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Railway Technology
Railway Technology


and Computer Engineering University of Birmingham, School of Electronic, Electrical
B15 2TT
Vereinigtes Königreich


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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) provides fundamental scientific research, knowledge transfer, thought leadership and education to the international railway community.

We have a multi-disciplinary approach bringing together expertise from across the University of Birmingham, industry, other universities, and international partners to provide innovative solutions to meet the challenges of the future. BCRRE is lead partner in the newly-established UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and host to its Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems.

With extensive, cutting-edge facilities and over 130 academics, researchers and professional support staff, BCRRE delivers world class research and thought leadership within railways and offers an expanding portfolio of high quality education programmes to develop the railway leaders of the future.

We take a system wide view of Railways, researching in all aspects of railway technology and operation and have built a world-class reputation in the following areas:
  • Future Railway Operations and Control
  • Data Integration and Cybersecurity
  • Smart Monitoring and Autonomous Systems
  • Traffic Management and Operations simulation
  • Power and Energy
  • Railway Aerodynamics
  • Climate Change and Extreme Weather
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Asset Management
  • Computational Modelling
  • International Benchmarking
  • Introducing Innovation
Birmingham invests in the brightest academic minds to ensure we remain at the leading edge of research. Under the guidance of our internationally respected researchers, our many PhD students are preparing to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and become the next generation of experts and leaders in railways research and development.

Our education programmes are delivered by academics and industrialists to blend theory with practice and are producing the next generation of “system thinking” railway engineers and professionals who will be at the forefront of transforming what railways offer in the future.

Currently we educate over 400 students a year and offer the following educational programmes:

Undergraduate programmes:
BEng / MEng Electrical and Railway Engineering
BEng / MEng Civil and Railway Engineering

Postgraduate programmes:
MSc Rail Systems Engineering and Integration
MSc Rail Safety and Control Systems
MRes Railway Systems Integration
PG Cert Urban Railway Engineering (Singapore) - bespoke programme for Singapore's SMRT Institute
PhD study

We also deliver a significant amount of CPD education though either open access to our course modules or as course tailored to company requirements.

Our expanding International work delivers world class railway research and education in key locations around the globe through partnerships with leading international academic institutions and industrial organisations that leverage the knowledge, skills and leadership of BCRRE.

Our international research and education collaborations include:
  • Federal Railroad Authority / University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (USA)
  • SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (Singapore)
  • Anhui Provincial Government / Hefei Metro (China)
  • Zhejiang University /Lloyds Foundation Rail (China)
  • Central Japan Railways / University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • Guangzhou Municipal Government / Guangzhou Metro (China)
  • Beijing Municipal Government / Beijing Metro / Beijing Jiaotong University (China)
  • SNCF / Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (France)

We are always looking to develop further international collaborations and would be delighted to answer any enquiries to explore how these could be created.