Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Rail Engineering

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Physics, Mathematics or a branch of Engineering. Equivalent professional qualifications or unclassified degrees in engineering or science, with relevant professional experience, may also be considered.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


An exciting new opportunity to develop your engineering skills for the rail industry, which offers unique and exciting careers for engineering graduates. Designed with input from industry, this course aims to promote employability within the rail sector and provide an overview of industry regulations and future strategies. This course provides a fantastic opportunity for you to work alongside experts in the industry and gain first-hand experience as well as mentoring and training. This includes the potential for Rail Safety Certification from the Railway Exchange Training Academy. You will learn how to apply the skills you developed as an undergraduate to the rail industry and how to evaluate projects with a strong ethical insight.

You will study rail safety and regulation, accident investigation and standards used within the industry, future rail strategy, ethical considerations in planning, rail infrastructure and management, and traction, rolling stock and dynamics.

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018. Please note that January starters will have a course duration of approximately 15 months.

Core units

  • Rail Infrastructure and Engineering Strategy
  • MSc Engineering Project

Option units

  • Management Practice
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Sensing and Imaging
  • Engineering Structural Integrity
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Industrial Communication Systems
  • Advanced Control and Instrumentation
  • Embedded Systems and Systems on a Chip
  • Manufacturing Systems Management
  • Smart Technologies for Power Management

Optional units listed in the following curriculum structures are all approved for delivery, but may not all run/be available in any one academic year.

Career prospects

The rail industry offers an exciting future for graduates, with potential in many fields. This course aims to increase your employability in the industry and enable you to target specific roles that fit your own expertise. Alternatively, you may pursue a placement with partners or a PhD.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Engineering and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU full-time £8,460 per year. UK/EU part-time £1410 per 30 credits studied per year.
International students
Non-EU international £14,400. Non-EU/International £2400 per 30 credits studied per year.

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969