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MSc Transport Planning

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry-informed teaching: explore current developments in the field to ensure you develop the essential skills to meet the needs of employers and respond to challenges both now and in the future
  • Online software and research expertise: take advantage of access to specialist online software, including NVivo and SPSS, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), as well as the University of Hertfordshire’s expertise in the Smart Mobility Unit
  • Specialised pathways: the course gives you the opportunity to explore a range of specialised modules and pathways, including a placement year and advanced research route
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Funding available*

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Work placements offered

Professional Accreditations

Accreditation is currently being sought from the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) bodies, including:

  • Transport Planning Society (TPS)
  • Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (CIHT)

The course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the accrediting bodies.

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About the course

The MSc Transport Planning provides students with a broad knowledge base and understanding of transport provision in relation to planning and placemaking, environmental climate change and its mitigation and transport systems to support mobility and sustainable economic development.

The course offers three pathways:

MSc Transport Planning – a series of block-based (two or three day) modules, covering a variety of topics aimed at building the skills required for transport planning careers. This includes a piece of individual transport planning research (dissertation) undertaken by the student. Start dates are September and January.

MSc Transport Planning with Placement – in addition to the transport planning modules, this course offers the opportunity to undertake a 30 week work placement in a transport-related environment. It is aimed at those who wish to gain experience towards building a professional career. This is a September start only.

MSc Transport Planning with Advanced Research – in addition to the transport planning modules, this course offers the opportunity to undertake an internship with the Smart Mobility Unit and to produce an extended piece of transport planning research. It is aimed at those able to demonstrate experience of research who might be considering a PhD or a research-based career. Start dates are September and January.

All of the course options will equip you with the knowledge to address the current challenges within the field, whilst developing your expertise in transport planning within a low-carbon environment. The course is delivered within an overarching framework that focuses on key issues within the transport sector, ensuring you are able to future-proof your knowledge and career.

Why choose this course?

You’ll develop a broad knowledge base and understanding of transport provision in relation to planning and place-making, environmental climate change and its mitigation and designing transport systems to support sustainable economic development.

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge to address the current challenges within the field. The course is delivered within an overarching framework which focuses on key issues within the transport sector ensuring you are able to future-proof your knowledge and career. Current topics which the course addresses include:

  • decarbonisation
  • place-making
  • operational transport planning
  • transport and behavioural change
  • travel planning
  • transport data modelling and analysis

Throughout the course, you’ll also have access to specialist online software, including NVivo and SPSS, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). You will also have the opportunity to go on field trips locally and further afield. The programme includes a residential field trip as part of our Comparative Transport Planning Practice module within a different transport planning system. There are also several field trips within various modules, including Operational Transport Planning and Community Engagement in the Planning Process. Any travel and accommodation costs of field trips are included in course fees.

We are proud to have ranked 4th overall for tourism, transport and travel in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023). You can be confident in knowing you're receiving an award-winning learning experience when you study this course.

What will I study?

The postgraduate diploma is offered full-time only as a semester A September intake for one year or semester B January intake for 15 months.

The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures, workshops, field trips and masterclasses. You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including oral presentations, reflective journals, written reports and essays.

A variety of exciting and current topics will be explored, with core modules including:

  • Comparative Planning and Transport Practice
  • Understanding and Managing Change
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Transport Policy, Strategy and Law
  • Community Engagement and the Planning Process.

The course will equip you with highly desirable knowledge and skills: you will expand your expertise in transport policy and the administrative frameworks within which transport schemes are developed, assessed, financed, monitored and reviewed. You will deepen your understanding of the laws, regulations and guidance in which transport planners work as well as the operational management of commercial and public transport systems and services using real-world scenarios.  The principles of community involvement, stakeholder engagement and public consultation in the identification of transport needs and the development of transport policies, plans, projects and services (including alternative approaches and their relative effectiveness will also be explored.

You will develop skills for collecting, collating, analysing and interpreting the types of data used in the development and assessment of transport policies, plans, projects and services. 

Your extended research project will provide the opportunity to critically explore an area of transport planning of personal interest, with the aim of developing an in-depth understanding of how planning issues are researched, monitored and evaluated. You will be supported by an experienced dissertation supervisor. 

  • Level 7
    ModuleCreditsCompulsory/optional
    Research Methods15 CreditsCompulsory
    Operational Transport Planning15 CreditsCompulsory
    Transport Policy, Strategy and Law15 CreditsCompulsory
    Transport, Development and Viability15 CreditsCompulsory
    Research Project Transport Planning45 CreditsCompulsory
    Transport Data Collection and Analysis15 CreditsCompulsory
    Community Engagement and the Planning Process15 CreditsCompulsory
    Comparative Planning and Transport Practice15 CreditsCompulsory
    Sustainable Energy15 CreditsCompulsory
    Understanding & Managing Change15 CreditsCompulsory
    Study Skills0 CreditsCompulsory
  • Key staff

    Alexandra Buckland Stubbs
    Senior Research Assistant
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    Dr Scott Copsey

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    Ms Sue Walsh
    Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Transport Planning Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Transport Planning Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    The industry is desperately short of transport planners, especially those who have the energy and drive to take on the environmental challenges and enable technological changes to progress us to a sustainable future … The new Transport Planning masters is an ideal route into the transport sector and there are huge opportunities in a massively diverse range of areas and interests, from global policy to autonomous drone freight solutions.

    Graduate MSc in Sustainable Planning with Transport

    Employed as a Local Plan and Strategic Development Assistant Manager of WSP (Transport Consultancy)

    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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