MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
This course has been running for more than forty years and is recognised as providing a good grounding for students interested in the management, engineering and planning of transport infrastructure. It takes students from a wide range of relevant backgrounds.
The emphasis of the course is on current methodology and practice to improve your employability with engineering and planning departments of local and central governments, passenger transport executives, and transport consultants.
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
Transport engineering modules relate to traffic engineering and transport systems design. Transport planning modules consider policy (such as reducing car dependency), travel demand forecasting and appraisal. If you have a civil engineering background you can elect to take an optional module in transport infrastructure design as an alternative to the extended modelling and appraisal work.
The course is supported by field surveys, seminars and studio work, allowing students to experience a range of relevant computer packages and methodological approaches.
You are also required to produce a dissertation with the close supervision of an expert academic member of staff.
This course may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The part-time course enables candidates who would not normally be able to obtain a year’s release from employment to also study in depth and is used by some employers as part of their formal graduate training programme.
A minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent.
A wide variety of first degrees are accepted, including engineering, science, geography and social science.
For non-standard applicants, relevant work experience may be taken into account.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
Graduates come from a wide variety of backgrounds including civil engineering, geography, economics, mathematics, physics, business studies and social studies wishing to specialise in the field of transport engineering and planning. Students will need a reasonable aptitude for mathematics/statistics.
The course combines formal lectures and seminars with extensive coursework including transport planning studio work, traffic survey projects, appraisal assignments and statistics tutorials. The teaching panel includes visiting specialists with expert knowledge of specific topics.
You will be exposed to a range of relevant transport software.
Part-time students study the taught modules over two years on a day-release basis (currently Thursdays)
Assessment is by a combination of formal examinations, tutorial and seminar work, course assignment portfolio and a dissertation. The overall breakdown is:
80% of students say subjects are enthusiastically taught by staff.PGSES 2010
BA MSc MIHT CEng
Ralph Henson has been programme leader for this course since 1992. He graduated with a first class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 1974 and an MSc in Transport Engineering and Planning from the University of Salford in 1985. After brief spells with the Post Office and with Trafford Borough Council, he joined Merseyside County Council in 1977 and had responsibility for traffic surveys, accident investigations and analysis and special projects before leaving to join the University of Salford as a lecturer in Transport Engineering in 1985.
Ralph is responsible for teaching all aspects of transport engineering and planning to postgraduates. He has published research on traffic safety and road accidents and sustainable transport networks and is currently supervising a study into residential trip rates in city centres.
He was Chair of the North Western Branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation during 2005/2006
Graduates from this course work in local authorities, consultancies and transport utilities. Some graduates work on projects overseas. The postgraduate qualification is highly valued by employers.
The MSc award is approved as further learning for those working towards Chartered Engineer status. The programme team has close contacts with local employers and the Professional Institutions.
MSc Transport Engineering and Planning 2004. Graduate Transport Planner.
"Starting work after university is a daunting prospect for many graduates. However, this course provides students with an introduction to the current transport policy and practice issues that are necessary to make a confident transition to the workplace. I strongly believe that the vocational element of this course is what makes it such a success."
MSc Transport Engineering and Planning 2010. Graduate Transport Planner.
“One of the biggest strengths of the MSc is the strong links to the industry, along with such dedicated course leadership.”
The Careers & Employability Service at Salford offers a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate students to enhance their job prospects. Your studies can help you secure your future and our specialist careers and employability team offer a range of services in addition to what you gain through your course that will assist you during your time with us and after graduation. Assistance includes career development workshops, industry insight days, CV and application checking alongside access to a database of thousands of opportunities from employers many of whom specifically contact the University to recruit Salford Graduates.
94% of our postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.DLHE 2009 and 2010
Some of our students go on to study in our Civil Engineering Research Centre.
Research in this Centre is focused into four main themes, aligned with the core elements of the civil engineering curriculum: Structural Engineering, Transport Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Hydraulics. Our aim is to provide leading edge sustainable research that is both fundamental and relevant in today’s changing society and environment that is underpinned by strong links with academics from throughout Europe and with industrial partners, such as Network Rail, GMPTE, Atkins, Veolia and UIC.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£850 per 30 credits|
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