Last edit: 28/09/2016
Approved: 28/09/2016

Railway transport is experiencing a worldwide renaissance.  The technical challenges associated with meeting the growing demand for railway transportation in an efficient and sustainable manner require a considerable number of engineers with education in the field of railways. 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.

The objective of this programme is to educate engineers for a global industry, administrations and research institutions active in this area. The programme is offered by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in a cooperation with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Together the two universities provides leading expertise in their respective areas of research. The school of Engineering Sciences coordinates the programme at KTH.

Knowledge and understanding

A Master of Science in Railway Engineering shall be competitive on an international market and will have:

  • deep knowledge and understanding in the chosen field of technology and proven experience.
  • deeper methodological knowledge, including the ability to apply theoretical knowledge on engineering problems.
  • as well as deeper insight into current research and development.

Skills and abilities

A Master of Science in Railway Engineering will have:

  • ability to with a holistic view critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and manage complex problems.
  • an ability to create, analyze and critically evaluate different technical solutions.
  • an ability to plan and use appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within a given framework and evaluate this work.
  • the skill required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other qualified areas and thereby contribute to knowledge development.
  • the capacity for teamwork and collaboration in groups with different composition.
  • an ability to both in national and international groups, orally and in writing clearly explain and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and the arguments underlying these.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

A Master of Science in Railway Engineering will:

  • have an ability to make judgments with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development.
  • show insight regarding the possibilities and limitations of engineering science and its role in the society.
  • be able to identify the need for further knowledge and take responsibility for keeping personal knowledge up to date.

Complete information on the degree requirements can be found in the local degree policy of KTH,