Railway Engineering

Railway EngineeringRailway engineering deals with railway infrastructure, traction and energy, railway management, timetabling and control to meet the demands of a growing industry. Engineers who understand railway infrastructure and systems are in high demand as the industry expands around the world.


The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education is the largest university-based railway research group in Europe.
We have our own full-size train simulator, built by staff and students at the University – you can drive a train between Birmingham New Street to Selly Oak stations!


Railway Engineering might be for you if you:

  • Want to work in a booming and increasingly significant engineering sector
  • Want to gain a specific insight into the railway industry before starting your graduate career
  • Enjoy maths and design
  • Have an interest in railways and transport in general

Real world research:

  • We are revolutionising the future of rail – the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education is part of a £92million partnership between universities and industry where we will lead on development of digital systems for the railway.
  • Our aerodynamics research aims to improve fuel consumption of trains and increase their stability in high winds.

Possible careers:

Railway engineering graduates can find employment in a variety of areas, across the Railway sector and engineering in general.


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Discover Railway Engineering at Birmingham