Taught course

Railway Systems Engineering and Integration

University of Birmingham · Department of Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. engineering, physics, economics or mathematics). Practical experience will also be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

Railway businesses rely on advanced technical and operational systems to carry vast numbers of passengers in densely populated areas and large quantities of goods over long distances, economically, safely and in a timely manner. The taught postgraduate programme in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration has a strong focus on developing postgraduates’ railway engineering knowledge and know-how, their systems integration skills and their understanding of the complex interactions between subsystems. It develops participants’ ability to work in multi-disciplinary project teams and is strongly supported by railway practitioners.

Graduates of the programme design, build, operate and manage successfully the sophisticated subsystems and complex interfaces characterising existing and new railways. The full-time programme comprises of classroom taught modules and coursework modules, scheduled over a period of 8 months. Part-time students follow the same syllabus as full-time students but complete the taught modules in a sequence that best suits their work-commitments. The MSc strand requires the submission of a dissertation that is based on a significant amount of independent research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    distance learning
    12-36 months
      full time
      12 months
        part time
        24-36 months

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