Transport and Mobility Systems MSc

London, Bloomsbury and London, Stratford (UCL East)

This programme equips the next generation of transport and mobility leaders with the knowledge and skills required to create transport and mobility systems that are sustainable, safe, secure, accessible, equitable, resilient, promote health and well-being and work for everyone.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme equips the next generation of transport and mobility leaders with the knowledge and skills required to create transport and mobility systems that are sustainable, safe, secure, accessible, equitable, resilient, promote health and well-being and work for everyone. The programme adopts innovative approaches to tackling the transport challenges we face at multiple scales ranging from micro street-level issues to macro-level, global issues such as climate change. It combines both technical and social aspects of transport systems, enabling you to apply your learning to the future wellbeing of society.

Who this course is for

This programme is most likely to appeal to students who have an academic background in a subject such as engineering, architecture, environmental studies, geography, mathematics, earth sciences, physical or computational sciences and wish to expand their knowledge of theory, tools and techniques about transport and mobility systems. 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.

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Transport and Mobility Systems at graduate level
  • why you want to study Transport and Mobility Systems at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

What this course will give you

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting department with well-established research projects and networks in environmental engineering, transportation, urban resilience, wastewater provision, human settlements and renewable energy.

Students benefit from UCL's strong links with industry partners in the heart of London, participating in collaborative projects with businesses, charities and utility companies. 

The foundation of your career

Expected destinations after graduating:

  • Local Transport Authorities
  • National Government
  • Transport Consultancies
  • Transport sector start-ups


The programme enables you to be adaptable and reflective in your career as a transport professional. It teaches you how to deal with complex socio-technical systems and behaviours and equips you with the skills necessary to manage the rapidly changing and disruptive landscapes of new transport technologies and business models.

The programme will enable you to make appropriate decisions in the transport and mobility systems field with a 10-20 year time horizon, dealing with future unknowns, uncertainty under varying conditions (including catastrophe), and taking into account the future needs of people and the planet. The programme also acts as a strong foundation should you wish to pursue doctoral research in the area of transport and mobility.

Students can learn the following skills:

  • Practical application of systems-thinking to solve-problems about transport and mobility
  • Communication
  • Leadership skills
  • Adaptable Reflective
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Multifactorial evidence-based decision-making
  • Manage complexity
  • Team-working skills
  • Self-management
  • Practical application of future technologies for sustainable accessible equitable safe and secure transport and mobility systems Future-casting and decision-making under uncertainty

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including technical reports with design drawings and calculations, business cases, learning portfolios, essays, and presentations (oral, poster video), and a research dissertation.

The workload for students is approximately 40 hours per week.

This is typically made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as self-directed study.


Students will take five core modules, two optional modules and one or two research projects leading to a final dissertation(s).

Compulsory modules cover topics such as transport system transitions, mobility, transport and society, transport and environment, infrastructure and operations, policy, governance and economics.

Students are encouraged to select pairs of optional modules to fit one of the following themes:

  • Health and Behaviour Change
  • Shared and Mass Transport Systems
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Intelligent Mobility

Students will take either one long or two shorter research project modules

Compulsory modules

Public Policy Dissertation

PEARL Dissertation

Business Case Dissertation

Transport Infrastructure and its Operation

Transport System Transitions

Mobility, People and Society

Transport and the environment

Transport policy, governance and economics

Optional modules

Transport and Health

Transport and behaviour change

Shared Mobility and Mass Transport Systems

Data-driven decision making for infrastructure systems

Towards Intelligent Mobility

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £16,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000

Additional costs

Depending on option selection, students may need to cover travel costs for site visits. Costs will depend on the location of the site visits, which may change, but will be no more than £80.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Deadline: 8 June 2023
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. It takes approximately six-eight weeks from submission of an application to receiving an offer letter. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa, we recommend applying in sufficient time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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