Sustainable Transport & Mobility - Bolton Street

Professionally accredited with the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and the Transport Planning Society

The Master of Science in Sustainable 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 TU Dublin. 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 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.

Subjects taught

The requirements of the Master of Science in Sustainable 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.


2 years part-time

Method of Delivery Classroom, Online

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening,Blended

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