The Master of Science in Transport and Mobility is a multi-disciplinary programme delivered by a team drawn from a range of professional backgrounds across the College of Engineering and Built Environment at DIT. The programme is designed to be highly engaged, both with industry and civic society, encouraging current best practice and reflectiveness, and to facilitate new research and innovation in the field of transport planning.
At the core of the programme is the principle of sustainability and how integrated transport and mobility networks can be designed for the wider benefit of society, economy and environment. The programme provides learners with both a theoretical and practical framework but also a basis to develop knowledge and to critically reflect on current transport and mobility environments.
The aims and objectives of the programme include examining the context of enhancing mobility for resilient urban and rural environments and fostering equity and well-being for all. This in turn encapsulates the idea of planning and design for healthy communities and living streets.
The programme exposes students to both traditional and emerging toolkits. The transport planner requires familiarity and competence in a range of skillsets, including but not exclusive to: transport assessment, mobility management planning, data analytics, modelling and behavioural analysis.
Where practical, the programme will facilitate site visits to transport planning organisations, both in a policy and operational setting. Guest lectures will be invited regularly to speak with the student group on relevant and current topics.
An international field-trip is available to students which allows comparative analysis and immediate exposure to contemporary practice in a contrasting environment.
Research and innovation in transport and mobility is encouraged throughout the programme, in coursework and in engagement with civic society and industry. Students are comprehensively introduced to research techniques and are required to complete a large-scale research project into a specialised topic.
Links to Industry and Civic Society
The Programme Management Team are in the process of seeking recognition from the Transport Planning Society (TPS) as an Approved Masters Degree. TPS is a professional body representing Transport Planners in the UK and internationally. A Republic of Ireland branch of TPS was established in 2016 and has an active local committee.
The Programme Management Team also maintains links to a range of relevant professional bodies in the field of transport, transport planning, planning and engineering. These include: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport of Ireland; Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (Republic of Ireland branch); Engineers Ireland Roads and Transportation Society; ITS Ireland; Irish Planning Institute; and, Royal Town Planning Institute (Republic of Ireland branch).
The programme maintains close links with professional practice in order to ensure practical relevance to the needs of society. The use of part-time and visiting senior practicing professionals for teaching is an integral and important means of achieving and maintaining this relevance.
The programme also seeks to maintain close links with civic society groups and works closely with the DIT Access and Civic Engagement (ACE) office in order to ensure practical relevance of the programme to the needs of society
Who Should Apply
The programme is intended for those who wish to engage in the planning, design, regulation and operation of sustainable transport and mobiltiy networks. While many participants will already be practitioners and/or stakeholders in transport planning, it is a programme aim to bring a more diverse and wider range of skills into the transport planning profession in Ireland and internationally. Therefore it is envisaged that a wide range of backgrounds will be potentiall suitable in terms of the appropriate degree and relevant experience.
Entry Requirements:Entrance to the course is contingent on: -
1. An appropriate honours (minimum 2.2 grade) degree;
2. An ability to demonstrate current professional practice OR a minimum of three years experience in transport planning or a related discipline will be considered an advantage.
Offers of places on the programme can be made to applicants who successfully demonstrate the above criteria via the production of: -
• academic transcripts;
• a professional curriculum vitae;
• appropriate references;
• a brief covering letter.
The brief (one-page) covering letter will be required to outline principal areas of professional expertise and experience. This may also include a short statement of motivation to undertake the programme. Two references are required, ideally in support of professional, academic and / or personal ability.
The requirements of the MSc in Transport and Mobility are that each student must achieve a minimum number of 90 ECTS credits in order to successfully complete the course. A total of 30 credits are assigned to the research and dissemination project. The remaining 60 credits are divided between two academic years and comprise of core and elective modules. Core taught subjects include the following:
Introduction to Sustainable Transport and Mobility
Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities
Local Governance, Development & Innovation
Traffic Management and Road Safety
Transport Economics and Operations
Behavioural Change and Active Travel
Principles of Public Transport Systems
Transport Modelling and Simulation
Geographical Information Management II
Summer School in Sustainable Transport & Mobility
Participation in a summer school involves students collectively in a practical group project. As part of the summer school students are required to engage with an industry or community partner in a Problem-based Learning (PBL) and Students Learning with Communities (SLwC) setting. The Summer School is normally delivered over a number of days with all or part of it located within the partner organisation’s premises.
The elective aspect of the programme allows students to either participate in an international field trip (5 credits), undertake a Work-based Project (5 credits) or choose from a specified selection of modules (5 credits each) selected to reflect the programme philosophy and learning outcomes.
The International Field Trip is an elective module and may be delivered in conjunction with other masters programmes within the respective Schools.
Work-based Project, also an elective module, is a period of planned work experience that is completed within an organisation in the transport sector or transport related work experience in another sector.
In year two students are required to prepare a major research and dissemination project on a specialist topic within or closely related to transport planning.
A copy of the current Student Hanbook is available for download
Assessment is by examination and coursework, however a large portion of the programme is assessed by practical project-work, undertaken both individually and in teams. Because students are normally practising professionals from different disciplines, the course provides scope for a considerable degree of inter-disciplinary learning and evaluation of experience both within the student group as well as between lecturers and students.
Programme Delivery and Duration
The programme is delivered over a four-semester cycle. Student intake is normally on an annual basis, depending on demand, with January course intakes.
The components of the programme based on contact hours (i.e. lectures, tutorials, and seminars) are presented during the four semesters (years 1 and 2).
During the third and fourth semesters, students are required to prepare a research and dissemination project.
Timetables may vary but teaching is likely to be concentrated in afternoon and early-evening blocks from Wednesday to Fridays to facilitate those in full- or part-time employment.
For Further Information
The MSc is jointly delivered by the DIT School of Civil and Structural Engineering and the DIT School of Transport Engineering, Environment & Planning, within the Dublin Institute of Technology College of Engineering and the Built Environment. The programme is co-chaired by a member of staff from each School.
Programme co-Chairperson – School of Civil and Structural Engineering
Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy
T: 01 402 3817
Programme co-Chairperson – School of Transport Engineering, Environment & Planning
T: 01 402 3803
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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