A master programme for practitioners with 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 specialized 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 Europe join this programme and the exchange of experience and knowledge between the international student group brings added value to the course.
The programme is taught by internationally renowned professors from Hasselt University's Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) and other leading European universities, e.g. the course "In-Depth Crash Investigation" is taught in cooperation with dr. Andrew Morris and dr. Richard Frampton of the University of Loughborough (UK) and the course "Intelligent Transport Systems" is taught in cooperation with the University of Maribor (Slovenia).
A guided study visit abroad (such as in 2013 to Denmark and Sweden) is also organized to experience first-hand some of the best practices in traffic safety measures and mobility planning worldwide.
Made to measure for professionals who want to combine job and studies
The content and the degree of the programme are equal to the full-time programme, but the courses are organized in such a way that students are able to combine a job with their studies. The courses are grouped so practitioners only have to attend one week of lessons per semester on campus. The internship and master thesis can be carried out at your place of employment, so you will already benefit from your studies in practice while still earning your degree.
The distance learning programme can be completed at your own pace and for every module that you complete, a certificate can be requested. The full programme can be completed in 3 and a half years, including the preparatory programme, the internship, and the master thesis.
The Master of Transportation Sciences by distance learning is made-to-measure for professionals who want to specialize in traffic safety and transportation:
- it is a multidisciplinary master programme, which will pay attention to economical, social, urban, environmental and infrastructural aspects;
- it takes sustainable development into account;
- it focuses on transportation, as well as on traffic safety in an international context;
- it is taught by internationally renowned professors from leading universities, specialized in traffic safety and transportation;
- it includes a 4-day study tour abroad during which students learn about and see the current best practice in solving transport problems in Sweden and Denmark;
- the programme is organized in modules and can be completed at your own pace in combination with work and/or family life. The standard study track takes about 3.5 years including internship and masters' thesis.
- experienced professionals from different fields and countries exchange information about transport and traffic safety problems, solutions and strategies;
- 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.
Students can choose between a specialization in:
- Traffic Safety
- Mobility Management
The content and the degree of the programme are equal to the full-time programme, but the courses are organized in such a way that students are able to combine a job with their studies.
The courses are taught during Residential Blocks (RB). Students only attend one week of classes per semester on campus. The Residential Block schedule follows a 2-yearly cycle.
The internship and master’s thesis can be carried out at your place of employment, so you will already benefit from your studies while still earning your degree.
The distance learning programme can be completed at your own pace and for every course that you complete, a certificate can be requested. The full programme can be completed in 3 and a half years, including the preparatory programme, the internship, and the master’s thesis.
Specific conditions for admission
The target group of the master of Transportation Sciences programme by distance-learning are practitioners: people who wish to combine a job (in the field of traffic safety and/or transportation) with a master programme.
To obtain the statute of the practitioner at Hasselt University, a student needs to submit one of the below during registration (before 15 October at the latest):
- 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.
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
As a Transportation Sciences master, you can work in a varied number of organizations or professions. After all, transport experts are needed both by governmental bodies, private companies and in the non-profit sector. 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!