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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Transport Economics (Part-time 24month)

Programme code:MSC-TRN24/ECUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Thijs Dekker 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:

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/24 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme: MSc Transport Economics (For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

This Masters degree will equip you with the analytical skills for a rewarding career supporting transport delivery and policymaking at national, regional and local levels.
You'll develop a range of economic skills to help promote economic growth within a regulatory framework aimed at incentivising the best use of resources to improve transport systems whilst minimising any damage to health and the environment. You’ll also gain insights into how economics, planning, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to design sustainable solutions to global challenges.
The course has been designed following close consultation with industry practices and is shaped by our impactful and topical research, delivered by leading researchers with an international reputation – so you’ll be learning the most up-to-date and relevant information throughout the course.
This means you’ll be fully equipped to pursue your next steps in industry, with the topical knowledge, specialist skill set and practical experience to excel in this field.

Why study at Leeds:
• Our Institute for Transport Studies’ globally-renowned research conducted right here on campus feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in transport economics – and beyond.
• Advance your knowledge and understanding of the complex interface between transport and the wider economy (economic appraisal), learning pricing techniques, the importance of economic regulation and the valuation of third-party costs and benefits (micro-economics).
• Develop a professional and specialist skill set that will enable you to create quantitative models using real-world data and test economic theories (econometrics).
• Tailor the course to suit your career aspirations with a selection of optional modules that’ll hone your knowledge in the topics that interest you the most.
• Build industry experience collaborating on a multi-disciplinary team project with students from other degree specialisms that focuses on a real-world transport problem posed by Leeds City Council and/or choosing our optional four-month industrial placement scheme.
• Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of researchers and academics from the Institute for Transport Studies who have extensive expertise across a variety of transport disciplines.

Year1 - View timetable

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

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.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules
Please note that TRAN5925M is a 24-month module that is taught over Years 1 and 2 of the programme.

TRAN5050MPrinciples of Transport Economics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5060MWelfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5271MEconomics of Regulation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5631MEconomic Appraisal and Economic Performance15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5925MTransport Dissertation Part Time60 credits1 Jan to 31 Dec (24mth), 1 Sep to 31 Aug (24mth)

Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Please note that TRAN5925M is a 24 month module that is taught over Years 1 and 2 of the programme.

TRAN5015MShaping Future Transport Systems15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5113MTransport Econometrics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5912MTransport Integrated Project15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5925MTransport Dissertation Part Time60 credits1 Jan to 31 Dec (24mth), 1 Sep to 31 Aug (24mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following optional modules:

TRAN5162MGreen Logistics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5181MPublic Transport Planning and Management15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5191MSystem Dynamics: Modelling Policy15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5282MChoice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5750MTransport in Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

Exceptionally, students may study one elective module in place of one optional module, subject to a number of criteria including the prior approval of the Programme Leader.

Year3 - View timetable

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Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Last updated: 23/04/2024 09:23:45


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