Taught course

Railway Operations, Management and Policy

University of Leeds · Institute for Transport Studies

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as Engineering, Maths, Economics, Management (and any other Business-related degree), Environmental science (having a mathematical component), Transportation.

Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience plus experience in the sector will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Railways throughout the world play a key social and economic role in societies. They are constantly adapting to change. Many are experiencing substantial growth in patronage due to ever increasing economic prosperity and urbanisation - the result is a need for greater connectivity among urban centres and communities.

Across the world, railways are coming under increasing pressure particularly as means of intercity transport (prompting the rapid expansion of High Speed Rail) and urban transportation with the growth of cities. Holistic, multi-disciplinary solutions need to be developed to meet the challenges of capacity, congestion, reliability and user comfort within a finite resource budget.

This Masters will equip you with the skills needed to develop and evaluate a variety of solutions to these problems, including the appraisal of a variety of engineering solutions as well as pricing and other measures aimed at changing user behaviour.

Taught by researchers who are at the forefront of their field, you will develop a range and depth of expertise that will equip you for a rewarding career. We work closely with the University’s Institute of High Speed Rail Technology and System Integration. The equipment, facilities and expertise within the Institute will create a UK centre of excellence. It will be equipped to lead on the research and development needs for global industry partners including advanced technology development and testing, digital engineering and transport policy and economics.

This course will develop your skills and abilities enabling you to:

  • Apply and evaluate approaches to pricing, cost measurement and allocation of resources in the rail sector
  • Understand and apply the key principles and methods of railway investment appraisal, including practical tools
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how railway transport fits into public policy, the ownership and structure of the industry and the related governance and decision making structures
  • Identify, manage and analyse a range of data related to rail sector management, operations and policy
  • Apply statistical techniques to conduct railway transport analysis
  • Understand and evaluate the purpose and relative merits of the main types of transport models and how railway operational and management analysts interact with them
  • Develop multi-disciplinary team working skills and gain practical experience with managing a real world project

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team