This modular programme allows you to study each topic in depth and apply your knowledge across the programme content. You will be encouraged to enrich your classroom learning by taking part in extra-curricular seminars and activities, and to take part in the BCRRE community of staff and students.
For the PG Certificate the core modules (marked*below) are required and compromise 60 academic credits. Completion of 120 credits (all of taught modules) is required for the PG Dipolma and all 180 credits for the MSc.
Induction Weekend and overview of system safety thinking
The Induction Weekend takes place at the very start of the acdemic year along with students from other BCRRE programmes. It prepares you for the challenge of postgraduate study and provides an introduction to railway systems engineering, a team activity, and talsk including a short history of the railway industry, its legislative and financial background and the structure of today's British and European railway industry.
The overview of systems safety thinking is delivered via distance learning. It outlines the principles of system safety, including risk, basic terminology and the main types of hazard and safety assessment techniques. It also overviews materials covered in later modules
Modules from BCRRE, University of Birmingham:
Railway Operations and Control Systems* (10 credits)
Railway Traction and Electrification Systems (10 credits)
Rolling Stock and Infrastructure Interactions* (10 credits)
Strategic Business Management for Railways (10 credits)
Practical Ergonomics for Railway Systems (10 credits)
Research Skills* (20 credits)
Modules from HISE, University of York:
Safety and Risk Management in System Development* (10 credits)
Computers and Safety Assurance in Critical Systems (10 credits)
Railway Safety Management Systems* (10 credits)
Through Life Safety (10 credits)
Systems Engineering for Safety (10 credits)
These modules are taught between late September and late March each year; after which there is a period of exams.
Individual Research Project (60 credits)
This is completed during the summer period, usually starting in May/June and submitting the dissertation in August. For part-time and distance-learning study, the project often takes place in your workplace.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.