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Transport and Planning (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

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Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to create the transport systems of the future.

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Professionally recognised

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

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Field study visits

Explore transport and planning issues on location - visits have included the Department of Transport and Transport for London.

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Breadth and depth

Develop the knowledge, skills and critical understanding to help create the transport and urban systems of the future.

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Expert-led

Learn from and engage with research-active staff who are working at the forefront of the discipline.

Transport touches almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives and our MSc Transport and Planning programme (recognised by the RTPI and CIHT) encourages you to address the challenges ahead for developing the transport systems of tomorrow.

Spanning the disciplines of transport analysis, economics and policy, you will acquire the knowledge and critical understanding to make a significant contribution to the development, scrutiny and management of transport and urban systems. After graduation, you will be well-placed to make your mark in the industry and help transform and innovate transport planning, improving the economic, social, health and environmental well-being of people and places.

You’ll receive a broad education with a focus on enabling you to:

  • Explain and demonstrate the principles and practice of transport scheme appraisal and evaluation.
  • Collect, retrieve, analyse and interpret data to better understand travel behaviour and aid in the development and assessment of transport policies.
  • Grasp the principles and key characteristics of transport planning models and related analysis techniques used in the development, design and assessment of transport policies, plans and schemes.
  • Comprehend the key aspects of sustainable travel options and their promotion to individual transport users to improve economic, social and environment sustainability.
  • Explore the policy and administrative frameworks within which transport schemes are developed, assessed, financed, monitored, and reviewed.
  • Examine the legal and regulatory frameworks within which transport planners work.

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). This programme meets the academic requirements towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification awarded by the CIHT and the Transport Planning Society (TPS).

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“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.”
Jack Rumbold

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.

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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 Student 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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

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

Students from the UK

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £8,700 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £19,450 £1,000

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

Financial support

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.

Additional costs

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects

The programme offers the knowledge and expertise for a career in major transport planning and engineering consultancies, local authorities and transport operators. Its accredited status also means you will have the opportunity to develop your professional profile and network (e.g. through the CIHT Young Professional Network).

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

“The School has excellent relationships with employers in the transport planning industry such Arup and WSP and organises many talks and guest lecturers throughout the year. This is a great way to engage with the wider transport planning profession and build your professional profile. There are also practical elements to the programme, including field trips which introduce you to professionals working in the industry and give you the opportunity to understand how different cities approach transport planning.”
Duncan Lawrence

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding 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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