Railway Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Railway transport is experiencing a worldwide renaissance. It offers substantial economic benefits, energy efficiency, and environmental and safety benefits to nations all over the world, and rail is widely viewed as a vital component of the integrated transportation system for sustainable and resource efficient societies of the future.
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.
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 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.
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 around the world. A large percentage of railway industry engineering staff are nearing retirement; consequently, there is a 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 consultancy 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 in which KTH, key manufacturers and the transport administration are involved. At both universities, there is also the possibility of continuing as a PhD student. The students with a degree from the master’s programme in Railway Engineering will be strong candidates for the limited number of positions available.
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Programme specific admission requirements
A Bachelor's degree, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, from a mechanical, civil, vehicle engineering, or similar programme with sufficient theoretical depth and good academic results. Course work must include linear algebra, differential and integral calculus, differential equations, transforms, rigid body mechanics, solid mechanics.
It is recommended but not required to have some previous knowledge in MATLAB/Simulink or similar software.
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