An online study programme
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. Those successfully completing the diploma are expected to come away from it thinking about railway history differently from when they started the course, and the programme overall will act as a bridge from an ‘amateur’ interest in railways to becoming part of the ongoing academic discourse.
The programme starts in late September/early October each academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions.
This is a part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.
This part-time two-year programme will comprise six 20-credit modules:
Students will be required to complete all these modules in the first instance, though additional modules may be added in the future to accommodate future programme growth and offer a broader learning experience.
Assessments will comprise a balance of short and long critical essays, book reviews, short research projects and other similar tasks.
Full details of programme structures and the modules which comprise individual awards can be found at General Programme Information.
Our approach to e-learning is distinctive and may be different from your general perceptions about online study:
A key feature of our programme is the availability and quality of support that we offer through module tutors, pastoral support and a dedicated administrative and technical support team.
We hold an optional two-day Residential Weekend at York each year. Each event is an opportunity to meet your fellow students and staff, engage in discussion and share your knowledge of railway history. These events are free of charge, though students are expected to meet the costs of their travel, accommodation and sustenance.
The programme is aimed at anyone with an interest in Railway History who wishes to study the wider social impact at an advanced level.
Normally 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.
As a Centre based upon the cornerstone of open access, CLL will also seek to ensure that those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with the obvious ability to succeed, have the opportunity to engage.
In such instances, the presentation of a critical essay in the field of Railway Studies may be requested and considered by the admissions panel; CLL reserves the right to ask any student for academic work to support their application.
Any student may be called to interview.
Students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in Writing (or equivalent). Details of the requirements for distance learning students can be found at English language requirements: distance learning 2017/18
The online postgraduate diploma in Railway Studies is priced in line with other University postgraduate programmes, details of which can be found at http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/.
For 2017/18, the cost of the first year will be £2,700; the second year will be the same cost again, plus an inflationary increase of 2% maximum in the second year in line with standard University tuition fees.
Students can spread the cost of their tuition fees, including by paying monthly in advance. More information can be found at Finance and financial support for distance learners.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of York, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fee. See more information about the York Graduate Loyalty Discount.
How to apply
You can apply for this course using our online application system.
If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.
Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 8482
In collaboration with the
National Railway Museum
Listen to an introduction to the
programme by Dr David Turner: