Railway Management, Operation and Engineering

Module aims

  • Railways and their systems comprise many disciplines, such as planning, policies, management, and most branches of engineering. They are complex systems and it is often a challenge to have a broad view, not just considering relevant elements only. For those who are interested in and who wish to work in the industry it is important to have a broad view, seeing the railways as a whole system, whilst having a solid understanding of the complex system elements.
  • This module aims to provide students with an understanding of railway planning, management, engineering and operations, both in the UK and worldwide. The lectures will cover the core elements of 1) Governance, 2) Demand and Marketing, 3) Operation Planning, 4) Safety, and 5) Assets. Examples are drawn from the UK and London’s railway systems, as well as the world's urban metro and railway systems.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand each core element of railway systems and the interfaces between them.
  • Understand each of the main facets of the delivery and management of railways.

Module syllabus

No.  

Topic 

Staff 

Lecture 1-2 

Introduction (History of the UK Railway, Railway Economics, and the Rail’s Role in Society) 

TF 

Lecture 3-4 

Railway Governance 1: UK experience 

RD 

Lecture 5-6 

Railway Governance 2: International Perspectives 

RD/BC 

Lecture 7-8 

Passenger Demand and Marketing 

NGH 

Lecture 9-10 

Railway Operation Planning and Management 

BC 

Lecture 11-12 

Railway Safety and Risk 

BGH/SF 

Lecture 13-14 

Asset management 

RH 

Lecture 15-16 

Railway Systems 1: Urban Rail/ Rail Freight 

RA/SF 

Lecture 17-18 

Railway Systems 2: Digital Railway 

TF  

Lecture 19-20 

Presentation 

TF 

Teaching methods

This module is delivered through taught lectures. Students are also expected to attend the guest lectures by external people.  .

Assessments

A combination of exam and coursework. The coursework component consists as follows 

Title 

Date Set 

Date Due 

Return Date 

Coursework Weighting 

Set by 

Railway Governance 

Lecture Session 1-2 

Lecture Session 19-20 

Term 2 

100% 

TF 

Module leaders

Dr Taku Fujiyama