UCL Graduate degrees


Transport MSc

The intercollegiate Transport MSc, offered jointly with Imperial College London, brings together the transport research and training capabilities of the civil engineering departments of the two universities. Students benefit from the multidisciplinary transport expertise of both departments and their 50 years' experience as leaders in this field.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Please visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/civil-engineering/transport/ for further details.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

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Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. The fees for this programme are set by and payable to Imperial College London; enquiries should be addressed to the relevant contact there.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A level Mathematics is normally required.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Set by Imperial College London

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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.

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About this degree

Students gain a systematic understanding of the causes, motivations and means of personal travel and goods movement; techniques for analysing and resolving transport problems; and methods of evaluating transport projects, plans and policies, recognising the need for public consultation and the political, social, commercial and financial issues involved.

Students undertake modules to the value of 90 ECTS Credits.

To complete Transport MSc, students undertake six compulsory modules, four further optional modules, and a research dissertation.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Transport.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Students study six compulsory modules, which provide the foundation for the MSc degree and their careers. 

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Transport and its Context
  • Transport Demand and its Modelling
  • Transport Economics
  • Transport Engineering and Operations
  • Transport Policy

Optional modules

Students select four modules from the list below. Please note, optional modules are subject to change and availability.

  • Advanced Transport Modelling
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Design of Accessible Transport Systems
  • Freight Transport
  • Highway Engineering
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Ports and Maritime Transport
  • Public Transport
  • Quantitative Techniques for Transport Engineering and Planning
  • Railway Management, Operation and Engineering
  • Road Traffic Theory and its Application
  • Transport, Environmental Impacts and Safety


The dissertation is undertaken with regular guidance from an Imperial College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment. Visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/civil-engineering/transport/ for further details. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer-based work and coursework. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, presentations and the dissertation, which focuses on the final project. Visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/civil-engineering/transport/ for further details.

Additional costs

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


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For further information please visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/civil-engineering/transport/

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

CEGE MSc/MRes Bursary

Deadline: 11.59pm, 31 July 2021  
Full or partial fee waiver (1yr)
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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


Transport graduates find employment with transport operators, consultancies, and local and central governments in various countries and supranational organisations. Many graduates are employed by companies involved in the manufacture of instrumentation and in companies specialising in software and other services for the engineering industry.


The teaching staff on this programme work closely with employers and industry to design an MSc that aims to provide graduates with the required technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills for successful careers. In this programme, students gain valuable contact with industry through visiting lectures, seminars, field trips, group design activities and an individual special project (dissertation). Transport MSc is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Successful completion of this MSc meets the academic requirements for corporate membership of these professional institutions and so, together with suitable work experience obtained after graduation, provides a route to the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Centre for Transport Studies is an energetic and exciting environment. Students benefit from engaging with teaching staff who are actively involved in world-leading research, and advising local, national and international governments and transport agencies.

Both universities are located in the centre of one of the world's most exciting cities, near to relevant professional institutions and transport agencies. London provides a living laboratory in which students can observe many of the problems that they are studying, and analyse the success or failure of current efforts to deal with them.

The level of staffing and range of options offered enables students from a variety of backgrounds to contribute many different combinations of skills to the multidisciplinary work that is required in meeting the challenge of transport; in areas of transport planning, engineering, operations, management, policy and research.


Transport MSc is accredited by the

Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Application and next steps


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.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This progamme is suited to those

  • seeking employment in the transport industry
  • currently employed and wishing to continue their professional development
  • aiming for a research degree in transport studies

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

Please note, you must apply for this programme via Imperial's website. See https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/civil-engineering/transport/ for further details. 

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Transport at graduate level
  • why you want to study Transport 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

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.

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