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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5334M Railway Track Infrastructure Design

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Professor Peter Woodward

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides the key knowledge and understanding needed to design railway track structures and their alignment. In the first part of the module the concepts of track performance, measurement and behaviour are addressed. The second part of the module concentrates on track improvement methods and track alignment considerations.


This module aims to:
1. Develop a broad understanding of the critical track components that constitute a railway
2. Develop understanding of the effect of loading on a railway and the principles of track design
3. Teach students the theory of track maintenance

Learning outcomes
1. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts of track design, and the importance of track characteristics for the railway operation.
2. Knowledge and understanding of the principles of settlement and drainage.
3. Ability to use fundamental analytical approaches for railway track problems and explore solutions using new and emerging technologies
4. Understanding railway track engineering concepts and how they are applied in practice.


1. Ground conditions and track stiffness.
2. Ballast and concrete slab track.
3. Track settlement.
4. Static and dynamic displacement amplification.
5. Ground improvement techniques, including use of geosynthetic applications
6. Track drainage design.
7. Track alignment design.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours24.00
Private study hours94.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will need to conduct independent reading, both of given materials and self-found materials. This will support their learning and be an integral part of the coursework.
Private study:
• Exam revision: 60 hours
• 3hrs reading per week for 11 weeks: 33hrs
Independent Online Learning: 24 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative, weekly tutorials will be held for students to discuss their progress on the class and tutorial questions.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:56


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