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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Transport with Data Science

Specialise in analysing large volumes of transport data and in developing models for efficient, sustainable, and resilient transport systems.

Develop your core knowledge and analytical skills to address challenges across the transport landscape

Enhance your technical skills through exposure to cutting-edge transport models, algorithms and tools

Specialise in methods used to analyse, interpret and act upon large volumes of transport data

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in civil engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences or other numerate disciplines

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Course overview

Understand the fundamental concepts and techniques for the planning, design, management and delivery of transport infrastructure on this one-year course.

You will develop an understanding of machine learning and statistical optimistation to solve complex engineering design problems, working effectively as a group.

You'll learn how to evaluate transport projects and policies, taking into account the political, social, environmental, commercial and financial issues involved.

Utilising data science and optimisation skills, you will conduct a piece of independent research that demonstrates a contribution to knowledge in a research area of interest.

Further develop your understanding on road and rail transport in industrialised countries. You'll also consider contexts in less industrialised countries where transport problems persist.

This course will equip you for further PhD research in this specialist area, or a future career in transport planning, engineering, operations, management, policy or research.

Choosing your stream

You have the option of choosing between two streams. You should consider which stream is right for you according to your career aims and background. If an offer of admission is made, it will correspond to a specific stream. Switching streams is not possible once you have commenced your studies.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Complete an independent piece of research exploring a specialist transport issue under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff.

Professional accreditation

This MSc degree is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Institute of Highway Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Permanent Way Institution

This degree is recognised as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree**. 

Registering as a Chartered Engineer will improve your career prospects and provide higher earning potential. It will also help to demonstrate your commitment to professional standards, the engineering profession and sustainable development.

Our accreditation agreement with members of the Joint Board of Moderators is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed in 2026.

**Candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited Bachelor's degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Computer sessions
  • In-class quiz
    Online quizzes
  • Presentations and seminars
  • Workshops
  • Individual research project
  • Team building projects

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examinations

  • 60% Assessed coursework
  • 40% Examinations (practical and written)

Assessment methods

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    Individual and group coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Research dissertation and poster
  • Group projects and presentations
  • Lab report summaries
  • Design project blueprints
    Design projects

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Overseas fee

2024 entry


Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Learn essential communication, management, and problem-solving skills while pursuing this degree.

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Develop the skills necessary to research a PhD.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Our graduates often pursue further study in master's programs or doctoral research.

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Graduates are highly sought after for employment in areas as diverse as transport planning, engineering, and operations.

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Other potential career paths are in management, policy and research.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications