Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Courses in Railways

  • Railway Economics
    • Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 October 2017
  • Railway Management
    • Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 November 2017
  • Railway Planning
    • Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 December 2017

These courses are specifically designed to familiarise you with the concepts and techniques of railway economics, management, and planning, and their application to a wide variety of current issues facing the industry.

At a time when railways are of great policy interest, these courses provide a good understanding of the operational and economic basis of the railway industry. You'll become familiar with the key techniques of planning and management which address a wide variety of issues facing the industry, and you should be able to take up management positions in the railway and associated industries.

The courses are led by Dr Nigel G. Harris of The Railway Consultancy.

Who are the courses aimed at?

The courses are suitable for those:

  • already employed in planning functions in the railway industry, local authorities and consultancies wishing to deepen their understanding
  • railway staff from other disciplines wanting to undertake scheme appraisals, or to widen their knowledge of the railway as a system
  • young professionals wishing to understand the key concepts of railway planning in order to further their career.

In association with:
In association with Railway Consultancy Courses in Railways delivered in association with Railway Consultancy
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Courses in Railways endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Objectives and Outline

Courses in Railways

Course Objectives

These three courses will:

  • enable you to acquire a coherent understanding of the whole rail industry
  • provide familiarity with modelling techniques and management processes, and with key concepts in safety, economics and design
  • enable you to develop a wide range of subject-specific and more general skills of use both to you and to the economy as a whole
  • encourage you to think through complex issues logically and objectively
  • provide an appreciation of the analytical and decision-making skills required for a thorough understanding of contemporary railway agreement and planning

Course Outline

Each course starts with delegates meeting the Course Leader at 12 noon so that over lunch they can discuss what they hope to gain from the training, with formal teaching starting at 13:30.

  1. Railway Economics: railway macro-economics, major schemes, railway micro-economics, estimating the demand for new stations and services.
  2. Railway Management: railway management and business planning, railway ownership and structure, railway safety, rail freight.
  3. Railway Planning: public transport network modelling, timetabling and rostering, track and signalling infrastructure design, terminal and station design.

You'll spend the second afternoon of each course doing worked examples of the material presented earlier. The classwork environment enables you to develop your understanding further, both through the practical application of the principles and through opportunities to discuss the material with the course leader and other attendees.

In association with:
In association with Railway Consultancy Courses in Railways delivered in association with Railway Consultancy
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Courses in Railways endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Railway Economics
    • Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 October 2017
  • Railway Management
    • Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 November 2017
  • Railway Planning
    • Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 December 2017

Further Information

Courses in Railways

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8408) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Courses in Railways

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Railway Economics
    • Dr Neil Thorpe (Course Leader)
  • Railway Management
    • Dr Neil Thorpe (Course Leader)
  • Railway Planning
    • Dr Neil Thorpe (Course Leader)
Industry Professionals

Fees

Courses in Railways

Fees

  • Railway Economics
    • £500 (duration 1.5 days)
  • Railway Management
    • £500 (duration 1.5 days)
  • Railway Planning
    • £500 (duration 1.5 days)

Book on all three courses at a discounted price of £1325.

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).