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BEngElectrical and Railway Engineering

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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The railway industry around the world is growing with more journeys than ever before being made, meaning new and improved railway lines, systems and services introduced.

In the UK alone, passenger numbers are expected to grow by around 50% in the next ten years. New and upgraded lines, new urban services and significant investments in maintenance all mean that electrical engineers who understand railway infrastructure and railway systems are in high demand.

Unique in the UK, this programme ensures that upon graduation you will have the skills and knowledge to benefit from the excellent career prospects in an industry experiencing significant growth.

Building on the global reputation of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), you will obtain a thorough Electrical Engineering education alongside a specific focus on the railway industry.

Programme structure

Title Credits Semester
Electrical Engineering 1
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced. 20 1 & 2
Engineering Materials
The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments. 10 2
Engineering Mathematics 1
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use. 20 1 & 2
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications. 20 1 & 2
Integrated Design Project
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context. 20 1 & 2
Computing for Engineers
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers. 10 1
Mechanics 1
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material. 20 1 & 2

Year 2
Title Credits
Digital Systems and Embedded Computing 20
Engineering Mathematics 2 20
Electronic Circuits and Devices and Electromagnetics 20
Electrical Energy Systems and Control 20
Railway Traction 20
Railway Infrastructure Engineering 20

Year 3
Title Credits
Electrical Power 2 20
Individual Project 40
Railway Design project (BEng) 20
Railway Management and Control 20
Options. Example optional modules may include:
Engineering Mathematics A+B 20
Electrical Engineering 2 20

Career opportunities

The railway sector is extremely buoyant, with a wide range of significant projects underway or planned. The degree programme will give students an insight into the railway industry and knowledge of the technical disciplines that are involved, ensuring that all students will be very employable within the industry. However, graduates will also have a solid grounding in Electrical Engineering and will be able to find employment in organizations across the Electrical Engineering industry.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States