Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Transport Engineering and Planning

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

Delivered for over fifty years, the MSc in Transport Engineering and Planning at Salford is recognised as a strong postgraduate qualification for students and professionals 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, Chartered Institution of Highways Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers and Permanent Way Institution) as fully satisfying the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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 a transport consultancy, a local or central government planning department, or a 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 be used by employers as a graduate training programme.

You will:
  • Receive training on a wide range of transport specific software relevant to your future career
  • Learn to develop solutions to 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

students accepted

Course accreditations
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) logo
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) logo
Permanent Way Institution

This is for you if...


You are passionate about creating sustainable transport networks that improve our everyday lives


You are currently work in industry and want gain further knowledge for career progression


You are engineering, geography, mathematics or science-related 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 and two, you will explore Transport Planning, Transport Engineering and Traffic Engineering. 
  • In the second trimester, you'll choose to study either Transport Forecasting and Apprasial or Transport lnfrastructure Design and Analysis (if your first degree is Civil Engineering).
  • 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 the main 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 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 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 of 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, guest lectures will also be organised.


Coursework 40%, examination 60% (which may vary depending on individual modules)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly-changing world, our multidisciplinary courses will shape the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Delivered by a team of dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment, where you can take your potential further.

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What about after uni?


Course graduates will be well-equipped to meet the challenges of the modern transport industry. Many of our alumni have progressed to pivotal appointments in transport schemes and roles at local and national organisations and government departments.


Some of our graduates choose to continue their subject interest with postgraduate and doctoral research. The Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC) is home to our world-class research focused on the advancement of engineering, robotics and technology for societal progress and economic growth. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

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


This accredited course is recognised as a solid qualification for graduates and professionals interested in the management, engineering and planning of transport infrastructure.


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 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.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,670per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,320 per 30 credits
Additional costs

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

Bursaries for UK Home/EU students 2020/21

High-calibre UK and EU applicants joining the full-time programme may be eligible to receive external bursaries funded by the sponsored by two external bodies. The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund worth about £10,000 and The Brian Large Fund worth about £7000) are designed to contribute to the fees and living costs.

For more details, please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Saad Yousif (  

Scholarships for International students 2020/21

To celebrate the University of Salford's expertise and industry links in Computing and Engineering, high achieving international students may be eligible for our Computing, Science and Engineering International Excellence Scholarship of £3,500.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

September 2021