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Master's programme in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics

All over the world cities, authorities and companies are facing great challenges in designing transport systems for the future. The demand for transportation, both regarding people and freight, will continue to increase and to increase efficiency, mobility and customer satisfaction while reduce environmental impact, traffic congestion and the number of accidents will always be of greatest concern. The performance of the transport systems is of crucial importance for individual mobility, business opportunities and for the welfare level and economic growth of a nation.

Intelligent transport systems (ITS) are systems that integrate technology developments in the fields of telecommunication and information technology with the physical infrastructure and vehicles, with the aim to satisfy goals in terms of efficiency, mobility, safety and environmental impact. Applications of ITS include systems for traveler information, traffic management, freight management, route guidance, electronic payment and driver assistance. 

There is an increasing demand for transportation engineers with knowledge about the relevant communication technology in the field and about the planning tools for designing, analysing and evaluating the performance of the complex transport systems. The Master's programme in Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics (TSL) provides the necessary knowledge for working in this dynamically growing market, and provides a platform to contribute to the development of intelligent transport systems of the future.

The programme is offered by the division of Communications and Transport Systems within the Department of Science and Technology at Linköping University.

Programme Aim

The aim of the Master's Programme is to give students well-funded theoretical and practical knowledge, and excellent technical and managerial skills in the design, planning, analysis and management of transport systems. The focus of the programme is on systems for road transports and covers systems for transport of both people and freight. The students will obtain general engineering skills in optimization, geographical information systems and telecommunication. The specialisation includes among other things mobile and wireless telecommunication and mathematical modelling of transportation systems using optimization and simulation techniques. The students can also specialize in traffic safety management. Project management, language courses, oral and written communication are included in the programme.

The student should upon completion of the programme be well prepared for careers within transportation planning, logistics management, traffic engineering, or product and service development within the field. Students will also be well prepared for a research career. Upon completion of the programme, student will receive the Degree of Master of Science in Transportation Engineering.

For more information on the program and requirments see the university program description.

Content and Organization

The programme starts in August each year and consists of 1.5 years (3 semesters) of course work. Following this, the students will undertake a six months (one semester) research project concluding with an open presentation of a Master's thesis.

  • TNK112: Transport and Logistics Systems, 6 ECTS
  • TNK091: Traffic Safety Management, 6 ECTS
  • TNK055: Geographical Information Systems in Transportation, 6 ECTS
  • TNK108: Computer Networks, 6 ECTS
  • TNK053: Optimization, 6 ECTS

The second semester contains the following courses:

  • TNK110: Mobile Communication and Networks, 6 ECTS
  • TNK095: Traffic Planning and Simulation, 6 ECTS
  • TNK099: Logistics Networks and Transports, 6 ECTS
  • TNK096: Traffic Demand Modelling*, 6 ECTS
  • TNK100: Logistics Resource Planning*, 6 ECTS
  • TNK080: Wireless Communication Systems*, 6 ECTS

The third semester contains the following courses:

  • TEIO88: Project Management, 6 ECTS
  • TNK106: Positioning Systems, 6 ECTS
  • TNK101: Traffic Engineering and Control*, 6 ECTS
  • TNK104: Applied Optimization I*, 6 ECTS
  • TNK103: Analysis of Communication and Transport Systems, 6 ECTS
  • TNK105: Applied Optimization II*, 6 ECTS
The fourth semester is devoted to the Master Thesis (30 ECTS).

Studying in the TSL at LiU, in SWEDEN

  • The TSL programme is located at the Norrköping campus of LiU. The campus offers a unique accommodation guarantee: just a 15-minute walk to both the city-center and the campus. The city is well-connected for international travel – Stockholm Skavsta Airport is only 40 minutes away by bus and serves attractive-fare airlines connecting Norrköping directly to many major European cities.
  • The TSL programme provides the required qualification for admission to PhD studies in Sweden as well as the rest of Europe. Note that Sweden is well-known for the benefits to PhD students offering them a competitive full salary (about 3000 Euro/month) with social insurance and employment benefits.
  • Most of the courses in TSL are joint courses with students at the 5-year engineering programme in Communication and Transport System (CTS) (länk) and students from TSL and CTS do get the same degree. Last year students from CTS were among the top 5 most satisfied students groups at Linköping University and students from both TSL and CTS are very attractive on the labour market.
  • There are no admission or tuition fees for students with a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Swiss citizenship.
  • The TSL program is in English – the second language of Sweden.























How to apply to the TSL - the easy steps!

1. Check if you have the TSL Admission Requirements:

  • Do you have a Bachelor's Degree in in Science or Engineering, from an internationally recognized university?
  • Does it contain at least 22 ECTS credits in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics such as: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Calculus in one variable, Calculus in several variables and Mathematical Statistics?
  • Do you have TOEFL (>4.5 in paper-based, >20 on the Internet-based), or IETLS Aca-demic modules (with average >6.5 with no section under 5.5), Cambridge University CPE/CAE?

Double-check here the LiU web page for overall M.Sc. admission requirements.

2. Create a user account on: http://universityadmissions.se
  • Find the Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics programme 
  • Fill out and submit your application
  • Pay the application fee
3. Send in the accompanying documents (stamped and signed copies and authorized translation) by post to: 
“University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE-833 83 Stroemsund, Sweden.“

Note: This process is described also in the Admission and Application web page of LiU.

Further Information and Links

The Master's Programme Brochure is available here [pdf]
Linköping University is a partner within the “National ITS Postgraduate School” in Sweden.
Linköping University is a partner within the European Master of Science in Intelligent Transport Systems
Linköping University is a partner of the ITS-EduNet

Other useful Links:


Programme coordinator: Jan Lundgren, +46 11 36 31 87, janlu@itn.liu.se
Programme assistant coordinator: Ghazwan Al-Haji, +46 11 36 33 73, ghaal@itn.liu.se


Page manager: clas.rydergren@liu.se
Last updated: 2014-11-23