University of Leeds

Institute for Transport Studies

MA Transport Economics


University Road

University of Leeds

Leeds, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, Master of Arts (MA), PhD

Format: Campus

Program Description:

HomeAboutCourses & TrainingResearchLinksAlumniPeopleYou are here: Faculty of Environment > Institute for Transport Studies > Courses > Masters > MA Transport EconomicsIn this section Masters programmes MA Transport Economics MSc Sustainability (Transport) MSc Transport Planning MSc Transport Planning & Environment MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering Accreditation Part-time Study Dissertation Field trips Student Profiles Admissions Scholarships Fees Open day How to apply Contact us Related information Why ITS? Employability Esteem Prospectus Apply now MA Transport Economics This programme is designed for students with a background in economics - it deepens their existing understanding of economic methodologies and applies these to the transport sector. Students learn to use economics to first understand and then address transport issues. The emphasis is on enabling students to apply techniques to formulate and critically analyse key policy questions, which include: •What are the true costs of transport and how can they be measured effectively? •Should users pay directly for their personal contribution to environmental damage? •How does the level of taxation influence people's choice of transport? •Has road congestion charging been a success? •What role should the state play in owning and operating public transport? •Which forms of transport regulation are most effective? A set of core methodologies underpins the programme: •Welfare economics, appraisal and cost-benefit analysis (social welfare functions; public goods and externalities; private and social discount rates) •Economics of production and efficiency measurement (economies of scale, density and scope; measures of productivity and efficiency) •Pricing of transport and network industries (first and second best pricing; pricing for congestion and environment effects •Regulatory economics (forms of regulation; regulatory price reviews; public versus private ownership; approaches to de-regulation) •Econometric analysis: theory and applied (efficiency frontier methods; demand forecasting; discrete choice models of travel behaviour). CORE MODULES Principles of Transport Economics Welfare Economics & Cost-Benefit Analysis Transport Econometrics Principles of Transport Modelling Economics of Transport Regulation Dissertation OPTIONAL MODULES Analysing Transport & Society Funding for Projects Global Issues in Transport Green Logistics Public Transport Planning and Management Stated Preference Analysis Methods Transport in Development Transport Investment Appraisal


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International Student Requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their language proficiency. This is normally in the form of a recent test certificate i.e IETLS 6.5 overall with no component below 6.0.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 180

In State Tuition (per year): 5100 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 15000 GBP

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