Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Transport Engineering and Planning

School of Computing, Science and Engineering





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Three year

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September 2019

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In a nutshell

Delivered for over forty years, our MSc in Transport Engineering and Planning is recognised as a strong postgraduate qualification for students interested in the management, engineering and planning of transport infrastructure.

Shaped by industry and real-world relevance, the course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Highways & Transportation) as fully satisfying requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Our membership of the national Universities Transport Partnership ensures that course content and skill development reflect industry needs.

The course is open to applicants from a wide range of relevant backgrounds. It is especially beneficial if you are interested in developing your career with an engineering consultancy, local and central governments planning department, or passenger transport authority.

You can choose full-time or part-time study. The part-time route is designed to fit around existing commitments and can used by employers as a graduate training programme.


You will:
  • Learn alongside world-class researchers with international prominence
  • Receive training on a wide range of transport specific software relevant to your future career
  • Learn to develop solutions to engineering problems that align with the aims of transport and planning policy
  • Benefit from strong, long-standing connections with transport industry partners across the UK and Europe
  • Experience project teamwork which reflects the real-world transport sector working practice
  • Explore how planning, engineering, environmental science and modelling work combine

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This is for you if...


You're passionate about creating sustainable transport that improve our everyday lives


You're currently working in industry and want gain further knowledge to enhance your career prospects


You're an engineering graduate looking to build specialist knowledge in transport and planning

Course details

All about the course

The MSc programme is delivered over one year full-time. It consists of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project module. Part-time study is delivered over three years.

In trimester one, you will explore Transport Planning, Transport Engineering and Traffic Engineering. In the second trimester, you'll choose to study either Transport Forecasting or lnfrastructure Design and Analysis. In trimester three, you will bring together all of your learning to carry out high-level coordinated academic and practical work to form part of your final assessment.


Transport Planning: Policy and Principles

The aims of this module are        

  • a) to present the principles and methods involved in planning coherently for all modes of transport;
  • b) to demonstrate this through examination of case studies and computer models;
  • c) to review the measures available to promote sustainable travel.

Transport Engineering: Principles and Methodologies

In this module you will design, construct and assess standard traffic surveys and apply statistical methods for analysing traffic data and interpreting results. You will also study issues underlying current practice in the basic design of transport infrastructure for a range of transport modes including cycles, motor vehicles, rail and mass transit systems.

Traffic Engineering: Analysis and Road Safety

This module will teach you to analyse problems and propose outline solutions relating to the management and control of traffic. Analytical studies apply both theoretical and practical models for capacity appraisal of links and junctions. A parallel programme of lectures has an emphasis on road safety, environmental and amenity objectives, incorporating practical safety investigations in the local road network.

MSc Dissertation

The dissertation module is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate scholarship and intellectual ability at an advanced level, working under the guidance of an academic supervisor, by conducting original research and analysis in a specific area of the Transport Engineering and Planning syllabus.

Choose to study one the following options listed below:

Transport Planning: Forecasting and Appraisal

You will study the theory and practice underpinning the key components central to classical travel demand forecasting and more recent approaches using microsimulation. You will also gain a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the current and innovative methods used to appraise and evaluate transport schemes, with specific reference to economic, environmental and safety issues.

Transport Infrastructure Design and Analysis

Students with a civil engineering first degree may choose this module as an alternative to Transport Planning: Forecasting and Appraisal. This will allow more advanced studies in mainstream civil engineering in a transport context, including developing practical skills to undertake design and analysis of bridge structures (abutments, bearings, cables, beams, trusses and decks) and associated transport-related infrastructure with regard to structural form, materials and operational performance and to appraise the established methodologies.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials, design projects, computing sessions, and laboratory demonstrations. You will be encouraged to attend meetings of the professional institutions, where relevant topics are being discussed. Where possible, site visits and guest lectures will be organised.


Coursework 50%, examination 50%

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our facilities

As a leading centre of aeronautics and aerospace engineering study and research, Salford is equipped with advanced, specialist facilities:

Aerodynamics Lab - features low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical experiments determine the aerodynamic properties and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag.

Control and Dynamics Lab - features flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical experiments study damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration and controller performance.

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What about after uni?


Course graduates will be well equipped to meet the challenges of the modern structural engineering industry. Graduates might typically work as a structural engineer in a design office or for an engineering consultancy. Many alumni have progressed to pivotal appointments in prestigious building schemes and roles.

Further study

Some of our graduates choose to progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC). The Centre aims to build on our world-class research and provide industry with guidance and expertise in 21st-century technology for business success and economic growth. Research at the Centre is supported by EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission funding, as well as direct investment from industry. 

Our engineering hub conducts leading research in structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering and hydraulics. Postgraduate research opportunities within these fields are available for Transport Engineering and Planning graduates.

A taste of what you could become

A transport engineer

A site engineer

A planner

A consultant

A policy advisor

And more...


What you need to know

English Language Requirements

International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is proof of this.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin study. To comply with Home Office regulations, you must obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK. Please refer to your offer conditions. 

Which qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent.

A variety of first degrees are accepted, including engineering, science, geography and social science.

For non-standard applicants, relevant work experience may be considered

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). For further details, contact the School. Applicants should have an appropriate honours degree such as civil engineering or structural engineering.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £6,570per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,095 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020