This is an interdisciplinary programme that combines a major research project with technical studies that build on prior academic study or industrial experience in a relevant subject area. It gives students the opportunity to benefit from the fundamental and applied research being conducted in the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. The programme allows students to research a technical, social or economic problem associated with the railway industry. Projects are usually undertaken in collaboration with industry, making them highly attractive for applied R&D projects. At the same time, students learn more about specific technical and management issues relevant to the railway industry.
As a result, students will gain an understanding of the most recent developments in railway research; the industry’s needs for new and emerging technologies; and techniques in which to apply these developments.
In addition to the research project, worth 120 credits, all students study topics related to Research Skills and the Research Environment for 30 credits. The remainder will be a selection of one or two technical modules from the following list (each worth 10 credits):
- Railway Rolling Stock Systems Design
- Railway Traction Systems Design
- Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems
- Train Control Systems Engineering
- Ergonomics and Human Factors for Railways
Additionally, students must choosend either one or two management modules from the following list (each worth 10 credits) to complement the choice of technical modules:
- Strategic Management of Railway Operations
- Systems Engineering and Integration for Dependability
- Railway Economics and Technology Management