MSc Transport Planning and Engineering

Postgraduate, Online learning

Delivered fully online this course offers the gateway to a successful career in the transport professions.

  • Napier code:

    52778MM

  • Course type:

    Online learning

  • Duration:

    21 – 33 months

  • Award:

    MSc

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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. 

Delivered fully online you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in your career with minimum disruption to your work and personal life.

The programme is approved as the further learning component required for Charter status by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), as well as for the TPS/CIHT’s Transport Planning Professional qualification (TPP). As such, there is a requirement for formal moderated examinations for all modules. You will be required to make arrangements to sit these examinations in your country and be responsible for any costs involved.


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.

This course is delivered fully online and will take between 21 - 33 months to complete. You'll study seven modules in total, with a maximum of two modules at a time over each trimester. The online materials have been designed to support you to study at a place and pace which suits your needs.

For the award of MSc you must successfully pass all seven modules, giving a total of 180 credits. All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.

If there is any question regarding the authorship of any submitted assessments, we reserve the right to require students to undertake an online viva.

What you study

  • Traffic Engineering Design 
  • Public Transport 
  • Transport Demand Management and Road Safety 
  • Transport Economics and Appraisal 
  • Transport Policy
  • Transport and Traffic Models 
  • Dissertation (Transport) - 60 credits



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


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.

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.


Tuition fees
All Students 2017/18 2018/19
All students *£770 tba
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment.
This course comprises of 180 credits, therefore the total cost is currently £6,930.

The course is approved as the further learning component required for Charter status by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), as well as for the TPS/CIHT’s Transport Planning Professional qualification (TPP). As such, there is a requirement for formal moderated examinations for all modules. You will be required to make arrangements to sit these examinations in your country and be responsible for any costs involved.
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