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12 July 2011 | PR 11/88

Loughborough University launches new MSc programme for Road and Vehicle Safety

Road & Vehicle Safety MSc

A unique Masters programme that will ultimately help reduce traffic accidents and injury on our roads has been launched by Loughborough University.

The MSc in Road and Vehicle Safety is led by the University’s Transport Safety Research Centre and has been designed to foster knowledge and technical expertise in a wide range of automotive safety disciplines.

Study areas include: driver behaviour and safety, roads and infrastructure design, vehicle safety systems, crash investigation, and human systems analysis, and draw on the broad and extensive expertise of the programme’s teaching team, with input from visiting traffic safety practitioners.

Professionals in the motor industry, road design, health sector and road safety partnerships and related professional bodies are amongst those that would benefit from this tailored programme. 

Programme leader Dr Richard Frampton explains the importance of the course, saying:

 “Reducing traffic injury on today’s roads no longer relies on any single approach. Improvements to vehicle crashworthiness, braking and handling are part of a multifaceted approach which also includes road and infrastructure design, driver assistance, driver performance and road safety policy.

“More than ever before, there is a need to understand not only the theory and practice of individual approaches but the way in which they can be integrated to bring about maximum casualty reduction.”

The course starts this October with modules block-taught to enable both full and part time study. A flexible approach to learning means participants can fit studies around work commitments and can gain Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma on their way to the Masters qualification.

For further details on the MSc in Road and Vehicle Safety contact Jane Purvey on j.purvey@lboro.ac.uk or visit www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/lds/pg/safety/

The Transport Safety Research Centre, based within the Loughborough Design School, conducts international research, consultancy and teaching in both crash and injury prevention and has worked closely with government, industry and academia for over 25 years.

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Amanda Overend
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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