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Transport and Planning (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The course aims to develop in students the capability to make an effective contribution at the highest level to the planning, policy making and management of transport in both the UK and overseas.

Special Features

Course Description

The MSc Transport and Planning is unique in offering students an opportunity to study different aspects of transport (planning, policy, operation and management) as well as other areas of urban planning in general. Course learning outcomes include:

  1. Explain and demonstrate the principles and practice of transport scheme appraisal and evaluation;
  2. Understand and be able to use statistical and modelling methods for analysing travel behaviour and a range of transport options;
  3. Critically appraise a range of transport policies for promoting greater sustainability at national, regional and local levels;
  4. Design transport policies at the local level that respond to the economic, social, health and environmental challenges of the society.

Relevant concepts, ideas and policy cases are introduced in core modules including Principles of Transport Economics, Sustainable Transport and Transport and the City. Analysis skills are primarily taught in Transport Analysis. As part of their coursework, students formulate a set of transport policies in a city context on the basis of the theories and principles they learned from other modules.

Course Structure

The course is divided into two parts:

Available Modules

The following lists relates to the modules for the academic year 2015/16. Please note that these may be subject to change.

For further details and up-to-date information on the course and modules, please see the course pages on the School's website.

More details on the ECTS (European credit transfer system) can be found in the student handbook.

Skills Acquired

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.

Careers Prospects

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

Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in geography, 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.

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.

Study Visits

A number of field study visits may be arranged during the course. The School does partly subsidise these trips but students should allow for travelling and subsistence expenses.


Cardiff's School of Geography and Planning is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 (or £250 reduction in each year of a part-time course) to all Cardiff University alumni.

For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.

There are additional, external funding opportunitities, such as the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries and the Brian Large Bursaries. Applications for these are not submitted by students. Recommendations for these awards are made by the course director after application has been received, according to advice from funders.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,750 £16,000
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dimitris Potoglou  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6088 



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