Programme

Introduction to the programme

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.

The focus of the 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 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, 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.

Programme overview:

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 is a shortlist consisting of all Transport & Planning specialisation courses plus a number of Transport & Planning related courses. For this, one can think for instance of transport safety, railway engineering, airline systems, control theory, vehicle engineering, or big data courses. For the complete list, see the study guide.

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

  • Electives from the MSc Civil Engineering programme including CIE4040-09 Internship, CIE4061-09 Multidisciplinary project/Civil Engineering consultancy project and CIE5050-09 Additional graduation work/Research project (10 EC each)
  • Free electives excluding the three courses mentioned above (10 EC)

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.

Transport Networks
Description specialisation: 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
Description specialisation: 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
Description specialisation: focussing on design, operations and management of urban and interurban/national passenger transport services, including railway traffic operations and management.