Railway Studies (online)

University of York

M.A. Online
36 months
3040 GBP/year
3040 GBP/year
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This unique Railway Studies (online) programme from University of York covers a range of perspectives crossing social, cultural, political, business, economic and technological boundaries. You'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of the railway in British history and the broader impact of historical events on transport and mobility.


Explore an exciting breadth of academic discourse on the history of British railways between 1825 and 2010.

During your studies, you will join a vibrant online community of students from around the world to learn outside of the traditional classroom. You'll engage with your peers and a dedicated academic via intuitive technology that requires only basic IT skills to follow a series of interactive and flexible modules. 

This interdisciplinary course will enable you to analyse key themes and material on Britain's railways and participate in lively forums and discussion sessions with a supportive discipline expert. You'll gain independent research and analysis skills and produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice within railway, transport and mobility history. 

Careers and skills

This Railway Studies (online) programme from University of York is ideal for people with an enthusiasm for British railway, transport and mobility history that would like to mature their interest into a deeper understanding of how scholars have understood and debated these subjects.

You will develop a range of highly transferable employability skills and a critical sensibility that transfers across many disciplines and professions. You'll be able to lead varied tasks and projects that evidence your flexibility to prospective employers, or for further graduate study.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this MA will have built the foundations for pursuing higher-level research projects and careers in a variety of industries including:

  • Historical writing and law
  • Journalism
  • Heritage
  • Tourism
  • Museums sector
  • Teaching
  • Archives
  • Higher education teaching and research

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Coming of the Railways to Britain, 1825-1900
  • The Declining Profitability of the Railway Industry, 1870-1914 
  • British Railway Workers, 1825-1921
  • The Role of the Railways: Railways and Government, 1905-1945 
  • The Railways and Society: The Railways After the Second World War, 1945-1979 
  • Privatising British Rail, 1979-2010 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typically you'll be a graduate in a related subject area. We favourably consider students with a BA/BSc award in any subject and evidence of recent higher education level of study in this area.
  • We are committed to ensuring open access and will seek to ensure those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with evident ability to succeed, have the opportunity to study. In such instances, you may be asked to submit a 1,500-word critical essay in the field of Railway Studies for consideration of the admissions panel. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis following the University's Equal Opportunities policy.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3040 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3040 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Updated over a year ago

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Railway Studies (online)
University of York


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