• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Logistics and traffic keep our modern world moving. Modern traffic systems increasingly pursue logistics and optimisation: from fleet management of shared cars and bikes to enterprises that provide integrated mobility-as-a-service. Governmental planning agencies and public transport operators cooperate with trendy firms to consign the use of unsustainable private cars to the history books.


The Master Logistics and Traffic trains you in traffic and intelligent transportation systems and in logistics and transportation. The programme equips you to understand the complex interaction between logistics and traffic and explores techniques for optimising processes them through the application and consequence management of new, smart transportation technologies.

You learn how to address modern logistics and traffic processes from the perspective of the user or company (logistics, business management, OR) and from the perspective of the system itself (traffic, system design and management, modelling).

Programme outline

The programme consists of five elements: 

  • a remedial programme (max. 15 credits)
  • a core programme which is required for all students (58 credits)
  • elective courses (min. 23 credits)
  • a master’s thesis (24 credits). Many of the master’s theses are in collaboration with a company and several courses are taught by external staff members.


  • One of the strong assets of this programme are the high scientific quality, broad content, dynamic and committed teaching staff and management team, and demand for the graduates’ profile.
  • Within Belgium we have a unique programme combining traffic and logistics. There is no confusion with a similar engineering technology master. The programme responds to a societal need, which translates into an industrial opportunity, the mix of mandatory and elective courses allows you to become a generalist in logistics and traffic engineering, and a specialist in one area.
  • At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under the supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator.

Career perspectives

Many companies from the public as well the private sector are looking for experts with a logistics and traffic background. These companies include sea- and airports, large international transportation companies, Flemish, Belgian and European governments, educational- and research institutes, public transportation companies, mobility service providers … Within these companies you can take up different functions, such as researcher, (system) developer and designer, logistics manager, project manager, operational manager ...

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Remedial Programme
  • Decision Making for Industrial Management 
  • Traffic Engineering 
  • Operational Management 

Core courses

  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Integration of Transport Infrastructure Planning and Spatial Planning 
  • Public Transportation, Design and Management 
  • Traffic and Transport Safety 
  • Distribution Logistics 
  • Supply Chain Engineering 
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Transport Modals 
  • Integrated Practicum 1: Organisation of Logistics and Transportation 
  • Environmental and Transportation Economics 
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Freight Transport Management
  • Integrated Practicum 2: Dynamic Traffic Management

Elective Courses

  • General Interest Courses
  • General Broadening Courses

Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

On the basis of the following degrees obtained outside the Flemish Community (admission is only granted after evaluation of the application file):

  • 4 year bachelor of Engineering· 
  • 4 year bachelor in Industrial Engineering·
  • Master in Engineering

Non-native English students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

All applications are evaluated by both KU Leuven admissions office and the relevant Master programme director. Admission is ultimately at the discretion of the faculty. GRE scores assist application processing and are strongly recommended.

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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