Graduate Diploma in Railway Engineering

2 Graduate Diploma in Railway Engineering


The Technical University of Munich Asia (TUM Asia) commenced operations in Singapore in 2002 as a branch campus subsidiary of the Technische Universität München (TUM) which is ranked as the #1 University in Germany. To foster a closer partnership between education and manufacturing industries and to help meet the rising demand for Railway professionals in the ever-expanding Singapore rail network, TUM Asia decided to launch the Graduate Diploma in Railway Engineering.


This Diploma aims to equip participants with relevant knowledge in the focus areas of Railway Trackworks and Railway Planning and Operations under the guidance of TUM faculty and industry experts from Germany. The multi-faceted engineering disciplines will develop professionals in the dynamically growing market of railway engineering.

This graduate diploma is recommended for individuals who are interested to:

Upgrade your skills & learn from German experts


Modules are taught by experts from TUM and industry experts. They fly in from Germany to Singapore on an exclusive teaching basis.

Learn from a Block Teaching system


Quality instructional time in small classes are emphasised using a Block Teaching system (For example, classes can be taught across 5 full days per module)

German Engineering, Asian Relevance


Our lecturers work closely with the industry and make use of real life examples in their lessons. They make sure that you are able to make an impact in the industry.

Have the relevant skills to meet the growing demand of railway engineers in Singapore


Participants will be able to apply what they learnt into their companies. They can seek their lecturers for advice.


A variety of modules are offered, providing industry-relevant knowledge and skills in rolling stock, rail transport and planning, trackwork, train control and signalling systems. Modules in design and operating modern transport systems, including integrated inter-modal management systems are also available.

Participants will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Railway Engineering upon successful completion of both of the following Post-Diploma Certificates: Railway Trackworks, and Railway Planning and Operations

Each Post-Diploma Certificate comprises of three individual modules.

To view the module content for each module, please click on the module title

RE101: Rail Transport and Rail Planning

Course Objectives

This module introduces the general requirements and procedures for rail infrastructure planning based on the running behaviour and the performance of rail vehicles. The module is discussing the specific wheel-rail interface, the effective forces guiding the wheel sets (equivalent conicity), the determination and evaluation of track quality, the requirements for designing track alignment and layout, the tools to determine cant and cant deficiency, the procedures to design transition elements, the tilting train technology, the operational demands and respective track arrangements for passenger, freight and operational stations. Requirements to ensure passenger comfort and safety are introduced. Train-track interaction, track quality, safety, passenger comfort and wear, station layout, cross-section design.


Course Content

  • Introduction; Rail transport and rail vehicles
  • Traction and braking, driving resistance forces
  • Wheel-rail Contact; Principles of wheel set guidance, Equivalent Conicity, critical speed, track quality
  • General rail track design requirements and limits; Safety, Passenger Comfort, Wear
  • Cant, Cant Deficiency, Ramps and Transition Curves, Measures to increase speed on existing rail infrastructure, Tilting Trains
  • Track Alignment (Mainline Rail); Horizontal alignment and Vertical rail level
  • Tutorial: Track Alignment Planning
  • Turnouts (switches and crossings); Design and Track layout
  • Stations: Operational Demands and Track Layout
  • Tutorial: Station Planning
  • Cross-section Design of Railway Tracks
  • Trackside Installations for train control and signalling systems

RE102: Trackworks

Course Objectives

This module provides an understanding of the forces acting between vehicle and track, the load distribution within the track superstructure into the substructure (Earthworks or civil structure) as well as the environmental impacts on the track performance, the respective general requirements for the design and the construction of rail infrastructure. In addition, this module will cover the rail track engineering required for the track design, the construction, the maintenance and the renewal of tracks for a variety of rail infrastructures (conventional and high speed). Conceptual design and structural performance of conventional and ballastless track systems will be discussed too. Track loading (static and dynamic impacts), track maintenance, environmental impacts, track stability.


Course Content

  • Introduction; Track Loading (static and dynamic impacts)
  • General Track Design Requirements (RAMS)
  • Track systems; subsystems and components (Requirements and Approval Procedures)
  • Track installation, Track Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Renewal
  • Track stiffness; Track Modelling, Tools for Calculations, Simulation and Analysis
  • Tutorial Track Modelling and analysis
  • Environmental Impacts; Track Stability of continuously welded rail (CWR)
  • Tutorial Track Stability
  • Ballastless Tracks for Conventional and High-Speed Lines
  • Ballastless Track systems, general design principles and layout

RE103: Ballastless Track Systems

Course Objectives

This module provides the requirements and procedures for ballastless track system design for high-speed and conventional mainline rail infrastructure, the special features of Metro and light rail systems, the train track interactions, the track lay-out and alignment for urban rail systems, the track cross section design including trackside equipment, the sources, propagation and effects of noise and vibrations, the measures to control and to counteract noise and vibration, the design of special floating slab tracks, the environmental impacts, the design of green tracks, the design and construction of tram-tracks, the embedded track systems. Metro and light rail, noise and vibration, floating slab track, embedded track, tram tracks, open tracks.


Course Content

  • Tools for Ballastless Track Design
  • Tutorial Ballastless Track Design
  • Asphalt and Concrete Pavements for Ballastless Track Systems
  • Substructure Performance Requirements; Earthworks and Civil Structures; Track- bridge interaction
  • Introduction: Metro and Light Rail
  • Train-track Interactions; General Requirements for Light Rail Systems.
  • Alignment and Track Layout for Urban Rail Systems
  • Ballastless Tracks for Urban Rail (LRT, Metro, Tram)
  • Noise and Vibration; Sources, Propagation and Effects on surrounding buildings
  • Design of Floating Slab Tracks (mass-spring system)
  • Tutorial: Design of Floating Slab Tracks
  • Environmental Impacts; Design of Green Tracks
  • Tram-tracks, Open Tracks, Embedded Tracks

RE201: Public Transport Planning

Course Objectives

This module will give an introduction to public transport planning. The module will start with a discussion about the advantages / disadvantages and the functional characteristics of transit modes and their capacity. The geometry and types of transit lines and transit networks are the following topics. How to organize transfers and increase the transit speed to improve the passenger convenience and the efficiency of the public transport network are also topics discussed in this module. The introduction to public transport scheduling is the last topic in this module. The objective of this module is to provide in-depth knowledge about the planning and organizing of public transport networks.

RE202: Train Control and Signalling Systems

Course Objectives

This module introduces to the students to train control and signalling systems. The benefits and challenges of techniques used will be analysed. Turnout, signals, and all track based equipment, facilities, electronic interlocking and train control systems will be covered too. Risk analysis and assessment of electronic systems and management of train scheduling and transport risk will be discussed.

RE203: Rolling Stock

Course Objectives

This module covers the wheel-rail interaction, running behaviour in curves and straight track, propulsion systems diesel, electricity AC and DC, energy efficiency including regenerative braking, running gear and vehicle construction, including primary and secondary suspension devices, wheelsets, bogie frames and body shells relevant norms and design rules, tendering procedure and homologation process, safety issues as collision safety derailment safety, fire safety, environmental aspects as external and internal noise, particle emission, space consumption, reliability, availability, maintainability, diagnosis systems and their environment and benefit. Wheel-rail interaction, bogie frames/suspension, EMU and DMM, risk analysis and safety, environmental issues.


Course Content

  • Trains in General as System Elements of Rail Traffic
  • Wheel-Rail Interaction on Curves and Straight Track
  • Effects of Wheel and Rail Profiles, Propulsion Systems
  • Construction of Wheelsets and Primary Suspension
  • Construction of Bogie Frames and Secondary Suspension
  • Body shells of EMU and DMUs, Locomotives and Wagons
  • Tendering and Homologation
  • Risk Analysis and Risk Management/Safety
  • Environmental Issues
  • Case Studies


Professionals in the following or related fields (but not limited to):

● Railway Engineering

● Transportation

● Civil Engineering

● Electrical Engineering

● Mechanical Engineering

● General Engineering

Individuals interested in:

● Railway Engineering


A Bachelor’s degree (or higher), preferably in any of the following areas (but not limited to): Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and General Engineering; OR

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered based on:

(i) Evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience; OR

(ii) Supporting evidence of competency readiness

Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview.
TUM Asia reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

For admissions-related questions, please email the Office of Admissions (

For course-related questions, please email the Office of Executive Development (


Participants will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Railway Engineering upon successful completion of both of the following Post-Diploma Certificates:


Post Diploma Certificate 1: Railway Trackworks

  • Rail Transport and Rail Planning
  • Trackworks
  • Ballastless Track Systems


Post Diploma Certificate 2: Railway Planning and Operations

  • Public Transport Planning
  • Train Control and Signalling Systems
  • Rolling Stock


Module Title Date(s)
RE101: Rail Transport and Rail Planning  17 Oct – 20 Oct 2022

21 Nov – 25 Nov 2022

RE102: Trackworks 27 Feb – 1 Mar 2023

6 Mar – 10 Mar 2023

RE103: Ballastless Track Systems 27 Mar – 31 Mar 2023

3 Apr – 6 Apr 2023

RE201: Public Transport Planning 8,10 & 31 Mar 2023

12 & 14 Apr 2023

3, 5, 12, 19 & 26 May 2023

RE202: Train Control and Signalling Systems 24 – 28 Apr 2023

2 – 5 May 2023

RE203: Rolling Stock TBA (2023)


The fee for one participant per module is priced at SGD 2,200 (before 7% GST).

** please note that as per the announcement by Ministry of Finance during Budget 2022, the GST rate will be increased from:

  • 7% to 8% with effect from 1 January 2023; and
  • 8% to 9% with effect from 1 January 2024**





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