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Human Factors in Transport MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Transport Planning / Design Ergonomics

Course type


Course Summary

The Human Factors in Transport programme is designed for students looking for an insight into human factors, with a focus on design and the use of vehicles within a systems context. The Human Factors in Transport programme examines how best to ensure a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments in which they work, travel and play in. You will apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance. Human Factors in Transport is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). As the CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, you will be exposed to a range of valuable employment opportunities worldwide. Previous guest speakers for Human Factors in Transport include industry experts from Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce, AMEC, as well as specialists in health and safety, aviation safety, environmental health, health practitioners and experienced lecturers from other Universities.

Our programmes have strong links with industry. As part of the Human Factors in Transport programme you will also be encouraged to undertake your main project in industry, providing realistic experiences and learning. The programme content has a strong practitioner bias where what you are learning provides vocational training towards a career as an ergonomist or human factors expert. Successful completion of these programmes will enable you to become a professional ergonomics or a human factors practitioner. The nature of the programmes also opens up possibilities in other scientific and research careers. As part of your Human Factors in Transport programme, you will be encouraged to undertake your main project in industry, which will enable you to gain more work-related experiences in a related area.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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The aim of the project module is to write a dissertation to: recognise the main ergonomic factors in a given problem/ scenario; understand the possible inter- relations between these; and to be able to discuss these and find more information on the issues and relationships in order to prepare possible courses of action.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a first or second class upper UK Honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline or closely related subject. For our Diploma and Certificate Programmes we assess applicants on a case- by- case basis.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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