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Transport and Planning (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

This MSc offers the opportunity to study different aspects of transport; planning, policy, operation and management, as well as links to urban planning and the chance to address real world issues.

Transport touches almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. This course encourages you to address the challenges ahead for developing the transport systems of tomorrow.

The MSc Transport and Planning is unique in offering you an opportunity to study different aspects of transport including planning, policy, operation and management, as well as other areas of urban planning.

The course will explain and demonstrate the principles and practice of transport scheme appraisal and evaluation and will enable you to understand and use statistical and modelling methods for analysing travel behaviour and a range of transport options.

You will be able to critically appraise a range of transport policies for promoting greater sustainability at national, regional and local levels, and to design transport policies at the local level that respond to the economic, social, health and environmental challenges of the society.

Distinctive features

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

Accreditations

Transport and Planning is such an exciting sector to immerse yourself in as it connects so much of what we do in life, and the course is a perfect way to begin to explore and challenge the way we operate our towns and cities. It connects and crosses over with a number of sectors within Geography, Planning, Sociology and Economics. The fantastic part is that the content of the course and teaching style covers all of these connections, leading to a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable learning experience. The course significantly developed my knowledge and understanding of the transport sector. As a result, I was able to achieve my dream job at a train operating company. I am currently part of the performance team at c2c rail.
Jack Rumbold, MSc Transport and Planning

Where you'll study

School of Geography and Planning

Join us as we explore and tackle the social, political, economic, development and environmental challenges which affect where and how we live.

Admissions criteria

Applicants should normally hold a minimum 2:2 degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in geography, architecture, 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.

If English is not your first language a minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.

If your offer to study at Cardiff University is conditional on IELTS, we recommend that you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test at an approved centre. This will give you greater flexibility regarding how to meet the English Language conditions of your offer. Please note that ‘IELTS for UKVI’ is the only test outside the UK that can be accepted for entry to Pre-sessional English Language programmes.

 

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

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

It is divided into two parts:

  • Part one 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 optional modules provides the opportunity to study particular aspects of transport and related topics in depth.
  • Part two comprises an individual dissertation on a topic related to transport, selected in consultation with members of staff. You have discretion to select topics over a wide area, including, for students from overseas, issues arising in your country of origin.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationCPT50860 credits
Principles of Transport EconomicsCPT87420 credits
Transport and the CityCPT87720 credits
Transport AnalysisCPT89620 credits
Sustainable Transport PoliciesCPT90320 credits
Research MethodsCPT92620 credits

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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The modules are ‘M value.’ Acquisition of 120 credits will lead to an award of a Diploma in Transport and Planning. Currently this constitutes part one of the MSc course. Part two of the MSc is a Dissertation.

Passing both parts of the programme entitles you to the award of MSc in Transport and Planning (with Distinction if the appropriate standard attained).

The dissertation constitutes a further 60 credits, and the MSc requirement will be 180 credits at M level (with Distinction assessed according to the University’s rules for modularised Master’s programmes).

How will I be assessed?

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.

Examinations take place at the end of the semester in which the module is completed. Coursework is submitted on one or more dates in the academic session.

How will I be supported?

Student support facilities include:

  • Access to a dedicated 40 PC laboratory with high quality peripherals including; network account, laser printing, large format colour printing, A4 colour printing
  • GIS facilities/workstation/access to Edina digimap digital mapping facility and supervised access to a transport modelling package
  • Dedicated computer technician
  • A 30 PC open-access laboratory in the Glamorgan Building
  • An excellent Planning Library containing around 12,000 books, 280 journal titles and stock expenditure of over £90,000 per year
  • Access to online international databases/computerised library facilities
  • A detailed and comprehensive personal tutor scheme with student progress reviewed in regular meetings with their personal tutors
  • Written feedback on formal assessments
  • English language support for students whose first language is not English
  • Access to Dyslexia resource facilities
  • Support for students working/assessed through the medium of Welsh
  • Professional skills delivery during the induction week to provide students with training on computer use; presentation skills etc.

Feedback

Formative feedback is given in tutorials, discussion classes and problems-based classes as well as through individual written comments on coursework.

What skills will I practise and develop?

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.

I am so happy that I got the opportunity to study at Cardiff University. Lecturers and fellow students of the MSc Transport and Planning were so nice to get along with. More importantly the experience made my future career much clearer, which was far beyond my expectations. I really appreciate the help of my supervisor and lecturers, which has enabled me to further develop my studies in China.
Rongqiu, MSc Transport and Planning

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£8,700None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£19,450£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Career prospects

The course offers the knowledge and expertise for a career in major transport planning and engineering consultancies, local authorities and transport operators.

The course offered a rich and varied background for me and allowed me to develop a firm foundation for a career in Transportation Planning. From Transport Economics through to Urban Regeneration I received superb support from the module leaders throughout my course. The support offered by both Cardiff University and particularly Dr Potoglou who was responsible for supporting me for my MSc thesis on commuting time and well-being, enabled me to secure employment as a Transportation Planner at a reputable firm – WSP.
Sayijan, MSc Transport and Planning

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

Fieldwork

As part of your studies you will take a field study visit within a UK city or a city in mainland Europe, which is fully funded within the advertised fees.

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