MSc in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics


Program Description

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  • Start: Autumn 2020
  • Place of study: Norrköping
  • Level: Second-cycle
  • Application code: LIU-91127

This program focuses on the integration of IT and telecommunications into transport and logistics systems, with the aim of increasing efficiency, safety, mobility, and customer satisfaction while reducing environmental impact.

Well-designed transport and logistics systems are fundamental to individual mobility, commerce, welfare, and economic growth. With ever-increasing volumes of traffic and goods, future transport systems face a huge challenge: How to balance the need for speedy, efficient and sustainable transport with the negative impacts of congestion, pollution, and fatalities? The answer lies in the tighter integration of telecommunications and information technology. Autonomous driving is already a reality, and the electrification of roads has begun. Vehicles are connected to each other and to the infrastructure in smart cities, enabling the collection of all sorts of data for analysis and management of movements of people and goods.

Two profiles: Traffic and Logistics

Through a multi-disciplinary approach, you will acquire engineering and managerial skills to understand, develop and control future transport and logistics systems. You will use optimization and simulation tools and study mobile communication, positioning systems, road safety, and project management.

For the second and third semester you may choose between these two profiles:

  • Traffic

The analysis of travel patterns and traffic flows in order to design well-functioning traffic systems using computer-based models.

  • Logistics

Supply chain planning and modeling. How the flow of products, services, and information between producers and customers can be optimized to satisfy supply and demand in the most efficient way possible.

You may also pick and mix courses from both profiles, or add courses in Smart Cities or the Internet of Things. The final semester is dedicated to your thesis which is usually written in close collaboration with a company, city, or government body.

Frontline research

You need strong skills in mathematics and an analytical mind – programming experience is a distinct advantage. You will carry out group-based lab practicals and project work. Many courses are continuously assessed through hand-in assignments and reports. Oral and written communication is an integral part of the program, to prepare students for international management positions.

Linköping University boasts one of the largest transportation engineering research groups in Sweden. We are also coordinating the Swedish National Postgraduate School of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems).

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  • An MSc in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics from Linköping University works with the design, planning, and management of transport and logistics systems and is able to identify, analyze, solve and communicate complex interdisciplinary problems issues in industry and society, with a focus on integrating engineering and management knowledge and skills.
  • The master’s program in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics will become one of the leading international master programs in the field. The courses in the program shall be on a level comparable to similar courses provided within other relevant, excellent international education programs.
  • The master’s program in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics will be the obvious choice for students who have a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree and who have the ambition to increase and deepen their knowledge in transportation systems engineering.


After the completion of the master´s program the student is expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

Technical knowledge and reasoning

An MSc in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics from Linköping University will have well-funded theoretical and practical knowledge and excellent technical and managerial skills related to the field transport and logistics systems and will be able to apply a multidisciplinary system approach to the development of these complex systems. The MSc:

  • Should have a broad knowledge of intelligent transport systems as well as specialized knowledge related to traffic systems and logistics systems.
  • Is able to effectively use computerized tools for modeling, analysis, and visualization of transportation systems engineering problems.
  • Should have knowledge about the relevant communication technology in the field of transportation.

Knowledge of underlying sciences, core engineering fundamental knowledge, and advanced engineering knowledge

Students with Bachelors of Science or Engineering entering the program have already studied in-depth courses within a certain engineering discipline, engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering or industrial engineering, including at least 22 ECTS credits in mathematics and applied mathematics. In the master´s program, there is a possibility to deepen the general engineering skills in optimization, geographical information systems, mobile telecommunication, and computer networks. Consequently, an MSc in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics is able to describe, formulate, and analyze industrial and societal problems by using mathematical tools and technological applications.

In-depth knowledge in one/some applied subject areas

The specialization in the master´s program focuses on planning and management of both traffic systems and logistics system, and on mathematical modeling of these systems using optimization and simulation techniques. Specialization also includes traffic safety management and project management. An MSc in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics is able to:

  • Analyze complex problems based on relevant theory and practical knowledge.
  • Relate and synthesize different theoretical perspectives and develop their own models of analysis.
  • Apply academic principles, models, and methodologies in industrial firms.
  • Critically assess methods, procedures, and practices that are applied in technology-based firms.

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Webinar - 19 November at 11.00 (CET, Sweden time)

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Career opportunities

With your engineering profile and transport systems expertise, you will have a wide choice of challenging career opportunities. Many of our alumni are working as traffic engineers, employed by a city or as consultants. You may also become a logistics manager with a production company, controlling the entire logistics chain. Another option is to work for a technology company that is developing traffic and transport systems, such as Ericsson, where your knowledge will be very useful. Students will also be well prepared for a research career.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in an engineering subject, or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognized university.
  • 22 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics relevant for the program, including courses in linear algebra, calculus, and mathematical statistics.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognized test.

The selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.

  • Group 1: High
  • Group 2: Good
  • Group 3: Low
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. In the ... Read More

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. In the same spirit, the university offers many innovative educational programs, many of them with a clear vocational focus, leading to qualification as, for example, doctors, teachers, economists, and engineers. Read less
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