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Sustainable Transport and Mobility / Iompar agus Soghluaisteacht

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

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 course 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 course. Two references are required, ideally in support of professional, academic and / or personal ability.

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 course 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 course 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 course 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 course 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 course is intended for those who wish to engage in the planning, design, regulation and operation of sustainable transport and mobility 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 potential suitable in terms of the appropriate degree and relevant experience.

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 course 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 courses 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.

Our TU226 MSc in Sustainable Transport & Mobility - Student Handbook 2021 is available for download.

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-time or part-time employment.


Applications open from 1st April 2022

TU Code



Level 9


Master of Science


2 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

January 2023


City Centre: Bolton Street



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Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy, Programme Co-Chairperson

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Glenn Hingerty, Programme Co-Chairperson