Taught course

Urban Transport

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in relevant fields including urban studies, civil engineering, geography, management and economics. Candidates from other disciplines who otherwise meet the criteria are also considered. Additionally, an interest in acquiring quantitative skills in statistics and economics must be demonstrated.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed to educate students to meet the needs of cities and urban areas in planning and managing surface transport systems. The programme will provide students with the opportunity to critically engage with theory and practice in relation to working for governmental organisations and private sector consultancies.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme will help you understand stakeholders and connections with energy, environment, housing, land-use, economic development, labour markets and related sectors as well as the technical planning process.
  • The focus will be on multiple modes of urban transport – roads, public transport, active transport and emerging shared and intermodal transport: enabling students to design highly innovative urban transport solutions.
  • There will be heavy emphasis on the use of specialized software to develop transport plans, operational policies, geographical analysis, visualisation, statistical analysis and to conduct transportation impact evaluation providing students with an unprecedented advantage in the job market.

Programme Structure

A cross-disciplinary course approach will ensure you learn industry-specific skills in both transport planning and engineering and allows you to focus more heavily on either of the two strands of the programme.

Key courses on transport will be followed by lab sessions where practical lessons on the use of highly specialised software will be given in the form of either independent or group projects. This approach will help students to not only acquire theoretical knowledge but also to apply their knowledge to real world problems with actual data.

Students will be expected submit essays and lab reports as part of the their course assessment and a dissertation at the end of the programme.

Core courses

  • Transport studies
  • Theory and principles of sustainability
  • Principles of GIS (Geographical Information System)
  • Social science statistics 1
  • Project management
  • Transport planning methods
  • Transport planning lab.

Optional courses

  • Spatial planning strategies
  • International urban challenges
  • Transportation systems engineering
  • Autonomous vehicle guidance systems.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Jinhyun Hong