Railway Systems Engineering


Many of today's challenges in the railway industry require both interdisciplinary and international competencies. The new specialization "Railway Systems Engineering" for the master's degree program Transport Engineering and Mobility has been preparing students for exactly these challenges since it was introduced in the winter semester of 2017/18 at the RWTH Aachen University.

This specialization is one of the first programs to be offered completely in English by the Faculty of Civil Engineering. It covers not only the infrastructural aspects, but also vehicle engineering, electrical drive technologies and power supplies pertaining to railway systems, thus offerings an integrated approach to the entire railway system.

The interdisciplinary character of the course is realized through the close cooperation of all three Research Center Railways (RCR) institutes. The Institute of Transportation Science and Chair of Railway Engineering and Transport Economics (VIA) focuses on the aspects of infrastructure and railway operation. Contents related to rail vehicle technology are taught by the Institute of Rail Vehicles and Transport Systems (IFS). Finally, the Chair and Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) contributes with aspects of electrical drives and power supplies.

The explicit choice of subjects is open, meaning students may choose their courses freely. Numerous courses are offered to further enable the best possible education for each individual student. The examination regulations contail a detailed overview of these courses.

The admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in engineering. A detailed overview of content requirements that the preceding bachelor's degree program should meet can be found in the examination regulations.

Furthermore, a detailed overview of the course of studies, an overview concerning recommended prior knowledge and focal points of the program can be found on the website of the course of studies "Railway Systems Engineering" as well as on the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.