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MSc Transport Planning

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate an understanding of the main principles, techniques and issues in transport planning;
- understand the importance of transport planning in addressing social, economic and environmental issues;
- demonstrate the techniques of transport planning in addressing transport problems, taking into account the impacts upon accessibility, economic efficiency, the environment, equity, sustainability, development and the safety of transport systems;
- identify and understand the application of the most appropriate instruments of transport planning to specific transport problems and projects;
- specialise in selected aspects of the field, gaining deeper knowledge and advanced skills which can be applied in practice;
- demonstrate awareness of the advanced skills and their practical application in possible future employment in the transport sector or in further study or research;
- demonstrate competence in the identification, collection, management and analysis of a range of data related to transport and its interaction with the environment, society and the economy;
- work effectively in interdisciplinary teams on cases and problems relating to transport planning problems;
- design and conduct an independent research study on a topic related to transport.

Transferable (key) skills

The key skills that students will develop through the programme are highly relevant to a range of employment opportunities:

- being able to translate policy principles into practice;
- being able to understand the limitations and constraints of policies;
- being able to access up to date resources in an area and process them;
- to understand key data requirements and collection processes;
- to be able to communicate confidently through written work and in oral presentations;
- to recognise and become familiar with key modelling/computing advances which support environmental analysis.


The learning outcomes for the programme have been designed in conjunction with the learning outcomes of the modules. Each module comprises a balance of assessment of understanding of core principles, critique of practice and demonstration of the ability to conduct key tasks. Importantly, the process of assessment takes a balanced approach to assessing both the learning outcomes and the achievement of the key skills portfolio outlined.


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