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.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

This school also offers:

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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.
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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]