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.
If you have sufficient railway industry experience, attendance at the three-week introductory course may not be required.
Please contact us to discuss.
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.
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 a team activity, and talks on 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 online 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:
- Terminology and Communication for Railways (as described above) - non credit bearing
- 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 ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.