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BSc Transport Management

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

Why choose this course?

  • Ideal for students interested in a business or business related career
  • A leading programme in transport and distribution management
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • An excellent record of graduate employment with transport consultants and government institutions
  • Excellent sandwich placement and graduate employment record.

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: N921

Typical offer level
A Level:
BBB-ABB
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Business or Economics preferred
General Studies accepted
GCSE: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted

Tuition fees:

£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2014).  

£14,000 Outside EU students. (2014).  More on fees
Sustainable Transport
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 programmes examine the economic, operational, societal and environmental issues related to the transport and distribution industries.

Coupled with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the transport and distribution industries, you will gain the professional, academic and management skills necessary to enter any sector of the industry, and to move between sectors during your career. 

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

Modules

Year 2

Modules

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

Final Year

Modules

Career Prospects

The tremendous growth and changes in transport activity have created an increased demand for transport managers. Career prospects for our graduates are good, and the breadth of our degree programmes ensures that job opportunities are available for men and women throughout the whole range of transport activities.

Approximately one third of our graduates seek careers in nontransport areas. Typically these include the retail and financial sectors.

Recent graduate positions include:

  • Arriva - Marketing Assistant
  • First Group - Management Trainee
  • Intel Corporation - Transportation Analyst
  • JMP Consulting Ltd - Graduate Transport Planner
  • Post Office - Graduate Management Programme
  • Intel - Transport Analyst
  • National Express Group - Graduate Trainee
  • South West Trains - Graduate Trainee
  • Stagecoach UK - Graduate Management Trainee
  • TNT Logistics - Graduate Trainee
  • Oscar Faber Group - Transport Consultants
  • Network Rail - Graduate Trainees
  • Atkins - Transport Planner

Personal Development

During the course of your studies you will be involved in several individual and group project. These are designed to develop individual skills needed to work within the logistics and transport industry after your graduation.  There is a wide range of skills involved in project work such as communication, written and verbal, organisational and management skills. Team work may teach you how to compromise as well.
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 (25%) and end-of-year exams (around 75%).
Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in the second and final year.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Graduates who become Chartered Members (CMILT) are eligible to request a CPC National and International in Road Haulage. Following professional experience after graduation you will be eligible for Chartered Fellow Membership (FCILT).  Your placement year is fully recognized as professional experience. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport offers a prize money to our best students.


For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).

At the end of the second year, you can choose to benefit from a paid twelve month professional placement. This Optional Sandwich 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: Chiltern Railways, Department for Transport, Tube Lines. 

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

National and International in Road Haulage. Following professional experience after graduation you will be eligible for Chartered Fellow Membership (FCILT). Your placement year is fully recognized as professional experience.

Constant Iannacci
I  graduated from University of Lyon in 1992 with a D.E.S.S.(Masters) in International Trade and Management, specialising in Logistics.  Following this I joined a freight forwarding company in Macon and later moved into teaching in the Burgundy area of France.  My main position was as lecturer in International Trade and Logistics  but I also acted as consultant for local businesses moving into and expanding their export operations.  In 2001 I joined Aston University and have designed and delivered modules such as Maritime Transport, Vehicle Fleet Operations, Marketing Research, European Union Institutions and European Union Transport Policies, Supply Chain Management and recently Multimodal Transport Management..  As well as teaching I also currently hold the position of Programme Director for the Undergraduate courses in Logistics and Transport. I am also the Industrial Placement Tutor.
EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
engineering@aston.ac.uk

View the prospectus

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Placement Profile

Joe Patrick

BSc Transport Management

"I wanted to work for London Underground as I feel the company would be able to offer a placement which is relevant to my degree in Transport Management and would help me develop my future career which I hope will be in the railway industry. LU has a large number of unique challenges and is undergoing a multi billion pound transformation."

 

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BSc Logistics Management

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