University of Hertfordshire

MSc Transport Planning with Advanced Research

The MSc Transport Planning with Advanced Research will provide you with both the theoretical grounding and practical skills that you’ll need to satisfy the requirements of employers both now and in the future.

Driven by the demand for the delivery of zero carbon interventions, poor air quality and wider social exclusion problems, there is an increasing demand for highly skilled and multi-disciplined professionals within transport planning. 

The climate change imperative has shaken central and local government. It has caused authorities to declare climate emergencies and seek practical solutions to these new and important challenges.

Many have introduced transport policies and invested significant funding for transport programmes. They’re also rethinking how transport is delivered to include projects focussed specifically on achieving zero carbon and intelligent transport networks.

So, whether you have an interest in transport planning, or if you’re a professional who wants to gain a transport planning qualification, it’s an exciting time to explore transport planning and discover the impact you can have on communities for years to come.

Entry Requirements

an Honours degree in a cognate discipline, for instance geography, normally with a minimum classification of second-class (2.2) or higher


graduates with an Honours degree in any discipline who have otherwise demonstrated potential to succeed at postgraduate level will be considered for admission.

All international students are required to demonstrate English Language capability of IELTs 6.5 or equivalent English language qualification.


Career Prospects

The course has been developed with input from local authorities and industry experts in order to address current challenges within the field, including climate change and decarbonisation. The diverse range of topics addressed throughout the course will ensure that you are well-equipped to stand out from the crowd upon graduation.

Course Details

This course is offered full-time only as a semester A September intake for two years or semester B January intake for two years.

The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures, workshops, field trips and master classes. You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including:

  • oral presentations
  • reflective journals
  • written reports and essays.

You’ll explore a range of exciting and current topics within the field. Core modules on the course, include:

  • European Planning and Transport Practice
  • Understanding and Managing Change
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Transport Policy, Strategy and Law
  • Community Engagement and the Planning Process.

The course content aims to equip you with highly desirable skills and knowledge, including:

  • a detailed knowledge of transport policy and the administrative frameworks within which transport schemes are developed, assessed, financed, monitored and reviewed
  • an understanding of the framework of laws, regulations and guidance in which transport planners work
  • skills for collecting, collating, analysing and interpreting the types of data used in the development and assessment of transport policies, plans, projects and services
  • knowledge and understanding relating to the principles of community involvement, stakeholder engagement and public consultation in the identification of transport needs and the development of transport policies, plans, projects and services (including alternative approaches and their relative effectiveness)
  • an understanding of the operational management of commercial and public transport systems and services using real world examples.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore an area of transport planning which is of personal interest by undertaking an Extended Research Project. You’ll be supported by an experienced dissertation supervisor based within the geography, environment and planning subject group. The Extended Research Project is an individual in-depth research project that will give you the opportunity to critically explore a relevant transport-related topic in a research and/or professional setting. The aim of the project is for you to develop detailed knowledge and greater understanding of how transport planning issues are researched, monitored, and evaluated.

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll be supported by a team of dedicated professionals. You’ll be given a personal tutor for academic and pastoral support, as well as guidance from a programme leader to help you navigate the course structure and content. You’ll also have the opportunity to become a part of a vibrant student community and be entitled to join the GEPSoc (Geography, Environment and Planning Student Society).

Find out more about GEPSoc (Geography, Environment and Planning Student Society).

Place-making and spatial mediation
Research methods
Sustainable energy
Study skills
Understanding and managing change
Operational transport planning
Transport policy, strategy and law
Transport, development and viability
European planning and transport practice
Transport data collection and analysis

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