Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- 24 months part time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in civil engineering or a related engineering, science or mathematical discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied.
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in all components
- UK fees
- £13,000 (total)
- International fees
- £28,000 (total)
Combining core railway knowledge with project management, our Railway Engineering with Project Management MSc (Eng) will prepare you to construct and operate the world’s most important rail lines.
Considering the global growth in new railway lines, this presents exciting opportunities for graduates. In particular because industry growth has created an acute shortage of skilled railway engineers.
This Masters degree is unique due to its focus on multidisciplinary teaching. The core technical material covers the entire railway system, rather than focusing on an individual engineering area. It is then complemented by engineering management material that is at the forefront of the discipline.
Teaching combines expertise across two of the University of Leeds’s world-leading institutes: the Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration and the Institute for Transport Studies.
Throughout the programme, you'll be taught by staff who are professionally experienced and have the latest research expertise, equipping you with the practical and professional skills that are sought after in industry.
Why study at Leeds:
- Learn the latest innovations in relevant areas such as signalling, railway track design, transport investment appraisal and project management from our impactful, world-leading research we’ve conducted collaboratively with industry which feeds directly into the course.
- Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry such as project management, railway engineering and transport infrastructure strategy.
- Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in researching and managing a project based on real-world issues.
- Access research-grade equipment and specialist facilities that will enhance your learning throughout the course.
- Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and industrial experience, and who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research as part of the Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration, the Institute for Transport Studies, and Project Management research group.
- Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
In the first part of the programme, a series of compulsory modules will develop your knowledge across the breadth of railway engineering, and also in project and risk management — delivered by the same academics who teach on the industrially-renowned Engineering Project Management MSc.
In the second part, you will build upon your initial modules and study more in-depth and technical railway engineering content. This will prepare you for, and culminate in the dissertation.
Over the summer months, you’ll work with your supervisor to complete your independent research project which is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained, focusing on a real-world problem that explores your specific interests and/or relates to your career ambitions.
Example projects for Railway Engineering with Project Management MSc students have included:
- The role of Internet of Things, and sensor technologies in Rail
- Novel railway track materials and designs
- Optimisation of railway timetables
- A comparison of Hyperloop vs high speed rail
- Optimising signalling and train control systems
- Railway noise and vibration
- The effect of track properties on transition zone performance
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Transport Infrastructure Strategy||15|
|Railway Track Infrastructure Design||15|
|Railway Engineering and Planning||15|
|Railway Investment Appraisal||15|
|Railway Signalling and Control||15|
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Railway Engineering with Project Management module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines, being taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from a structured support system, with a personal tutor who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
The Programme Leader, Dr David Connolly, is an Associate Professor in Railway infrastructure engineering. His research interests focus on railway track dynamics, settlement, ground-borne vibration, critical velocity and soil-structure interaction.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in civil engineering or a related engineering, science or mathematical discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied. Applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates will also be considered.
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 will be considered for candidates with at least one year’s relevant experience.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Civil Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Civil Engineering (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
30 July 2023 - international applicants
10 September 2023 - UK applicants
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
Postgraduate Admissions Team
UK: £13,000 (total)
International: £28,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
The railway construction industry offers a multitude of roles that will be open to you — from railway engineering to planning, project managing and beyond. You could also look into working in consultancy for multidisciplinary organisations in both the private and public sectors.
Studying this MSc will build on the technical skills you have, whilst giving you the core foundations in a thriving industry and an extensive professional skill set in leading projects. It’s this combination of technical and professional skills and knowledge you’ll learn on this course that will attract employers in industry when you graduate.
Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.
At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.
- Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
- MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
- Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
- Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.
Find out more about career support.