MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations)

University of Southampton
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MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations)

Our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations) focuses on issues relating to the operation and management of transport systems.  You will study modules covering transport management and safety, and freight transport and logistics. 

This MSc is appropriate for students interested in a career in the transport industry or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance their skills.  This behaviour pathway - differentiated through the compulsory study of transport management and safety, and logistics systems operations - is suitable for students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Introducing your degree

Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transport industry, or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations) is the masters course for you. Covering everything from the fundamentals of modelling and economics through to the application of software and planning tools using real life examples from around the world, it is the perfect way to improve your capabilities and employability in the transport sector.

Programme Overview

The one year full-time course starts in September each year and includes two semesters of taught modules and a summer period devoted to your individual project, from which you produce a Dissertation. Lectures take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week – allowing the course to be undertaken on a part-time basis over 2 years, with attendance on one day each week.  The course includes a 2 day residential field trip which in the past has featured behind-the-scenes site visits, museum trips, and a 'transport challenge' competition.

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Lead, Dr Simon Blainey.

To Apply

You can apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, visit the how to apply page.

The deadline for new applications to this course is the 31st of July each year.


MSc (technical and non-technical)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

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For all students this degree is accredited by:

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) for the Transport Planning Professional qualification

Key Facts

  • Gain experience of using a range of transport-related software packages.
  • Carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice.
  • Participate in a mock public inquiry, to understand how public engagement and opinion forms an integral part of the transport planning process.
  • Benefit from guest lectures from a range of industry experts.
  • Learn from academics who are engaged in world-leading research and who ensure the course content reflects the latest research outcomes.

Entry Requirements

General entry requirements

Our minimum entry requirement is normally an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as engineering, science/mathematics, planning or geography. However, all applications are assessed individually and we encourage candidates with relevant experience and an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to apply.

English language requirements

Band B, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.

Selection process

Average applications per place: 6

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly any practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The MSc TPE course can be undertaken full-time over 1 year or part-time on a day-release basis over 2 years, starting in late September each year.  Individual modules may also be taken on a CPD basis. 

In order to obtain an MSc you will need to complete eight taught modules and an individual research project.

For the 2018-19 academic year seven of the taught modules are compulsory, with each student choosing one more module from four available options.

Year 1 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Teaching and learning

The range of subject matter covered in the modules calls for varied teaching and learning techniques. These will include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical work. You will be encouraged to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and knowledge share. One-to-one tutorials are also arranged to cater for individual learning differences.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their field. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.

Research project

Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc will carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the course. The research project will bring together all the acquired skills learnt on the course, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. It will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills. The project should contain your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.

Assessment and examinations

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed

Student support

Every student is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree. Your personal tutor will stay the same throughout course to offer you consistent academic and pastoral support.


We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required


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