The programme includes a three-week short course "Introductory Terminology and Communication for Railways" which prepares you for your forthcoming study.
In addition to the research project, worth 120 credits, you will study topics related to Research
Skills and the Research Environment for 30 credits. Your will also select one or two technical
modules, each worth 10 credits, and one or two management modules, also worth 10 credits,
to complement your choice of technical modules.
- Terminology and Communication for Railways – non credit
- Research Skills and Research Environment – 30 credits
- Research Project – 120 credits
About the introductory Terminology and Communication for Railways course:
This 3-week course will provide broad-based supplementary learning on railway technical vocabulary and specialist communications and is aimed at students with no or limited knowledge or experience of the railway industry. It will familiarise you with the components of the railway system and its terminology and will enhance your technical communication skills. Completion of the introductory course will ensure you are well-prepared for the technical content of this demanding programme and help you gain the most out of your year of study.
Topics covered include railway components and subsystems, railway-specific terminology and concepts of railway safety and risk. This introduction is given context with site visits and group exercises. This course will not count towards the MSc but there will be an informal assessment at the end of the course, which indicates your relative strengths and weaknesses in each of the technical areas and which, in turn, enables tailored tutorial support throughout your study.
Your experience and familiarity with railway systems will be assessed during the application stage. If you possess sufficient knowledge it is possible that you will not need to attend this element of the programme. Please contact us directly to discuss.
Typical Optional Technical modules
- Railway Rolling Stock Systems Design – 10 credits
- Railway Traction Systems Design – 10 credits
- Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems – 10 credits
- Train Control Systems Engineering – 10 credits
- Ergonomics and Human Factors for Railways – 10 credits
Typical Optional Management modules
- Strategic Management of Railway Operations – 10 credits
- Systems Engineering and Integration for Dependability – 10 credits
- Railway Economics and Technology Management – 10 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.