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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for home/EU students (2015/2016)
Research programmes (including Masters by research) £4,090*
*Research fees are yet to be confirmed by Research Councils UK, and may change.
Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees.
Tuition fees for international students (2015/2016)
International student tuition fees are set at £17,365 .
For further information please view the fees for international students page.
UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.
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Scholarships and studentships
Several research council studentships, bursaries and postgraduate scholarships are available, most of which provide full funding and some of which are enhanced by industrial funding, where the topic has a specific industrial relevance. Other sources of funding are the EPSRC, the BBSRC, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), the European Union and industrial funding for UK and EU students.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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How to apply
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