University of York

University of York

Railway Studies

This is a part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. The programme is aimed at anyone with an interest in Railway History who wishes to study the wider social impact at an advanced level. The PG Diploma in Railways Studies is designed to give students an alternative perspective on railway history, and the course will provide a better understanding of how academics have investigated the social, cultural, political, business, economic, and technological aspects of British railway history between 1825 and 2002.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to hold a Bachelor�s Degree in a related subject area. CLL will also favourably consider any student previously awarded a BA/BSc in any subject, and with evidence of recent HE level study in this area.

Course modules

Module includes: the coming of the railways to Britain 1825-1900; the declining profitability of the railway industry 1870-1914; British railway workers 1825-1926; the role of the railways - railways and government 1888-1939; the railways and society - the railways after the second world war 1945-1968; privatising British rail 1987-2002.

Assessment methods

Assessments will comprise a balance of short and long critical essays, book reviews, short research projects and other similar tasks.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Distance learning £ 15,150 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning £ 6,450 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Iain Barr, Learning Enhancement Manager
Telephone number: 
01904 328474