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Professional Doctorate in Transport Economics MSc

  • Full or part time
    Full time & Part time available
  • Course Disciplines
  • Course Start
    September
  • Course Duration
    12 months full time, 24 months part time
  • Professional Doctorate Type
    MSc

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Visit the Institute for Transport Studies at our Masters Open Days.

If you are an ambitious numerate graduate, or a practitioner in the field, this Masters will equip you with the analytical skills for a rewarding career supporting transport delivery and policy-making at national, regional and local level.

97% of our graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.*

Study transport economics, as well as econometrics and cost-benefit analysis.

Develop a suite of economic skills that will help promote economic growth within a regulatory framework that minimises any damaging health and environmental impacts, whilst incentivising the best use of resources.

Expand your fluency in:

  • Economic appraisal – to better understand the complex interface between transport and the wider economy
  • Micro-economics – to understand pricing techniques, the importance of economic regulation and the valuation of third party costs and benefits
  • Econometrics – to develop your quantitative models with real world data and test economic theories
  • Independent research – opening the gateway to a career in transport research in either academia or consultancy.

Also experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how economics, planning, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to design sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues in the field.

Your colleagues will be among the best and brightest from Latin America to the Far East, from Africa to Europe and the UK. Together, you will learn economic research techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and an understanding of human psychology.

  • *Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2015, http://www.hesa.ac.uk

ITS – the global institute teaching the transport leaders of tomorrow.

We have redesigned our suites of courses following close consultation with Industry and academia.

With a strong focus on industry needs, our degrees will prepare you for employment in your chosen field. They will also address the multi-disciplinary nature of transport – enabling you to make effective decisions for clients, employers and society.

And to experience what it’s really like to work in the transport sector, collaborate with a project team of students from our other degrees through our new Transport Integrated Project module.

Research environment

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research.

Our economics research has been successful in bridging the interface between academia and industry. For example, CQC (Cost, Quality, Customer) Efficiency Network initiative which is based at ITS and a joint venture between the National Highways & Transport Network (NHT) and the University of Leeds. The CQC Efficiency Network offers local authorities throughout Britain the ability to quantify the scope for cost savings in the delivery of highway services and to identify better practises.

Other Study Options

This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

Accreditation

This programme fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK).



Visit the Transport Economics MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

John Buckell

1388.jpg WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT STUDIES (ITS)?
I wanted to continue my studies and focus on economics, and Leeds seemed to be the obvious place; the university has a great reputation, the school is exemplary and the course was befitting to my interests. I was also keen on Leeds knowing it’s a young, vibrant city with a large student body.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRANSPORT THAT INTERESTS AND MOTIVATES YOU TO STUDY IT?
Transport’s quite unique. There are idiosyncratic quirks to it and I find finding practical solutions to them both interesting and challenging in equal measure. I like transport’s proximity to real world issues for both the short and long term. There’s a great balance between theory and application, especially on the economics side of things. I also like that it’s an industry set to be turned on its head within my lifetime. It means there’s exciting scope for progression in the field, and ITS is on the vanguard of that.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN ITS MASTERS STUDENT?
It’s outstanding. All facets of student life at ITS, from learning to the social aspect, have exceeded my expectations. You’re encouraged to reach your potential, and supported every step of the way. I’m genuinely happy being here, and I don’t think I’m the only person who feels that way. I like the mix of academic disciplines. I like that I have lectures with an engineer, a mathematician and an economist. It’s interesting having a range of different perspectives for a given topic.

WHAT HAVE THE LECTURES AND SEMINARS BEEN LIKE? AND THE TEACHING STAFF?
Informative, though provoking, interesting, engaging, take your pick! There’s a great diversity of topics in the seminars, delivered by experts and industry leaders, all of which are germane to the course content. The lecturers are knowledgeable, approachable and infinitely helpful.. The staff are also really open to ideas. When I proposed my own dissertation topic, I was steered to people in the business school who were keen to be involved.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE THINKING ABOUT STUDYING FOR A MASTERS AT ITS?
I’d encourage anybody thinking of coming here to do just that. As long as you’re prepared to put the work in, the rewards are there for you and it’s a great place to be.


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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in economics (single or joint honours).

Graduates from other disciplines with professional qualifications and experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.


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