St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Rail Technology and Management of Railway Systems

  • Dipl.-Ing.
  • German
  • 4 Semester
  • St. Pölten
  • 28 Places

On Track for a Career in the Rail Industry

The following three specialisations put graduates in a position to deal with the challenges they will face in their future careers with railway companies, in the rail industry or in consulting:

  • Railway Operation and Systems Technology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Management of Railway Systems

This master degree programme is based on the bachelor degree programme Rail Technology and Mobility but graduates of other related technical study programmes with a bachelor degree are also admitted, provided that they take supplementary courses. Specialisation possibilities in five elective paths make sure you are ideally prepared for the future requirements in the practical everyday life of railway companies, the industry or in consulting. 

Course Contents

Focus areas

  • Construction technology
  • Energy supply
  • Operation management
  • System technology
  • Management
  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Compulsory module

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules of the Master programme include the following topics:

  • Planning and production in railway operation
  • Law and authorities in the railway industry
  • Specialisation business administration and lifecycle analyses
  • Company foundation
  • Specialisation transport sector
  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Innovation management and research
  • Master thesis 

Interdisciplinary project

In the second and third semesters, you will work on a project from the railway sector in its entirety, from the initial idea through technical approaches to the profitability analysis and the marketing concept. Topics we currently deal with include:

  • Light rail system for Krems
  • Public transport in Melbourne 2050
  • Railway test track
  • Business idea consulting for branch line attraction

In the course Transport Performance in the fourth semester, you slip into the role of a young railway entrepreneur. Key tasks include the design and implementation of realistic business ideas of a new railway company including business plan.

Career Prospects

Graduates are able to assume responsibilities at rail companies and work at various managerial levels in the rail industry, planning offices and public administration.

  • project manager
  • technical expert
  • infrastructure project planner
  • construction manager and construction site supervisor
  • network planner and analyst
  • operating systems and regional implementation planner
  • administrator responsible for implementing and maintaining technical line equipment
  • route manager and bid planner working for railway networks
  • tender coordinator
  • rail manager
  • qualified rail specialist in accordance with section 40 Eisenbahngesetz (Railways Act)
  • railway safety and quality manager
  • tender planner working for transport associations and local authorities
  • system-related marketing employee working for a rail company
  • rail company sales manager
  • consultant for public transport contracts
  • administrator for bids and service pricing
  • consultant on relations between public authorities and rail companies

Entry requirements

Completion of a relevant bachelor degree programme at a university of applied sciences or completion of an equivalent study programme at an accredited Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution with least 180 ECTS credits and a duration of at least six semesters.


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Application including letter of motivation and curriculum vitae, transcript of the university degree, evaluation of the final thesis, personal admission interview

Start of studies:
annually in September

Tuition fee:
EUR 363.36 + ÖH contribution

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