MSc Transport Planning and Engineering

Postgraduate, Part-time

This well respected and industry credited course offers the gateway to a successful career in the transport professions

  • Napier code:

    52717MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years and 1 trimester

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Developments in transport shape the world we live in and influence communities’ economic and social wellbeing. Transporting people and goods provides a serious challenge for politicians, transport planners and engineering specialists.

During your studies you will examine the major transport issues facing society and learn the main techniques applied in analysing and resolving transport problems.

Part-time study is flexible. Normally students will take three years to complete the programme if they undertake one module per week but the length of the course can be reduced to two years, if two modules are taken each week. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work.


transport planning and egineering

You will gain an understanding of transport systems through studying issues such as transport modelling and appraisal techniques from a theoretical and practical perspective. You will also learn how to develop effective transport strategies to address a range of different scenarios.

Your studies will also benefit from our excellent links with industry and the transport research community, allowing you to gain a good understanding of the profession from industry-relevant teaching, guest lecturers and by engaging with transport practitioners and researchers.

Part-time and distance learning options allow those working in the industry to expand their professional capabilities and meet the educational requirements for chartership.

Subjects include

  • Public transport
  • Transport policy
  • Development planning and transport assessment
  • Traffic engineering control
  • Transport and traffic models
  • Transport research methods
  • Transport economics and appraisal
  • Traffic management
  • MSc project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

This industry accredited qualification offers good career prospects, especially as there is an increasing demand for transport planning graduates in the UK.

On completing the course, you will go on to a career in one of the major transport consultancies, a local authority or a government agency.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above.  We look for applicants to have a background in Civil Engineering, Social Sciences, Geography, or Maths in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£1,893 *£1,893
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,262 £1,262
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Development Planning and Transport Assessment ( CTR11120 )

The module first sets out the background to transport and land use planning processes. You then study the role of masterplans, including the travel connectivity considerations. Considerable time is spent in discussing and preparing a Transport Assessment and the supporting Travel Plan for development proposals. A significant part of the time is spent on the transport infrastructure design aspects, including roads and junctions and the design of streets.

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Issues in Freight Transport ( CTR11121 )

The module is divided into four distinct but related sections. Section one provides you with an introduction to the subject, with a background to freight transport issues and an examination of the overall trends in modal splits up to the present day. Section two then considers individual modes of transport, particularly road haulage and rail freight, and the current issues and challenges facing these modes. It also considers intermodal/combined transport. Section three focuses on the international dimension, and hence greater focus is given to the global economic environment and maritime and air freight modes of transport. The fourth and final section gives far greater focus to the key challenges facing freight transport, in which you will specifically examine location issues, the development of logistics, network planning and likely future scenarios and policy directions affecting freight transport.

Further information

Public Transport ( CTR11112 )

The module will be broken down into the following three overarching themes: Introduction to Public Transport: - roles in society today, organisation of public transport, the bus and rail industries Issues in Public Transport: - urban rail, social inclusion and public transport, rural public transport, long distance public transport The Planning of Public Transport: - public transport network design, the costing of public transport operations, public transport information and ticketing

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Traffic Management ( CTR11103 )

Accident Investigation: •Accident investigation, STATS 19, UK and worldwide trends, site selection, remedial measures, economic justification, issues in monitoring, risk compensation, road hierarchy, safety management. Accident Analysis: •Statistical models, exposure measures, trends and comparisons, Smeed’s Law, effectiveness measures, regression to mean, accident migration, predictive models, Safety Audits and Signage for safety: •Practice and principle of safety audits, monitoring, traffic regulation orders (types and procedures), rules and standards for signs and markings (TSRGD). Traffic Management Issues: •Vulnerable road users; management of pedestrians and cyclists; traffic calming and speed management. Parking.

Further information

Transport Research Methods ( CTR11106 )

The module will be broken down into the following three components: - Part 1 content concentrates on issues relevant for the research process from developing research ideas to writing research projects: Research paradigms and methodologies; Research strategy definition and assessment; Literature review. - Part 2 focuses on some research methods, e.g. survey through questionnaires and qualitative research methods such as focus groups and interviews. - Part 3 provides insights on fundamentals of inferential statistics and tutorials on the use of common statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS or R).

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.