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Master of Engineering: Logistics and Traffic (Leuven)

Master of Science
Logistics and traffic keep our modern world moving. Just think of the increase in self-driving cars and trucks,
or the transport pressures of e-commerce: we live in a super dynamic logistic machine. You click ‘buy it now’
and an automated warehouse springs into action. Within 24 hours your purchase is at your front door, the
last step in a complex supply chain. Modern traffic systems increasingly pursue logistics and optimisation:
from fleet management of shared cars and bikes to enterprises that provide integrated mobility-as-a-
service.Governmental planning agencies and public transport operators cooperate with trendy firms to
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consign the use of unsustainable private cars to the history books.

Ects + duration
120 ECTS (2 years full-time)
Master of Engineering: Logistics and Traffic (120 ECTS)
Educational level

Academic calendar
1st semester: end of September -> end
Education of January (exams in January)

2nd semester: half of February -> end

What is the programme all about? of June (exams in June)
The Master Logistics and Traffic trains you in traffic and intelligent transportation systems and in logistics and KU Leuven academic calendar
transportation. The programme equips you to understand the complex interaction between logistics and traffic and
explores techniques for optimising processes them through the application and consequence management of new, smart Applying
transportation technologies. Application deadline 2020-2021

You learn how to address modern logistics and traffic processes from the perspective of the user or company (logistics, 1 March (for non-EEA citizens)
business management, OR) and from the perspective of the system itself (traffic, system design and management, 1 June (for EEA citizens)
How to apply
Programme outline
Tuition fee 2019-2020
The programme consists of five elements: a remedial programme (max. 15 credits), a core programme which is required for €938.80
all students (58 credits), elective courses (min. 23 credits) and a master’s thesis (24 credits).Many of the master’s theses
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are in collaboration with a company and several courses are taught by external staff members.

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One of the strong assets of this programme are the high scientific quality, broad content, dynamic and committed
teaching staff and management team, and demand for the graduates’ profile.
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Within Belgium we have a unique programme combining traffic and logistics. There is no confusion with a similar Meet us in Belgium
engineering technology master. The programme responds to a societal need, which translates into an industrial Meet us abroad
opportunity, the mix of mandatory and elective courses allows you to become a generalist in logistics and traffic
engineering, and a specialist in one area. Brochure
At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their Download the brochure
degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also
encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under the supervision of the departmental Internship Programme website
Application deadline for 2020-2021

1 March 2020 (for non-EEA citizens)

1 June 2020 (for EEA citizens)

KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form
via Students with a Flemish degree can consult

Tuition Fee 2019-2020

The tuition fee for the current academic year is €938.80. The tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year will be
determined in the spring of 2020. Please consult the website for the most recent

Master Mind

Excellent students who are eligible for a Master Mind Scholarship are invited to submit their application before 1
February 2020.

Is this the right programme for me?

Are you driven by the urge to innovate technology as well as the systems in which it thrives? Society demands for more
mobility and logistics, but she accepts less and less (societal) costs and bumps more often into boundaries. Fortunately
technology offers more and more possibilities to make traffic and logistics cleaner, more efficient, more reliable, more
customized: ITS. There are already engineers who make this ITS-technology, but there is a lack of engineers who can put
ITS into an optimal use. You may be this white knight.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements Master of Engineering: Logistics and Traffic


1. The graduate is proficient in one or more scientific disciplines

· He/she has knowledge about the width of the field of traffic, logistics and intelligent transportation systems.
· He/she has knowledge about theories, models and simulation techniques that are used in traffic and logistics and about
the practical application thereof.
· He/she has knowledge about optimization and management techniques for transportation systems for people and goods
and of the way in which these can be put into practice with the help of ITS technology, including supply chain design and
· He/she has knowledge about the basic aspects and methods for data collection, data management and information
processing and is able to apply this knowledge.
· He/she understands the complex interactions between the various areas of the field.
· He/she has insight in the newest knowledge and medium-term developments in the field (or parts of it) and can
contribute to developing new knowledge (methods, techniques, design, etc.) and applications thereof in the field.
· He/she is aware of the assumptions (including potential limitations) of standard methods in the field and the way in
which they affect the decision-making process within the field.
· He/she has knowledge about the existing domain-specific literature and literature sources.

2. The graduate is skilled in research

· He/she is able to independently define complex research questions and outline research paths.
· He/she has insight in the way in which research results are achieved.
· He/she is able to develop new knowledge and insights in a purposeful and systematic way and contribute in an original
way to the development and application of ideas.
· He/she is able to estimate the importance, implications and limitations of research results and critically reflect on them.
· He/she is able to integrate other disciplines in his/her own research, when necessary, and recognize and deal with the
strengths and limitations of his/her own field.

3. The graduate is skilled in designing

· He/she is able to formulate a practical design problem, taking into account functional requirements within the constraints
(time, budget, technological possibilities, etc.).
· He/she is able to structure a complex problem or design process (decomposition and synthesis of sub-problems).
· He/she is able to develop and execute a draft plan, while making judicious use of suitable tools (models, algorithms,
techniques, software).
· He/she is able to design in a creative way and adjust the design where necessary based on progressive insights.
· He/she is capable of making design decisions and of justifying and evaluating them systematically, even in uncertain or
variable circumstances.

4. The graduate has a scientific approach

· He/she has a systematical approach characterized by the development and use of empirically validated theories, models
and coherent interpretations.
· He/she is able to collect specific information, structure it and assess its relevance.
· He/she is able to value existing knowledge and further develop it purposefully.
· He/she is open to new developments, acquires new techniques and is able to apply them in the right way.

5. The graduate possesses basic intellectual skills

· He/she can reflect critically on his/her own thinking and actions, as well as on those of others.
· He/she can take a stand in a social or scientific argument in the field and recognize and apply (reject) modes of
reasoning (including potential fallacies).
· He/she is able to make decisions in a sound manner and can judge whether specific techniques and ideas are relevant,
given the circumstances.
· He/she can form a well-founded judgment, even in uncertain or variable circumstances and is able to assess risks.

6. The graduate is skilled in collaborating and communicating

· He/she is able to collaborate;
· He/she is capable of project work, knows the roles in teamwork and can take responsibility.
· He/she is able to motivate and justify his/her method and report on newly gained results, knowledge and insights.
· He/she can present his/her results to specialists and non-specialists.
· He/she is able to communicate orally and in writing, in a formal, scientific way, in Dutch and English.
· He/she is able to work independently.

7. The graduate takes the social and temporal context into account
· He/she understands the sociological, cultural, political, (business-) economical, technical-industrial and environmental
· He/she is aware of the regulations, decision-making procedures, political and policy processes and knows the
contribution of his/her domain-specific knowledge and methods herein.
· He/she is able to use technology in an ethical and sustainable way in society.

Career perspectives

Many companies from the public as well the private sector are looking for experts with a logistics and traffic background.
These companies include sea- and airports, large international transportation companies, Flemish, Belgian and European
governments, educational- and research institutes, public transportation companies, mobility service providers … Within
these companies you can take up different functions, such as researcher, (system) developer and designer, logistics
manager, project manager, operational manager ...

More information can be found here.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's programme you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain
specialisation, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Centre is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The centre also
coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own
business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and
entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Centre's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation
projects and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organised by the Career Centre.


Faculty of Engineering Science

Administrative office
Kasteelpark Arenberg 1 bus 2200
tel. + 32 16 32 13 50

Programme director
prof. dr. ir. P. Vansteenwegen
tel. +32 16 32 25 67


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Master of Engineering: Logistics and Traffic (Leuven)

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