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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Sustainability in Transport

Programme code:MSC-TRN/SSTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Caroline Mullen Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Institute for Transport Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:


Programme specification:

Throughout this course, you’ll learn a range of modules that address key issues in sustainable transport. You’ll first learn important fundamentals through a selection of core modules – these provide you with a holistic overview of challenges for sustainability in transport and approaches to policy formulation.
You’ll then be able to specialise in your preferred interests by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. This allows you to tailor your degree towards your career interests. You will also study our Transport Integrated Project module, which gives you experience of a typical real-world transport project.
You’ll gain specialist knowledge and advanced research skills. 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.
Project work
In the second semester, you will study our Transport Integrated Project module. This project lets you experience what it is like to be part of a multi-disciplined team working within the transport sector. You’ll work alongside students from our other Masters degrees, using your different specialisms to solve a real-world transport problem posed by Leeds City Council.
The Transport Integrated Project module helps you develop a real-world experience of working in the industry. You’ll gain insights into how planning, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges.
Throughout the project, you’ll be advised by industry experts and will be required to write both group and individual reports. At the end of the module, you will present your final work as a group.
Previous projects have included:
- Designing a new park and ride site
- Designing a new train station
- Redesigning Leeds’ City Square
Learning and teaching
Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journals, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials. You’ll also learn through independent study, allowing you to develop critical problem-solving and research skills that are relevant to a career in transport.
Throughout your degree, you will be supported by a personal tutor who you can meet regularly to discuss any study or career questions you might have. There is also the opportunity to apply to the Institute for Transport Studies mentorship programme, where you will be assigned an alumni mentor who currently works in the industry. The mentorship programme is a great opportunity to receive personalised career advice and develop a relationship with someone who is successful in the transport industry.

At the Institute for Transport Studies, we want you to graduate with hands-on, real-world skills you can take into your career. Fieldwork gives you the chance to build those professional skills and put theory into practice – experiencing transport systems in action and meeting transport professionals who are actively working in the field.
Leeds provides a great base for our students, with opportunities for on-site visits to Headingley and the City Square. You can also take part in our Metropoly game where you’ll work in teams travelling around West Yorkshire using a variety of transport systems to visit various places of interest.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

PLEASE NOTE: All modules are offered subject to a minimum level of demand and thus not all modules (particularly optional modules) may run in any given year. Please contact ITS for further details.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

SOEE5473MClimate and Environmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5014MEnvironmental Science and Sustainability for Transport15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5015MShaping Future Transport Systems15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5032MTransport Data Collection and Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5911MTransport Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
TRAN5912MTransport Integrated Project15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 45 credits from the following optional modules:

SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5115MSustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5162MGreen Logistics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5171MAnalysing Transport and Society15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5181MPublic Transport Planning and Management15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5191MSystem Dynamics: Modelling Policy15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5210MTraffic Management15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5233MGlobal Transferability of Policies15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5540MRailway Investment Appraisal15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5630MTransport Investment Appraisal15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5691MTransport and Urban Pollution15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5750MTransport in Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5763MRoad Safety15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

The recommended period for part-time study is 3 years. Students attending part-time need to have flexibility in their attendance pattern. For further information please email:
PLEASE NOTE: All modules are offered subject to a minimum level of demand and thus not all modules (particularly optional modules) may run in any given year. Please contact ITS for further details.

Last updated: 23/04/2024 16:23:32


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