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MSc Railway Engineering
The master's program in Railway Engineering covers all aspects of railways from a systems perspective, integrating elements from both mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. It is given together with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students learn how to design vehicles, infrastructure and control systems that perform optimally together. The importance of the railway in the transition to sustainable transport drives the demand for skilled railway engineers.
English language proficiency equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6 is required. You can meet the requirement by achieving the minimum required score in the following internationally recognised English tests:
- IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: An overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
- TOEFL iBT: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90. We accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition and Paper Edition. We do not accept TOEFL ITP, TOEFL iBT MyBest, Institutional TOEFL, TOEFL Essentials, or the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.
- Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments: University of Michigan, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
- Pearson PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online: Score of 62 (writing 61)
- Cambridge ESOL: C1 Advanced (CAE), minimum overall score 180 (points awarded since 2015), or Cambridge English certificate level C1, minimum score 180, or Cambridge English: Advanced
Completed upper secondary and university studies in some countries can also fulfil the requirement. Detailed information on how you can meet the language requirement is provided by University Admissions .
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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- Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science)
- Electric Traction
- Sustainable development and research methodology in engineering mechanics
- Rail Vehicle Technology
- Rail Vehicle Dynamics
- Degree Project in Rail Vehicle Engineering
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
The full program tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens studying this program is SEK 310,000.
Credits: 120 ECTS
- Vehicle or track design engineer
- signalling engineer
- procurement or maintenance engineer at an operator
- researcher or railway consultant
The technical challenges associated with meeting the growing demand for railway transportation in an efficient and sustainable manner require a considerable number of engineers with an education in the field of railways worldwide. A large percentage of railway industry engineering staff are nearing retirement; consequently, there is a strong and growing demand for graduates with an education in railway engineering. With one focus of the program being system aspects, it is foreseen that many graduates will hold management positions in the organisations they work in.
The program provides an excellent basis for pursuing a career in the global vehicle industry, at consultancy companies, research institutes, and universities. The cooperation between the Swedish industry and the Department of Engineering Mechanics is very close. There are several major ongoing research programs in which KTH, key manufacturers and the transport administration are involved. Both universities also offer the possibility of continuing as a PhD student. Graduates from the master's program in Railway Engineering are strong candidates for the limited number of positions available.
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KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical...
Why study at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the largest and highest-ranked technical university is Sweden and ranks among the top ten in Europe. With a strong focus on internationalization, the KTH campus is an arena for bringing highly talented students, teachers and researchers together to share perspectives from around the globe.
Sustainable development is a natural aspect of Swedish society and an integral part of KTH's operations and spirit. KTH is ranked 42 among universities world-wide when it comes to meeting the sustainable development goals, according to THE University Impact Ranking 2022. One of KTH's most important goals is that all graduates have up-to-date knowledge and tools to move society in a more sustainable direction. For each of our master's programmes, you can read about how the programme relates to the sustainable development goals and what knowledge and tools you will acquire to contribute to a more sustainable society.
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