MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RAIL, TRANSPORT and LOGISTICS

The Master of Science Programme in Rail, Transport and Logistics (RTL) conferred by Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM) will provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully master the challenges faced in the areas of transportation, logistics and/or railway engineering.

The student will learn how to analyze and assess the various traffic scenarios of the different transport modes and how to find appropriate solutions. Students will learn how to design and operate modern transport systems including integrated inter-modal management systems. Students are able to choose from 3 different specializations: Railway, Transport and Logistics in this Masters programme.

The 2-year full-time programme aims to develop students into professionals in the dynamically growing market of railway, transport and logistics.. Upon the successful completion of the programme, the student will be awarded a Masters degree from TUM.

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“The intensive course modules at TUM Asia has allowed me to get used to studying and working independently and cooperatively under high pressure. So now, when I am given some challenging tasks, I am well-trained and know how to plan reasonably and solve it.”
Tian Ye (Graduate, MSc in Rail, Transport and Logistics)

Programme Brochure

For information on programme details, duration & admission requirements, kindly download our brochures below. Please take note that these brochures are for personal reference only, and should not be used for other purposes.

Master of Science degree programme

Rail, Transport and Logistics

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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Updated August 2018.

DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

In order to be eligible for the programme, you must have at least a Bachelor Degree** (completed in at least three years, depending on factors such as the rest of your education background) in any of the following fields: Civil Engineering, Transport Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Communications Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Science, Architecture, and Environmental Engineering  (list is not exhaustive) with remarkable results.

*If you meet the requirements for admissions, please refer to this page (Click on “Required Documents”) for the List of Required Documents for application to our Master of Science programmes.

**Academic requirements may differ for different countries of study. Please write to us at admission@tum-asia.edu.sg to verify your requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS

As the Master of Science programme’s instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.

Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following:

  • TOEFL (www.toefl.org): Recent score with a Minimum 234 for the Computer-Based test / 88* for the Internet-Based Test (TOEFL code: 7368)
    *100 for TUM-NTU degrees, 88 for TUM-NUS and TUM degrees
  • IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5

SPECIAL CRITERIA (China, Vietnam & Mongolia)

Additionally, an Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicants with education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. The APS certificate is compulsory if your Bachelor studies was completed in a Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian university, irregardless of nationality.

For example, a Singapore citizen who completed his entire undergraduate studies in a Chinese university, and holds a Chinese degree, must sit for the APS test and pass it in order to qualify for admissions to a German university.

If you are making any application to a German university (including the TUM degrees at TUM Asia), the APS certificate is required for all education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. If you need more information, please contact our team.

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The teaching faculty in the programme are predominately from TUM, as well as additional modules taught by industry leaders and other expert academics.

COURSE COMMENCEMENT
Single yearly intake, with course commencement in August every year.

COURSEWORK & STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO
All coursework are conducted in English and students will be taught by German and Singaporean lecturers. Student-teacher ratio averages between 15:1 to 30:1. Only live teaching is conducted in all TUM Asia classes. All examinations will be written by the student him/herself, and examination results are released approximately 1-3 months after the examination.

COURSE DURATION
The Master of Science in Rail, Transport and Logistics degree is a 2-year full-time programme. Students must complete their coursework, 3-month internship and 6-month of Master Thesis writing to qualify for graduation.

COURSE COMPLETION
In order for a student to graduate from the degree programme, he/she have to complete all 120 ECTS credit with a pass. A student will successfully complete his/her degree course in the n+2 year, n being the year of enrolment and assuming the circumstances that the student will not have any failed modules that he/she is required to retake. For example, if a student is enrolled in August 2019, he/she is likely to complete the course by August 2021, subject to the fulfilment of the graduation criteria.

Compulsory Modules

Students are required to complete the following list of compulsory modules before selecting their specialisation:

Core Modules

Decision Support for Logistics Management

Students will learn principles of management decision support and an overview on relevant operations research tools and algorithms.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Constantinos Antoniou / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Public Transport Planning

Students will learn to plan and operate different public transport modes and public transport scheduling.

Lecturers: Dr.-Ing. Andreas Rau / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Soft Skills

Lecturers: Dr. Carmel Lee Heah/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Statistical Methods for Transport and Logistic Processes

Students will learn to apply the most common methods in statistics used to analyse data in practical applications.

Lecturers: Dr. George. Q. Sun / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Traffic Impacts, Evaluation of Transport and Logistic Processes

This module introduces the basic principles and concepts of an assessment and evaluation of transport and logistic systems.

Lecturers: Dr.-Ing. Andreas Rau / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Transport and Urban Planning

This module provides basic knowledge about travel demand, modelling and relationships between transport and urban planning.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Rolf Moeckel & Dr. Evan Gwee / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Specialisation Modules

There are three (3) Specialisation Areas offered. Students are required to choose ONE of the following specialisations:

  • Logistics,
  • Railway, and
  • Transport

Students who choose ‘Logistics’: Students are required to complete all the Core Modules within their selected specialisation followed by a minimum of seven (7) Elective Modules in their specialisation.

Students who choose ‘Railway’: Students are required to complete all the Core Modules within their selected specialisation followed by a minimum of five (5) Elective Modules in the Railway specialisation.

Students who choose ‘Transport’: Students are required to complete all the Core Modules within their selected specialisation followed by six (6) Elective Modules in their specialisation.

 

Logistics as a Specialisation

Core Modules (Logistics)

Students are required to complete all these modules
Core Modules

Introduction to Business Logistics

In-depth knowledge about Evolution of Business Logistics, key definitions, megatrends for the future of Logistics will be taught here.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Peter Klaus / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Students are able to interpret and apply SCM for fully automated processes; transport systems; airport, harbour, courier and express logistics.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Elective Modules*
(Choose a minimum of 7 modules from the list below)

Airport and Harbour Design

This module gives an insight into the necessary components of airports and harbours and the planning processes for developing these sites. Besides that it offers several methods for operating airports and harbours. It covers aspects of the pre-planning process like environmental impacts that lead to the choice of location. All important components of airports and harbours will be discussed including the basics for designing them. The students will also receive in-depth knowledge about which operation and maintenance procedures are necessary to run airports and harbours successfully.

Lecturers: Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Schmitt & Mr. Timothy Chao / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Basics of Traffic Flow and Traffic Control

The main topics covered are: traffic stream models, car following and continuum theory for road segments, queuing theory for signalised and unsignalised intersections.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Consumer Industry Supply Chain Management

This module addresses the issues of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of national and international consumer goods producers, wholesalers, retail chains and direct marketers.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Christian Kille / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Design and Applications of Material Handling Systems

This module introduces to the students the applications of material handling systems in several business areas, for instance logistics processes in transport modes like Air traffic, harbour logistics, warehouse and distribution.

Lecturers: Dr. Roland Fischer / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Green Supply Chain and Risk Management

Students are able to understand the business model of Green Supply Chains and are able to implement green techniques for company short and long term.

Lecturers: Dr Hanns Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Health Care Logistics

This module covers the special aspects of logistics and supply chain management in the health care industry.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Jörg Schlüchtermann / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Highway Design

The module covers the planning and design of safe, high efficient and sustainable road infrastructure linking cities, which needs the knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of the vehicles.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Industrial Logistics

The module covers the issues of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of global industrial producers and suppliers, such as from the electronics, electrical appliances, automotive and machinery industries.

Lecturers: Dr. Hanns Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Logistics Service Provider (LSP) Management

This module focuses on the “life cycle” issues of logistics service provider. Management such as market selection and analysis, as well as transport mode choices will be taught here.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Peter Klaus / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Transportation Modelling and Simulation Tools

The module provides detailed knowledge about software tools for traffic and system simulation. Microscopic and macroscopic simulation will be dealt with in this lecture.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Constantinos Antoniou & Mr.Martin Margreiter / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

 

Railway as a Specialisation

Core Modules (Railway)

Students are required to complete all these modules
Core Modules

Rail Transport and Rail Planning

The module covers freight and passenger rail-transport systems, focusing on infrastructure planning and train-track interactions.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Rolling Stock

This module covers the wheel-rail interaction, running behaviour in curves and straight track, propulsion systems diesel, electricity AC and DC.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Markus Hecht / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Trackworks

This module provides an understanding of the forces acting between vehicle and track, and the load distribution within the track superstructure into the substructure.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Train Control and Signalling Systems

This module introduces to the students the train control and signalling systems. Turnout, signals, and all track based equipment, facilities, electronic interlocking and train control systems will be covered too.

Lecturers: Dr. Michael Leining/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Elective Modules*
(Choose a minimum of 5 modules from the list below)

Airport and Harbour Design

This module gives an insight into the necessary components of airports and harbours, and the planning processes for developing these sites.

Lecturers: Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Schmitt & Mr. Timothy Chao / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Ballastless Track Systems

This module provides an introduction to ballastless track system’s design, requirements and procedures, the special features of Metro and Light Rail systems, and train track interactions.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Basics of Traffic Flow and Traffic Control

The main topics covered are: traffic stream models, car following and continuum theory for road segments, queuing theory for signalised and unsignalised intersections.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Highway Design

The module covers the planning and design of safe, high efficient and sustainable road infrastructure linking cities, which needs the knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of the vehicles.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Industrial Logistics

The module covers the issues of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of global industrial producers and suppliers, such as from the electronics, electrical appliances, automotive and machinery industries.

Lecturers: Dr. Hanns Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Power Systems

This module introduces students to the concepts and structure of power system: generation, transportation, distribution, electricity consumption, typical power plant types such as new renewable technologies, and description of the transport.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hamacher / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Modelling of Rail Infrastructure using CAD-FEM-MBS

This module gives an introduction to tools and methods of planning railway infrastructure using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, by applying the requirements and rules set for railway planning using Finite Element Method (FEM) and Multi-body simulation (MBS).

Lecturers: Mr. Mahesh Hariharan / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Traffic Operation and Control (ITS)

The module provides insights into the state-of-the-art control measures for optimising traffic flows. The main topics are: the principles of urban, extra-urban and integrated systems.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Transportation Modelling and Simulation Tools

The module provides detailed knowledge about software tools for traffic and system simulation. Microscopic and macroscopic simulation will be dealt with in this lecture.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Constantinos Antoniou & Mr. Martin Margreiter / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Tunnel Works and Geotechniques

This module covers the basics of geotechnical engineering, geosynthetics, ground investigation, tunnelling and its load bearing effects, and shield tunnelling.

Lecturers: Dr. -Ing. habil Jochen Fillibeck & Dipl. -Ing Gerhard Bräu / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

 

Transport as a Specialisation

Core Modules (Transport)

Students are required to complete all these modules
Core Modules

Basics of Traffic Flow and Traffic Control

The main topics covered are: traffic stream models, car following and continuum theory for road segments, queuing theory for signalised and unsignalised intersections.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Highway Design

The module covers the planning and design of safe, high efficient and sustainable road infrastructure linking cities, which needs the knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of the vehicles.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Transportation Modelling and Simulation Tools

The module provides detailed knowledge about software tools for traffic and system simulation. Microscopic and macroscopic simulation will be dealt with in this lecture.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Constantinos Antoniou & Mr. Martin Margreiter / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Elective Modules*
(Choose a minimum of 6 modules from the list below)

Airport and Harbour Design

This module gives an insight into the necessary components of airports and harbours, and the planning processes for developing these sites.

Lecturers: Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Schmitt & Mr. Timothy Chao  / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Industrial Logistics

The module covers the issues of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of global industrial producers and suppliers, such as from the electronics, electrical appliances, automotive and machinery industries.

Lecturers: Dr. Hanns Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Business Logistics

In-depth knowledge about Evolution of Business Logistics, key definitions, megatrends for the future of Logistics will be taught here.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Peter Klaus / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Students are able to interpret and apply SCM for fully automated processes; transport systems; airport, harbour, courier and express logistics.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Rail Transport and Rail Planning

The module covers freight and passenger rail-transport systems, focusing on infrastructure planning and train-track interactions.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Trackworks

This module provides an understanding of the forces acting between vehicle and track, and the load distribution within the track superstructure into the substructure.

Lecturers: Dr. Bernhard Lechner/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Traffic Operation and Control (ITS)

The module provides insights into the state-of-the-art control measures for optimising traffic flows. The main topics are: the principles of urban, extra-urban and integrated systems.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.–Ing Fritz Busch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Urban Road Design

Provides in-depth knowledge on planning, designing and organizing urban streets as spaces for living, furthermore looking at different ways to organise transportation.

Lecturers: Mr. Torben Heinemann / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Non-Technical Elective Modules

Choose 1 from the list below:

Business Administration

Lecturers: Dr. Frank Boeckelmann and Prof. Christoph Kaserer / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Industrial Marketing

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Christian Braun and Prof. Dr. Volker Warzelhahn / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Innovation and Technology Management

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Edward. G. Kubrasik / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

International Intellectual Property Law

Lecturers: Mr. Martin Schweiger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Legal and Safety Aspects in Industry

Lecturers: Dr. Claus Trenner / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Modern Developments in the Industry

Lecturers: TBC / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Production Planning in Industry

Lecturers: Dr. Hans Zeltinger / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

 

*Disclaimer: Specialisation modules available for selection are subject to availability. Unforeseen circumstances that affect the availability of the module include an insufficient number of students taking up the module and/or the unavailability of the professor. TUM Asia reserves the right to cancel or postpone the module under such circumstances.

For students enrolled in AY1819 and before, please refer to the course structure here. 

Your Internship

After three semesters of coursework, all students have to complete a (minimum) two month internship with the industry or with an academic institution. It is required for the student to complete an internship related to his or her field of study at TUM Asia.

One can secure an internship in Singapore, Germany, or in any other country in Asia, Europe or the rest of the world. Students who have secured a scholarship with their sponsoring company will undergo their internship in the company (this can be conducted in any branch of the company worldwide). Students without an industrial sponsorship are to look for internships independently and it is expected that all students take an active approach about it. TUM Asia will assist to provide students with any possible internship opportunities, but students are to lead the search for internships themselves.

Master Thesis

The 6-month long thesis work is the culmination of graduate work and an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through course work and research assistant-ships. Through this guided learning experience, students work in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers on a project of mutual interest and may in some cases publish manuscripts resulting from the thesis.

The thesis should be practical-based. Theoretical frameworks or conceptual models may (and should in many cases) guide the research questions. A strictly theoretical paper is not acceptable for a master’s thesis.

Organization of the Thesis

Since the timeline for one’s Master studies is quite short, it is important to start exploring and discussing possible thesis topics as early as possible, recommended to be no later than the end of the first term.

After deciding if the thesis project will be carried out in the industry or an university, the student has to find an university supervisor. Professors or the TUM Asia staff will assist the student in finding the right supervisor depending on the programme, but the ownership of the search is still on the student himself or herself. The supervising professor will be a teaching lecturer from the TUM Asia Master programme.

For the completion of the thesis project, the student will have to prepare a written thesis that will be rated by the university supervisor together with (if applicable) the industrial supervisor.

The purpose of the internship is to provide a structured and supervised work experience, in application to the theory work learnt. It is also a platform to develop soft-skills not learnt in the classroom setting and this will help the students to gain job-related skills and achieve their desired career goals.

There will be an informative briefing session conducted for all students to equip them with the necessary knowledge regarding internship and thesis guidelines of TUM Asia. This briefing will be held during the first semester of your studies at TUM Asia.

 

The total tuition fees for this Master programme is EUR 19,000*.

Please note that the tuition fees indicated do not include any expenses for the additional six-month semester (for Railway Engineering specialisation).

The tuition fees are to be paid in three instalments as indicated in the table below.

Registration Fee 1st Instalment 2nd Instalment 3rd Instalment Total
Deadline for payment Upon acceptance of offer 1 July 1 December 1 July
(of the next year)
Amount* EUR 1,000 EUR 6,000 EUR 6,000 EUR 6,000 EUR 19,000

*Tuition fees are subject to revision due to currency fluctuations at the discretion of TUM Asia. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.

DISCLAIMER: The tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2018/19 intake only. In compliance with the Bavarian Law, the total tuition fee stated above will be paid in Euro (EUR). Students from previous intakes should not refer to the total fee stated on this webpage as their reference.

Please note that the above fees include the following:

  • Matriculation fees at TUM, teaching and examination fees
  • Lab materials and expenses
  • Expenses for intercultural program, may include tickets for events and industry excursions
  • Soft copy files of all teaching materials
  • All Administration fees
  • IT usage: Internet access
  • Library Membership fee at NTU
  • Excursion and off-campus expenses for mandatory events
  • Usage of all university facilities at TUM and TUM Asia

In addition to the tuition fee, all registered students will be subjected to the following fees:

  • Student Medical Insurance Fee (payable to TUM Asia)
  • Student Visa Processing and Issuance Fee (payable to ICA)
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