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MSc Transport Planning and Engineering – launch press release

Napier University, in association with transport executives from Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Mott MacDonald and TP Internatonal, launched a new day-release MSc course in Transport Planning and Engineering  in February 2006. Successful completion of the course enables students to be awarded a post-graduate degree by Napier University. The course is hosted by the Birmingham and Midland Institute and supported by Aston University.

The course is a day-release for the first 2 years with a thesis in the final third-year. The programme follows the successful model of the current Napier University course, which is already operated in Edinburgh. Lectures is delivered by Napier staff visiting Birmingham, supported by local lecturers with a strong emphasis on developing practitioners.

Professor Tom Rye from Napier University says, “We are delighted to be able to offer our course to support the growing demand in the Midlands. We already have some 27 graduates a year on our courses in Edinburgh as well as 15 students on our Distance Learning Course. This new provision expands our well- tried and proven experience.”

Colin Eastman of Coventry City Council explains, “The West Midlands have been bereft of a local MSc for many years and all our post graduate training has had to involve students travelling out of the area. With the growing demand for Transport Planning within the Region, arising from the higher profile of transport infrastructure provision, it is essential that the local transport planning community has access to an excellent training base. After some 3 years of seeking to develop the right model for the area, we are now delighted that we are able to work with Napier University to offer this course from February 2006.”

Johnny Ojeil – Associate Director, Arup says:
“I am writing on behalf of Arup in relation to the above course. We are very pleased to see it being developed in the West Midlands as no doubt a gap existed ever since the course at Birmingham University closed. This has left businesses at a disadvantage over the years in terms of recruitment. We employ over 20 transport planning professionals and have had to recruit from far afield due to the lack of professionals in this field.
We feel that a course in the Midlands is very worthwhile and will lead to local talent being employed within the region, serving the region and its needs and challenges over the next decade and beyond. This initiative also helps us develop staff who wish to pursue higher education by eliminating the need to either travel further afield or indeed move out of the region.
We are very pleased with this initiative and as such have put up £500 towards a prize to the best student this coming year. We wish you well in this very important initiative that will no doubt benefit the region and the profession as a whole on a much wider basis”.

A student having completed the Napier MSc course containing the modules studied in Birmingham writes:_
“After two years of working at Atkins, an opportunity arose to participate in the Distance Learning Course (Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering) MSc degree administered by Napier University in Edinburgh.  Having not studied for a while, I was initially a little apprehensive about going back to university, especially whilst working full time at the same time.  Although studying for a Masters degree does require ongoing commitment, self discipline and hard work it has been flexibly designed such that I have been able to juggle studying, personal and work commitments.
Overall the course has helped me to develop a broader understanding of many aspects of transport planning and traffic engineering in England and Scotland, as well as further afield.  Through studying at Napier I was also able to develop an interest in topics that I previously knew little about.  This MSc course has also assisted in developing broader skills that are important in the workplace including time management skills, general research skills and data collection and analysis techniques, and report writing skills.  What’s more, the course has also offered opportunities to socialise and network with other Transport Planners”

Neil MacDonald, Atkins Transport Planning, Birmingham