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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Transport

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Civil and Building Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc, PGDip, PGCert
Programme title Transport
Programme code CVPT46/47
Length of programme Full-time or part-time, minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:01:29 BST

1. Programme Aims

This programme provides an opportunity for both experienced personnel, and students who have recently obtained a first degree in the relevant fields, to study transport.

The programme aims to ensure that as a student you will:

  • Acquire a critical awareness of relevant research methods and findings  in order to identify and foster best practice; 
  • Acquire  knowledge  of  the  evolution and influence of policy measures on the transport environment and the techniques used in transport planning; 
  • Develop understanding of business, management and marketing issues pertinent to the transport sector; 
  • Gain knowledge of the impact of transport on the environment and transport and sustainability; and 
  • Gain specialised  knowledge through the formulation and conduct of a research project.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The benchmark  standards which have been devised for transport programmes  have been  based  on  relevant  accreditation  requirements of the Chartered  Institute  of Logistics and Transport, the professional body with chartered status, the TPP Professional Standards Committee documentation, the Self-Assessment Document produced  for the QAA's External Subject Review of Transport Studies programmes (November 2000), the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the University's current Learning and Teaching Strategy.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of these programmes, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of and competence in:

  • Research methods applicable to transport subjects
  • The evolution and influence of policy measures on the transport environment
  • Business, management and marketing issues pertinent to the transport sector
  • The context of and the techniques utilised in transport planning
  • The impact of transport on the environment and role in sustainability.


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Collect, express and arrange the requirements of a task or project, in any of the disciplines relevant to the programme.
  • Recognise, and apply, the specialist knowledge that needs to be exploited to determine solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrate the quantitative and qualitative assessment skills that permit study of the emergent properties of any transport strategy.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge.
  • Study the  implications of  decisions that contribute to  understanding how viewpoints can be narrowed or widened to determine acceptable levels of performance, in cases where there are complex relationships between the outcomes desired, or regarded as necessary.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Quantify items for trade-of
  • Communicate (orally and written)
  • Take responsibility for time-management
  • Contribute to team-working
  • Provide leadership
  • Maintain documentation

4. Programme structure

The modules comprising the Programme are: 

Module title


Credit weiqhting


Transport  Policy & Planning




Logistics and Supply Chain





Research and Communication




Quantitative Methods for Transport




Transport  and   the





Sustainable Cities and Transport




Transport  Services Marketing




Transport  Business Management and Finance




Transport Research  Project



1 and 2

Specified modules may be substituted by approved credit transfers from other programmes or institutions.

Candidates will take taught modules with a total  weighting  of  120 credits  and be enrolled on the Research Project module (60 credits). 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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