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Sustainable Transport Planning and Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 11 February 2021
  • Course duration: Thursday mornings (term-time only) typically 9 am - 12 noon for twelve weeks, plus exam

This course will broaden your understanding of the wider urban environment by introducing you to transport planning, traffic engineering and highway engineering, set within the context of sustainable development.


The course provides a sound background to the decision-making processes involved in, and the design and implementation of, major transport infrastructure schemes.

It will cover policy, standards, codes of practice and design and assessment methodologies for a range of transport infrastructure projects.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • critically review key transport planning policies
  • evaluate key traffic and highway engineering design principles and methods
  • review key legislation and environmental policies
  • integrate different modes of transport and make travel safer, greener and more efficient
  • analyse different perspectives on transport and their underlying assumptions
  • assess future transport demand and its impact
  • analyse key opportunities and issues
  • apply a range of methods of collecting, analysing and presenting transport data
  • model the impact of a range of interventions, and design objective-led strategies
  • conceptualise and design appropriate transport infrastructure and determine whether designs are fit for purpose
  • deliver integrated transport solutions
  • analyse the complex nature of the environment-transport interface
  • make informed judgements regarding the suitability of infrastructure projects, and be able to critically evaluate designs.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a postgraduate award.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

This course will include:

  • transport planning policy
  • making travel safer
  • transport data collection and analysis
  • air and water transport
  • cycling and walking
  • heavy and light rail
  • principles of transport modelling
  • speed/flow relationships
  • design standards and their application
  • junction modelling and design (priority junctions, traffic signals, roundabouts and grade-separated junctions)
  • advanced traffic signal junction modelling and design
  • pavement design, engineering and management
  • transport in development (transport assessments and travel plans)
  • transport planning and the environment
  • climate change and transport
  • ethics, professionalism and politics in transport planning.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £925.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418