Postgraduate degrees 

Our programmes are delivered by academics and industrialists to blend theory with practice and are producing the next generation of system-thinking railway engineers and professionals who will be at the forefront of transforming what railways offer in the future.

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Graduate Jane Simpson describes how her time at the University of Birmingham led her to a successful career as the first female Chief Engineer for Network Rail, and her current role as Head of Capital Assets for Severn Trent.

With a wide range of study opportunities, you can choose from the established Railway Systems Engineering and Integration Masters programme to more specialised study opportunities in Safety & Control and choose one of this programme's three pathways.

Research study can be taken to Master of Research (MRes) and PhD levels: MRes takes one year to complete full-time or two years part-time and study includes taught modules which underpin an 8-month research project. Topics range from specialist railway-related engineering, applied electrical, electronic, civil and materials engineering and systems engineering through to international and local railway business, climate change and human factors. If you are interested in any aspect of railway-related research, please enquire to discuss your project ideas.

All programmes can be studied full-time, part-time (for UK-based students) and via attendance-based distance learning (where you attend only for teaching weeks). Split-site PhD study is also available if you have access to academic support locally.

Funding can be available for MSc, MRes and PhD study. Please enquire to discuss.