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MA Railway Studies (online)

University of York

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Explore an exciting breadth of academic discourse on the history of British railways between 1825 and 2010.

This unique Masters programme covers a range of perspectives crossing social, cultural, political, business, economic and technological boundaries. You'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of the railway in British history and the broader impact of historical events on transport and mobility.

During your studies, you will join a vibrant online community of students from around the world to learn outside of the traditional classroom. You'll engage with your peers and a dedicated academic via intuitive technology that requires only basic IT skills to follow a series of interactive and flexible modules.

This interdisciplinary course will enable you to analyse key themes and material on Britain's railways and participate in lively forums and discussion sessions with a supportive discipline expert. You'll gain independent research and analysis skills and produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice within railway, transport and mobility history.

Course content

This Masters course will give you an alternative perspective on British railway history. You'll be taught about the railways' social and economic significance, and learn about a range of interrelated topics from the development of the railways in the Victorian period to the evolution of labour relations and politics of the privatisation of British Rail.

Careers and skills

This course is ideal for people with an enthusiasm for British railway, transport and mobility history that would like to mature their interest into a deeper understanding of how scholars have understood and debated these subjects.

You will develop a range of highly transferable employability skills and a critical sensibility that transfers across many disciplines and professions. You'll be able to lead varied tasks and projects that evidence your flexibility to prospective employers, or for further graduate study.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 3,040per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

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  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 90 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    151 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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