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  Railway Operations, Management and Policy - MSc

University of Leeds    Institute for Transport Studies

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Engineering (12) Geography (17)

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Are you passionate about railways and want to make a real impact in the industry? Look no further than our Railway Operations, Management and Policy MSc programme at Leeds! This multi-disciplinary course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the challenges faced by railways worldwide. Taught by leading researchers, you'll learn about the latest innovations and strategic developments in the rail sector. With a wide range of optional modules, you can tailor the course to suit your career aspirations. Plus, our close industry links offer valuable networking opportunities and the chance to gain work experience. Join us and become a sought-after railway professional!

About the course

Railways play a key social and economic role throughout the world. However, across the world, railways are coming under increasing pressure to address the ongoing challenges in everything from capacity and congestion to reliability within finite resource budgets and complex industry structures.

Innovation is now perhaps more important than ever. That’s why the need for professionals with tailored skills and knowledge to provide solutions to these challenges has grown – especially in the last few years.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to) engineering, maths, economics, management (and any other business-related degree), environmental science, and transportation.

Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience plus experience in the sector will also be considered.


UK: £12,500 (Total)
International: £30,750 (Total)

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Leeds

Student Profile

Domingo Kauak Alaff

My experience at Institute for Transport Studies helped in my job and career by mostly by having the chance to talk to Professors and different professionals in the rail industry to draw comparisons between the realities of the UK and Chile and learning from the similarities and differences. This gives you a better perspective of your own work and how the “status quo” of things on the rail industry changes from country to country

I wanted to study something on rail, which has been my field of work for more than a decade. South America does not currently have a well-established and experienced high education on the matter, so I chose to go to Europe to keep learning. The University of Leeds offered something different to a purely-engineering perspective for rail, which was more interesting to me.

My advice to students interested in this course and a career in transport is to make more use of the time that you're at ITS and the University of Leeds. Engage, ask and get involved, as it will make you learn more and feel a deeper involvement in your development, especially considering that the future can change in the blink of an eye.


These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

Eligible courses:
Sustainability in Transport MSc
Transport Economics MSc
Transport Planning MSc
Transport Planning and Engineering MSc(Eng)
Transport Planning and the Environment MSc
Railway Operations, Management and Policy MSc
Eligibility criteria:
To be considered for the scholarship you must:

be classified as an International student for tuition fee purposes

have applied for 2023/2024 entry for a Masters programme included in the eligible courses section

be a self-funding student

demonstrate an excellent academic track record, and be predicted to achieve or have achieved a Bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), based on the criteria used by the School for offer purposes, or equivalent

show excellent professional and personal skills evidenced through work experience and/or extracurricular activities

demonstrate the potential to contribute to the social and cultural diversity of our Masters programmes and student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee deduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

Apply now by completing the online form. Please note that you will require your University of Leeds Application ID to proceed.

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