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Railway Safety and Control Systems MSc/PGDip/PGCert

The University of Birmingham (UK) and University of York (UK) jointly offer an MSc / Diploma / Certificate in Railway Safety and Control Systems, starting in September each year. 

The three pathways of this programme focus on risk and safety systems design; risk and safety systems operation; and communication and control systems (including signalling). The last of these is closely aligned with the syllabus IRSE’s professional Examination, and offers a qualification equivalent to taking part or all of the Exam. The course includes systems engineering and theory and practice in railway control systems.

The programme is available to study to PG Certificate, PG Diploma (all taught modules) and the full MSc, which includes a research project. This project may be taken at the University of Birmingham, University of York, or in industry, subject to appropriate academic co-supervision. Distance-learning students attend Birmingham only for the taught elements. The part-time and distance-learning modes usually take 2-3 years to complete the full MSc. Individual modules may be also taken for continuous professional development.

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IRSE/IET course in Railway Signalling and Control Systems course

The IET/IRSE Railway Signalling and Control Systems (RSCS) is a four day training course delivered by expert lecturers (many of them IRSE members) who have worked on railway systems around the world. This course is delivered every two years, and it features a programme which has been developed by a technical committee. 

The programme aims to provide attendees with the most up-to-date contemporary training on signalling and control systems, and is suitable for people who want to understand the basics of signalling, as well as for those wanting to learn about current developments. It contains material relevant to both national rail networks and metros.

This course addresses both signalling and signalling control systems as well as their associated sub-systems, together with the major system and sub-system interfaces.

Covering the principal aspects in depth, the course makes an ideal start for anyone moving into train control engineering, both for graduate engineers and more experienced engineers looking to add to their knowledge base.

  • Learn about the building blocks of signalling fundamentals, modern systems of today and plans for the future in a structured way
  • Take part in a course specifically tailored to those who are new to train control engineering
  • Hear from acknowledged experts – the course speakers are all leading professionals in their subjects
  • Technical – and social – visit included within the cost of attendance aimed at enhancing your knowledge of the area – and providing an informal networking environment

The course will next be offered in June 2020, and more information will be available from the IRSE and IET nearer the time.


The following training courses have been certificated by the IRSE in compliance with procedure C/10/3 "Certification of Training Courses provided by external parties". Please click on the icon to download a summary and contact details

Individuals and organisations considering making use of certificated training courses are advised to read Procedure C/10/3 to understand the scope and limitations of the certification, see webpage Signal & Telecommunications Training courses

TypeSubject AreaTraining Provider Level
Fundamentals of signalling systemsASAP Mobility Sdn Bhd MalaysiaPost graduate course
Introduction to Signalling SystemsASAP Mobility Sdn Bhd MalaysiaIntroduction