Railway Operations, Management and Policy

University of Leeds

12 months
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The Railway Operations, Management and Policy course at University of Leeds will expose you to the need for a customer focused railway and the implications of this to scheduling, timetabling, pricing, customer information or response to disruption. 

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Railways throughout the world play a key social and economic role in societies. They are complex systems and are constantly adapting to change. Many are experiencing substantial growth in patronage due to ever increasing economic prosperity and urbanisation - the result is a need for greater connectivity among urban centres and communities, while facing increasing industry complexity and new challenges.

Across the world, railways are coming under increasing pressure particularly as means of intercity transport (prompting the rapid expansion of High Speed Rail) and urban transportation with the growth of cities. 

On the one hand, this has led to a welcome increase in business, but on the other hand, it has increased the complexity of ongoing challenges. Holistic, multi-disciplinary solutions need to be developed to meet the challenges of capacity, congestion or reliability within finite resource budgets and complex industry structures.

Career opportunities

The UK has a shortage of railway professionals, which are needed to develop and deliver the plans for significant railway infrastructure investment. The job market will be buoyant for graduates of this Masters course.

Upon graduation, you may find employment in a range of roles across the transport industry, as a policy analyst, economist, strategic operations manager or planner among many others.

This Railway Operations, Management and Policy course at University of Leeds is interdisciplinary in nature and will equip you with the necessary skills to make a real contribution to the changes needed on our railways.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Shaping Future Transport Systems
  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis
  • Railway Operations and Management
  • Railway Policy
  • Railway Investment Appraisal
  • Transport Dissertation
  • Transport Integrated Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as Engineering, Maths, Economics, Management (and any other Business-related degree), Environmental science (having a mathematical component), Transportation.
  • Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience plus experience in the sector will also be considered.

Tuition Fee


The Institute for Transport Studies offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

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