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5440F - Transport Engineering, Planning and Management MSc

Transport Engineering, Planning and Management MSc

Entry Year:

Start in: September 2021

Our industry accredited MSc will deepen your knowledge and develop advanced skills in planning, management and operation of transport systems.


You'll learn from academics engaged in world-leading civil engineering research. Striving to solve problems of global importance. You'll experience our diverse civil engineering research and have access to cutting-edge facilities.

Our MSc programme is for both practising professionals and graduates in:

  • civil engineering
  • any other engineering disciplines
  • maths/ physics
  • operation research
  • urban/ town or spatial planning
  • geography
  • economics
  • social science
  • environmental sciences


  • develop skills required for a successful career in transport
  • learn about the principles of transport planning and travel demand forecasting
  • learn about the latest techniques and research in mobility planning
  • put learning into practice in your own research project
  • establish a responsible attitude towards:
  • the needs of society
  • the environment
  • transport safety considerations

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of two streams:

  • Transport Infrastructure and Systems
  • Business Management


This programme has two specialist streams:

Transport Infrastructure and Systems stream

You'll focus on the design of transport infrastructure. You'll also engage with road safety including:

  • policy and practice
  • economics
  • planning

You'll gain skills and practical experience that will transfer to a range of careers including:

  • design consultancies
  • local authorities

This stream will also equip you with the knowledge and skills that underpin effective transport systems. You'll develop an understanding of behaviour and future technology needs.

You'll gain a variety of practical and theoretical skills. These are required to provide a solid grounding for a career in organisations such as:

  • consultancies
  • local, regional or national planning authorities
  • public transport operators

Business Management stream

This stream will allow you to gain knowledge and experience within the science and engineering sector of:

  • business development
  • planning and enterprise

You'll identify, evaluate and research the viability of a range of business ideas.

You'll learn skills that can be applied to a range of careers including:

  • leadership
  • planning
  • organisational
  • interpersonal
  • problem-solving


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What you'll learn

You'll learn core skills in:

  • information processing
  • numeracy
  • data collection and analysis
  • problem solving
  • computer literacy
  • teamwork
  • communication and presentation
  • planning and organisation


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Throughout this degree you'll:

  • gain an understanding of transport policy and systems being used and developed in other countries
  • increase your key knowledge of ITS systems and their:
    • function
    • application
    • benefits
  • identify models to simulate individual choices and forecast how individuals make decisions
  • develop advanced methodological skills related to transport demand modelling and forecasting using key software
  • become aware of the legislation and procedures affecting the approval of transport schemes
  • hone your ability to collect the relevant data for:
    • understanding
    • modelling
    • planning consumer behaviour
  • develop transport research methods that will allow you to undertake a project and dissertation in transport engineering

Depending on your chosen stream and modules, you'll enhance your career prospects by gaining key skills in:

  • project and planning
  • business enterprise
  • future technologies
  • behavioural analyses

Your future

Graduate destinations

This is a vocationally focused MSc. You'll prepare for a wide range of careers worldwide, such as:

  • transport engineering
  • civil engineering
  • other engineering sectors

Our close industry links and strong graduate community have seen graduates go on to destinations including:

  • Arup
  • Cundall
  • Jacobs
  • Milestone
  • PTV
  • Systra

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

Industrial links

We have strong industrial links. Our degree programmes are shaped by industry and government policy. You'll typically benefit from this engagement through:

  • industry guest lectures
  • study tours
  • site visits
  • projects
  • Careers Service support

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of living laboratories and facilities. Our dedicated facilities will support your studies and enhance your learning experience. These include:

  • Student Common Room: based in Cassie Building this resource facility and study space is perfect for group working
  • ISAAC Computer Cluster: also based in Cassie Building this facility is equipped with state-of-the-art IT facilities
  • The Urban Observatory - Newcastle University is home to the largest set of publicly available real-time urban data in the UK. This allows you to access specific sensor data in geographic areas to support their research
  • DriveLAB: a state-of-the-art driving simulator and testing facility in a virtual environment. This supports research and learning in ITS systems, in-vehicle technologies and driver behaviour
  • Urban Traffic Management Centre (UTMC): a real-time facility in the University. It is managed in collaboration North East councils to monitor the city's traffic and infrastructure supporting transport research and learning

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Applications for 2022/23
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