Official Master's Degree in Railway Systems

General

Program Description

What is the Official Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering and Official Master's Degree in Railway Systems?

This combined Master's Degree Program, composed of the Official Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering and the Official Master's Degree in Railway Systems, allows students to acquire the general skills and abilities of an Industrial Engineer, while at the same time receiving more specialized training, with the objective of educating Postgraduate experts in innovation and development of Railway Systems.

This multidisciplinary and specific training in Advanced Railway Systems provides a high degree of technical training to develop a professional career in the various areas of business in the Railway Sector.

The program is designed so that students can develop the skills and abilities acquired on both degrees in two years. The increased workload, characteristic of a double-degree program, requires students to possess strong organizational, study, and work-related skills. Throughout the program, students are constantly guided and supported by their lecturers and tutors. Students who obtain the Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering can register with the ICAI's National Engineers Association and work in the legally regulated profession of Industrial Engineering.

Career & Academic Prospects

This degree program certifies students to enter the regulated Industrial Engineering profession, under the current legislation. [BOE].

The Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering and Master's Degree in Railway Systems was designed to provide multidisciplinary and comprehensive education, by combining traditional engineering teaching with extensive leadership education in the international context with the development of professional and communication skills.

In addition, this degree allows the student to join doctorate programs.

  • Manager for Industrial Projects
  • Manager for Industrial Products
  • Manager of Large Industrial Facilities
  • General, Technical or Strategic Management
  • Director of Planning
  • Quality Manager
  • Director of Production
  • Director of Environmental Management
  • R + D + innovation

Admission Process

Visit the Faculty in which these studies are offered on University Open Day. Attendance is not mandatory, but potential candidates are encouraged to learn about the Faculty, see the facilities, and obtain additional information.

Notifications and legal requirements for university access. At the end of May, candidates will be notified concerning the decision on admission to the studies for which the application was made. Having been admitted does not exempt candidates from proving that they meet the legal requirements for access to the university. Fulfilling these requirements is a step necessary to begin studies at the university.

Apply for admission. The process starts via the web, once the candidate has decided on the degree which will be studied, once the candidate has decided on the degree which will be studied. There you'll find all the information you need. The deadline for submitting applications is from November 23, 2019 to May 15, 2020. It is recommended that all applicants who have an official certificate of English, French or German, attach it as supplementary information in their application. If you wish, you may apply for scholarships and grants from the University at the same time as applying for admission.

Complete the registration process. Once admitted, the student must complete the registration process. The procedure is initiated via the web, but it is necessary to submit the registration form and the additional documentation to the General Registrar's Office.

Skills Acquired

Skills acquired with the Official Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering

Basic and general skills and abilities

  • Acquire advanced knowledge and demonstrate, in a highly-specific context or a context of scientific and technological research, a detailed and substantiated understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects, and of the methodology of work, in one or more fields of study.
  • Know how to apply and combine their knowledge, their understanding, their scientific base, and their problem-solving abilities in new and imprecisely defined environments, including multidisciplinary contexts, applicable to both researchers and highly-specialized professionals.
  • Know how to evaluate and select the appropriate scientific theory and the precise methodology of their fields of study to formulate judgments based on incomplete or limited information, including, when necessary and pertinent, a reflection on social or ethical responsibility linked to the solution that is proposed in each case.
  • Be able to predict and control the evolution of complex situations through the development of new and innovative work methodologies adapted to specific scientific / research, technological or professional field, in general multidisciplinary, in which their activity is developed.
  • Know how to convey, in a clear and unambiguous way, to a specialized or non-specialized audience, results from scientific and technological research, or the most advanced field of innovation, as well as the most relevant foundations on which they are based.
  • To have developed enough autonomy to participate in research projects and scientific or technological collaborations within their thematic scope, in interdisciplinary contexts, and, where appropriate, with a high component of the transfer of knowledge.
  • Be able to take responsibility for their own professional development and their specialization in one or more fields of study.
  • Have adequate knowledge of the scientific and technological aspects of mathematical, analytical and numerical methods in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Continuous Media Mechanics, Industrial Electronics, Automation, Manufacturing, Materials, Quantitative Methods of Management, Industrial Computing, Urban Planning, Infrastructures, etc.
  • Project, calculate and design products, processes, facilities, and plants.
  • Direct, plan, and supervise multidisciplinary teams.
  • Carry out research, development, and innovation in products, processes, and methods.
  • Carry out strategic planning and apply it to constructive systems as well as Production, Quality, and Environmental Management.
  • Technically and economically manage projects, facilities, plants, companies, and technology centers.
  • To be able to exercise functions of general management, technical management, and management of R + D + I projects in plants, companies, and technological centers.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired and solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments, within broader and multidisciplinary contexts.
  • Be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of making judgments based on information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgment.
  • Know how to communicate the conclusions, knowledge, and the ultimate reasons that support them to specialized and non-specialized audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • Possess the learning skills that allow the individual to continue studying in a self-directed or autonomous way.
  • Know, understand, and apply the necessary legislation in the exercise of the profession of Industrial Engineer.

Specific skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge and skills to organize and manage Companies
  • Knowledge and skills of Strategy and Planning applied to different Organizational Structures
  • Knowledge of Commercial and Labor Law
  • Knowledge of Financial Accounting and Costs
  • Knowledge of Information Systems for Management, Industrial Organization, Production Systems, and Logistics and Quality Management Systems
  • Capabilities for Work Organization and Human Resources Management. Knowledge of Prevention of Occupational Risks
  • Knowledge and Skills for the Integrated Management of Projects
  • Capacity for the Management of Research, Development and Technological Innovation
  • Capacity for the Design, Construction, and Operation of Industrial Plants - Knowledge on Construction, Building, Facilities, Infrastructure and Urban Planning in the field of Industrial Engineering - Knowledge and skills for the Calculation and Design of Structures
  • Knowledge and skills for planning and designing Electrical and Fluid Installations, Lighting, Air Conditioning and Ventilation, Energy Saving and Efficiency, Acoustics, Communications, Home Automation, and Smart Buildings and Security Installations
  • Knowledge of Methods and Techniques of Transport and Industrial Maintenance
  • Knowledge and skills to perform Verification and Control of Facilities, Processes, and Products
  • Knowledge and skills to carry out Certifications, Audits, Verifications, Tests, and Reports
  • Carry out, present and defend a comprehensive project in Industrial Engineering, of a professional nature, in which the skills and abilities acquired in courses are made manifest, once all of the credits of the Study Plan have been obtained; this project should be an original exercise, whose presentation and defense are to be carried out individually before a university Tribunal of Professors
  • Knowledge and capacity for the analysis and design of Electricity Generation, Transport and Distribution Systems
  • Knowledge and ability to project, calculate and design Integrated Manufacturing Systems
  • Ability to design and test Machines
  • Capacity for the analysis and design of Chemical Processes
  • Knowledge and capabilities for the design and analysis of Machines and Thermal Engines, Hydraulic Machines and Industrial Heat and Cold Installations
  • Knowledge and skills that allow to understand, analyze, exploit and manage the different Sources of Energy
  • Ability to design Electronic Systems and Industrial Instrumentation - Ability to design and project Automated Production Systems and Advanced Process Control

Skills acquired with the Official Master's Degree in Railway Systems

Core and general skills

  • Acquiring advanced knowledge and being able to demonstrate, in the context of scientific, technological or highly specialized research, a solid and specialized understanding of theoretical and practical aspects, as well as the work methods in one or more fields of study.
  • Ability to apply and integrate their knowledge, their understanding of such, in addition to their scientific reasoning and problem-solving abilities in new and undefined environments, including multidisciplinary contexts involving highly specialized researchers and practitioners.
  • Knowing how to evaluate and select the most appropriate scientific theoretical framework and methodology from their fields of study to formulate opinions on the basis of incomplete or limited information including, when necessary and appropriate, their views on social responsibility issues or the ethical repercussions linked to the solution proposed in each case.
  • Being able to predict and control the evolution of complex situations by developing new and innovative work methodologies adapted to the specific scientific/research, technological or professional field, generally multidisciplinary, in which they work.
  • Being able to communicate findings from scientific and technological research, including those of a highly innovative nature, as well as the most relevant foundations on which these are based on a specialized or lay audience in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • Building the confidence necessary to participate in research projects and scientific and technological collaborations within their field of expertise, in interdisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, involving significant knowledge transfer.
  • Being able to take responsibility for their own professional development and specialization in one or more fields of expertise.

Specific skills

  • Thoroughly understanding the different types of railway signaling, including the basic safety principles on the movement of trains, on-board systems, and route signaling components, interlocking, and ATP/ATO systems, as well as possessing the competency to design these systems.
  • Understanding the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and analyzing the subsystems it is comprised of.
  • Applying the analysis, design, and development principles of railway systems that demonstrate Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS).
  • Designing IT systems for railway control and monitoring, including its functionality, hardware and software architecture, and its integration in control centers.
  • Optimizing the design of signaling and traffic control to improve transport capacity by using advanced techniques and tools: design of ATO processes, automatic routing, and traffic regulation on metropolitan and long-haul lines.
  • Thoroughly understanding railway infrastructure from a civil engineering perspective, including highway engineering.
  • Designing loading stations and terminals, applied to conventional, metropolitan, and high-speed railways.
  • Analyzing and designing the different components that make-up railway catenary systems on conventional, urban, and high-speed lines, including the calculation of forces on these components.
  • Calculating and designing the electrical infrastructure of conventional, metropolitan, and high-speed railways.
  • Understanding the general and specific aspects of rolling stock and distinguishing the components that comprise it, as well as understanding the rules governing its operation, from the functionality perspective of the vehicles to its technical make-up, to infrastructure and signaling.
  • Distinguishing the specific features of the rolling stock of metropolitan services, trams and local trains, the components that comprise it and the main differences, both regarding its development and design, as well as its operation and maintenance.
  • Applying the general principles of electric traction to all types of trains and being aware of their relationship with the trains' ancillary services.
  • Thoroughly understanding the high-speed system and particularly the technological specificities of the high-speed rolling stock, as well as all characteristics concerning high-speed subsystems and trains used for long-distance passenger services.
  • Calculating and designing the dynamics of rolling stock, integrating theoretical knowledge with the use of simulators, thereby enabling an analysis of the interaction with the track and research on the causes of possible accidents in order to prevent them.
  • Distinguishing between the different brake systems, functionality and formation, and associating them with the signaling and operating procedures.
  • Planning the range of passenger and goods transport services, timetables, train management, and analyzing their relationship with the capacity management of the railway infrastructure.
  • Developing management skills, both for carrying out work as well as for establishing personal relationships, within and outside the organization, which in turn may optimize performance.
  • Recognizing a company's HR management models.
  • Integrating knowledge and addressing the more complex aspects associated with formulating opinions on the basis of incomplete or limited information, including views on social and ethical responsibility issues linked to the application of knowledge and views.
  • Once all curricular credits have been obtained, drawing up, presenting, and defending an original piece of work, carried out individually and consisting of a comprehensive railway systems project, before a university evaluation board.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The ICAI School of Engineering is a Polytechnic School located in Madrid with a long tradition teaching Engineering that began in 1908. ICAI offer 2-year Master’s Degrees in Industrial Engineering (in ... Read More

The ICAI School of Engineering is a Polytechnic School located in Madrid with a long tradition teaching Engineering that began in 1908. ICAI offer 2-year Master’s Degrees in Industrial Engineering (including Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronic Engineering) and in Telecommunications Engineering. Read less