University of East London

BEng (Hons) Railway Engineering

Rail and rail systems engineering at the University of East London is designed to meet the increasing demand (national and international) for transport engineering professionals requiring technical skills in sustainable, integrated and intelligent rail infrastructure and rail systems. 

Graduates of the programme will be able to design, build, operate and manage the sophisticated and complex interfaces characterising existing and new railways and infrastructure. The programme will also enable you to gain strong theoretical knowledge and practical skills in civil and systems engineering with a core focus on the railway industry and its operations. You will be actively involved in developing the specific design and professional skills required by professional engineers and will tackle numerous design problems to develop your interpersonal, enterprise and employability skillset (aka mental wealth) along with analytical, technical and industrial decision-making abilities. 

Whilst studying all the major civil, mechanical and systems engineering subjects, you will also gain experience in a range of current railway system issues and disciplines. The programme will benefit from the opportunities to get involved in cutting edge research projects on built environment of infrastructure, geotechnics, coastal and transportation engineering. 

The programme also offers an optional placement year to all students, enabling you to experience the real world and effectively connect your UEL experience with the industry.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include Maths and Physics or Electronics
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma. Must include distinctions in both Mathematics and further Mathematics
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE-Diploma with 27 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. 

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Engineering is a growth industry and currently there is a shortage of quality engineers in the UK. Our railway engineering programme is unique, as there is a strong emphasis on professional life and employability skills, embedded throughout all aspects of your technical course focusing on your enhanced key skills such as communication, digital proficiency, intelligence (like emotional and social) and teamwork.

Offering a placement year as well, you will be based at the waterfront Docklands campus, a dynamic part of London within close proximity of the government and policy-making institutions and knowledge-based professions. There are 32 London boroughs, the nearby district and county councils, HS2 projects, Transport for London and consulting engineering firms who all have highway and transportation responsibilities. In addition, there are design engineering firms who have sections dealing with highway design and transportation.

The programme is designed to meet the increasing demand (national and international) for transport engineering professionals requiring technical skills in sustainable, integrated and intelligent rail infrastructure and rail systems. As a graduate of our railways programme, you will be able design, build, operate and manage successfully the sophisticated and complex interfaces characterising existing and new railways and infrastructure.

Course Details

The programme is aimed at both the home and overseas learners, and in particular professionals working in the highways, railway and the wider transportation infrastructure and systems sector or learners who would wish to work in these sectors. Whilst studying all the major civil, mechanical and systems engineering subjects, you will also gain experience in a range of current railway system issues and disciplines. 
The programme will benefit from the opportunities to get involved in cutting edge research projects on built environment of infrastructure, geotechnics, coastal and transportation engineering.

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Engineering Materials
Engineering Principles
Applied Mathematics & Computing
Thermofluids
Engineering Mechanics

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Engineering Design and Analysis
Dynamics and Control
Applied Mechanics
Digital Communications & Telecommunication Networks
Quality Engineering

Year 3

Capstone Project
Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Turbomachinery and Energy Systems
Transport Infrastructure Engineering
Systems Integration

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