MSc in Transport and Logistics

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Graduate Programs

Program Description

MSc in Transport and Logistics

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Graduate Programs

The MSc program in Transport and Logistics is designed to give you all the necessary qualifications to develop, analyze, and manage advanced transportation and logistics systems.


This MSc program gives you methodological approaches to solve society's transport and logistics challenges using state-of-the-art optimization tools, sustainable planning instruments, advanced modeling techniques, and robust evaluation methods.

This allows graduates to take high-level jobs within the transportation sector, e.g. in the transport industry, as consultants or as employed within public organizations. Given the generality of the analytical tools, graduates are also attractive for sectors outside the transport area where analytical skills and capability to analyze and synthesize complex systems are required.

Graduates have extensive knowledge of mobility and transport solutions as well as logistics combined with skills in software technology, data science, planning methods, operations research, assessment, and management.

Furthermore, the flexibility of the study program allows combining the specialized skills with sustainability, maritime logistics, smart mobility, or railway technology. These are all skills and areas that are highly demanded by the industry globally.

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Challenges in the field of transport and logistics

Every day when we take the bus, the train, or our car, we use an interconnected system of road, rail or bus infrastructure. We go to shops and buy products produced, manufactured and distributed across all continents. The transport networks are complex involving both land, water or air. Transport is everywhere, all day, all year.

Transport constitutes a very large and increasing part of the economy and continued well-being and economic growth requires an efficient transport system. Efficient and sustainable transport and logistics are key elements in the development of a modern society. In the light of the expected land, sea, and air transport growth and the logistical challenges involved, we as engineers face a considerable task ensuring fast and cheap transport of goods and people in the future with minimal resource consumption.


Study program focus

DTU is one of the few European universities to offer an MSc program dedicated exclusively to transport and logistics. The study program takes a model-based approach to engineering and problem solving so graduates have strong competencies in modeling and computer-based solutions to complex societal problems.

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Our aim is to provide you with the qualifications and skills to address current as well as future challenges within transport and logistics. These skills are general analytical skills that can be applied to many areas of society.

The center Transport DTU at DTU Management Engineering has an extensive network of private companies and public authorities in the transport sector, allowing you to work with real-life issues and projects during your course of study. There is also considerable scope for spending one or two semesters at one of our international partner universities.


The Transport and Logistics program gives you the opportunity to specialize in one of four study lines.

Logistics and Transport Optimization

Logistics and Transport Optimization concentrates on the optimisation of transport, flows of goods, and logistics networks. For instance, you can engage in planning and optimization of transport fleets (vessels, aircraft, or trucks), distribution networks, production localization, and shipping facilities, or in the design of transport networks or public transport systems.

DTUTransport Planning and Sustainability

Transport Planning forms the basis for decisions on new transport infrastructure and public transport. This study line allows you to help ensure optimal utilization of the massive investments in new traffic systems over the coming years, and to provide high-quality solutions to future public transport management, goods transport, and road networks.

Smart Mobility and Transport Modelling

The Smart Mobility and Transport Modelling study line gives you the opportunity to design and develop advanced, computer-based, mathematical models for transport systems. This makes it possible to assess and compare infrastructure investment plans, to analyze mobility solutions, to investigate the impact of new technology such as autonomous vehicles, and measure congestion and bottleneck in the network. All of the models can be used in combination with optimization models to pinpoint smart and optimal transport solutions.

Railway Management and Engineering

Railway Management and Engineering gives you the opportunity to specialize in a technology that allows for the transportation of more people and goods with a considerably lower environmental impact than other means of transport. The majority of investments in the future infrastructure is targeted at improving the rail network and services, and you can contribute to the use of these many resources to develop tomorrow’s railway system.


Transport and Logistics graduates typically find jobs in private or public-sector companies or organizations. The employment could be in larger manufacturing companies or engineering firms engaged in transport or production, consultancies, or public authorities. Additionally, many graduates find a career in research and development.

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering program. From September 2017 the bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

DTU1The individual MSc Eng program states in detail which bachelor programs qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programs.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor program or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng program. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng program do not form part of the MSc Eng program, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the program is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programs are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Sept. 2019
2 years
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Denmark - Lyngby
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