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 play a key social and economic role throughout the world. They are complex systems and 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, while facing increasing industry complexity and new challenges.

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. On the one hand, this has led to a welcome increase in business, but on the other hand, it has increased the complexity of ongoing challenges. Holistic, multi-disciplinary solutions need to be developed to meet the challenges of capacity, congestion or reliability within finite resource budgets and complex industry structures. Innovation is now perhaps more important than ever, since Covid-19 has brought a whole new set of challenges that is shaking the business models of all public transport systems worldwide.

The railway industry needs professionals with tailored skills and knowledge. This Masters degree will expand your existing knowledge, equipping you with the skills to develop and evaluate solutions to railway problems and make a real contribution to the challenges of our railways worldwide. Taught by leading researchers with an international reputation, this Masters degree has been designed following close consultation with industry to help prepare you for a rewarding career.

Course highlights

  • Learn about the need for a customer-focused railway and its implications to scheduling, timetabling, pricing, customer information and response to disruption

  • Examine broader strategic developments in the rail sector, ranging from the introduction of new infrastructure and rolling stock on the network to lessons from other railway systems

  • Understand how railways fit with broader transport issues and other transport systems.

  • Experience what it’s like to work in the transport industry by collaborating on a multi-disciplinary team project with students from our other degree specialisms.

  • Our courses are shaped by the Institute for Transport Studies’ world-leading research and our close relationships with industry leaders.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 34 35353