Transport Engineering & Management

Maintain and improve the mobility of people by optimising traffic and transport networks.

What does it take to minimise delays in a public transport system? And how can you improve traffic flows and reduce traffic jams? But also: how can you design a city in such a way that it encourages cycling behaviour and reduces the use of cars? And can you come up with a system that keeps rural areas without public transport connections easily accessible? Mobility and transportation are an important part of our everyday life – and in today’s society, it comes with a lot of challenges. The specialisation in Transport Engineering & Management (TEM) focuses on improving our mobility and transport networks (for car, public transport, freight, etc.) to make transport more efficient, safe and sustainable.

As a student of this specialisation, you can choose between two profiles:

What is Transport Engineering & Management?

This specialisation covers the engineering, socio-economic, spatial, and environmental aspects of traffic and transport systems, and will teach you about various aspects of human behaviour related to their potential use. You will learn to understand and quantify travel behaviour (e.g. choice of transport mode, route, or time of travel) and use this information in improving transport and traffic systems, making smart use of infrastructural assets. The profile Transport & Logistics focuses on the mathematical modelling of traffic flows, data science and other quantitative analyses, and on the other hand, the profile Integrated Urban Transport focuses on the societal impacts of transport (such as traffic safety, sustainability, etc), policy processes, relationships between transport and urban developments and insights from psychology on how people travel.

Examples of courses you might follow during this specialisation:
  • The course Traffic Operations teaches you to develop traffic simulation models and devise traffic control measures in order to reduce or even prevent traffic jams.
  • How can you predict and reduce traffic crashes in cities? The course Traffic Safety will teach you geospatial analysis and statistical techniques to analyse and predict traffic crashes and examine measures to improve safety.
  • The course Sustainable Transport will give you insights into how you can reduce the climate footprint of transport. You will learn to describe problems and solutions of sustainability in the transport sector and formulate and discuss an opinion on a specific topic or dilemmas in the pursuit of sustainable transport.

This specialisation does not just teach you how to optimise transport and traffic systems in terms of efficiency and smoothness of traffic flows, but also to improve aspects such as safety, sustainability, or inclusivity. You might for example contribute to the development of e-bikes with a smart speed adaptation system, lowering the risk of accidents. Or you could focus on reducing the CO2 emissions of trucks by designing a traffic light system that gives them priority, allowing them to make it through an intersection without stopping and therefore consuming less fuel. And what about making app-based shared vehicle services (e.g. shared scooters or bikes) more socially inclusive and available to anyone – also people without smartphones? The range of challenges you can come across is nearly endless and highly diverse.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master’s and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have a broad overview of the multidisciplinary aspects of urban transport;
    • have solid knowledge of research techniques to examine and optimise mobility patterns and traffic flows in the urban context; have a fundamental understanding of various drivers and policies influencing the societal impacts of urban transport, e.g. sustainability and road safety.
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • can involve multiple scientific disciplines when conducting transport research, e.g. geography, economics, civil engineering, public administration;
    • are able to analyse the social consequences (economic, social, cultural) of new technological and social developments in the transport domain and integrate the consequences into your scientific work;
    • can use quantitative analysis techniques and simulation tools to study and optimise the performance of transport networks and their societal impacts.
  • Values

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • developed a multi-perspective, context-dependent approach for urban transport solutions;
    • are aware of social, environmental, sustainability and safety aspects of urban transport and you are able to analyse and understand these aspects and integrate these elements in your scientific work;
    • can identify gaps in your knowledge, and you have a mindset to enhance and extend your knowledge through study.

Other master’s and specialisations

Is this specialisation not exactly what you are looking for? Maybe one of the other specialisations suits you better. Or find out more about these other master’s:

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