Master of Transportation Sciences

Why study Master of Transportation Sciences at UHasselt?

120 ECTS • English programme • On-campus (2 years) or by distance learning (3 years)

  • High-quality international master programme of 2-years or 120 ECTS, fully accredited
  • Students gain professional experience through an (international) internship
  • Taught by renowned professors from a leading university and Transportation Research Institute specialized in transportation and traffic safety
  • Specializations in: Traffic Safety or Transport Planning & Policy
  • In the heart of Europe: in between Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK
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Master of Transportation Sciences

Target group

Holders of an academic bachelor degree in transportation sciences, economics, geography, urban planning, etc. who wish to obtain more in-depth knowledge of and a master's degree in Transportation Sciences.

Key benefits

A highly multi-disciplinary programme

A modern and international transport system is important for moving people and goods in a local, regional and international context. Transportation is inherently connected to economic growth and the environment but also to urban liveability and health. A continuous increase in traffic volumes for passenger transport and freight forwarding transport, leads to major challenges concerning land use, impact on urban areas, traffic safety issues, traffic flow, atmospheric pollution and travel behaviour.

Since transportation is so multi-faceted, the master of Transportation Sciences at Hasselt University has a multi-disciplinary take on transportation including psychological, social, urban, environmental and infrastructural aspects. Students approach the current and future transportation challenges from different angles, integrating knowledge and skills from different domains.

An interactive and integrative study approach

In the first semester students from different complementary backgrounds (e.g. Engineering, Social Sciences, Urban Planning) are introduced to fundamental concepts in behaviour, infrastructure, policy, technological advances and transportation modelling. In parallel and together with fellow students you immediately apply what you learn to the case of an international mega-city such as Jakarta, Lima, Dar Es Salaam or Ho Chi Minh City.

The second semester is focused on research skills and specialisation with a choice between Traffic Safety or Transport Policy and Planning. At the core of the second master year are an intensive 10-week internship and the master thesis, with the option to spend an entire semester abroad for data collection and gaining work experience.

A pronounced international orientation

Since transportation is a cross-border field, it is also important to focus on international aspects of this domain. As a Master in Transportation Sciences we offer you an opportunity to regularly interact with international experts in their field. You can also exchange views and experiences with fellow students from all over the world.

Group picture international students Master of Transportation Sciences

Study programme and specializations

Choose your specialization to focus your studies

All students will receive a solid foundation on transportation fundamentals in the first semester.

In addition, you can focus your studies by choosing one of 2 specializations:

Traffic Safety

2222 In depth crash investigation - 6 ECTS
3653 Road safety in the South - 6 ECTS
4204 Road Safety Audit - 6 ECTS

> Check the full course load in the study guide

Transport Policy & Planning

4206 Transport Organisation - 6 ECTS
4205 Strategic Transportation Planning - 12 ECTS

> Check the full course load in the study guide

Conditions of Admission

The Admission Board will consider all applications individually. The standard requirements set by Hasselt University are applicable to all applicants of the Master of Transportation Sciences.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

All applicants should hold at least a university degree or a diploma of higher education equivalent to a (academic) bachelor’s degree.

If you have a professional bachelor’s degree, you will have to do a link programme of max. 45 ECTS. The link programme is available for Dutch-speaking students only.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Sufficient knowledge of English is required and is to be certified by one of the below mentioned tests. Native speakers or holders of a degree, obtained in the English language are exempt from these tests:

  • a TOEFL-score report (paper based: score 550 or more, computer based: score 213 or more, internet base: score 79-80). For more information about the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. Students who take in the test are required to indicate institution code 9005, so that the results are transmitted to Hasselt University directly. Note that we only accept academic TOEFL or IELTS-test results.

  • IELTS-certificate (min. overall band score 6.0). For more information, go to www.ielts.org. On the day of the test, Hasselt University can be selected as the institution to which the test result should be sent, with reference to the contact person of the programme for which you wish to apply. Note that we only accept academic TOEFL or IELTS-test results.

  • For citizens of China: APS certificate.

Candidates with a Belgian, Dutch or German diploma of higher academic education do not have to take an English language test.

Note that a letter of motivation is compulsory in the application file. Apart from previously obtained degrees and grades and the level of English proficiency, the motivation for choosing to study the master of transportation sciences is also taken into consideration by the exam board when deciding on whether or not an applicant can be admitted to the programme.

Application procedure and deadline

Application deadline: 1st May (non-EEA citizens) / 1st September (EEA-citizens). 

Application procedure:

A complete application consists of the following two parts:

  1. Online pre-registration
  2. Certified hard copies by postal mail
  1. Complete the online pre-registrationhttps://preregistratie.uhasselt.be/?t=04 . Make sure all required fields have been filled in and all required documents have been uploaded.
    On the STUDY PROGRAMME page, choose for either the "Master of Transportation Sciences : Transport Policy and Planning" or the "Master of Transportation Sciences: Traffic Safety (new from 19-20) (incl ICP)"

  2. Send hard copies of certified degree certificates and academic transcripts by postal mail. All applicants are required to send certified hard copies of higher education (Bachelor, Master, PhD, etc.) diploma certificates as well as transcripts of records thereof by postal mail to Hasselt University. If your documents are in a language other than English, French, Dutch or German you need to send certified hard copies of the officially translated documents as well.
    What are certified hard copies?

Your application is only complete and processed once both your online pre-registration is complete and the certified hard copies of your documents have arrived at the admission’s office. 

If you have any questions related to the administrative side of the application procedure, send an email to: admissionformaster@uhasselt.be

Scholarships

VLIR-UOS Scholarships: ICP Connect: Master of Transportation Sciences Traffic Safety

The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) offers 10 scholarships for our Master’s programme "Master of Transportation Sciences - Traffic Safety"

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

More information about the ICP Connect master programme can be found here.

Master Mind scholarships

Master Mind scholarship is a scholarship programme by the Flemish Government (for outstanding students only).

The programme aims to promote the internationalization of the Flemish Higher Education.

Check if you are eligible for a Master Minds scholarship

Career prospects

Transportation is a dynamic field and career opportunities are on the rise worldwide in the private and public sector including government agencies, road and transport authorities, transport operators, and local and international consulting agencies. Our alumni are typically employed as senior transportation planning professionals, public transport managers, traffic safety consultants or to research new transportation systems and technology. Are you looking for an exciting job, offering many career opportunities, then a master’s degree in Transportation Sciences is the right choice for you!

Vacancies

Do you have a vacancy for our students or alumni, we will be happy to communicate this to them.

Contact: Nadine Smeyers, nadine.smeyers@uhasselt.be.

As of 2019, Hasselt University works together with JobTeaser, a European job platform that cooperates with over 350 European higher education organisations. Together with JobTeaser we launched a digital Student Career Center to support students and alumni in their careers.

Organisations can post vacancies for free on this platform : https://uhasselt.jobteaser.com/en/recruiter_account/sign_in. Prior to publication of the vacancy, all content is validated by Hasselt University. When you post a vacancy, do not forget to select the tags for the Hasselt University faculties for which your vacancy is relevant. This will increase the visibility of your vacancy in the relevant faculty. For alumni in transportation sciences, you need to select the tag "School voor mobiliteitswetenschappen". Student jobs can also be posted on this platform.

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Master of Transportation Sciences by Distance Learning

Target group 

Professionals in the field of transportation and/or road safety who have an academic bachelor's degree (in the domain of transportation sciences, economics, geography, urban planning, etc) who wish combine work and study to gain more in-depth knowledge of and a master's degree in transportation sciences.

Key benefits 

Study at home or in combination with work

By distance learning: the Master of Transportation Sciences by distance learning on the other hand is made-to-measure for professionals who want to gain more knowledge about various aspects of transportation. The programme is organized by distance. The course material is made available online through an e-learning platform, including video footage of recorded classes.

It can be completed at your own pace in combination with work and/or family life. The model study track takes about 3 years, including the internship and masters' thesis. A full semester is dedicated to doing an internship. The internship can be carried out at your place of employment so you will already benefit from your studies in practice while still earning your degree.

A unique international profile

In our master programme you have two options: study full-time at Hasselt University or combine your master studies with a job in our flexible distance learning programme.

The Master of Transportation Sciences by distance learning is specifically tailored to the needs of practitioners who want to earn a specialised qualification and broaden their knowledge and work experience in the rapidly changing transportation field. The programme has a pronounced international orientation. Students from all over the world join this programme and the exchange of experience and knowledge between the international student group brings added value to the course.

Distance learning: study from home

The Master of Transportation Sciences is also available as a distance learning (DL) programme.

This allows you to study from home, your workplace or anywhere else with internet access.

  • Private study from home throughout the semester
  • Follow online lectures, participate in virtual group projects
  • Online Q&A sessions with a lecturer
  • Take your exams online 
  • Identical courses to the on-campus programme, but the study track is fixed: you cannot choose a specialisation in the DL programme

CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION

The Admission Board will consider all applications individually. The standard requirements set by Hasselt University are applicable to all applicants of the Master of Transportation Sciences.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

All applicants should hold at least a university degree or a diploma of higher education equivalent to a (academic) bachelor’s degree. 

If you have a professional bachelor’s degree, you will have to do a link programme of max. 45 ECTS before you can start with our master by distance learning. The link programme is available for Dutch-speaking students only.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Sufficient knowledge of English is required and is to be certified by one of the below mentioned tests. Native speakers or holders of a degree, obtained in the English language are exempt from these tests:

  • a TOEFL-score report (paper based: score 550 or more, computer based: score 213 or more, internet base: score 79-80). For more information about the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. Students who take in the test are required to indicate institution code 9005, so that the results are transmitted to Hasselt University directly. Note that we only accept academic TOEFL or IELTS-test results.

  • IELTS-certificate (min. overall band score 6.0). For more information, go to www.ielts.org. On the day of the test, Hasselt University can be selected as the institution to which the test result should be sent, with reference to the contact person of the programme for which you wish to apply. Note that we only accept academic TOEFL or IELTS-test results.

  • For citizens of China: APS certificate.

Candidates with a Belgian, Dutch or German diploma of higher academic education do not have to take an English language test.

Note that a letter of motivation is compulsory in the application file. Apart from previously obtained degrees and grades and the level of English proficiency, the motivation for choosing to study the master of transportation sciences by distance learning is also taken into consideration by the exam board when deciding on whether or not an applicant can be admitted to the programme.

SPECIFIC CONDITION OF ADMISSION FOR THE MASTER OF TRANSPORTATION SCIENCES BY DISTANCE LEARNING

The Master of Transportation Sciences by distance learning is only possible for applicants who wish to combine work and study. Therefore, applicants need to submit one of the below documents, proving their employment status, by email to nadine.smeyers@uhasselt.be before 1st September of the intake year:

  • provide proof of employment of min. 80 hours/month;
  • provide proof of employment in a self-employed statute of min. 80 hours/month;
  • provide proof of being a job-seeker who is entitled to benefits.

This proof can consist of a signed attestation of your work status by your organisation's CEO or Human Resources department or a copy of your pay cheque mentioning the number of hours/month you are employed in the organisation.

The statute of 'working student' is not applicable to students working their way through college (e.g. weekend work), students in postgraduate courses and Ph.D. students.

If you are not currently employed or seeking employment, we refer you to the regular on-campus master programme in Transportation Sciences. For more information on the regular master programme, please click on the following link: Master of Transportation Sciences

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE

Application deadline: 1st September (for both EEA and non-EEA applicants)

Application procedure:

A complete application consists of the following two parts:

  1. Online pre-registration
  2. Certified hard copies by postal mail + proof of employment by email

  1. Complete the online pre-registration: https://preregistratie.uhasselt.be/?t=04 . Make sure all required fields have been filled in and all required documents have been uploaded.
    On the STUDY PROGRAMME page, choose for the "Master of Transportation Sciences (by distance learning)"

  2. Send hard copies of certified degree certificates and academic transcripts by postal mail. All applicants are required to send certified hard copies of higher education (Bachelor, Master, PhD, etc.) diploma certificates as well as transcripts of records thereof by postal mail to Hasselt University. If your documents are in a language other than English, French, Dutch or German you need to send certified hard copies of the officially translated documents as well.
    What are certified hard copies?

Your application is only complete and processed once both your online pre-registration is complete and the certified hard copies of your documents have arrived at the admission’s office. 

If you have any questions related to the administrative side of the application procedure, send an email to: admissionformaster@uhasselt.be

ICP Connect Scholarship Master

Target group

Applicants from developing countries who hold an academic bachelor's degree in a related domain who meet the scholarship and academic conditions of admission and who wish to gain more in-depth knowledge of and a master's degree in transportation sciences.

ICP Connect scholarship: International Course programme (ICP) – for students from developing countries

The ICP "Master of Transportation Sciences - Road Safety in Low & Middle Income Countries" is a 2-year multidisciplinary master programme with a unique focus and approach to Road Safety in Developing Countries. The programme is supported by VLIR UOS and has 12 scholarships available each year.

Students are trained to identify transportation and road safety issues in order to create innovative solutions by using an integrative approach based on three pillars: the individual (dealing with the human behaviour in traffic and how to influence it e.g. intentional and unintentional riskful behaviour such as drunk driving or cognitive impairments), the environment (e.g. creating self-explaining roads and infrastructure that minimizes crash impact) and the society (e.g. societal norms and translation into policy and enforcement measures). Road safety in this programme is approached as a cross-border field, incorporating elements of psychology, economy, urban planning, environmental studies, engineering and more.

The scholarships are funded by VLIR-UOS. Each year 10 (two-year) scholarships are allocated to the 10 top-ranked applications.

ICP Connect Study Programme

The ICP scholarship students follow a specific track within our Master of Transportation Sciences with a focus on Traffic Safety in Low & Middle Income Countries. Cases will be tailored to their needs and input. Master thesis and internship are also related to a topic relevant to the South and the future careers of the graduates.

Course overview: click on a course to get more detailed information about each course


COURSESECTS
SEMESTER 14195 Behavioural Interventions4
4196 Transport Infrastructure4
4202 Research Design4
4198 Sustainable Transportation Policy4
4200 Intelligent Solutions in Transportation4
4201 Integrated Transportation Case10
YEAR COURSE4203 Research Portfolio6
SEMESTER 24197 Transport Modelling6
4204 Road Safety Audit6
3653 Road Safety in the South6
2222 In Depth Crash Investigation6
SEMESTER 3semester in student's home country
3031 Internship 18
4323 Master thesis12
SEMESTER 43160 Strategic Project Analysis6
4322 Transport Innovation Challenge6
Elective Course6
4323 Master thesis12

ICP Connect Eligibility Criteria

Academic Admission criteria (Hasselt University):

  • Required study level and degree programme:
    Participants should have at least an academic bachelor degree in one of the following disciplines:
    • behavioural sciences: psychology, sociology
    • political and social sciences
    • mathematical and statistical sciences
    • economy, transport economy
    • transport or traffic planning, urban planning or design, geography, (urban) architecture
    • engineering: transport engineer, civil engineer

      Minimum grade obtained: distinction

  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language:

    Sufficient knowledge of English is required and is to be certified by one of the below mentioned tests. Native speakers or holders of a degree, obtained in the English language are exempt from these tests:

    • a TOEFL-score report (paper based: score 550 or more, computer based: score 213 or more, internet base: score 79-80). For more information about the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. Students who take in the test are required to indicate institution code 9005, so that the results are transmitted to Hasselt University directly. Note that we only accept academic TOEFL or IELTS-test results.

    • IELTS-certificate (min. overall band score 6.0). For more information, go to www.ielts.org. On the day of the test, Hasselt University can be selected as the institution to which the test result should be sent, with reference to the contact person of the programme for which you wish to apply. Note that we only accept academic TOEFL or IELTS-test results.

    • passed another English test of similar level as TOEFL or IELTS

    • 1 year comprehensive English-based instruction at a university or recognized equivalent

Scholarship Eligibility criteria (VLIR-UOS):

You can only apply for a scholarship if you meet all VLIR-UOS scholarship criteria:

  • Nationality and country of residence: A candidate should be a national and resident of one of the 29 eligible countries (nationality and country of residence not necessarily the same) at the time of the application, see below VLIR-UOS country list.
  • Age: The maximum age is 35 (on 1st January 2022).
  • Professional background and experience:  Preference will be given to candidates employed in higher education, government or civil society, or those targeting a career in one of these sectors. Candidates employed in the private sector or newly graduated candidates with no work experience may also be considered if they provide a strong motivation and profile.
  • VLIR-UOS scholarship applications: Candidates may apply for only one ICP Connect scholarship application per year.
  • Previously awarded scholarships: Candidates may not have previously received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a study programme and may not have enrolled in a study programme at a Belgian higher education institution before January 1 of the year of intake.

ICP Connect Selection Criteria

Within the ICP Connect framework, scholars are seen as potential agents of change that may contribute to societal change in their home country (or region) after completing their studies. Scholars are selected following an objective evaluation of their scholarship applications based on the following criteria:

  • Motivation: Candidates' motivation and professional goals must reflect their competence in transferring knowledge/skills or setting up extension activities and highlighting themes relevant to sustainable development and pertinent to the study programme. Not only are academic results important, but so are - especially - the potential and commitment of the candidates to become an 'agent of change' after completing their studies.
  • Professional experience: Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a greater chance of implementing and/or transferring newly gained knowledge/skills upon completion in a sustainable development context, such as in the higher education sector, government, civil society or the private sector, thereby contributing to positive societal change.
  • Gender balance: A balance between male and female candidates awarded ICP Connect scholarships is targeted. VLIR-UOS strongly encourages female candidates to apply. Read more about our gender policy here.
  • Regional balance: A reasonable cross-section of scholars from different countries and regions is targeted, provided there are sufficient qualified candidates.
  • Leave No One Behind (LNOB): In case of equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates from vulnerable groups.
  • Previously awarded scholarship: Preference will be given to candidates who have never received a scholarship to study in a higher income country (bachelor or master).

ICP Connect: which costs are covered by the scholarship?

Costs covered by the scholarship: VLIR-UOS scholarships cover tuition fee, travel costs, insurance and livelihood (board and lodging). We only provide scholarships for the full duration of the master programme (24months). It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.


Scholarship amounts can change in line with decisions of the funding government. The detailed amounts for academic year 2022-2023 are not yet available. Keep an eye on the VLIR-UOS website for updates.

ICP Connect Application Procedure and deadline

Application deadline ICP Connect: 1st February 2022.

Application procedure:

A complete application consists of the following two parts:

  1. Online pre-registration
  2. Certified hard copies by postal mail

  1. Complete the online pre-registrationhttps://preregistratie.uhasselt.be/?t=04 . Make sure all required fields have been filled in and all required documents have been uploaded.
    On the STUDY PROGRAMME page, choose for the "Master of Transportation Sciences: Traffic Safety (new from 19-20) (incl ICP)". On the "finances" page of the online application, tick the box requesting a scholarship. This box will only appear if you meet the scholarship conditions of admission.

  2. Send hard copies of certified degree certificates and academic transcripts by postal mail. All applicants are required to send certified hard copies of higher education (Bachelor, Master, PhD, etc.) diploma certificates as well as transcripts of records thereof by postal mail to Hasselt University. If your documents are in a language other than English, French, Dutch or German you need to send certified hard copies of the officially translated documents as well.
    What are certified hard copies?

Your application is only complete and processed once both your online pre-registration is complete and the certified hard copies of your documents have arrived at the admission’s office. 

If you have any questions related to the administrative side of the application procedure, send an email to: admissionformaster@uhasselt.be   

Only complete and admissible applications that reach us before the application deadline will be taken into consideration. A ranking will be made. The top 10 applicants will receive a scholarship. There will also be a waiting list of eligible candidates who ranked between 10 to max. 20.

Applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed by VLIR-UOS via email between the end of May and mid-June 2022. Applicants who have not been granted a scholarship will be informed by Hasselt University in the same time frame.

Applicants who are not granted a scholarship, but are academically admissible, will be given the opportunity to be admitted to the non-scholarship master in Transportation Sciences.

The ICP programme is sponsored by VLIR-UOS (Flemish Interuniversities Council University Development Co-operation) and DGD (Directorate-general Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid)

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About studying in Hasselt

Students from all over the world come to Hasselt to study the Master of Transportation Sciences.

Why study in Hasselt?

Hasselt is known for its hospitality, making international students feel right at home.

  • Located in the heart of the EU-region
  • Ranked 47th best university under 50 years
  • 15% international students from 75 different countries
  • 550 PhD students

Map showing where UHasselt is located

New to Belgium?

Are you new to Belgium and still finding your way?

The Joint Organization of Statistical Scholars (JOSS) helps international students get around on campus and the city of Hasselt.

Where to find us?

  • Campus Diepenbeek, building D
  • Easy accessible by train, bike, bus and car
  • 20 minute bike ride from Hasselt City center

Campus Diepenbeek

Diepenbeek Voorkant Gebouwd LR 09
Location
Agoralaan, 3590 Diepenbeek

More info?

Nadine Smeyers