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Transport Systems Management, MA Postgraduate prospectus

  • Want to plan and manage complex transport and logistics systems? Keen to work in a growing industry?
  • Study a degree accredited by both CILT and CIPS, increasing your earning potential.
  • Apply your knowledge and skills in a real consultancy project as part of the degree.

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1 years full time

2 years part time



Our Master's degree explores new approaches to design and analysis of transport and logistics systems. It focuses on contemporary issues, such as e-business, transport systems modelling, and environmental issues in transport and logistics.

There is a growing demand for transport professionals and logisticians due to the expansion of local and regional trade agreements, free labour flow and rapid growth of globalisation. 

Our courses are designed for graduates who have not previously specialised in logistics and transport. Study this Master's to expand your knowledge in the field.


This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), improving your career prospects and earning potential. You will be recognised by the CILT as holding their professional qualifications to full professional status Level 6 upon completion.

Career development

You will have the opportunity to participate in CILT activities during your studies, including the annual CILT student conference. These give you an opportunity to network with experts and leaders in the field. 

The latest event featured an address by The Princess Royal in her capacity as the patron of CILT, in which she highlighted the importance of efficient and effective logistics. 

Our students shared their research findings with The Princess Royal on topics including 'smart cities' and transportation strategies, and on various aspects of supply chain management.

You will also visit industrial locations, have seminars delivered by guest speakers from industry and collaborate with business partners for dissertation projects.

Consultancy project

You will undertake a two-week consultancy project with selected companies, which has been highly valued by previous students. Our students' consultancy project reports have been highly complimented by those companies.


This degree aims to:

  • Equip you with the latest knowledge in transport and logistics
  • Develop your ability to critically analyse problems that affect freight and passenger transport
  • Expand your ability to manage practical challenges in the transport and logistics sectors.

What you'll study

Full time

  • Passenger and Freight Transport (15 credits)
  • Smart Transport (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Scholarship and Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Supply Chain Simulation and Modelling (15 credits)
  • Urban Infrastructure Systems (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Leadership, Personal Development and Career Management (15 credits)
  • Consultancy Project (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Part time

The courses listed above will be split across two years.

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualification, from a recognised university or higher education institute.

Applicants with relevant professional experience and qualifications from CILT or other professional bodies may also apply.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

Extra information


You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including reports, essays, research proposals, consultancy reports and presentations, business modelling scenarios and a final dissertation.

Professional recognition

The Master's is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Its structure, contents and qualifications are also compatible with CILT programmes, ensuring recognition by academic and business sectors across the UK and internationally. Upon completion of this degree you will have full professional status (to Level 6).


You can pursue opportunities in the service and manufacturing sectors; railways, passenger transport companies, third-party logistics and local authorities; freight transport and shipping companies; and as consultants.


You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). The BSEO team develops your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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