Taught course

Railway Systems Safety and Risk

University of Huddersfield · Department of Engineering and Technology

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree in the following subjects or a closely related appropriate science subject area:

• Engineering/technical sciences

• Social sciences and psychology

Other qualifications or experience, which demonstrate that a candidate possesses appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree level may be acceptable and will be considered on an individual basis.

Prospective applicants with qualifications which are not considered to be technical or numerate will be given an interview to assess their ability to understand and apply key mathematical concepts.

In addition you are required to write a supporting letter which explains:

• Your personal motivation for working in safety and risk for the railways

• Any prior experience you have working on safety and risk topics either inside or outside the railway industry or any experience of working in the railway industry

• Your personal learning objectives

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Visa and other requirements for international students are the responsibility of the students themselves.

The academic qualifications and supporting letter will be used to decide on suitability for the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Safety is a deeply held value in the railway industry around the globe, but assuring safe rail transport is challenging. Railways are large, complex systems often operating across national boundaries with differing regulatory requirements.

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) has been established at the University of Huddersfield to conduct research and develop training to support the rail industry around the world. In particular, the IRR has brought together experienced professionals who have wide experience of safety and risk in the rail industry, and the underlying scientific methods.

The course is a joint effort of the University of Huddersfield and internationally recognized rail safety experts which ensures added value for you and the industry as a whole. The content knowledge is delivered in a clear programme for teaching academic skills that are relevant for prospective railway safety experts. Guest-speakers may vary from year to year.

Using this experience, we have developed a Master's course designed that provides you with the toolbox to develop into inspirational safety experts and leaders for the railway industry. The content and structure of the course allows you to undertake the course full-time or on a part-time basis, whilst still working.

Information for international students

Minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent. Applicants are responsible for visa and any other requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time fees are £5,100. Details of the part-time fees can be found at http://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/#fees-2017-18
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions and Marketing Office (N200/N321)
+44(0)1484 473116