Transport and Planning (MSc)

Transport touches almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. Help face the challenge ahead for developing the transport systems of tomorrow.

The aim of the course is to help students develop the capacity to contribute to the analysis, planning, policy making and management of transport systems in both the UK and overseas. The MSc Transport and Planning is unique in offering students an opportunity to study different aspects of transport (planning, policy, operation and management) as well as other areas of urban planning, in general. 

The course primary learning outcomes include: 

  • Explain and demonstrate the principles and practice of transport scheme appraisal and evaluation;
  • Understand and be able to use statistical and modelling methods for analysing travel behaviour and a range of transport options;
  • Critically appraise a range of transport policies for promoting greater sustainability at national, regional and local levels;
  • Design transport policies at the local level that respond to the economic, social, health and environmental challenges of the society.

Relevant concepts, ideas and policy cases are introduced in core modules including Principles of Transport Economics, Sustainable Transport and Transport and the City. Analysis skills are primarily taught in Transport Analysis. As part of their coursework, students formulate a set of transport policies in a city context on the basis of the theories and principles they learned from other modules.

Course Recognition

This MSc is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). This means that all graduating students are exempt from the qualifying examinations of the Institute. After the relevant required periods of practical experience, they will be eligible for Membership (MILT) and Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the Institute.

It also meets the academic requirements for the Transport Planning Professional Qualification from the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

The course is also recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership. For further details visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website.

Course Structure

The MSc Transport and Planning is offered as a one year full-time course.

It is divided into two parts:
Part 1 comprises a teaching programme of core and option modules over two semesters. The core modules provide the necessary analytical, economic and planning framework, while the selection of option modules provides the opportunity to study particular aspects of transport and related topics in depth.
Part 2 comprises an individual dissertation on a topic related to transport, selected in consultation with members of staff. Students have discretion to select topics over a wide area, including, for students from overseas, issues arising in their country of origin.

The following list relates to the modules for the academic year 2015/16. Please note that these may be subject to change.

Core Modules

Option Modules

The modules are assessed through continuous assessment (a variety of seminars, essays, project work and practical exercises) and examinations. Where required there is room for flexibility in setting alternative, comparable assessments.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Skills Acquired

Computer-based Statistical Analysis; GIS; understanding and using transport models; understanding and using simulation models; professional presentation skills (written and verbal); project management with live projects.

Study Visits

For students enrolled on this degree there will be a Field Study Visit as a compulsory part of a module you will be studying. The School normally covers 33% of the cost of this trip with individual students being responsible for paying the remaining 67% by a deadline prior to departure.  You will receive details of locations, costs, travel arrangements and accommodation towards the end of your first semester.  Depending on the location of the FSV the cost charged to individual students can range from approximately £110 (for UK trips) to £350 (for European City trips).


The course offers the knowledge and expertise for a career in major transport planning and engineering consultancies, local authorities and transport operators.
Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.


This MSc is suitable for graduates in geography, planning, transport, engineering, science and social science. Applicants with good degrees in other disciplines and/or mature students with a relevant professional background (e.g. MILT, MCIT, MRTPI, CEng) or qualifications will also be considered.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.


Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 (or £250 reduction in each year of a part-time course) to all Cardiff University alumni.

For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit our Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.

The fees quoted here are those before bursaries have been deducted.

There are additional, external funding opportunitities, such as the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries and the Brian Large Bursaries. Applications for these are not submitted by students. Recommendations for these awards are made by the course director after application has been received, according to advice from funders.

School Contact

Name: Dr Dimitris Potoglou
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 76088

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