Transport, Health and Policy MSc

This new MSc aims to create leaders who can implement and assess policy across the essential services of transport and health and deliver innovative solutions. The curriculum has been developed in consultation with professionals across public health, transport and government, including the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of a specific area of transport policy and learn how to assess its health impacts. They will learn how to conduct their own research and put into practice the relevant stakeholder-engagement skills, and gain first-hand experience of implementing a specific methodology in detail.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, and is situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is an exciting environment in which to explore this new, multi-disciplinary and constantly evolving science.

Students will work alongside UCL academics and teaching staff – from those who specialise in the analysis of large data sets related to health and transport to those who are leading research on behavioural change – on innovative solutions which bridge the boundaries between transport and health.

UCL Civil Engineering has collaborative links with the Department for Transport, Public Health England and organisations such as Transport for London (TfL), the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and community persons groups, who will deliver lectures and support seminars.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Assessing Evidence and Building a Case for Policy (30 credits)
  • Monitoring and Assessment of Health and Transport Policies (30 credits)
  • Policy and Strategy: Development and Implementation (30 credits)
  • Strategic Leadership and Decision-Making (30 credits)


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words which includes (as an appendix) a reflective portfolio of learning

Teaching and Learning

The programme employs innovative teaching methods with a focus on real-life case studies and intensive project-focused active learning. These are supported by a combination of lectures, masterclasses and online tutorials. Assessment is through written assignments, a reflective learning portfolio, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


There are four scholarships available which cover 50% of tuition fees. These are for UK/EU residents only and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

For prospective Master's students from the Nigerian Delta States. Students must be applying for the Chemical Process Engineering MSc, the Civil Engineering MSc or the Mechanical Engineering MSc, and must not have aleady had the chance of studying in the UK or another developed country. Students must not be current or former employees of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Ltd, or be a the relative of a current employee, and must intend to return to Nigeria after completion of the degree. These awards are based on intellectual ability and leadership potential.

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Founded in 1976 by Dr K.K. Gupta as a memorial to Mr R.C. Vaughan who was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1940 to 1952

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for graduates and practitioners of engineering, planning, transport, and public health who wish to work together on policy delivery and assessment.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Transport, Health and Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Transport, Health and Policy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


This programme is designed to educate the next generation of transport engineers and public health practitioners who will increasingly be called upon for co-ordinated solutions to global problems.

Most developing nations are trying to increase physical activity and accessibility while reducing air pollution and road traffic collisions. As an example, since April 2013, local authorities in the UK have taken control of administering funding for public health improvement with nearly half of these functions being linked to transport.


Students will develop excellent team-working and communication skills as the innovative project-focused teaching methods allow students to learn from each other and realise how their own knowledge can be used to help solve related problems. These transferable skills will assist you greatly in becoming an advocate for developing healthy communities around the world.

Next steps


Miss Shani Crawford

T: +44 (0)20 3108 4046


Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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