Master's programme in Railway Engineering
Railway transport is experiencing a worldwide renaissance. It offers substantial economic, energy efficiency, environmental and safety benefits to nations all over the world and rail is widely viewed as a vital component of an integrated transportation system for sustainable and resource efficient societies of the future. There is substantial demand for engineers with integrated knowledge of railway subsystems (infrastructure, vehicles and traffic control) who understand how to maximize performance of the whole system. The proposed program in Railway Vehicle & Track Engineering will be among the very few programs in the world that covers all aspects of rail engineering in this manner and none offers the international perspective afforded by this one.
Railway Engineering at KTH
Railway Engineering is a two-year master programme. The instruction language is entirely English. About half of the courses are given by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and KTH respectively. The program also includes mobility. At least 15 ECTS credits have to be taken on site at the partneruniversity. Many courses are taught online by KTH and UIUC specifically for this program.
The program emphasizes on the system aspect, which is extremely important in railway systems. Vehicle, infrastructure and control system have to be designed to work optimally together. Therefore the program contains courses from mechanical, civil as well as electrical engineering.
The technical challenges associated with meeting the growing demand for railway transportation in an efficient and sustainable manner requires a considerable number of engineers with education in the field of railways around the world. A large percentage of railway industry engineering staff are nearing retirement, consequently, there is strong and growing demand for graduates with education in railway engineering. With one focus of the program on system aspects it is foreseen that many graduates from the program in the future hold management positions in the companies/organisations they work in.
The programme provides an excellent basis for pursuing a career in the global vehicle industry, at consulting companies as well as at universities. The co-operation between the Swedish vehicle industry and the Department ofis very close, and there are several major ongoing research programmes where KTH, key manufacturers and the transport administration are involved.
Faculty and research
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Changes in the programme may occur.