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.
The railway industry needs professionals with tailored skills and knowledge. This Masters will develop and expand your existing disciplinary background, to equip you with the skills needed to develop and evaluate a variety of solutions to railway problems and thus make a real contribution to the challenges of our railways worldwide.
"This course will bridge the gap between understanding day-to-day operations of the different parts of the complex rail system and the wider social and strategic context that railways operate within. It will enable new and existing professionals to excel within the industry. Network Rail is keen to support this bold initiative by the University of Leeds." Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman Network Rail.
The course will exposure you to the need for a customer focused railway and the implications of this to scheduling (of staff, rolling stock and infrastructure possessions), pricing, customer information and response to disruption. The course will also examine broader strategic developments in the rail sector ranging from the introduction of new infrastructure and rolling stock on the network to lessons from other railway systems in terms of the benefits of system integration.
Taught by researchers who are at the forefront of their field, you will develop a range and depth of expertise that will equip you for a rewarding career.
The University of Leeds has invested in developing a new Institute for High Speed Rail and the Institute for Transport Studies is ranked 12th in world for Transportation Science and Technology – Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019.
Other study options
This programme is available part time over 24 or 36 months. We are flexible as to how you choose to study this course so that you can combine it with other commitments, such as an existing job.
Please get in touch with our admissions team to discuss part time study options.
You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level, part time or full time, or at Postgraduate Certificate level with our PGCert in Transport Studies.
Online taster course
‘Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations’ is a free online course, delivered via FutureLearn, introducing how the transport sector can develop infrastructures that meet the needs of a 21st century population.
This course may be of interest to undergraduate students and mid-career professionals who are considering a transport Masters at the University of Leeds. Join the online course now.