The Railway Safety and Control Systems programme is delivered jointly by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham and the High Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) Group at the University of York.
We recognise that each transport sector and mode has its own specific features but seek to ensure that a common approach is taken to the generic issues involved in ensuring dependable operations. As a result, you will develop a deep and robust understanding of approaches to manage safety and control in transport systems and projects, taking advantage of expertise from two leading UK universities.
The York modules are highly structured around the general topics of risk and safety management, while the Birmingham portion of the programme focuses on railway systems communications and control, and the application of risk management principles. As a result, this course will give you a thorough education and knowledge which can take you into many areas of engineering and business management, as well as in signalling, communications or safety-specific functions of railway or transportation organisations.
This programme will give you a deep and robust understanding of the approaches to managing safety and associated issues in transport systems and related projects. The programme has three possible pathways for:
Railway risk and safety systems: this pathway emphasises systems engineering and safety in critical systems, for designing new safety systems.
Railway risk and safety operations and organisation: this pathway emphasises management and safety throughout the system's lifecycle, for engineers and managers who will be responsible for the safe operation of a railway system.
Railway communications and control (include signalling): completion of this pathway, to PG Diploma or MSc level, is aimed at exemption from the institution of Railway Signalling Engineers' (IRSE's) examination to Professional Railway Signalling Engineer recognition. It includes theory and practice in railway control systems; one module is a practice-based in signalling and control systems.
This course comprises taught and research elements. You will take the three-week Terminology and Communication for Railways course from late August, followed by 10 or 11 taught modules during the Autumn and Spring semesters. Over the summer carry out your research project to complete the MSc. If you study on the attendance-based Distance Learning mode, you will usually take your modules over the course of two academic years, studying half of the taught modules during the first year and the remainder in the second.
Hear from Professor Schmid, MSc Railway Safety and Control Systems, Director of Education, BCRRE:
N.B. This video was prepared under the programme's original title, of Railway Risk and Safety Management.
The programme consists of a series of taught modules which cover the topics of safety and risk management, safety systems, railway control systems, railway technologies, railway systems and operation, ergonomics and business management for the railway industry. Each module offered within this programme is also available as a one-off Continuing Professional Development (CPD) option, allowing you to study according to your specific needs. If you take a CPD module and successfully complete the assessment, you will be awarded with academic credit which will allow you to be exempt from taking the same module again within a formal programme of study (subject to the programme requirements and current university regulations).
These are supported by learning about research skills and then followed by an individual research project, supervised by academic experts in the specific field of the project. Part-time and distance-learning students follow the same syllabus as full-time students but complete the taught modules in a sequence that suits their work-commitments.