UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Urban Railways MSc

This MSc provides you with new transferable skills, including those in big data management and system integration, which are required for 21st century urban railways.

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Many Urban Railways MSc modules, and the dissertation, are based on real-world problems and include much interaction with London-based practitioners. The programme improves your employability in the rail industry while providing essential skills to those envisaging careers in general transport areas.

Programme information

We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2021 entry.

Please see the full list of Graduate Research programmes for information on other programmes available or revisit this page in October.  For more information please contact our admissions team.  

The programme consists of 180 credits in total, made up of eight taught modules worth 15 credits each, and a major research project worth 60 credits. A postgraduate diploma (120 credits) or a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) is also offered if the dissertation/research project is omitted.

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

Students choose a minimum of two and a maximum of three optional modules.

Elective modules

Students choose a minimum of one and a maximum of two elective modules from the below list. Please note, some modules may require approval from the relevant module tutor and UCL Department. All elective choices are subject to change and availability.  

Dissertation/research project

Students taking the full Urban Railways MSc will complete an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 - 15,000 words, and is worth 60 credits.


The following pathways demonstrate possible choices of optional modules.

General pathway
Analytics-focused pathway
Management pathway