A total of 366 students are now on transport masters degrees compared with 410 last year. This is the first fall in a decade, according to figures compiled by the Transport Planning Society (TPS).
The biggest fall is on part-time transport courses, with students down 28 per cent to 114. The TPS said this hides a two-thirds fall in those starting courses this year as the total includes second and third-year students.
"With the expected reductions in funding for university study fees, it seems unlikely that employer support will ever climb back to the level achieved over the past few years," said director of skills Martin Richards.