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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Railway Operations, Management and Policy

Programme code:MSC-TRN/RO-FUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Manuel Ojeda Cabral Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Institute for Transport Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

Railways play a key social and economic role throughout the world. However, across the world, railways are coming under increasing pressure to address the ongoing challenges in everything from capacity and congestion to reliability within finite resource budgets and complex industry structures.
Innovation is now perhaps more important than ever. That’s why the need for professionals with tailored skills and knowledge to provide solutions to these challenges has grown – especially in the last few years.
Our Railway Operations, Management and Policy MSc takes a multidisciplinary approach, equipping you with the holistic skill set you’ll need to develop and evaluate solutions to railway problems and make a real contribution to the challenges of our railways worldwide.
Taught by leading researchers with an international reputation, this Masters degree has been designed following close consultation with industry to help prepare you for a rewarding career.
Studying in the Institute of Transport Studies at Leeds will also give you a unique head start in your career in transport. Not only does our world-leading research shape the course, but our close links with large corporations mean you’ll have chance to interact with potential employers and possibly interview for graduate schemes and other vacancies. We also offer opportunities to build your industry work experience before you graduate with work placements and project work throughout your course.
"This course will bridge the gap between understanding day-to-day operations of the different parts of the complex rail system and the wider social and strategic context that railways operate within. It will enable new and existing professionals to excel within the industry. Network Rail is keen to support this bold initiative by the University of Leeds." - Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman Network Rail.
Throughout this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of railway operations, management and policy by studying a range of core modules. You’ll consider a variety of perspectives and tools when approaching the multiple and varied challenges present in a rail context, along with many of the key issues currently facing industry professionals.
You’ll also be able to choose two optional modules, allowing you to tailor the course to your needs and preferences. This allows you to develop more specialised skills and tailor your degree towards your preferred career interests.
Throughout your course, you'll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a project chosen from a variety of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic.
In the second semester, you'll study our Transport Integrated Project module. This project lets you experience what it is like to be part of a multi-disciplined team working within the transport sector. You’ll work alongside students from our other Masters degrees, using your different specialisms to solve a real-world transport problem posed by Leeds City Council.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

PLEASE NOTE: All modules are offered subject to a minimum level of demand and thus not all modules (particularly optional modules) may run in any given year. Please contact ITS for further details.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

TRAN5015MShaping Future Transport Systems15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5032MTransport Data Collection and Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5510MRailway Operations and Management15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5530MRailway Policy15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN5540MRailway Investment Appraisal15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5911MTransport Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
TRAN5912MTransport Integrated Project15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

TRAN5115MSustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5162MGreen Logistics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5171MAnalysing Transport and Society15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5233MGlobal Transferability of Policies15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5282MChoice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5550MRailway Signalling and Control15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5750MTransport in Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

The recommended period for part-time study is 3 years. Students attending part-time need to have flexibility in their attendance pattern. For further information please email:
PLEASE NOTE: All modules are offered subject to a minimum level of demand and thus not all modules (particularly optional modules) may run in any given year. Please contact ITS for further details.

Last updated: 22/04/2024 14:16:28


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