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Driver Behaviour and Education MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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  • Entry requirements
    1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree is preferred or equivalent eg PgCert in Education, NVQ level 4, HND or alternative. A recognised professional qualification plus a substantial period of relevant working experience, preferably in a management or educational capacity may be accepted as equivalent.
  • Course description
    Suitable for practising road, fleet or health and safety managers or driving instructors who wish to develop their career by enhancing their skills and knowledge of the human factors in driving. The course is also suitable for students wishing to pursue a research career in road safety.

    Takes you on to career opportunities that range across the traffic and transport management arena with considerable demand for specialists in the subject of driver behaviour and education. These include fleet management, transport management and the driving instructor industry. Automotive manufacturers and passenger services will also benefit from this qualification. Students may also wish to pursue a research career in driver behaviour using this course as a foundation for further studies or research positions.

    You will be taught by a team of full-time academic staff and guest experts with a range of expertise in many aspects of driver behaviour and education.  Our staff are both experienced practitioners and/or researchers and have an international reputation in the human factors field.

    Course description

    A wide range of organisations are actively seeking to reduce the number of road traffic incidents for compelling human, legal and financial reasons. Road user behaviour contributes to almost all road traffic accidents. Changing this behaviour is a significant challenge for society. Addressing and influencing driver and rider decision-making requires suitably qualified individuals with skills and knowledge in driver behaviour and education.

    This course is the world's first postgraduate qualification in driver behaviour and education. It was created in response to European research identifying a need to shift the focus away from simply managing the control of a vehicle towards educating road users to understand risk and be safe for life. It aims to meet the UK and EU need for staff with advanced knowledge and skills across all levels of the goals for driver behaviour.

    The Driver Behaviour and Education MSc is taught through specialist taught modules and an individual research project thesis. The course is structured to enable students to exit at different postgraduate qualification levels. These levels are PgCert, PgDip and MSc.


    To achieve a PgCert qualification, students study the following modules:

        * Introduction to Human Factors
        * Human Performance and Error
        * Driver Education
        * Individual Differences in Driver Behaviour
        * Influencing Driver Behaviour
        * Driver Stress and Fatigue.

    To achieve a PgDip qualification, students study a further four modules:

        * Research Methods and Statistics
        * Cognitive Development and Driver Skill
        * Drug and Drink Driving
        * Road Traffic Accident Analysis.

    Students also submit a research-based report for the PgDip.

    For the MSc, students undertake the above modules plus an independent research project which requires them to plan, execute, report and present a substantial thesis that contributes to knowledge in the field.

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