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MSc/Dip High Speed Train and Track Systems


Course Description

Overview

Heriot-Watt's MSc in High Speed Train and Track Systems provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles, practices and technological developments relevant to the high speed railway engineering sector. Students in this programme will develop an in-depth appreciation of the emerging research and development, recent engineering challenges as well as future trends in the rail industry, both in the UK and internationally. Delivered by the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, this programme offers participants the tools to understand and manage the design, operational and contractual requirements of railway systems.

Rail experts

The High Speed Train and Track Systems programme is delivered by experts in the field of high speed railway engineering, covering a wide range of relevant disciplines including:

• High speed track design and train operations
• Ground vibrations
• Railway vehicle dynamics and advanced rolling stock modelling
• Vehicle-infrastructure interaction
• Life-cycle costs of railway equipment

Our students

The programme is designed for civil and mechanical engineering as well as physics graduates who wish to develop an understanding of the principles, scientific developments and technology relevant to the international railway industry. We also welcome applications from professionals already working in the railway sector and from students and graduates from other backgrounds planning to develop a career in the high speed rail industry.

Career opportunities

Graduates with specialised skills and expertise in developing, designing and operating modern railway systems are highly sought after in the rail industry. Currently there is a worldwide shortage of individuals qualified in this area and there are significant opportunities for graduates to contribute to a broad range of roles in a number of sectors in the rail industry, including:

• Civil engineering construction companies;
• Rail infrastructure managers;
• Train manufacturers;
• Vehicle and infrastructure maintenance companies;
• Regulatory bodies;
• Engineering SMEs involved in the railway supply chain.

Part-time and Distance Learning study options

The High Speed Train and Track Systems programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. As an IDL student you will not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University's campuses.

High Speed Train and Track Systems MSc/Dip Key Facts

• Flexible distance learning or on-campus study options
• Highly marketable set of key skills with excellent career prospects
• Great demand for individuals qualified in this area
• Excellent links to industry
• Research active and industry experienced staff

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Applicants who have previously successfully completed programmes delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree programme. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme, please visit: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

Fees and Scholarships

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-high-speed-train-and-track-systems/

Visit the MSc/Dip High Speed Train and Track Systems page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

For MSc level entry applicants must have: Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered. For PG Diploma level entry applicants must have: Third class honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area PLUS 2 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level completed post qualification. Cognate or semi-cognate ordinary degree PLUS 3-4 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level following graduation.

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