Taught course

Urban Railways

UCL - University College London · Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc develops the transferable skills (e.g. big data management and system integration skills) and visionary-thinking capabilities required for 21st century urban railways. Many modules and the dissertation are based on real-world problems, and include interaction with London-based practitioners. The programme improves employability in the rail industry, and provides essential skills to those envisaging careers in general transport areas.

Developed with our industry collaborators, our Urban Railways MSc is not a traditional knowledge/teaching-based programme but focuses on new transferable skills and the visionary-thinking capabilities required for urban railways. The programme also includes group work and scenario-based exercises.

With heavy involvement from UCL Railway Research Group - a world-leading railway research group within the UCL Centre for Transport Studies - the programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to interact with London-based railway practitioners.

Students also benefit from UCL’s wide and in-depth portfolio of Master's programmes; subject to timetabling and the programme director's approval, they can take modules from other UCL Master's programmes in order to strengthen their speciality in their chosen subjects. 

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


This programme is delivered through taught modules, a week-long intensive module (Urban Railways in Global Contexts), and one-to-one/group tutorials, and includes significant industry input. Dissertation training sessions will help students develop academic writing skills. Assessment ranges from group project presentations, coursework and examinations to essays and a compulsory dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3108 4046