Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Transport and Logistics, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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  • English


This Technical University of Denmark (DTU) MSc programmes gives you methodological approaches to solve society's transport and logistics challenges using state-of-the-art optimization tools, sustainable planning instruments, advanced modelling techniques, and robust evaluation methods.

This allows graduates to take high-level jobs within the transportation sector, e.g. in the transport industry, as consultants or as employed within public organizations. Given the generality of the analytical tools, graduates are also attractive for sectors outside the transport area where analytical skills and capability to analyse and synthesize complex systems are required.

Graduates have extensive knowledge of mobility and transport solutions as well as logistics combined with skills in software technology, data science, planning methods, operations research, assessment and management. Furthermore, the flexibility of the study program allows combining the specialized skills with sustainability, maritime logistics, smart mobility, or railway technology. These are all skills and areas that are highly demanded by the industry globally.

Challenges in the field of Transport and Logistics

Every day when we take the bus, the train, or our car, we use an interconnected system of road, rail or bus infrastructure. We go to shops and buy products produced, manufactured and distributed across all continents. The transport networks are complex involving both land, water or air. Transport is everywhere, all day, all year.

Transport constitutes a very large and increasing part of the economy, and continued well-being and economic growth requires an efficient transport system. Efficient and sustainable transport and logistics are key elements in the development of a modern society. In the light of the expected land, sea, and air transport growth and the logistical challenges involved, we as engineers face a considerable task ensuring fast and cheap transport of goods and people in the future with minimal resource consumption.

Study programme focus

The study programme’s engineering approach to infrastructure includes modelling and computer-based solutions for optimizing transport and logistics, but you will also obtain knowledge of software technology, data analysis, geo-informatics, statistics, operations research, planning, and management.

The programme focuses on applied transport sciences—often in relation to modelling, methodology and research. Our aim is to provide you with the qualifications and skills to classify and address specific challenges in terms of transport and logistics, to prepare analyses for transport-policy decision support, and to analyse and solve complex planning issues regarding, e.g., supply chains, production, and storage and distribution systems.

DTU Transport has an extensive network of private companies and public authorities in the transport sector, allowing you to work with real-life issues and projects during your course of study. There is also considerable scope for spending one or two semesters at one of our international partner universities.


The Transport and Logistics programme allows you to specialize in one of the four study lines:

Transport and Business Logistics

Transport and business logistics concentrates on the optimization of transport, flows of goods, and logistic networks. For instance, you can engage in planning and optimization of transport fleets (vessels, aircraft, or trucks), distribution networks, production localization, and shipping facilities, or in the design of transport networks or public transport systems.

Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering

Traffic planning and traffic engineering forms the basis for decisions on new transport infrastructure and public transport. This study line allows you to help ensure optimum utilization of massive investments in new traffic systems over the coming years, and to provide high-quality solutions to future public traffic management, goods transport, and road networks.

Modelling of Traffic and Transport

The modelling of traffic and transport study line gives you the opportunity to design and develop advanced, computer-based, mathematical transport models aimed at assessing traffic and socio-economic consequences of new infrastructure and transport policy initiatives.

Railway Technology

Railway technology gives you the opportunity to specialize in a technology that allows for the transportation of more people and goods with a considerably lower environmental impact than other means of transport. The majority of investments in future infrastructure are targeted at improving the rail network and services, and you can contribute to using the many resources to develop tomorrow’s railway system.

You should be aware, however, that your choice of courses in your individual study plan offers a high degree of flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study programme and career by choosing among the four study lines and the wide range of courses offered at DTU.


Transport and Logistics graduates have extensive knowledge of traffic, transport, and logistics combined with software technology, data analysis, planning, assessment and management skills.


Transport constitutes a very large and increasing part of the economy, and continued well-being and economic growth requires an efficient transport system. In the light of the expected land, sea, and air traffic growth and the logistical challenges involved, engineers face a considerable task ensuring fast and cheap transport of goods and people in future with minimal resource consumption. MSc graduates in Transport and Logistics are responsible for cutting the Gordian knot and providing for enhanced mobility while also preventing congestion.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme provides you with a profound understanding and knowledge about your chosen subject.

You also learn about teamwork and collaboration, preparing you for the form of work you are likely to meet in your subsequent career.

Four optional study lines

The MSc in Transport and Logistics has four optional study lines as well as the option to compose your own specialisation given the supply of specialisation courses.

The study programmes have a focus that allows you to become a specialist within certain areas.

  • Logistics and Transport Optimisation (LTO) 
  • Transport Planning and Sustainability (TPS)
  • Smart Mobility and Transport Modelling (SMTM)
  • Railway Management and Engineering (RME)
For more information please check the programme website.

The thesis

The final part of the study consists of writing a thesis where you combine your course knowledge to solve societal problems within transport and logistics.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 573

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. From September 2017 the bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).

Academic requirements for this programme

To qualify for admission to the MSc Eng programme in Transport and Logistics, students are required to have completed a BSc Eng in either civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, software engineering or a similar programme in engineering science.

The following BSc Eng programmes at DTU entitle students to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Transport and Logistics

  • Civil Engineering
  • Strategic Analysis and Systems Design
  • Software Technology
  • Mathematics and Technology 
  • Mechanical Engineering

Students holding other B Eng degrees may be eligible for enrollment on this MSc Eng programme. Individual assessment will be made as to whether applicants meet the academic requirements and the requirements for minimum 15 points for scientific disciplines (one from each block). The individual assessment will typically comprise a personal interview with the Head of Studies, who decides the study plan for the prospective student so that he/she can commence studies as soon as possible. 

The requirement that students have completed 15 points (5 points from each block) is specified below, and it can be fulfilled either by completing specific courses at DTU or by having completed courses in connection with a research based program which in content and level is equivalent to the courses mentioned.

Language requirements are:

According to the Danish Ministry of Science Order no183 (23rd February, 2010), all applicants who apply for admission to English taught MSc programs are required to provide documentation of English language proficiency comparable to English B-level from a Danish upper-secondary school.

This can be documented in the following four ways:

1. By an IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test (recommended)

  • TOEFL paper-based: 573
  • TOEFL computer-based: 230
  • TOEFL internet-based: 88
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson: 59

The test must not be older than two years. Only tests that are sent directly from the test centre will be considered. Test results should be received no later than the first day of studying. The TOEFL-code of DTU is 1684. There is no code for IELTS or Pearson tests.

We do not accept any other language test than IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson.

2. By documentation which proves that your bachelor degree has been fully taught in English and that your final thesis was written in English. (This must be a certified copy on headed university paper, with original stamp and signature).

3. Nordic citizens can also document their English proficiency in the following way:

By documentation from your upper secondary school/ high school stating that you have successfully completed at least 210 hours of English lessons (1 hour = 60 min) during your final three upper secondary/high school years. You must enclose an upper secondary/high school certificate as well as an academic transcript and description of your English language course.

4. DTU Students:

If you are a current or former exchange student at DTU for at least 3 months, you do not need to submit an English language test.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Spring 2017 intake: The tuition fee for paying students enrolled in a DTU study programme is EUR 13,500 per academic year.

Autumn 2017 intake: The tuition fee for paying students enrolled in a DTU study programme will be EUR 15,000 per academic year. 


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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