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Institute for Transport Studies - Masters Open Day 2017


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Institute for Transport Studies - Masters Open Day 2017

  1. 1. Institute for Transport Studies FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT MASTERS OPEN DAY 2017 Professor Richard Batley Director of ITS
  2. 2. Why Masters in Transport?
  3. 3. Why Masters in Transport? • Apply your discipline in areas of significant challenge: Climate change / environmental factors Congestion Safety Economic and Social Issues …in a sector that accounts for 15% of GDP • Highly practical and rigorous discipline with focus on problem solving • Develop scarce and valuable skills • Transport has probably never had a higher profile
  4. 4. The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) Our vision: To be the world leading centre in transport related research and education.
  5. 5. Why ITS? • Market leader – biggest and most respected centre in Europe • Expert staff – teaching informed by world class research • Range of modules and dissertation supervision (not available elsewhere) • Diverse cohort (UK, part-time, international) but small enough for staff to know everyone individually • Excellent student experience European Trip, Student Union Transport Society, International Night, Bike Ride and sporting events, wide range of students’ own events
  6. 6. Why ITS? Invested £4m in facilities ready for 2016/17
  7. 7. ITS Research Groups Economics & Appraisal Demand & valuation Costs & efficiency Regulation, pricing & incentives Appraisal & evaluation Human Factors & Safety Human-in-the- loop- simulation User behaviour Software development Spatial Modelling & Dynamics Advanced spatial modelling tools Traffic flow theory Methodologies for dynamic modelling Social & Political Sciences Social research methods Impact assessment GIS and spatial analysis Policy studies Choice Modelling Choice and behavioural modelling Stated Preference design New forms of behavioural data Software development
  8. 8. ITS Research Themes Connected Transport Automated vehicles Big data Virtuocity Inclusive Transport Healthy lifestyles Low income countries Liveable and safe communities Productive Transport Rail Centre Economic productivity and WEB Resilient Transport Energy Resilience
  9. 9. …which feed our teaching • Major research council project on reducing the environmental impacts from freight led to a new “Green Logistics” module • “Choice Modelling and Stated Preference” module informed by various real research studies on consumer choices and preferences • Research on emissions from new cars in real-world conditions informs air quality analysis in “Transport and Urban Pollution” module • Dissertations – research and/or industry led studies • “Transport Integrated Project” (TIP)
  10. 10. Taught by people who make a difference… Our research has direct impact on policy and practice, providing you with state-of-art techniques and examples • Intelligent Speed Adaptation Field Trials • Technologies to support Eco-Driving • Advising the Office of Rail Regulator on Track Access Charges • Informing the rail industry passenger demand forecasting handbook • Assessing the impacts of concessionary fares on health • Identifying why local air quality standards are not being met • Researching the travel behaviour legacy of the Olympics • …..
  11. 11. In ways which employers want • Working in teams across disciplines • Subject specialists capable of understanding where they fit • Emphasis on problem solving as problems change • National and global approaches
  12. 12. Why ITS? - Prospects • 97% of the 2015 Masters graduates were employed or in further training within 6 months of completing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) survey respondent data) • Competition for jobs is now much more intense – an ITS Masters will help you stand out from the crowd • Employer organisations visit ITS each spring seeking out our graduates • Those with an ITS Masters are well respected in the job market • Our Industrial Advisory Board tell us so (Network Rail, Arup, Mott Macdonald, AECOM...) • “I think having a Masters from ITS helped me a get an interview in the first place!” (Quote from MSc student)
  13. 13. Why ITS? - Prospects • Major UK and Global Consultancies • Transport Operators • Government Transport Departments • The Transport Arm of Development Banks • Academic Departments ITS Alumni go on to succeed in... Consultant, African Bank of Development Managing Director Crossrail 2 Senior Transport Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff Head of the Transport Area, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru Transport Planner, Highways Department, Thailand
  14. 14. Elena Chiari – MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering 2012 Now: Senior Consultant – Steer Davies Gleave, Bogota Office “If you are interested in receiving quality education from renowned professionals while also learning about their application in real life scenarios through case studies, projects, techniques and schemes first hand, then I truly recommend you attend ITS.” Recent Alumni Syed Rahman – MSc (Eng)Transport Planning, 2013 & MA Transport Economics, 2014 Now: Deputy Chief Operations Manager, Indian Railways “If you are looking for a career in transport, ITS is one of the best places in the world to study. The teachings at ITS help you take on difficult challenges from day one. The modules are very well designed and taught by great minds in the field.”
  15. 15. Recent Alumni Catherine Wallace – MSc Sustainability (Transport) 2014 Now: (acting) Executive Director Major Transport Projects Department of Transport (Western Australia) “The Masters program at ITS has helped me develop a much better understanding of transport planning, as well as deepening my understanding of transport policy and economics. My studies at ITS have added new pieces to the jigsaw puzzle, helping me to see the bigger picture.” Pablo Alvarez– MSc (Eng)Transport Planning and Engineering 2013 Now: Transport Consultant, AECOM, UK “The atmosphere on the campus is great for a European or international students. There are dozens of different nationalities so you won’t learn just about the modules you take, but also from other cultures and people’s experiences. Secondly, this Masters course will give you a very good background to start your career in transport or to continue and improve your current career.”
  16. 16. A community for life
  17. 17. Why ITS? – don’t take my word for It “…a first class learning experience in a very stimulating environment. The quality of teaching, resources and support was the best that I have experienced…” “A course that really challenges you in a place that has a genuinely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. A year I will look back on with a sense of pride and achievement.” “World class tuition assured. Your knowledge will be deepened and your skills will be sharpened”. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it will change your life – a degree at ITS”. “It’s a centre of excellence” “Outstanding reputation and job prospects” “It is the best transport department in the UK”
  18. 18. Masters Open Day April 2017 Tony Whiteing ITS Director of Student Education (MA Transport Economics 1976/77) Institute for Transport Studies FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT
  19. 19. ITS Taught Masters Programmes MSc Transport Economics MSc(Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering MSc Transport Planning MSc Transport Planning and the Environment MSc Sustainability in Transport MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport NEW! PGDip qualifications are associated with all the above. We also run a Certificate in Transport Studies and a programme of Short Courses
  20. 20. Masters Programme Structure 120 credits, plus the Dissertation (60 credits); Compulsory Modules * Semester 1 - all * 1,2 or 3 in semester 2 Optional Modules * remainder of semester 2 Dissertation Transferable skills PG Dip is just the taught modules from a Masters PG Cert is any four taught modules
  21. 21. Latest ITS MSc Developments The refurbished ITS Building ! A new approach to developing and embedding cross- disciplinary skills and awareness, via new modules introduced in 2016; Semester 1 : Shaping Future Transport Systems Sets out a range of cross-disciplinary skills tailored to the needs of students on each individual programme Semester 2 : Transport Integrated Project A project-based module in which multi-disciplinary teams are tasked to develop a broadly-based solution to a transport problem
  22. 22. The Learning Environment • Lectures/Seminars • Coursework • Group projects • Computer based learning • Practical exercises • Field trips • VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) • Professional Institution meetings
  23. 23. Modes of Attendance and Fees • Full time • Part time – various modes of attendance • Full time* £7,000 UK/EU, £17,750 International • Part time* £3,500/year UK/EU • Pro-rata for PGDip, PGCert
  24. 24. Communication & Feedback • Email • VLE • Noticeboards • Lecturers • Programme leaders • Director of Student Education • Class reps – Student & Staff Forum meetings • Feedback forms • Programme Survey
  25. 25. Career Opportunities • High demand for Masters graduates in transport • Main career paths: – Consultancies – Local government – Central government – Transport operators – PhD
  26. 26. Recognition by Professional bodies • Institution of Civil Engineers • Institution of Highways and Transportation • Transport Planning Society • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  27. 27. Institute for Transport Studies FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT Masters Open Day 2017 Dr Chandra Balijepalli Admissions Tutor and Programme Leader for MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering
  28. 28. Taught Masters Programmes • MSc Transport Economics • MSc Transport Planning • MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering • MSc Transport Planning and the Environment • MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport • MSc Sustainability in Transport PGDip qualifications are associated with all the above We also run a Certificate in Transport Studies and a programme of Short Courses
  29. 29. MSc Transport Economics Programme Leader: Dr Phill Wheat Focus on enabling students with a background in economics to develop further their understanding of those aspects of economic methodology relevant to the analysis of the transport sector Recognise transport is a derived demand and therefore how it contributes to wider economic and societal challenges Gain a broad understanding of the transport sector and learn how to apply economic methods to the resolution of practical transport problems, in order to equip yourself with the relevant skills for a career in transport economics [and other applied micro economics subjects!]
  30. 30. MSc Transport Planning Programme Leader: Frances Hodgson Long established and well regarded programme in Transport Planning at ITS. Addressing key challenges both in the UK and around the world of the need to plan and implement solutions for sustainable mobility and equitable growth. On the programme you will gain: • advanced globally required skills • specialist transport planning knowledge • hands-on experience • research driven and evidence-based teaching to use in the planning of creative mobility solutions
  31. 31. MSc(Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering Programme Leader: Dr Chandra Balijepalli • Learn to develop solutions to engineering problems that fit with the broader aims of transport planning policy • Engineering graduates from civil, mechanical, computing or electronic engineering background – route to a career in the expanding field of transport consultancy and public policy • Core modules include transport engineering, modelling, policy and data/analysis. Optionally system dynamics, public transport, pavement maintenance, road geometry, network modelling, safety, traffic management • Transport Integrated Project & Dissertation • Accredited by ICE/CIHT/JBM, for CEng professional qualification
  32. 32. MSc Transport Planning and the Environment Programme Leader: Dr James Tate This course takes a detailed look at the relationships transport has with our environment and equips you with the knowledge and practical skills of a modern, environmentally conscious transport planner. After understanding the core principles of transport planning and environmental issues, students consider how effective interventions and mitigation policies can be designed and implemented. The course not only covers theory but also includes hands on experience collecting and analysing transport, vehicle emission and air pollution data. Learn about ‘big’ transport data and analytical skills to translate your passion for improving the air quality of our cities and the wellbeing of your fellow citizens into a reality.
  33. 33. MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport Programme Leader: Dr Richard Connors Designed in collaboration with employers to provide the technical experts needed by a growing sector. Understand how mathematical models are formulated and used in different contexts of transport analyses, and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Develop key skills in modelling, analysis, optimisation, simulation and visualisation. Gain expertise in data science: how to manage, interrogate and analyse big data. Use commercial transportation software and write your own code.
  34. 34. MSc Sustainability in Transport Programme Leader: Dr Astrid Gühnemann Co-delivered by the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) and the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) Focus on the critical role transport plays in supporting economic and social progress and address policy solutions for the key environmental and societal challenges that increased mobility presents. Gain an understanding of the principles and practice of policy formulation and evaluation for more sustainable futures Learn sustainable mobility planning methods and skills.
  35. 35. Entry Requirements and How to Apply Entry Requirements: • a 2(i) Bachelor degree from a recognised UK university or an alternative qualification of equivalent / higher standard (lower degrees may be accepted in combination with relevant practical experience) • English Language is also required if not your first language (IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0 is the most commonly accepted qualification) • We accept a wide range of academic backgrounds, most commonly; civil engineering, Geography and Economics but also Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Planning, Architecture, Environment etc… How to Apply: • Applications are made online, visit for further information. Documents required are: Certificate and Transcripts from prior degree study, CV, Statement of Motivation and contact details for two referees (preferably academic).
  36. 36. If you need help funding your studies, there are a range of options...  Rees Jeffreys Road Fund (£10k per award). Deadline: 1st June 2017  Brian Large Bursaries (£7.2k per award) tbc Deadline usually early August (tbc)  Institute for Transport Studies scholarships (50%) Deadline 22 June 2017 Funding and Scholarships
  37. 37.  ITS Employer funded scholarships Deadline: 22 June 2017  University of Leeds Fee Scholarships Deadline: 5 May 2017  Leeds Alumni Bursaries (10%)  UK Government Scheme (£10k loans) Visit the ITS website for further details or pick up a leaflet today Funding and Scholarships
  38. 38. Any questions? Join academic and admissions staff as well as current students for refreshments and a chance to talk in further detail about the programmes we offer. Following lunch there will be an opportunity to view current student posters in the Parkinson building – with a guided tour led by Dr Jeremy Shires, Dissertation Co-ordinator.