Master of Science in Traffic and Transport
In co-operation with the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.
Traffic and transport is one of the key factors for a sustainable and successful economic and social development in all societies, especially in developing countries such as Vietnam. However, in most cases, these countries and especially their large metropolitan areas suffer from severe traffic problems such as congestion, high accident rates, pollution, often together with a lack of financial resources and knowledge to improve the system. Efficient land-use planning in combination with infrastructure development is a commonly used approach to tackle the problem but that’s not enough. The organization of the transport system and efficient utilization of the infrastructure have been recognized as being crucial for a proper transport development. This includes a broad field of traffic management (e.g. parking management, traffic flow control, organization of public transport services), of logistics (e.g. supply chain management, fleet management) and of technology applications (e.g. vehicle technologies, traffic information technologies, fleet management systems, transport telematics). Thus, traffic engineers need a broad education in infrastructure (civil engineering), economics, as well as technology development and application.
The Master of Science Traffic and Transport (MScTT) integrates expertise from the following disciplines:
- Law, Economics and Business Administration,
- Civil Engineering,
- Mechanical Engineering.
The program ranges over four semesters and has a total amount of 120 ECTS-CP (European Credit Tranfer System). The program is divided into basic studies, specialized studies, language courses, and the Master thesis (see Workload Distribution Figure).
Students have to be knowledgeable in the basics of all three study branches (12 CP of basic studies in each). To guarantee a consistent level of knowledge these basics have to be acquired as part of the curriculum by all students. The basic studies comprise 36 CP. The basic knowledge in each study branch will be expanded during the specialized studies. The specialization field covers 54 CP (30 CP of which in the major subject, and 12 CP for each of the other two study branches). Consequently, students have to provide 90 CP from the basic and specialized field together.
One study branch is chosen as the major subject, in which the Master thesis has to be prepared. For the initial years of the MScTT at VGU, this study branch will be Civil Engineering and, if a sufficient number of students are interested, Business Administration, Economics and Law. Later on, it is supposed to choose major subjects and to conduct the Master thesis also in Mechanical Engineering as it is indicated in Program Structure Figure.
Accompanying language courses have to be chosen from the range of courses offered by the University Language Center of VGU. The Master thesis comprises 24 CP and can be realized either at the Vietnamese-German University or at TU Darmstadt, if financial support for the students can be secured.