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Railway Engineering at KTH

The master’s programme in Railway Engineering is 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.

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 program starts with mandatory courses during the autumn term. Two of them are online courses from Illinois. During the spring term there is a mix of mandatory and conditionally elective courses. During the third term all students are at UIUC taking courses on site. There are no specialisations in the programme.

The programme is mainly based on classes, with lectures, assignments and exams, but also includes projects and individual studies. All teachers are also active researchers and will include new research trends in their course content. Many of the railway students prepare their master’s theses in industry, with a railway operator or a consultancy company.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).

Collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

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 for this programme are taught online by KTH and UIUC exclusively. Please note; Due to US visa regulations, there is no guarantee that fee-paying students can study in the US. In case the visa is denied, these students will be offered an alternative study plan.

Topics covered

Vehicle and track design, vehicle-track interaction, traction systems, railway signalling systems, high-speed rail systems and railway traffic planning.

 

Specific requirements for the master’s programme in Railway Engineering

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in

  • Mathematics: must include (i) calculus in several variables, (ii) algebra, (iii) numerical methods, (iv) differential equations and transforms equivalent to at least 25 ECTS credits in total.
  • Applied mechanics: must include rigid body mechanics and solid mechanics equivalent to at least 15 ECTS credits in total.

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