Last edit: 27/09/2021
Approved: 27/09/2021

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.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Railway Engineering the student shall be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding in the scientific field of railway engineering and proven experience, substantial in-depth knowledge in certain parts of the field, and in-depth insight into current research and development work.
  • demonstrate in-depth methodological knowledge in parts of the railway engineering field.

Skills and abilities

  • demonstrate the ability to, from a holistic perspective, critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and manage complex issues and situations in railway engineering.
  • demonstrate the ability to create, analyse and critically evaluate different technical solutions for rail vehicles and other complex technical systems.
  • demonstrate the ability to plan and carry out advanced engineering tasks using appropriate methods within a given framework as well as evaluate this work.
  • demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work or to independently work in other advanced contexts so as to contribute to the development of knowledge.
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and handle complex phenomena, issues and situations even on the basis of limited information.
  • demonstrate the ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate the technical characteristics of rail vehicles and other railway engineering systems, even on the basis of limited information.
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and design rail vehicles and other technical systems and related processes with regard to people’s situations and needs, and the society’s objectives for economic, social and ecological sustainable development.
  • demonstrate the ability to engage and contribute in teamwork and cooperation in groups of varying composition.
  • demonstrate ability to clearly present and discuss technical conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them in dialogue with different groups, verbally and in writing, in national and international contexts.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

  • demonstrate the ability to make sound judgements regarding the design and assessment of rail vehicles and other technical systems, taking into account relevant scientific, social, ethical, economic and environmental aspects.
  • demonstrate awareness of and insight into possibilities and limitations of technology and science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used, including social and economic aspects, as well as environmental and work environment aspects.
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to take responsibility for continuously developing their knowledge and capabilities.