Track: Transport & Planning

In densely populated countries such as the Netherlands hundreds of kilometres of traffic gridlock, air pollution, traffic accidents and delayed public transport are all part of the daily fare. The MSc track Transport & Planning trains people to play a central role in resolving such problems. Transport & Planning engineers, for example, work on clever ideas to manage traffic flows and prevent congestion, they develop public transport systems and design methods to assure reliable operations, or they model and assess transport networks to improve the reliability and efficiency of transport networks. A characteristic of the topics on which they work is that these are often in the news and are high on the political agenda.

In European top 5

If you opt for the MSc track Transport & Planning in Delft, you will be studying at one of the top five European traffic research institutes. An institute which strives to bridge the gap between research and practice and which, for this reason, works closely with authorities and companies.


The programme offers a challenging combination of professional practice and state-of-the-art research. Amongst other things you learn:

  • How to model and analyse travel demand for road and railway networks
  • How to design public transport networks and how to optimise public transport operations
  • How to model road and railway networks usage in regular and irregular conditions
  • How to design road and railway networks and to design network elements
  • How to model driving behaviour for cars, bicycles and pedestrians
  • How to improve the performance of road and railway networks with respect to efficiency and safety.

The master track Transport & Planning of the MSc Civil Engineering focuses on transport and infrastructure networks, passenger transport, and road and railway traffic systems. Key characteristic is the quantitative approach: we model the transport and traffic systems in order to assess their performance and their effects. These models are used to develop new and innovative measures in the field of transport and traffic.

Current curriculum 2017-2018

The current curriculum of the MSc track Transport & Planning consists of three parts:

  • Compulsory courses (60 ects) which offers you a broad perspective of the field of Transport & Planning plus the necessary background knowledge and capabilities. A small set of courses allows you to specialise in topics you prefer by choosing two out of seven of them.
  • Electives (20 etcs) which you choose from MSc-courses offered by Transport & Planning and any other MSc-courses. Other options are an internship (CIE4040-9, 10 ects, experience how it is to work in practice), an interdisciplinary project (CIE4061-09, 10 ects), and an individual research or design assignment (CIE5050-09, 10 ects).
  • MSc-Thesis (40 ects) (CIE5060-09) where you demonstrate you’ve mastered the knowledge and skills taught in this MSc on a Transport & Planning topic you can select yourself.

New curriculum 2018-2019

In September 2018 we start with a new programme for the MSc-track Transport & Planning. The focus of the new programme is “The design, assessment and management of ‘open’ civil transport systems and networks”, in which the term ”open” refers to publically accessible systems and networks.

The new programme of the MSc-track Transport & Planning gives students freedom to compose a programme according to their interest by offering three specialisations and a selection of electives, while providing a solid basis in in the fundamentals of the three specialisations as well as in engineering and research skills. Furthermore, new courses are introduced to address new topics as the analysis and design of resilient transport networks, the analysis and design of bicycle and pedestrian traffic systems, and the modelling and analysis of public transport operations.

For the first year of the programme consists of a common core (32 EC), three specialisations (16 EC each), a course on Ethics (4 EC) plus a selection of two courses from a list of Transport & Planning related courses (8 EC).

The core programme for the MSc-track of Transport &Planning consists of:

  • Three courses that provide the fundamentals for the three specialisations,
  • Three courses that focus on research and engineering skills.

The three specialisations consist of four courses each, and cover different domains in the field of Transport & Planning:

  • Transport Networks, focussing on analysis and assessment for a broad range of transport systems and networks (e.g. urban systems and multimodal networks) and including other characteristics than travel times (e.g. reliability, robustness and emissions).
  • Road Traffic Systems, focussing on operations and management of private traffic flows, i.e. cars, trucks and active modes as cycling and pedestrians, in regular and irregular conditions.
  • Public Transport and Railway Systems, focussing on design, operations and management of urban and interurban/national passenger transport services, including railway traffic operations and management.

For the course on Ethics you can choose between a course in the second quarter (CIE4510) and a course in the fourth quarter (WM0312CIE).

For the 8 EC on electives there will be a shortlist consisting of all Transport & Planning specialisation courses plus a number of Transport & Planning related courses such as:

  • CIE4840        Freight transport systems: Analysis and modelling
  • CIE5811        Transport Safety
  • CIE4330        Ports and Waterways 1
  • CIE4874        Elements of Railway Engineering (Annotation Railway systems)
  • CIE5875        Railway Asset Management (Annotation Railway systems)
  • AE4423         Airline Planning & Optimization
  • AE4446         Airport Operations
  • ME41105      Intelligent Vehicles
  • ME44305      Delft Systems and Simulation Approach
  • SEN1221      Statistical analysis of choice behaviour
  • SEN1721      Travel behaviour research
  • IN4710          Databases and datamining (Leiden university, Annotation IDM)

For the second year of the MSc-programme Transport & Planning you can choose two blocks of 10 EC from the following list:

  • Free electives (10 EC or more)
  • CIE4040-9 Internship or CIE4061-09 Multidisciplinary project (10 EC each)
  • CIE5050-09 Additional graduation work (10 EC)
  • Track related electives (10 EC or more)

The second year is concluded by your MSc-Thesis (CIE5060-09) which has 40 EC. You work on a topic you can choose yourself to demonstrate that you mastered the knowledge and skills taught in the programme.

We’re currently finalising the details of the programme, so some small changes are still possible, for instance course names, schedule, and list of electives. The final programme will be available early Spring 2018.

Preliminary schedule for the first year of the MSc-programme Transport & Planning 2018-2019:

* Choose either Climate change: Science and ethics or Philosophy, technology assessment and ethics.

Annotation Railway Systems

For students having a special interest in railways systems there is the possibility to obtain an Annotation Railway Systems within the regular MSc-programme of Transport & Planning. Requirement for this annotation are a number of courses you can select from the Transport & Planning-electives as well as from those offered by the Railway Engineering Section. And obviously, railway systems should be the theme of your MSc-thesis.
The Annotation Railway Systems has two compulsory courses: CIE4872 Railway operations and control and CIE4874 Elements of railway engineering. Electives offered by Transport & Planning are CIE4811-09 Planning and Operations of Public Transport Systems, CIE5803-09 Railway Traffic Management, and CIE5811 Transport Safety. The Railway Engineering section offers the following courses: CIE4870 Structural Design of Railway Track, CIE4873 Wheel-Rail Interface, CIE4871 Design and Maintenance of Railway Vehicles, CIE5875 Railway Asset Management, and CIE5874 Mechanical and Material Engineering in Railway Asset Management.

For further information see

New MSc-programme starting September 2018

Brochure current programme