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.

Application closed

The application for the programme is now closed. Opens again 16 October 2017.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme coordinator.

Programme coordinator: Sebastian Stichel

Railway Engineering at KTH

The master's programme in Railway Engineering will be among the very few programmes in the world that covers all aspects of rail engineering and none offers the international perspective afforded by this one. This is a new programme starting autumn 2018.

About half of the courses are given by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and KTH respectively and the programme includes international mobility. At least 15 ECTS credits have to be taken on site at the partner university. Many courses are taught online by KTH and UIUC exclusively for this programme.

The programme focuses 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 programme 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 programme on system aspects it is foreseen that many graduates from the programme will hold management positions in the 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 of Vehicle and Aeronautical Engineering is very close, and there are several major ongoing research programmes where KTH, key manufacturers and the transport administration are involved.

Faculty and research

For more information about the railway centres hosting the programme see

KTH Railway Group

Changes in the programme may occur.

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