Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport (H2UR), or

... [with Business Management (H2B3)] [suspended for entry in October 2021]

Established in 1980, the Intercollegiate MSc in Transport Studies (CTS) at University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London brings together the transport research and graduate training capabilities of the Civil Engineering Departments of the two Colleges and their 30 years experience as leaders in this field of study. The Centre is a single source for the whole range of multidisciplinary transport expertise that the two Departments possess or can offer with input from colleagues elsewhere in London and in the transport profession. Find out more about our partners at the UCL Centre for Transport Studies

Accordion - MSc Transport

Aims and objectives

As a multidisciplinary activity, modern transport is the key to many of the advantages of the industrial era - widespread availability of material goods; choice of scale and location of industrial and commercial activity; choice for individuals of where to live, what activities to engage in and when and where to pursue them; and access to services for both individuals and organisations. The consequent challenge is to enable people in countries and societies of different kinds to benefit from modern transport in ways that are acceptable in the short term and sustainable in the longer term, our objectives are therefore to

  • Provide a systematic understanding of the causes and motivations of personal travel and goods movement and of the means by which movement takes place.
  • Provide a grounding in techniques for analysing transport problems and developing and implementing policies and measures for resolving such problems. 
  • Develop appreciation of the importance and methods of evaluating transport projects, plans and policies, taking into account the need for public consultation and recognising the political, social, commercial and financial issues involved.
  • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations;
  • Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of transport;
  • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner;
  • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills;
  • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race, gender, background and physical disability, from the UK and overseas;
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training;
  • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines

In pursuit of these objectives, the Course places emphasis on road and rail transport in the more industrialised countries, whilst recognising the important roles of other forms of transport and interchange with them, and the different context in which transport problems present themselves in less industrialised countries. Subject to this emphasis, the fundamentals are addressed in ways which are relevant to all means of transport and to every kind of society, thus equipping graduates for work in transport planning, engineering, operations, management, policy and research.

Full or part time study options

**Entry to our two year part-time option is suspended for entry in 2021**
**Entry to our three year part-time option is suspended for entry in 2020 and 2021**


The full-time programme is taken over 12 months. There is one single entry point per year at the beginning of October. Part-time students should expect to be in full-time attendance during the two-week induction period in October of their first year of study. Thereafter attendance commitments are dependent on the timetabling of lectures, but on average equate to: 

  • One day per week over three years 
  • Up to two days per week over two years 
  • Term release [as below]

Download the Guidance for Tier-4 Visa-dependent students for Part-Time study‌. 

Term release

The Transport Studies MSc courses may be taken part-time, on a term-by-term basis over two or three years as follows:
 
Over two years - Year One
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Attend for the whole term (11 weeks), students thereby taking the first half of the taught portion of the course. No attendance, but the time is available for revision prior to examinations; supervision will be provided for project work. Take examination papers covering material taken from the Autumn Term. This will involve attendance on two to three days in late April/early May. Supervision is provided for project work.
Over two years - Year One
Over two years - Year One
Over two years - Year Two
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
No attendance, but supervision is provided for project work. Complete (11 weeks) attendance, students thereby attending the second half of the taught portion of the course. Attend study tour during last week of term. Take examination papers covering material from the Spring Term. This will involve attendance on two to three days in late April/early May. Supervision will be provided for project work during the remainder of the term.
Over two years - Year Two
Over two years - Year One

Coursework will be submitted at the time required for the full-time course, that is either during Year 1 Autumn term, or during Year 2 Spring and Summer terms, or later as appropriate.

The Dissertation will be submitted in early September of Year 2, in time for the September Examiners' meeting.

Over three years - Year One
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Attend for the whole term (11 weeks), students thereby taking the first half of the taught portion of the course. No attendance. Take examination papers covering material taken from the Autumn Term. This will involve attendance on two to three days in late April/early May.
Over three years - Year One
Over two years - Year One
Over three years - Year Two
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
No attendance. Complete (11 weeks) attendance, students thereby attending the second half of the taught portion of the course. Attend study tour during last week of term. Take examination papers covering material from the Spring Term. This will involve attendance on two to three days in late April/early May. Project to be allocated.
Over three years - Year Two
Over two years - Year One
Over three years - Year Three
Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Supervision will be provided for project work. Supervision will be provided for project work. Supervision will be provided for project work.
Over three years - Year Three
Over two years - Year One

Coursework will be submitted at the time required for the full-time course, that is either during Year 1 Autumn term, or during Year 2 Spring and Summer terms, or later as appropriate.

The Dissertation will be submitted in early September of Year 3, in time for the September Examiners' meeting.

Course structure

The year comprises two separate periods. The first comprising lectures, tutorials and individual coursework assignments, the second consisting of a research dissertation.  The dissertation may be undertaken at College, within a Partner Research Institute or university, or in collaboration with industry. 

The course maintains a careful balance between the issues affecting developing and the developed countries. Particular emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate technology regardless of the area of application, based on economics and environmental impact factors as well as the construction and operating skills available in the community. 

Assessment

Assessments include individual and group courseworks; projects and presentations; written and oral examinations and a research dissertation. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC).

Links with industry

Imperial College London works closely with employers and industry, to design its MSc courses in Transport  which provides graduates with the required technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills for successful careers.  In Transport courses  students gain valuable contact with industry through visiting lectures, seminars, field trips, group design activities and individual special project (dissertations).  Our MSc Transport Courses  are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and so, together with suitable work experience obtained after graduation, provide a route to the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer (CEng). Graduates also gain the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) an international qualification unique to Imperial College London Graduates.

Further resources for this programme

TypeDocument
Webpage Handbook
Webpage Syllabus and modules
Webpage Programme Specification - Transport Cluster‌‌
Pdf document Maths Refresher
Pdf document Reading List This list is intended as a guide only. It is advised that students review this material in preparation for the course.
Pdf document  Professional skills development for Master's students
Webpage  Imperial College Terms and Conditions
Webpage Entry on the College Prospectus 
Resources for this course
Resources for this module

MSc Application Information

Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  

 

 

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