In densely populated countries such as the Netherlands hundreds of kilometres of traffic gridlock, air pollution, traffic accidents and delayed public transport are all part of the daily fare. The MSc track Transport & Planning trains people to play a central role in resolving such problems. Transport & Planning engineers, for example, work on clever ideas to manage traffic flows and prevent congestion, they develop public transport systems and design methods to assure reliable operations, or they model and assess transport networks to improve the reliability and efficiency of transport networks. A characteristic of the topics on which they work is that these are often in the news and are high on the political agenda.
For students having a special interest in railways systems there is the possibility to obtain an Annotation Railway Systems within the regular MSc-programme of Transport & Planning. Requirement for this annotation are a number of courses you can select from the Transport & Planning-electives as well as from those offered by the Railway Engineering Section. And obviously, railway systems should be the theme of your MSc-thesis.
The Annotation Railway Systems has two compulsory courses: CIE5826 Railway operations and control and CIE4874 Elements of railway engineering. Electives offered by Transport & Planning are CIE4811-18 Planning and Operations of Public Transport Systems and CIE5803-18 Railway Traffic Management. The faculty Technology, Policy and Management offers the course TPM004a Transport Safety. The Railway Engineering section offers the following courses: CIE4870 Structural Design of Railway Track, CIE4873 Wheel-Rail Interface, CIE4871 Design and Maintenance of Railway Vehicles, CIE5875 Railway Asset Management, and CIE5874 Life-Cycle Performance by Design of Railway Assets.
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