14 months
22680 GBP/year
5297 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Railway Systems Integration at University of Birmingham prepares you for a career in research and development in railway businesses and companies supplying railways with advanced technical and operational systems. 

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The Railway Systems Integration at University of Birmingham offers a unique opportunity for students to undertake a research-based Masters degree together with technical study in a relevant railway systems or engineering subject. Students benefit from participating in both the fundamental and applied research carried out within the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), and from the world-leading educational programmes offered by the Centre.

Two-thirds of this course comprises a major, individual research project, carried out in any aspect of railway research relevant to the activities of the Centre, and often in collaboration with an industrial partner. One-third consists of taught modules. As a result, you will gain a thorough understanding of recent developments in railway research and of the industry’s needs for new and emerging technologies. You will also acquire the skills to apply these developments in your research project.

Projects are usually undertaken in collaboration with industry, making them highly attractive for applied R&D projects. At the same time, students learn more about specific technical and management issues relevant to the railway industry. Key benefits include the broad range of research topics available, from highly-technical projects to those focusing on business/policy issues.

Why study Railway Systems Integration MRes at Birmingham

  • BCRRE is Europe’s largest Railway-focussed research and education group. Projects involve fundamental and applied research in railway science, technology and business. BCRRE is privileged to work with many colleagues from the railway industry who regularly contribute seminars and talks. Not only do these enrich and embed your learning, they provide excellent opportunities for networking with others in the industry. 
  • We have extensive laboratories and facilities both on and off our campus for carrying out research in railway engineering. Recently we have commissioned a wind tunnel and a loading rig of three half-sleepers for undertaking near full-scale investigations into railway track foundations. We also have an aerodynamic moving-model testing facility for high-speed trains.
  • Gain a unique opportunity to carry out valuable research alongside high-level education in a relevant railway systems, business or engineering subject
  • Benefit from participating in the fundamental and applied research carried out within the BCRRE, and from the world-leading educational programmes offered by the Centre
  • For applicants with limited railway experience the three-week introductory course in Terminology and Communication for Railways sets the scene and familiarises you with the components and terminology of the railway system.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Terminology and Communication for Railways 
  • Research Skills and Research Environment 
  • Research Project
  • Railway Rolling Stock Systems Design
  • Railway Traction Systems Design 
  • Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems 
  • Railway Control Systems Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 14 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal entrance qualification for MRes study is a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, physics, engineering, mathematics or economics). Learn more about entry requirements. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26460 GBP for the full programme during 14 months.
  • National

    5297 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6180 GBP for the full programme during 14 months.
  • £4,565 UK students, full-time 
  • £24,780 International students, full-time 

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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