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RailwaySystemsEngineeringandIntegration
Masters/MSc/Diploma/Certificate
PostgraduatedegreeprogrammeRailwaySystemsEngineeringandIntegrationMasters/MSc/Diploma/Certificate:
Railwaybusinessesrelyonadvancedtechnicalandoperationalsystemstocarryvastnumbersofpassengersindenselypopulatedareasandlargequantitiesof
goodsoverlongdistances,economically,safelyandinatimelymanner.ThetaughtpostgraduateprogrammeinRailwaySystemsEngineeringandIntegrationhasa
strongfocusondevelopingpostgraduatesrailwayengineeringknowledgeandknow-how,theirsystemsintegrationskillsandtheirunderstandingofthecomplex
interactionsbetweensubsystems.Itdevelopsparticipantsabilitytoworkinmulti-disciplinaryprojectteamsandisstronglysupportedbyrailwaypractitioners.
Graduatesoftheprogrammedesign,build,operateandmanagesuccessfullythesophisticatedsubsystemsandcomplexinterfacescharacterisingexistingandnew
railways.Thefull-timeprogrammecomprises8classroomtaughtmodulesand2research-orientedmodules,scheduledoveraperiodof8months.Part-timestudents
followthesamesyllabusasfull-timestudentsbutcompletethetaughtmodulesinasequencethatbestsuitstheirwork-commitments.TheMScstrandrequiresthe
submissionofadissertationthatisbasedonasignificantamountofindependentresearch.
ApplicationdeadlineforfulltimestudyisthelastFridayinJune2015
ApplicationdeadlineforparttimestudyisthelastFridayinJuly2015
StudyhereandfindoutwhytheUniversityofBirminghamhasbeenawardedTheTimesandTheSundayTimesUniversityoftheYear2013-14
(http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2013/09/20-sep-Birmingham-announced-as-University-of-the-Year.aspx)

Coursefactfile
TypeofCourse:Continuingprofessionaldevelopment,taught
StudyOptions:Fulltime,parttime
Duration:1yearfull-time,oronapart-timebasis,typicallyover2436months
Startdate:September

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Contact
MrsJoyGrey
Tel:+44(0)1214144342
Fax:+44(0)1214144291
Email:j.grey@bham.ac.uk(mailto:j.grey@bham.ac.uk)
SchoolofCivilEngineering(/schools/civil-engineering/index.aspx)
FollowusonTwitter(http://twitter.com/eps_unibham)

Details
Towardstheendofthe20thcenturyitbecameapparentthattheever-increasingdemandforthetransportofpeopleandgoodscouldnotbesatisfiedbythecurrent
transportoffer,withoutcreatingsignificantenvironmentalimpactthroughnoise,atmosphericpollutionandlandtake.Railwayswererediscoveredasapotentially
sustainablesolutionformanytrafficflows,particularlywherevolumesarehigh,whilealsoofferingbenefitsintermsofspeed,safetyandreductionsincongestion.

Thisprogrammeisdesignedtoprovidetheknowledge,knowhowand
skillsrequiredtodesignandmanagesuccessfullythehighlyspecialised
subsystemsandcomplexinterfacesthatcharacteriseexistingandnew
railways.Theprogrammehasastrongfocusondevelopingyourrailway
engineeringknowledge,systemintegrationskillsandyourabilitytoworkin
focusedprojectteams.
Manyparticipantsareexperiencedrailwayengineersandmanagers,
sponsoredbytheiremployers,buttheprogrammealsoallowsnewentrants
totherailwayindustrytofamiliarisethemselveswiththespecialist
disciplinesinvolvedinrailwaysystemsengineering,whilealsogainingan
insightintothecomplexinteractionsbetweensubsystems.
ThetaughtpartoftheprogrammeinRSEIisbuiltaround8assessed
modulesof10creditseach,2researchmodulesattracting20creditseachandfoursupplementarymodulesthatarenotformallyassessed,thesameforDiplomaand
MSccandidates.MScstudentsalsoundertakeanintegratingprojectthatleadstoadissertation,attracting60credits,allatMasterslevel.Themodulesareassessed
individuallytoallowflexiblestudy,includingfull-timeandpart-timeattendancebybothEuropeanandoverseas-basedstudents.
Technologyorientedmodulescovertheprinciplesofrollingstockdesign,railwaytractionsystems,infrastructureandtracksystems,railwaycontrolsystems,aswellas
systemsengineeringprinciples.

Managementfocusedmodulescomplementtherangeofsubjectstaughtinthetechnology-orientedmodulesandincludethestrategicmanagementofrailway
operations,railwaytechnologystrategyandeconomics,aswellasergonomicsandhumanfactors.
Modulesincludelectures,tutorials,teamexercisesandindustrialvisits.TheprogrammealsofeaturesaEuropeanstudytour.
Programmebrochure(pdf2MB)(/Documents/college-eps/civil/admissions/railways-at-birmingham-brochure.pdf)
Moduleinformation(pdf)
Timetable(pdf)(/Documents/college-eps/civil/admissions/RSEI-module-timetable.pdf)

PartTimeStudentsfromtheMiddleEast,FarEast,AustraliaandAmerica
ToparticipateintheprogrammewhilebeingbasedinHongKongoranotherFarEastlocationandwishingtoworkfull-timeyouonlyneedtovisittheUK5or6
times.
Thereare2visitsofthreeweeksinthefirstyear(inOctoberandJanuary)and2visitsofthreeweeksinthesecondyear(inNovemberandFebruary)eachallowing
attendanceontwotaughtmoduleswithaweekofindependentstudyinbetween.InthesecondyearthereisalsoaoneweekvisitfortheEuropeanStudyTour
(usuallyinMay)andthereisadiscretionaryvisitinthethirdyeartoputthefinaltouchestothedissertation.
Youwillhaveasubstantialamountofhomework,assessedbymeansofassignments,andyourexamswilltakeplaceatHongKongPolytechnicUniversityora
similarinstitution.
ThereareanumberofpeoplefromAustralia,HongKongandSingaporewhohavecompletedtheprogrammeonthisbasis.

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BirminghamCentreforRailwayResearchandEducation(/research/activity/railway/index.aspx)

Whystudythiscourse
TheMScprogrammeinRailwaySystemsEngineeringisdesignedtobetrulyinterdisciplinary,withastrongfocuson
developingindividualsskillsandtheoverarchingobjectiveofcreatingathoroughunderstandingoftheprinciplesofdesigning
andoperatingmodernrailwaysystemsandofinterfacemanagement.
Mostparticipantsareexperiencedrailwayengineerssponsoredbytheiremployerstostudyforaspecialistqualificationwhich
allowsthemtoworkoncomplexprojects.

Feesandfunding
Fees2015/2016
UKandEU
Full-timeMSc(180credits):13,410
Part-timeMSc(180credits):6,705peryearfortwoyears
Full-timeDiploma(120credits):8,940
Part-timeDiploma(120credits):4,470peryearfortwoyears
Full-timeCertificate(60credits):4,470
Part-timeCertificate(60credits):2,430peryearfortwoyears

International
Full-timeMSc:17,960
Part-timeMSc:8,683peryearfortwoyears
Full-timeDiploma:11,974
Part-timeDiploma:5,987peryearfortwoyears
Full-timeCertificate:5,987
Part-timeCertificate:2,430peryearfortwoyears

MathematicsModule
LMR20(3days):225includinglunchesandoneeveningmeal.

ContinuousProfessionalDevelopment(OccasionalProgrammeCode6542)
Fulltime(1week):1,140per10creditmodule,includingassessmentandfeedback,aswellasacoursedinner.
Learnmoreaboutfeesandfunding(/postgraduate/pgt-fees/fees.aspx)
Scholarshipsandstudentships
Scholarshipsmaybeavailable.Internationalstudentscanoftengainfundingthroughoverseasresearchscholarships,Commonwealthscholarshipsortheirhome
government.
ForfurtherinformationcontacttheSchooldirectlyoremailsfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk(mailto:sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk)

Entryrequirements
ThebasicrequirementisagoodHonoursdegreeinanappropriatescience-relateddiscipline(forexample,Engineering,Physics,EconomicsorMathematics)and
evidenceofaverygoodknowledgeoftheEnglishlanguage.However,practicalexperiencemayalsobeanimportantconsideration.
Learnmoreaboutentryrequirements(http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/pg/requirements)
Internationalstudents
Weacceptarangeofqualificationsfromdifferentcountrieslearnmoreaboutinternationalentryrequirements
(http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/pg/requirements/international)

StandardEnglishlanguagerequirements(/postgraduate/requirements-pgt/international/index.aspx)apply

Howtoapply
WhenclickingontheApplyNowbuttonyouwillbedirectedtoanapplicationspecificallydesignedfortheprogrammeyouwishtoapplyforwhereyouwillcreatean
accountwiththeUniversityapplicationsystemandsubmityourapplicationandsupportingdocumentsonline.Furtherinformationregardinghowtoapplyonlinecanbe
foundontheHowtoapplypages(http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/apply-pg/index.aspx)

Applynow(https://pga.bham.ac.uk/lpages/EPS048.htm)

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RailwaySystemsEngineeringandIntegrationprogrammebrochure(pdf1.7MB)(/Documents/college-eps/civil/admissions/railways-at-birminghambrochure.pdf)

PostgraduatedegreecoursesinCivilEngineeringatBirmingham(pdf1MB)(/Documents/college-eps/civil/brochure/postgraduate-courses-civilengineering.pdf)

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Learningandteaching
TheRailSystemsprogrammeisbuiltaroundeighttaughtmodulesandfourresearchmodulesof10creditseachandanintegratingdissertationattracting60credits.
Eachtaughtmoduleinvolvesabout27hoursofteaching,10hoursoftutorials,amajorteamexerciseandaminorassignment.Eachresearchmoduleinvolvesabout60
hoursofindependentstudytocompletetwomajorassignments.
Theassessmentofstudentslearningisbasedonclasstests,assignments,presentationsandendofyearexaminations.Allmodulesareassessedindividuallytoallow
flexiblestudy.

Relatedresearch
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MaterialSystemsforExtremeEnvironments(XMat)(/research/activity/xmat/index.aspx)

Employability
UniversityCareersNetwork
Preparationforyourcareershouldbeoneofthefirstthingsyouthinkaboutasyoustartuniversity.Whetheryouhaveaclearideaofwhereyourfutureaspirationslieor
wanttoconsiderthebroadrangeofopportunitiesavailableonceyouhaveaBirminghamdegree,ourCareersNetworkcanhelpyouachieveyourgoal.
Ouruniquecareersguidanceserviceistailoredtoyouracademicsubjectarea,offeringaspecialisedteam(ineachofthefiveacademiccolleges)whocangiveyou
expertadvice.Ourteamsourceexclusiveworkexperienceopportunitiestohelpyoustandoutamongstthecompetition,withmentoring,globalinternshipsand
placementsavailabletoyou.Onceyouhaveacareerinyoursights,one-to-onesupportwithCVsandjobapplicationswillhelpgiveyoutheedge.
Ifyoumakethemostofthewiderangeofservices(https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/college/eps/index.aspx)youwillbeabletodevelopyour
careerfromthemomentyouarrive.

DestinationsofLeaversfromHigherEducation(DLHE)2011/12(postgraduatetaughtgraduates)
TheDLHEsurveyisconducted6monthsaftergraduation.

Examplesofemployers
AECOM
Amey
Arup
Atkins
BritishArmy
HyderConsulting
Interserve
LaingO'Rourke
Mouchel
NetworkRail

Examplesofoccupations
AssistantCivilEngineer
ConsultantEngineer
GraduateBridgeEngineer
GraduateLeader
GraduateSiteEngineer
GraduateTunnellingEngineer
OfficerCadet
SiteEngineer
StructuralEngineer
WaterEngineer

Furtherstudy-examplesofcourses
MResMaterialsandSustainableTechnology
MResScienceandEngineeringofMaterials
MScComputerScience
MScConstructionManagement
MScEnvironmentalTechnology
MScRailwaySystemsEngineeringandIntegration
MScRoadEngineeringandManagement
PhDCivilEngineering
VisittheCareerssectionoftheUniversitywebsite(https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/college/eps.aspx)forfurtherinformation.

Professionalaccreditation
TheMScversionofthisdegreeisaccreditedasmeetingtherequirementsforFurtherLearningforaCharteredEngineer(CEng)forcandidateswhohavealreadyacquired
anAccreditedCEng(Partial)BEng(Hons)oranAccreditedIEng(Full)BEng/BSc(Hons)undergraduatefirstdegree.
Seewww.jbm.org.uk(http://www.jbm.org.uk/)forfurtherinformation

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