that further expansion of transport must be balanced against the environmental damage. This programme explores this relationship and equips you with practical approaches to environmentally sound transport planning. You’ll study the core principles of transport planning and then apply these to the environmental issues. Core modules will allow you to analyse the complex nature of the environment-transport interface, assess the environmental impacts of specific transport schemes and propose effective solutions which align with other policies. You’ll develop technical knowledge of vehicle emissions, meteorology, noise and air pollution, monitoring tools and approaches to modelling, and design traffic systems to reduce pollution. At the same time, you’ll build skills in environmental data collection and analysis and choose optional modules in topics that suit your interests or career plans. Research environment The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research. Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator – one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we’ve developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT. Accreditation This programme is recognised by the major professional bodies in the transport sector. It fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and provides a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification. It is also accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate degree. Course content A set of core modules will give you a thorough understanding of key topics – you’ll study the principles of transport engineering and modelling, as well as developing your skills in data collection and analysis. You’ll also explore approaches to transport planning, the basics of transport economics, and important issues such as transport and urban pollution, energy security and how transport decisions impact biodiversity. Building on this knowledge, you’ll choose from optional modules that allow you to specialise in topics that suit your own interests and career plans. You could study topics as diverse as green logistics, sustainable land-use and appraising transport investment among many others. You’ll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills throughout the programme. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a research project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic. Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. There are seven compulsory modules, including your dissertation, and you’ll select two optional modules. PGDip students don’t have to complete the dissertation. Compulsory modules Optional modules Environmental Science and Sustainability for Transport Principles of Transport Modelling Transport Data Collection and Analysis Shaping Future Transport Systems Transport and Urban Pollution Transport Integrated Project Transport Dissertation Analysing Transport and Society Green Logistics Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis Public Transport Planning and Management Transport and Public Health Road Safety Management Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design Global Transferability in Policy-Making System Dynamics: Modelling Policy Transport Investment Appraisal Transport in Development Traffic Management Traffic Network Modelling Funding for Projects Learning and teaching Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. Assessment Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams. Applying, fees and funding Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject such as engineering, environmental science, maths, physics, computing, natural sciences and quantitative subjects. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. Application deadlines We don’t have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship. If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help. Documents and information you’ll need Two references Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa. Fees UK/EU: £6,500 International: £17,000 Additional cost information Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip. Scholarships and financial support The Institute, the University of Leeds and other organisations administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. Career opportunities Links with industry ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students. Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation. The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others. Graduate destinations A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies. ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments. Careers support You’ll be provided with a wide range of support geared towards helping you secure the right employment after graduation. Each year there are a number of events provided both by ITS and the University’s Careers Centre. We have a dedicated Careers Consultant from the Careers Centre who works with ITS students, delivering bespoke presentations and one-to-one consultations with students on their career plans. We also invite former students back to ITS to share their experiences of developing a career in the transport sector. Field Trips Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice. For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro. [-]