Why this master?

State of the art transport, logistics and modern cities are essential for a well-functioning economy. The Urban, Port and Transport Economics programme focuses on how to optimise these key elements of modern society. Our lecturers are actively involved in the latest developments in international economic research, consultancy and advice. Through interactive lectures, challenging assignments and lively debates they will show you how to apply the appropriate methods – both qualitative and quantitative – when dealing with a wide range of real-life issues. How do we find smart ways to deal with congestion and pollution? What role can city planning play in achieving productive cross fertilisation between all available sources of knowledge and enterprise? What is the future of ports in the logistics chain? The study of Urban, Port and Transport Economics teaches you to look at such important issues in a way that is both scientific and practicaI.

Which classes are there?

The master’s specialisation consists of two elective seminars, one compulsory course, four elective courses, and a master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks. 

The first block develops your analytical, statistical and spatial skills in the single compulsory course: it equips you with the tools to properly analyse relevant data and to critically assess literature for the seminars and the master’s thesis. The electives in the first block introduce you in a rigorous way to the economics of cities, ports and industries.

Block four of the specialization offers elective courses that will complete your profile as an economist. Delve deep into the economics of aviation, or the valuation of real estate, for instance! 

At the end of the year, the master’s thesis is the cornerstone of your training to become a UPT economist. You will select a research question related to the UPT curriculum, and demonstrate your ability to analyze and answer the question, closely guided by a member of our staff.

Example schedule




Quantitative Spatial Analysis

Urban Economics

Port Economics


Air Transport Economics

Firms in the Global Economy

Advanced Empirical Methods


Seminar in Firm Location Strategy


Seminar in Regional and Transport Economics