Transport Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level
    BBB-BBC. A science or technical subject is preferred but not essential.
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma or National Extended Diploma: DDM. For more, please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate
    28 overall points and above with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject. 29 overall points and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied.
  • GCSE
    Maths grade C/4 and English Grade C/4 and above.
More information
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Key dates

  • Start date
    September

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in transport management.

Integrated placement year

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

Past graduates have gone on to work for top companies including Network Rail, Stagecoach UK and TNT Logistics

Course Summary

Recent graduates have found employment with organisations such as Faber Group, National Express Group, Network Rail, Stagecoach UK and TNT Logistics. 

Entry requirements

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: J9M7

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths grade C/4 and above and English Grade C/4

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.


More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Typical offer level

A level

BBB-BBC. A science or technical subject is preferred but not essential.

BTEC

Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM

National Diploma and Diploma: DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B.

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DD plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B

Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall and above with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject.

29 points overall and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied.

Access to Higher Education

Access (science or technical subject preferred but not essential) with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3.

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Fees and Scholarships

Tuition fees: 
£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                              
£16,350 for Outside EU students (2019/20) 
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students 

More on fees


Scholarships: 
Please click here for scholarship information

Course Outline

Transport and distribution are of crucial importance to our economy and society, and are being brought sharper into focus with issues such as congestion and public transport in the news virtually every day. 

Our Transport Management programme examine the economic, operational, societal and environmental issues related to the transport and distribution industries.

In addition to gaining a detailed knowledge and understanding of these, you will also acquire the professional, academic and management skills necessary to enter any sector of the industry and to move between sectors during your career. Your management skills will also prepare you for a large number of alternative graduate jobs.

The degree uses examples, illustrations, visits and case studies from the transport and distribution industries. Your studies will incorporate all the relevant management skills: accounting, marketing, human resources and operations management. All are set within the context of the transport related industries, including passenger and freight modes. Your business skills will also be enhanced by courses such as economics, data analysis, operations research, computing and information management.

Subject guide and modules

Our programme is designed as a general management degree, using examples, illustrations and case studies from the transport and distribution industries. Your studies will incorporate all the relevant management skills: accounting, marketing, human resources and operations management. All are set within the context of the transport related industries, including passenger and freight modes. Your business skills will also be enhanced by courses such as economics, data analysis, operations research, computing and information management.

Year 1

  • Transport and Engineering Economics 
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Law for Engineers
  • Study and Research Skills 
  • Building Professional Relationships
  • Introductory Accounting for Business 
  • Introduction to Business Management 
  • Design & Management of Transport Facilities  

Year 2

  • Rail Transport 
  • Development Leadership and Management. Capability through Enquiry Part 1 
  • Services Marketing 
  • Transport Infrastructure Engineering
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Quantitative Tools for Supply Chain Planning
  • Building Professional Relationships (2) 
  • Contemporary Issues in Transport 

Year 3 - Placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year

  • EAS Industrial Placement Year  

Final Year

  • Final Year Project 
  • International Trade Law and Policy 
  • Strategic Financial Management 
  • Passenger Service Provision 
  • Transport Planning
  • Traffic and Transport Engineering 
  • Developing Leadership & Management. Capability through Enquiry Part 2 
  • Transport Through the Window 
Learning, teaching and assessment

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods, including:

  • lectures, tutorials and project work
  • planning exercises, simulations, computer packages
  • company and site visits
  • assessment by a combination of continuous assessment, such as coursework and tests and end-of-year exams.

Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in the second and final year.

Placement year

For your third year, you are expected to have a twelve month professional placement. This placement year in relevant employment will be arranged with the help of our placement tutor. We have excellent links with the transport and distribution industry and can offer a wide range of opportunities spanning all aspects of the sector.  The placement year can be taken in the UK or abroad and some placement allowances are available.  In most cases placement students are offered graduate employment.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: Chiltern Railways, Department for Transport, Tube Lines.  

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Personal development

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

First year

  • Understand the basic business, supply chain and engineering terminology and theory underpinning the academic study of transport management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organisation of transport policy and provision in the UK, and other contexts, and how that affects delivery.
  • Understand the broader societal context within which transport systems operate.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal framework in the UK, and its relevance to transport operators.
  • Be able to manage a portfolio to record evidence of professional behaviours and skills, relevant to employment in the transport profession.
  • Have the necessary study and research skills to work independently to complete assessments to a high academic standard.

Second year

  • Understand the factors which must be considered when specifying infrastructure standards, and be able to apply them.
  • Be able to analyse and solve transport problems, evaluating engineering and other approaches, in the light of the environmental, societal and economic factors which may be considered.
  • Understand the role of transport professionals in society, the stakeholders they must work with, and the ways in which those relationships can be managed.
  • Be able to apply theoretical knowledge to “real world” challenges in a collegiate and constructive way, through successful completion of group projects.
  • Be able to source, organise and analyse relevant data to understand the current situation, and predict how systems might change in the future.
  • Understand the ways in which key business functions such as marketing and HRM underpin the transport industry, and the ways in which they are different in transport compared to other industries.

Third year

  • Understand the relevance of the programme's discipline-specific and generic content to the world of work.
  • Understand the relevance of transport logistics and the environment within which it operates to the world of work.

Final year

  • Plan and undertake a substantial piece of original research, collecting and analysing data, finding and synthesising material, and drawing appropriate conclusions.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the transport sector and the challenges it faces.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently to a high standard, managing workload, sourcing appropriate study resources and citing them accurately.
  • Propose practicable and appropriate solutions to transport challenges, showing an appreciation of the limitations and implications of different approaches, and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Design appropriate responses to the broader societal challenges which affect and are affected by transport decision-making.
  • Draw on a network of established professionals, built on continued industrial engage throughout your time at Aston.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of commercial reality, as it applies to the transport sector and be able to formulate and implement innovative business responses.
Industry links

Aston University has developed strong partnerships with industry. Whether they are project or research based, Aston's Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our students to build skills which are essential to industry, moulding them into highly employable industry ready graduates. These partnerships also further the knowledge of the working environment allowing lecturers to adapt their teaching methods to compliment the frequently changing industrial environment. 

Career prospects

Approximately one third of our graduates seek careers in nontransport areas. 

Recent graduate positions include:

  • Faber Group - Transport Consultants
  • National Express Group - Graduate Trainee
  • Network Rail - Operations Publications Specialist; Oscar
  • Post Office - Graduate Management Programme
  • South West Trains - Graduate Trainee
  • Stagecoach UK - Graduate Management Trainee
  • TNT Logistics - Operations Manager
Contact us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office+44 (0)121 204 3400

ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

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