Taught course

Transportation, Planning and Engineering

University of Southampton · School of Civil Engineering and the Environment

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering courses are the perfect way to improve your capabilities and employability in the transport sector. We cover everything from the fundamentals of modelling and economics, through to the application of software and planning tools using real-life examples from around the world.

As our courses are designed in conjunction with our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering Industrial Advisory Board you will be provided you with the most relevant knowledge and skills for your future career.

The three pathways provide you with a course tailored to your needs:

  • Infastructure - Focus on the design, engineering and operation of land transport systems
  • Operations - Specialise in the operation and management of transport systems
  • Behaviour - Explore the relationships between transport systems, and the people who use them

The rapid pace of change in the modern world, driven by processes of globalisation, urbanisation and climate change, creates significant and conflicting stresses on key infrastructure systems, particularly those relating to transport.

This presents transport planners and engineers with an ever increasing set of challenges, such as:

  • Traffic congestion - the annual cost of this congestion in the US and EU is predicted to reach $293 billion by 2030.
  • Transport-related air pollution - many cities in developed and developing countries are in breach of air quality standards.
  • Changing patterns of freight demand—new delivery patterns relating to internet shopping are placing extra stress on local transport networks.
  • Climate change - transport is a major source of CO2 emissions, and its relative importance is growing as other sectors decarbonise.
  • Road safety - around 1.2 million people lose their lives on the world’s roads every year.
  • Transport cost - providing affordable transport for a growing population with a limited budget requires innovative and imaginative solutions.

Graduates from our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering courses are part of the answer to these challenges, playing a leading role in finding solutions to create resilient, sustainable transport systems.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Engineering and the Environment
+44 (0)23 8059 7705