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Mathematical Modelling for Transport, M.Sc.

Mathematical Modelling for Transport, M.Sc.

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Mathematical models are fundamental to how we understand, analyse and design transportation systems, but these models face challenges from the rapidly changing nature of mobility. Innovative technologies are being harnessed to deliver new approaches to transport services, and huge volumes of data create new opportunities to examine how patterns of movement are evolving.

Experience a course designed in collaboration with employers, learning skills the industry desperately needs to unlock the full potential of big data. Learn to think creatively, beyond the standard application of established solutions, and use your technical expertise across multiple scenarios.

Develop and apply mathematical models to analyse and improve the performance of transportation networks and flows:

  • Use mathematical models to represent transport systems and forecast demand
  • Test solutions and strategies using different models
  • Apply optimisation algorithms to traffic networks
  • Develop computer code to enhance and visualise outputs
  • Critically evaluate and adapt existing modelling techniques
  • Write scientific reports for technical and lay audiences
  • Develop research and advanced scholarship skills

Also experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how modelling, environmental science, planning, economics and engineering can work together to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues in the field.

You will learn to:

  • Recognise real world transportation issues which are susceptible to mathematical analysis;
  • Understand how and why mathematical models are used in different contexts of transport analyses;
  • Identify ways to formulate transport issues into mathematical problems and develop relevant solution strategies;
  • Apply optimization algorithms to traffic network models;
  • Write computer programmes to solve mathematical models and to visualise model outputs;
  • Write scientific reports on transport models and modelling approaches suitable for technical and lay audiences;
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team and effectively execute and communicate the role of mathematical modelling within an integrated project;
  • Critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline;
  • Take a proactive and self-reflective role in developing professional relationships with others, in readiness for a career as a transport modeller.

With a strong focus on industry needs, our degrees will prepare you for employment in your chosen field. They will also address the multi-disciplinary nature of transport – enabling you to make effective decisions for clients, employers and society.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Shaping Future Transport Systems
  • Concepts and Mathematics for Modelling Transport Systems
  • Transport Data Science
  • Transport Modelling In Practice
  • Transport Dissertation
  • Transport Integrated Project
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          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
            • Duration description

              12 months full time, 24 months part time

          • Credits
            180 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

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          Academic Requirements

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          Required score: Upper Second Class

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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          Entry requirements

          A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as Mathematics, statistics, or a science/engineering degree with substantial quantitative/mathematical content (e.g. physics, computer science).

          Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered.

          We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the ITS admissions team.

          For more information, please visit programme website. 

          Tuition Fee

          Living costs for Leeds

          • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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