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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

University of Leeds
Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)


Address 38 University Road, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel. No. +44(0)113 343 5331 / 5325
Fax No. +44(0)113 343 5334
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M.A. Course titles MA Transport Economics
MRes Built Environment
MSc Transport Planning
MSc Transport Planning & the Environment
MSc Transport Planning and Practice (part-time only)
MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering

Postgraduate diplomas (120 credits) are available for those not wishing to study to masters level (180 credits).
Type of courses Courses can be studied on a full or part-time basis, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Please contact ITS for more details of options and fees for part-time study.
Length of courses Masters courses are normally 12 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time.
Postgraduate diplomas are normally 9 months full-time or 18-24 months part-time.
Examinations offered Courses are assessed by a variety of different methods, which may include examination, coursework, practical work, presentations, projects and a dissertation. Certain courses provide exemption from the educational requirements of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCIT) and the Institution of Highways and Transportation (MIHT).
Date of commencement September (annually)
Accommodation Accommodation is available and in some circumstances this is guaranteed.
Admission requirements MA Transport Economics
A first or good (upper second class) honours degree, or equivalent, in economics or with a substantial economics content. Applicants with a less strong background in economics but with suitable quantitative skills will also be considered.

MRes Built Environment
A first class or good second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

MSc Transport Planning
A first or good second class honours degree or equivalent in geography, economics, civil engineering, mathematics, or other relevant disciplines. Other graduates and holders of professional qualifications (e.g. CEng, MCIT) with considerable experience in the transport field will also be considered.

MSc Transport Planning & the Environment
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, for example geography, civil engineering, mathematics, economics.

MSc Transport Planning and Practice (part-time only)
Normally a first or good second class honours degree in a numerate discipline, but this may not be necessary if the candidate has extensive experience of working in the sector. Students will not be accepted on to the programme without the full cooperation of their employers - including a commitment to provide study time.

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering
A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a suitable numerate discipline e.g. Civil Engineering, Geography, Economics, Mathematics.

English language skills (all courses)
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their ability in the various skills of English is sufficient by including with their applications details of any recognised English language qualifications, and of experience in using English. The most usual qualifications are TOEFL or the British Council IELTS test. We require at least an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with not less than 5.5 in any individual skill, or a TOEFL score of 550, with 5 on the Test of Written English and 250 overall on the Test of Spoken English (equivalent of 220 on the new computer-based scoring system with 4.0 on the essay rating).
Class size Class size varies between courses and year, but historically has been in the range of 10-30.
Fees UK and EC Students 3010 GBP
International students 9351 GBP
Compulsory field trips approx. 350 GBP
Fees include tuition but not books, accommodation, subsistence or other costs
Student profile The student body at ITS is culturally diverse. Typically there are an equal number of international and UK students. There tend to me more male than female students, as is common in the transport sector as a whole. The age profile of students includes those coming straight from undergraduate courses to those with significant career experience.
Contact person for application Lynn Armistead
Course directors MA Transport Economics - Dr Jeremy Toner
MRes Built Environment - Matthew Page
MSc Transport Planning - Paul Firmin
MSc Transport Planning & the Environment - Paul Firmin
MSc Transport Planning and Practice - Prof. Peter Bonsall
MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering - Frank Montgomery


Course/Program description

MA Transport Economics
The course provides training in the application of economic techniques and skills to the problems of the transport sector. The programme examines the economic problems of transport operations and planning at firm, local and national government levels. In the first semester students take four modules in welfare economics and cost benefit analysis; principles of transport economics; principles of transport modelling; and econometrics. In the second semester students choose four modules from an extensive list including: public transport planning and management; freight transport planning and management; economics of transport appraisal; economics of transport regulation; advanced transport modelling; current issues in transport; marketing transport services; air transport systems; and environmental economics. In the summer students write a dissertation, usually involving the analysis of data obtained by agreement with transport operators or local authorities.

MRes Built Environment
The Research Masters Degree is a new innovative postgraduate degree, offered by a combination of research and taught courses, and providing one year's training in research methods for those planning to work in research and development in industry or academia. It is designed in close co-operation with industry and it is expected that most students completing the programme will find employment in industry. However, it also provides a route to further study for a PhD and to academic research. The Leeds MRes in the Built Environment is one of a number selected by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for allocation of studentships. The programme will provide a training for highly qualified graduates in industrial and academic research in the Built Environment through project based work and professional development backed up with formal instruction in theory and practice in specialist areas. The student will acquire experience in undertaking a major research project as part of a team of researchers; a broad range of transferable skills; an awareness of the latest scientific developments; training in experimental and analytical techniques and an awareness of his or her capabilities in both industrial and academic research.

MSc Transport Planning
The programme aims to give students from a wide range of backgrounds a firm grounding in the principles, techniques, issues and practice of transport planning, thus equipping them for a professional career. It expands on students' basic training and experience by providing background courses in transport planning and policy formulation and in demand analysis methods. It enables students to specialise in selected aspects of the subject by providing up to twenty optional modules and emphasises the practical nature of the subject by providing study projects, many of which are linked with work being undertaken by local authorities, transport operators and consultants.

MSc Transport Planning & the Environment
The course offers a firm grounding in the principles, techniques, issues and practice of transport planning and the environment. By the end of the course, students will also have acquired a wide range of generic research skills in experimental and analytical techniques, communication, team working and problem solving. Students study the following compulsory modules: transport planning and practice, principles of transport modelling, transport data collection and analysis, research techniques and transferable skills, transport and the environment. Students can also choose modules to the value of 20 credits from an extensive list of 5 and 10 credit modules. You will also be required to complete an extended piece of research work over the summer period in the form of a dissertation worth 30 credits.

MSc Transport Planning and Practice (part-time only)
This course is specifically designed for people who are already employed in transport planning and wish to strengthen or update their knowledge of the discipline and to have this knowledge recognised by a qualification. The compulsory modules are the same as for the MSc in Transport Planning (and will be taken during one or more periods of 10 weeks). The optional modules are provided as a series of intensive short courses (3 or 4 days each) spread through the year. Options available in this form include: current issues on transport; transport investment appraisal; stated preference analysis; safety of new technology in transport; managing public transport systems; monitoring traffic pollution; and traffic network modelling. The dissertation will be undertaken on the employer's premises and will relate to a topic which is close to the students' daily work but academic supervision will be provided.

MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering
The programme equips students from a wide range of backgrounds with skills required for careers in transport planning, analysis, engineering design, management and operation. In the first semester students take four modules in transport planning policy; principles of transport engineering; principles of transport modelling; and transport data collection and analysis. In the second semester, modules to the value of 45 credits are selected from an extensive list of 10 and 5 credit modules, including accident analysis and prevention, road infrastructure design, network analysis models, traffic control systems, traffic management and economics of transport appraisal. This enables students to specialise in a specific area (e.g. traffic, systems, demand analysis or infrastructure engineering) if they wish. The first two semesters include a number of project assignments, many based on the use of relevant computer packages. Group working is adopted in some subjects. Visits and seminars are also used to reinforce lectures. A supervised dissertation, completed in the summer, allows students to pursue a particular research or design topic in greater depth. The course is recognised by the Institute of Logistics and Transport as satisfying completely their educational requirements for chartered membership (MCIT) and provides exemption from the educational requirements of the Institution of Highways and Transportation (MIHT). The course is also recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers as providing a route to membership (MICE) for graduates without a first degree in engineering.


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