Official Master's Degree in Railway Systems

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1st Call:
17/10/2022 to 30/06/2023
2nd Call:
30/06/2023 a 06/09/2023

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"This Master's Degree prepares professionals and recent graduates to work in the Railway Sector"


Design and operation of signaling systems, including the latest ERTMS and CBTC technologies, and RAMS safety analysis techniques.


Description, regulations, design, manufacture and maintenance of the different types of rolling stock, with specific subjects for urban and high-speed and long-distance vehicles.


Complete cycle of the railway infrastructure from the point of view of Civil Engineering, calculation of the overhead contact line from a mechanical point of view, and the design and operation of electrification for AC and DC lines.


All aspects related to the regulation of the sector, management of works and projects, safety and material and human resources for the planning and operation of railway systems.

What is the Official Master's Degree in Railway Systems?

The Master's Degree in Railway Systems responds to the demand for specific higher education and training in the Railway Sector, and introduces students to all of the main areas of work and business in the sector, as well as to teaching on the system as a whole. The main companies of the Railway Sector collaborate closely, providing instructors, practical sessions in real railway facilities, and professional internships, with real projects.

This Master's Degree has obtained the European Accreditation, EUR-ACE Label, which identifies and recognizes internationally the quality of degrees in the area of Engineering, after passing a rigorous accreditation process. This process has been promoted by the National Agency for Quality and Accreditation (ANECA) and the Institute of Engineering of Spain.

This Degree has obtained the European accreditation EUR-ACE Label in recognition of its quality

This seal recognizes the quality of the entire training process (members of the professorial staff, facilities for laboratory work, professional internships, management and organization, updating of its contents in a professional context and job placement). Students will benefit from the European and international recognition of the EUR-ACE Label, and the possibility of accessing better job offers abroad.

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Students, teachers and companies, what do they think about this Master´s Degree?


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Professional Internships

Number of Professional Internships carried out in Real Projects in the Sector

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Percentage of Graduates of the Master's Degree in Railway Systems who are currently employed

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Rankings and Awards

International Accreditation, EUR-ACE Label
3rd position Engineering Area, in the top 250 Masters by El Mundo newspaper.

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Percentage of Professors who combine Teaching Courses with the Exercise of their Profession.



Student satisfaction

Percentage of alumni of the University who would recommend the degree studied (2019-2020)

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Success rate

Rate of Success and Performance of Students in the Master's Degree

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We train the Railway Systems Engineers of the future, in collaboration with the best professionals in the sector.

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Admissions Process


Visit the Faculty in which these studies are offered on University Open Day. Attendance is not mandatory, but potential candidates are encouraged to learn about the Faculty, see the facilities, and obtain additional information.

Apply for admission. The process starts via the web, once the candidate has decided on the degree which will be studied, once the candidate has decided on the degree which will be studied. There you'll find all the information you need. It is recommended that all applicants who have an official certificate of English, French or German, attach it as supplementary information in their application. If you wish, you may apply for scholarships and grants from the University at the same time as applying for admission.

Notifications and legal requirements for university access. At the end of May, candidates will be notified concerning the decision on admission to the studies for which the application was made. Having been admitted does not exempt candidates from proving that they meet the legal requirements for access to the university. Fulfilling these requirements is a step necessary to begin studies at the university.

Complete the registration process. Once admitted, the student must complete the registration process. The procedure is initiated via the web, but it is necessary to submit the registration form and the additional documentation to the General Registrar's Office.


Important Dates


Apply for Admission:
1st Call:
17/10/2022 to 30/06/2023
2nd Call:
30/06/2023 a 06/09/2023

Information Sessions: You may consult the dates for the next Information Sessions here

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Classes start on: September, 11, 2023.


Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation


Applicant profile:
The Master's Degree is intended for engineers and licentiate degree holders in sciences who would like to work in the railway sector, as well as for professionals working in this sector who would like to complement their training. The need to keep up-to-date with the different disciplines requires serious dedication throughout the entire course, provided the full program is studied. However, class timetables are compatible with a reasonably taxing professional schedule, and it is also possible to study the program over two consecutive years.

This Master's Degree is recommended for candidates who hold a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering or similar, as well those who hold degrees in sciences. The following order of preference is given for candidates' previous studies: (1) industrial engineers, (2) aeronautical, naval and mining engineers, (3) civil, telecommunications, information technology and other engineers, (4) licentiate degree holders in sciences (such as physics).

Admission requirements:
To hold an official Spanish university qualification or another issued by a higher education institute from the European Higher Education Area which enables the person to access the Master's Degree.

To hold a Licentiate Degree or a Degree in Engineering or Architecture compliant with the university system existing before the one set forth by Royal Decree 1393/2007.

To have training in engineering or in any of the specialist areas of the Master's Degree. This training may be compensated for by professional experience.

Admission criteria:
- Academic record of the degree program entitling the applicant to be admitted to the Master's program (70%).
- Curriculum vitae, references, candidate statement of interest and, if required, a personal interview (30%). Professional experience in the railway sector is taken into consideration if the recommended academic profile is lacking in any way.

Admission to the Master's program is competitive. A minimum weighted average grade of 7 out of 10 points is required in all cases.

Admission is at the discretion of the Director of the ICAI School of Engineering, assisted by the Acting Admissions Subcommittee which is formed by the Head of Postgraduate Studies and the Director of the Master's Degree.
The Subcommittee will study the application and communicate its decision, and the corresponding enrollment deadline, when applicable, by email and post.

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Information on Fees, Payments, Grants and Scholarships


The total fee for the Master's is €16.370
Registration fee: €2,579.62
8 installments: €1,723.84
Study grants:
Any Mexican students admitted onto our Master's program whose studies are funded by FIDERH will receive a scholarship from Comillas equivalent to 10% of the total fees of the course of study on which they are enrolled.

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Contact Information


Future Students Office

C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 540 61 32

Fax: +34 91 559 65 69

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1st Term - Mon/Wed
ERTMS and RAMS regulations 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Railway signalling 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term - Mon/Wed
Control, surveillance and digitization 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Traffic operation design 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
1st Term - Tues/Thur
Electrification 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Civil works and train stations 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term - Tues/Thur
Catenary mechanics 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
1st Term - Tues/Thur
Rolling components 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Public commuting systems 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term - Tues/Thur
High-Speed and Long-Distance trains 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Dynamics of rolling systems and brakes 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
1st Term
Business Administration 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
1st Term - Mon/Wed
Management of procedures and personal and property safety 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Regulation and economics of the railway sector 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term
Project Management 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term - Mon/Wed
Sustainable mobility. energy and resource management 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Planning and programming 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term - Tues/Thur
Management skills and human resources 2.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Annual Subjects
Internship 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Master Thesis 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA

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(2) Management Study Plan option

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The long-standing tradition of the ICAI School of Engineering in the education and training of engineers began in Madrid in the year 1908. At present, Comillas ICAI is a School of Engineering whose academic activity is focused on Industrial and Telecommunication Engineering.



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