Master of Research - Engineering and Information Sciences (By Research)

University of Wollongong

The Master of Rolling Stock Engineering is designed to provide further education for engineering graduates and professional engineers interested in pursuing a career as a rolling stock engineer involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance sectors. The degree accelerates the career development process and produces rolling stock professionals with the capabilities to practice as valuable members in a broad range of rail organisations. The majority of students are employed in the rail industry, however, a support program is available to students without an industry contact. The Master of Rolling Stock Engineering has been developed to provide a structured approach to learning and development. You will learn from staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines and fields of research and industry experts with extensive rail experience in workshops and discussion forums, providing you with invaluable networking opportunities. You will learn to use established predictive methods (e.g. models, rules, software, standards) to generate system specifications and evaluate the performance of component systems in rolling stock (including braking, traction, containment, communication, motive power, power transmission, and train control). You will also be able to provide input into these predictive methods to create or generate system specifications at a whole system level (i.e. consist/train set), having an awareness of rolling stock operating environment parameters or constraints i.e. regulatory framework, safety, community expectations, environmental impact, funding, human factors, compatibility, capacity, and capability.

Course Fee:

International: $78,432

Entry Requirements:

A recognised Bachelor of Engineering degree, or a Graduate Certificate in Rolling Stock Engineering with an average mark of 65%. Applicants holding other tertiary qualifications with at least five years' relevant industry experience and who are nominated by their employer may be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Rolling Stock Engineering. Applicants must also include a CV providing a brief account of their work history to date.


The Master program is offered on a part-time basis by distance education but does involve a face-to-face workshop at the commencement of each subject. The key areas covered (traction, vehicle design, safety and braking systems, dynamics and bogies) are supported by subjects on rolling stock environment and the design, construction and maintenance of rolling stock as an overall system. You will complete the following subjects in Rail Motive Power, Rail Vehicle Design, Rolling Stock Safety and Braking Systems, Rolling Stock Dynamics and Bogies, Rolling Stock Design, Construction and Maintenance and a research dissertation project.

Study Pathways:

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit. Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Further information:

For many decades, UOW's Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences has developed postgraduate coursework degrees to provide professional engineers with further training. Well-designed laboratories, practical implementation of skills and an emphasis on innovation ensure graduates have the skills to meet modern engineering challenges. Coursework programs are flexible with many subjects offered at times convenient to busy engineers in full-time employment. UOW has a distinguished engineering research reputation, particularly in collaboration with industry, both in Australia and internationally. This concentration of high-quality research has ensured that Engineering at UOW is part of the Go8 - Group of Eight Associates, the top research faculties in Australia.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Wollongong No info No Part time 4 years
UOW Online No info No Full time 2 years
Wollongong No info No Full time 2 years
UOW Online No info No Part time 4 years
The University of Wollongong (UOW) has earned a place among the top 20 modern universities in the world through world-class research and teaching. With an international network of campuses and regional learning centres, UOW consistently rates among the top Australian universities in key areas, including graduate satisfaction and starting salaries.par par UOW offers 450 degree programs across all levels of study (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research), as well as English language and academic bridging programs through UOW College. The University currently has 36,180 students enrolled in its onshore and offshore campuses, including 15,820 international students.

The University's commitment to students is evident in UOW graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace. UOW continues to focus on offering personalised experiences and outstanding learning environments.

The city of Wollongong is located just 90 minutes south of Sydney - close enough to be within the daily reach of the Sydney central business district, but without the rush and expense of a big city. Wollongong is the primary city of the Illawarra region of New South Wales, and is Australia's ninth-largest city. More than 295,500 people live in the region. There are very strong support networks for international students and their families to help settle into life in Wollongong.

The UOW Wollongong campus lies between tree-covered mountains and the broad, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean offering students the perfect Australian lifestyle. It's an ideal learning environment that helps students get the most out of their studies. With its parkland setting and extensive learning and recreational facilities, the campus is arguably the most beautiful university campus in Australia. And the UOW Innovation Campus - an award winning, world-class research and commercial precinct developed by UOW - is located less than 10 minutes away.

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