Study Routes Currently Available

The Institute of Railway Studies offers numerous opportunities for full-time and part-time study at a number of different levels. 

‌Postgraduate Diploma‌

The Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York currently offers a two-year, part-time postgraduate diploma in Railway Studies which is taught online via distance learning, with an optional residential weekend each year. Students need only basic web browsing and word processing skills to engage, and there is no expectation to be online at any specific point, making this a very flexible way to engage with current academic debate within the railway studies arena.

Full details can be obtained through the Lifelong Learning website - please note that new cohorts begin at the end of September, and applications are taken throughout the academic year.

For preliminary inquiries, please contact

‌Research Degrees

Students may enrol for research degrees (full-time and part-time) at Masters, MPhil and PhD level in a range of academic departments at the University of York. The University currently offers expert supervision in a wide variety of relevant disciplines, including Archaeology, History, History of Art, Management and Sociology. We are especially keen to recruit students with interests in railway-related study of heritage, history (including business history and cultural history), material culture and memory.

Full details on the University’s provision of research degrees may be found at

For preliminary enquiries, please contact Dr Geoff Cubitt (

For more information postgraduate level study at the University of York, please visit


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