This programme is currently under review and will not be offered from July 2017 until further notice. Interested applicants are advised to refer to the MSc (Civil Engineering) programme instead.

Master of Science (Transportation Systems & Management)

Programme Information

The Master of Science (Transportation Systems and Management), or MSc(TSM) in short, is co-hosted by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering.

This is a multi-disciplinary programme designed for professionals who are working in transportation and logistics related industry. The programme involves graduate level modules taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Business School. Students come from a variety of background, including undergraduate degrees in engineering, science, social sciences and business management.

The programme currently has approximate 50 students. Since its inception in 1994, we have received international students from Australia, P.R. China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.


Students of MSc(TSM) admitted from August 2008 onwards are under the revised programme structure, as follows:

To qualify for the MSc (TSM) degree with or without specialization, a candidate must successfully complete a programme of study consisting of at least 32 Modular Credits (MCs) from modules from Lists A and B below. The remaining two module (8 MCs) to satisfy the degree requirements may be selected from level 5000 and 6000 modules offered by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, which also include the modules listed below. In addition, a student must obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 (equivalent to an average grade of B-) for the best modules equivalent to 40 MCs (inclusive of compulsory modules, where required). A student may choose to graduate with the following degrees:

Specialization in Logistics and Distribution Management

In addition to the above requirement, to graduate with M.Sc. (TSM) with Specialization in Logistics and Distribution Management, the student must also obtain at least 20 modular credits from List A:

List A - Distinct Modules:

CE5203 Traffic Flow & Control
CE5205 Transportation Planning
CE5207 Pavement Network Management Systems
TP5025 Intelligent Transportation Systems
TP5027 Transport and Freight Terminal Management
TP5028 Intermodal Transportation Operations

Another 16 modular credits can be obtained from List B:

List B - Electives modules (minimum choose any 4 modules)

BMA5004 Management and Organisation
BMA5101 Industry and Competitive Analysis
CE5204 Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
CE5603 Engineering Economics and Project Evaluation
CE5705 Transportation and Construction Safety Management
CE5804 Global Infrastructure Project Management
CE6001 Operations and Management of Infrastructure Systems
CE6002 Analysis of Civil Engineering Experiments
IE5001 Operations Planning and Control I
IE5107 Material Flow System
IE5121 Quality Planning and Management
IE5202 Applied Forecasting Methods
IE5203 Decision Analysis
IE5401 Industrial Logistics
IE5404 Large Scale Systems Engineering
TP5026 Transportation Management and Policy

Modules taken outside the Department of Civil Engineering are subject to the general guidelines and Department’s approval.

TP denotes module specially offered by the MSc (TSM) programme;
CE denotes module offered by the Dept. of Civil Engineering;
IE denotes module offered by the Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering;
BMA denotes module offered by Business School.

Special note for BMA modules:
  1. BMA modules are conducted in the Business School;
  2. Some of the BMA modules offered may be irregular;
  3. Enrolment in BMA modules is very limited, and is subjected to approval by the Business School; and
  4. Priority for registration to read BMA modules is given to students who have completed core modules, and wishes to specialize in Management in Transportation stream.

Depending on the availability of the elective modules and pre-requisite requirement, students (especially full-time students) who wish to graduate in 2 or 3 semesters may not have enough elective modules to qualify for a stream of specialization.

Admission Requirements

Applications are open to candidates with a relevant bachelor's degree with at least a 2nd Class Honours or its equivalent. Candidates should preferably have had a period of relevant work experience after obtaining their first degree. Candidates with other qualifications and achievements deemed to be suitably prepared for the programme of study may also be considered. Selection of students is on a competitive basis.


The programme has 2 intakes per year, January intake and August intake respectively; application period generally opens 6 months prior.

Please click here for application period information and procedure.


Period of Candidature

Depending on the availability of the elective modules and pre-requisite requirement, students (especially full-time students) who wish to graduate in 2 or 3 semesters may not have enough elective modules to qualify for a stream of specialization.

Number of modules per semester

Attendance matters

Attendance should be satisfactory. The onus is on students to attend classes.

Class Time-Table

Time-Table for CEE MSc Modules
Tentative Schedule for the Graduate Modules
Description of Modules