M.Sc. Transportation Systems

Technical University of Munich

Application deadline: May 31; For several reasons (e.g. visa, housing) we recommend international students to apply already before March 15th
Tuition fee:
  • Free (International)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The transportation system is of central importance for any modern economy. It represents a core element of everyday life. Besides, the concept of sustainable development challenges societies and economies worldwide. It requires new approaches to transportation planning and management strategies.

In order to successfully deal with tasks like providing good transportation conditions for societies and economies as well as enhancing living quality of rural and urban areas in the long-term we need to consider the transportation system as part of a complex system. Therefore, transportation planning strategies must include interactions between transport, economy, land use and natural environment.

We need experts who know how to design roads, traffic lights and how to create public transport networks. However, these professionals also have to be familiar with the concepts of transportation demand management, integrated land-use and traffic management, freight logistic concepts and intermodal traffic management.

The Master of Science Program in Transportation Systems at the Technische Universität München(TUM) provides graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with these challenges. Students learn to design and to operate modern transportation systems and integrated inter-modal transport management systems. Since the TS students come from all over the world, they are also experienced with working in multicultural teams. Therefore, graduates from the TS program are well prepared professionals for the dynamically growing market of transport and mobility!

Career Perspective

As a Master of Science in Transportation Systems, graduates can start a career as transport consultant or transport planner in all different areas of the transportation sector such as

  • governmental agencies
  • public transport authorities
  • urban and regional planning departments
  • private and state owned transportation companies (land, sea, air)
  • freight and logistic enterprises
  • automotive industry
  • infrastructure-maintaining companies
  • and many more.

With a MSc. degree in Transportation Systems, graduates can e.g. design roads and railways, simulate traffic, apply and design intelligent transport systems, analyze transport data and statistics or consult municipalities in questions regarding transport planning strategies of today and for future demand.

This Master degree qualifies graduates to apply for admission to doctoral studies/ PHD-courses (postgraduate-research programs). Graduates have the options of undertaking further research and studies in many different research institutions and organizations all over the world.


Curriculum Description

The Master's Program in Transportation Systems consists of 4 semesters. It takes 24 months overall and starts each year in October. The program is based on lectures combined with exercises and seminars. It has an interdisciplinary approach and provides students with a deep theoretical understanding of all different aspects of the transportation system.

The program consists of:

  • 3 semesters of course works including a project seminar
  • 150 hours internship in transportation related industry or authority
  • 6 months Master`s Thesis

The language of instruction of the Master's program is English, knowledge of the German language is not mandatory. However, it facilitates the daily life of international students, if they are able to speak some words in German.

Overview over the required modules:

  • Sustainable Transportation (9 ECTS)
  • Analysis Methods (6 ECTS)
  • Land-Use and Transport – Strategies and Models (6 ECTS)
  • Transport Concepts and Implementation (6 ECTS)
  • Infrastructure Planning (6 ECTS)
  • Traffic Management (6 ECTS)
  • Cross-cutting fundamentals and methods (3 ECTS)
  • Transportation Systems in Germany - with excursion (3 ECTS)
  • Project seminar (10)

Besides, the students specialize in one of the following fields of study:

  1. Transportation Infrastructure
  2. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  3. Transportation Demand Management

A project seminar provides the opportunity to explore scientific investigations and practical solutions in an experimental environment. In an multinational and interdisciplinary group, the participants will be asked to process together a complex engineering task and to discuss their findings with lecturers and research staff. An internship in a transportation related company or authority and a 6-months Master's Thesis complete the program.

Fields of study

Graduates from "Transportation Systems" have deepened their knowledge and are experts in one of the following transportation fields:

  1. Transportation Infrastructure
    • Road Design
    • Rail Design
  2. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
    • Traffic Control - Extension
    • System Architectures and Applications
  3. Transportation Demand Management
    • Integrated Land-Use and Transport Modeling
    • Seminar

Within their “field of study” the students focus on specialized subjects of the specific scientific field.

At the end of their first semester, TS students must choose one of the three specialization areas. Each specialization contains one mandatory module as well as several elective modules. The specializations are offered during the second and third semester.


Application for the Master’s Program in Transportation Systems at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is open to candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree obtained at a domestic or foreign university after at least six semesters of study in the area(s) of Transportation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Communications Engineering, Economics, Architecture or other scientific area related to transportation systems.

Please note: An academic background in Transportation Science (e.g. Urban and infrastructure planning, Transportation planning, Transportation engineering and control, Traffic infrastructure engineering) is a prerequisite for this program!

Besides, applicants require an adequate knowledge of the English language; for students whose native language or language of instruction is not English, this must be demonstrated by a recognized language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).

Further conditions for some applicants
  • Applicants who studied in China, Mongolia or Vietnam must submit a valid APS certificate from the German Embassy.
  • Applicants from Georgia have to submit a valid ZAST certificate from the “Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern”; zastby@zast.bayern.de (English: Central Agency for Approval of Admission Documents for Higher Education).
  • Applicants from Iran please visit the website of the German Embassy. www.teheran.diplo.de/
  • Applicants from India must submit their recent GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) results.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 605
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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