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BEng (Hons) Railway Engineering

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Engineering

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

* This course is subject to validation

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.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

H231

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Placement year

Offering a placement year as well, the programme is designed using the Engineering Council’s attributes of Incorporated Engineer. This is ensuring the core skills required for a 21st century competent engineer, as elaborated by the Engineering Council, are well-integrated into the programme’s curriculum.

Facilities

You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities like recently upgraded hydraulic compression and testing facilities, digital robotic arm, 3D manufacturing suite, fluid dynamics channels, scanning electron microscope, CNC, plasma and laser cutting machines, simulation and analyses high power computations facility, to name a few.

Hands-on Skills

This programme will equip you with the practical hands-on skillset required for Industry 4.0 revolution in railways focussing on developing your key psychological and physical determinants of human performance.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include Maths and Physics or Electronics
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject. Must include distinctions in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 27 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level and must include Maths and Physics at Higher Level

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (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. Find out more.

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.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

What you'll learn

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.

What you'll study and when

Over the course of three to four years, you will be taught wide variety of modules. 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 professional skills along with analytical, technical and industrial decision-making abilities.
If you are on the sandwich placement programme, the placement year initiates after the completion of the second year. 

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

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

Offering a placement year as well, the programme is designed using the Engineering Council’s attributes of Incorporated Engineer. This is ensuring the core skills required for a 21st century competent engineer, as elaborated by the Engineering Council, are well-integrated into the programme’s curriculum.

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

How you'll be assessed

All assessments are designed to ensure that our railway engineering course is equipping you with all of the skills required to get into the engineering sector giving you a major competitive edge. Apart from the course work and exams, you will be assessed by using technology and other diverse modes. Your learning journey will be further supported by using technology enhanced learning as you will also participate in learning latest industry-standard software.

How you'll learn

Your academic team includes a dynamic mix of research-active industrial practitioners, renowned researchers, chartered professionals and technologists, whose combined knowledge ensures you leave with a comprehensive understanding of railway engineering practice and research.
You will be setting your own hands-on and research–based learning where you will evaluate and critique recent data, literature and case studies as well. You will be delivered guest sessions by industry specialists (e.g. Atkins, Constain Skanska, Siemens, Laing O’Rourke, HS2 project etc.) to strengthen your knowledge of real-world issues and how they link to the concepts, theories, principles and hands-on practical elements taught during the course.

Your future career

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.
 
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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