36 months
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.

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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

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Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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

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 an open access application process. We therefore seek to ensure that those without a first degree, but with evidence of substantial ability and/or achievement in a professional field, and/or those who can demonstrate regular use of the skills and expertise required for academic research and writing, have the opportunity to join. In such instances, you may be asked to submit a 1,500-word critical essay in the field of Railway Studies for consideration by the admissions panel. In such instances, individuals must also have a minimum of A-Level or equivalent qualifications.

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