Transport Planning and Modelling MSc

Transport Planning and Modelling MSc

Full time: 12 months, part time: minimum 24 months, maximum 48 months
CPD modules available


The Transport Planning and Modelling MSc is an industry accredited course designed for practising professionals and new graduates. You will develop and apply advanced skills and understanding to the planning, modelling and operation of transport systems.

Video: Transport planning students discuss their fieldtrip to Germany.

Along with developing essential skills and understanding of the planning, modelling and operation of transport systems, we aim to help you establish a responsible attitude towards the needs of society, the environment and transport safety considerations. We will teach you core skills in:

  • information processing
  • data analysis
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • communication and presentation


The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, computer laboratory activities and visiting lecturers from industry. There is a programme of weekly research seminars to broaden students’ horizons into areas at the forefront of knowledge and professional practice. There is a compulsory field trip to Germany (most travel and accommodation costs are included in the course fee) to see advanced and varied transport systems in practice. This include visits to innovative major transport schemes under construction. The trip aims to apply knowledge gained in the rest of the course. 

Transport Operations Research Group

As one of the leading centres of transport technology in Europe, the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG) is central to key research areas including road user charging and smartcards, developing both the policy ideas and the underlying technologies. We have two central research themes:

TORG is currently running a world-leading trial in electric vehicles and public charging infrastructure in the north east of England. This research is informing policy, international standards development and its impact on energy demand and environmental emissions. Recently TORG have also developed a low-cost wireless sensing technology called Motes, which is being deployed commercially by several local authorities to monitor traffic pollution and help develop strategies to manage traffic demand and reduce emissions. This world leading technology is being assessed for deployment in a number of high profile international cities.

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Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • any engineering or science subject
  • geography
  • town planning
  • maths

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have a qualification in a different subject to those listed above, a lower or non-standard qualification or significant, relevant industry experience.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

There are two intakes each year:

  • September
  • January

When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of study on the 'Programme of Study' page.

  • if you are applying for September 2018 or January 2019, select 2018/19 in the Academic Year field.

There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


Academic Secretary (Transport Engineering)

School of Engineering
Telephone: 18002 +44 (0) 191 208 6547
This number is slightly longer as the telephone calls for the Academic Secretary are relayed through a Typetalk Relay Assistant.

Calling from abroad: +44 (151) 494 2022 and quote +44 18002 (0) 191 208 6547 to the operator.


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