The RSE program is one of the five specializations of the Master's program in Transport Engineering and Mobility at the RWTH Aachen University. In addition
to the German-language specializations, the RSE specialization can be studied completely in English and offers an interdisciplinary structure.
In this specialisation the railway is covered as a complete system. In addition to infrastructure and operation, contents from vehicle technology and the
electric drive of the railways are discussed. The contents are therefore from the fields of civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical
The RSE program is one of the only international and interdisciplinary master programs in the world focusing the complete system railway.
Additionally, a focus is being placed on the practical application of modern research topics. For instance, RWTH Aachen University maintains close contact with locally based companies including
Talbot Services, Siemens AG with its Wildenrath test and validation center (PCW) and the infrastructure owner and operator Rurtalbahn.
How can innovative ideas in vehicle construction enable new transport concepts? How can transport networks be logically developed, expanded,
relieved, and ecologically planned? How can factors like rolling stock and routing be managed in a way that need-oriented and smooth railway traffic is
possible? How do random disturbances in transportation have to be considered in order to avoid jamming or to optimize safety strategies? How can we shift
more passenger and freight transport to the rails? Is driverless operation possible for all kinds of rail transport means?
When the interaction of technical possibilities, infrastructure, and human behavior is supposed to be optimized, transport engineers are called upon for
their interdisciplinary perspective. At RWTH Aachen University, students of the Transport Engineering and Mobility program acquire this interdisciplinary
expertise by studying the perspectives of three engineering disciplines: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. This
extraordinary breadth allows them to consider not only the aspects of infrastructure development and rail vehicle engineering but also the economic
framework conditions of their concepts. Take advantage of the opportunity to expand and refine your expertise within designing the ever-present desire of people to be mobile.
The specialization Railway Systems Engineering concentrates on the further development of railway engineering. Students work with rail vehicles, rail
transportation systems, and infrastructure developments in rail transportation. This master‘s program covers each aspect of the complete system „Railway“,
the infrastructure, the operation and the vehicles including the electrical drive as well as electric power supply. Furthermore, this is the only
specialization of the Master degree program Transport Engineering and Mobility which can be studied completely in English.
The Research Center Railways who organizes the RSE-Master program is a cooperation between three institutes from three different faculties.
This institute is a part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. The lectures from VIA focus on the fundamentals of railway construction such as track construction,
alignment, stations and switches as well as railway operation. This includes dimensioning the infrastructure, productions systems, signaling and safety systems and
operation of urban transportation systems. This way, our students obtain a broad knowledge about planning, operating and maintaining a railway network. Another task
of this institute is transportation economics (Transport Management, Intermodal Transport and Logistics).
As a member of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the IFS is responsible for research and teaching in the field of railway rolling stock. The IFS investigates
and develops methods, processes and products that improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of the railway system, including the interfaces with other means of
transport. The rail vehicle is placed in the center of the research activities at the IFS, closely integrated in the overall railway system and with logistic
connections with other transport systems.
The research at the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) focusses on next generation power
electronics, electrical drives and battery storage systems. With more than 100 research associates, it is one of the largest university-based
research facilities in electrical engineering in Europe covering all components of modern electric drivetrains including inverter, charger,
e-motor and battery. Besides the development of high power density converters and drives, ISEA has a strong focus on system modeling, control
Mobility is the global motor for economic development and personal evolution. International experience for prospective transport engineers is becoming
increasingly important and is often a deciding factor for one's career path. This program offers a great opportunity for young engineers of diverse backgrounds
to learn, study and work together in an international environment.
German universities are well-known for working closely with the industry on cutting edge
topics, thereby rendering their research not only relevant to the needs of the current times, but also fostering a fruitful environment of mutual development.
Each of the organizing institutes has outstanding contacts to companies in and outside of Germany. The involved faculties are members of many different
research associations as well. All these factors help generate chances for interesting and highly instructive internships for the students.
Engineers with expertise in mobility and transport are multidisciplinarily trained professionals who are able to optimize the interaction of transport
carriers and transport infrastructure with regards to technical, economic, and social aspects.
Among the many positions held by RWTH graduates of such master
courses are, for instance, optimizing transport processes in public administration, where they support the entire organization from the political decision to
budgeting continuing to the operation of transport systems. On another level, many employment possibilities exist directly in the railway industry, for example
working for manufacturers for rolling stock or signaling systems. Our graduates also work in consulting and engineering offices which offer support and
solutions to the original equipment manufacturers. Furthermore, transport companies which operate the rail networks across the world as well and the logistics
sector both face very challenging tasks of an interdisciplinary nature which are ideal areas of application from the perspective of a mobility specialist.
Finally, a very important and interesting opportunity is to continue one's career in the university as a doctoral candidate. Doctoral studies in the
engineering field in Germany offer you the chance to work on open questions in the railway sector, in close cooperation with the aforementioned industries.
The RWTH Aachen University is a university of excellence and one of the largest and one of the best renowned universities in Germany. There are more than 45,000 students at the
RWTH, from which most are enrolled in engineering sciences. Due to its large student population, Aachen is a young and dynamic city offering many leisure activities,
located near the border to the Netherlands and Belgium.
Academic Program Coordinator Transport Engineering and Mobility and academic advisor (for program-specific questions):