Rail Freight and Logistics MSc

12 months full time. 36 months part time.


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time £3,000
International: full time £12,075

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This MSc programme aims to develop student’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of rail freight and logistics, with a particular focus on the use of advanced performance systems analysis and research within this context.

The programme places an emphasis on the growing interest at both a national and international level in rail freight services, specifically the importance of rail freight practices and logistics policy in securing a more sustainable future.

The programme provides students with a practical understanding of:
• the broad range of analytical and simulation modelling research methodologies commonly used in the development and analysis of rail logistics systems management
• the fundamental rail freight design and logistics systems relevant to transport management and engineering
• the key professional safety, security, environmental and ethical issues typical to the modern rail freight and logistics industry
• the concepts, policy and practices unique to the rail industry and how these are being used to create a more sustainable future

The programme aims to equip graduates with the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a management and/or engineering career in rail freight and logistics.


The programme offers two specialist pathways:

  • Stream 1, Operations Management and Economics (OME)
  • Stream 2, Technical Management and Engineering (TME)

All candidates will be allocated to Stream 1 in the first instance.

Throughout the programme you will have access to the expertise of academics from the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering and our research centre, NewRail.

The taught component of the programme makes use of a combination of lectures, simulation modelling, individual guided studies, students-let activities and seminars. Assessment is by written examination, presentations and in-course assessed work. The project is assessed by thesis.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in mechanical or mechanical related engineering subjects (such as automotive, aeronautical and design engineering), maths, physics, systems design, economics, geography, management science, marketing or law. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have significant, relevant industry experience

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6163
E-mail: mse.admissions@ncl.ac.uk or newrail-education@newcastle.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

Student profiles:

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