Transport and Intelligent Mobility, MSc

Transport and Intelligent Mobility, MSc


Combines the planning, policy making and modelling that goes into running an effective transport network with the exciting new technologies and data capabilities that will change the way we travel.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Location of Study
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Intelligent Mobility offers a fresh perspective to address long-standing challenges faced by the Transport sector, such as congestion, pollution and the lack of integration in policy and practice between different transport systems and services. Intelligent Mobility can also contribute to addressing wider societal issues such as increasing urbanisation, a growing and ageing global population, climate change, and the rapid depletion of our traditional energy resources.

The programme provides you with the skills necessary for careers in the growing transport and intelligent mobility sector. You will understand the roles that emerging technologies play in enabling the smarter, greener and more efficient movement of people and goods around a city or around the world. The programme draws upon the extensive experience and expertise in the field of Intelligent Mobility research and teaching contained within the Centre for Transport Research at the University of Aberdeen.

What You'll Study


Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Intelligent Mobility: People and Planning (EG505A)

15 Credit Points

This course introduces the concept of Intelligent Mobility (IM). It begins with a focus on the origins of and antecedents to IM. The notion of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is considered alongside the role of transport in the sharing economy. Meeting user needs in IM will involve consideration of issues such as virtual mobility, attitudes to automation and IM capacity and skills requirements. There will be focus on transport and ‘smart cities’ as well as ‘smart rural transport areas’. The course will conclude with a focus on future visions for IM and the development of associated scenarios.

Transport Policy and Governance (EG505B)

15 Credit Points

This course introduces the role of policy and governance in decision-making in relation to transport. Policy and governance frameworks are studied at a range of spatial scales from the local to the global. Approaches to the financing of transport are also examined. A wide range of policy instruments available to address transport problems are explored with reference to current case studies. The course focusses on key economic, social and environmental policy domains that relate to sustainable transportation and examines their evolution and current directions.

Traffic Engineering (EG505C)

15 Credit Points

This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of fundamental aspects of traffic engineering. Intelligent Mobility (IM) projects are intended in large part to impact upon traveller behaviours; however, these must be supported by appropriate decisions regarding the design and implementation of the underlying transport network. Here, we will address core concepts of traffic planning, operation and design to support network efficiency.

Transport Planning: Appraisal to Evaluation (EG504P)

15 Credit Points

The transport planning process is central to ensuring the implementation of high-quality transport projects. In this course, students will be introduced to the transport planning process, including appraisal, environmental impact assessment, and evaluation. The course will familiarise students with regulatory and data requirements and setting of specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related (SMART) targets and metrics, through to methods of transport evaluation including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Intelligent Mobility: Data and Delivery (EG555E)

15 Credit Points

Students will be introduced to delivery requirements for Intelligent Mobility (IM) projects, focused on underlying technology and data requirements. The class will address topics ranging from the development of IM business models, through to the application of information technology for purposes such as traffic control and information provision. Technology and data requirements for models such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) will be considered to provide a holistic understanding of the requirements for IM service delivery.

Public Transport Systems (EG555F)

15 Credit Points

This course focusses on the management and operation of public transport (PT) systems. Management encompasses the organisation and control of PT systems. Operations relates to demand and supply with emphasis on the roles of subsidy, revenue and fares. Operations will be considered for: buses, trams, rail and metro. Appreciation of the interdependence of PT networks will be emphasised by a field trip to a UK metropolitan city. The trip involves a group field project and engagement with PT stakeholders with ‘behind the scenes’ access to operations and management environments.

Transport Modelling and Simulation (EG555G)

15 Credit Points

This course develops a theoretical and practical understanding of the use of modelling and simulation in the transport sector. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of transport models, including travel demand models of trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment, along with the data handling practices necessary to allow their application. The overall aim is to develop an understanding of approaches to modelling the likely outcomes of transport engineering, planning and policy decisions.

Research Skills and Project in Practice (EG555H)

15 Credit Points

In this course, students will receive an introduction to research skills needed in the Intelligent Mobility (IM) environment. Students will receive training in both qualitative and quantitative methods, including evidence reviews, statistical and network analysis, survey methods, interviews, and focus groups. These skills will be taught in the context of an IM project, with individual components coming together in a detailed project plan.

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

MSc Individual Project (EG59F1)

60 Credit Points

The MSc Individual Project is an independent piece of research based on a topic related to a student’s degree programme. Students are encouraged to focus on a problem confronting industry or a related area. The individual project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate how the in-depth skills and knowledge they have gained during the taught courses can be used to provide solutions to practical problems. The individual project should contain a degree of original research.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £25,100
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year
Home / RUK £10,600
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Field Work
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Why Study Transport and Intelligent Mobility?

  • This programme has a unique focus on current and emerging technologies, policies and planning to help tackle climate change and the challenges of energy transition.
  • The teaching and curriculum draw from 100 years of experience in human geography at the University and the Centre for Transport Research.
  • Learn a number of practical, transferable skills relevant to the transport industry, including statistical analysis, network analysis, planning, policy and urban development.
  • Gain insight into transport governance and policy using examples from the UK and around the world.
  • The programme builds on experience gained from work the University has done with a range of industry and governmental organisations including Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, First Group, Aecom, ITS UK and Catapult.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A 2:2 UK Honours degree in Engineering, Geography, Planning or another subject which includes substantial use and analysis of data is required.

Students with a 2:1 in another subject or with related work experience may also be considered.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Mark Beecroft

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

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