A new Master of Engineering programme in Railway Transportation System (International Program) at Mahidol University is a 2-year programme delivered in English. Each course is designed as a 2-week block delivered by CLARE’s team and international guest lecturers.


“Thailand has recently developed a new ambitious economic model to transform the country from heavy industry oriented to creativity, innovation and smart city model. This model, called ‘Thailand 4.0’, aims to unlock the country from numerous economic challenges, including “a middle income trap” and “an inequality trap”. In order to implement the changes needed, which in a longer term will have a positive impact on economic and social development of the country, the (higher) education system in Thailand will have to evolve and fast. It has been recognised that the weaknesses of the higher education system could be overcome by a blend of actions, including academia-industry collaborations in education and research as well as a greater focus on the development of mix of hard and soft skills by graduates in order to educate the new workforce able of moving the country forward. Graduates of the future will be expected to develop multidisciplinary and transferable skills and work in multicultural environments communicating confidently in English.”

MetroExchange research proposal between Mahidol University and Newcastle University, 2017

The new international Master programme in Railway Transportation System aims to address the higher education needs of the Thai industry by educating a new generation of rail engineers who will be able to contribute to the rail (metro, conventional and high speed rail) developments in Bangkok and across Thailand.


> rail courses (each course delivered with a strong rail flavour and examples from research projects)

> block teaching (Monday – Friday, each course delivered in 2-week blocks)

> international lecturers (from Asia and Europe)

> industry guest speakers (from Thai rail industry and international)

> technical visits (metro depot, sea port)

> possibility for international student exchange (collaboration on rail research projects with Europe)

> computer lab facilities (specialist rail software, e.g. OpenTrack)

> delivered in English (by CLARE team and international lecturers)



The core teaching team is composed of CLARE staff:

  • Associate Professor Phumin Kirawanich (Programme Director)
  • Assistant Professor Waressara Weerawat
  • Assistant Professor Chokchai Chutakositkanon
  • Assistant Professor Ittichote Chuckpaiwong
  • Lecturer Wasaporn Techapeeraparnich
  • Lecturer Siradol Siridhara (EGRS503: Rail Transportation Project Planning and Management)
  • Lecturer Anna Fraszczyk (EGRS501: Rail Transport System Seminar and EGRS502: Research Methodology for Railway Transportation)



> Prof Joern Pachl, TU Braunschweig, Germany (EGRS505: Railway Signaling and Operations)

> Rail experts from Tokyo Tech, RTRI and NTSEL, Japan (EGRS504: Railway System Components and Standards and EGRS506: Principle of Service and Maintenance Design for Rail System [RAM])

> short courses and seminars with international guest speakers involved in research projects with CLARE team





In the last two academic years (2016-2018) Master students could attend the following extracurricular activities:

> Two short courses in Rail Timetabling and Rail Freight and Logistics delivered by Dr Marin Marinov, Newcastle University (UK) as part of RailExchange project co-funded by Royal Academy of Engineering under the Newton Fund (UK), Office for Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and Thailand Research Fund (Thailand)

>A ‘Freight Transport of the Future’ workshop co-funded by Newton Fund for Early Career Researchers (and MU Master and PhD students) delivered by Newcastle University (UK) and CLARE team

> Technical visits to: MRT Purple Line depot, Laem Chabang port, APM Terminal

> A rail energy training delivered by openPowerNet (Germany)

> A workshop on Rail Planning and Timetabling delivered by Dr Daniel Huerlimann, OpenTrack Technology (Switzerland) and Philip Goetz, Rail Systems Engineering (Malaysia)

> A free session on OpenTrack to rail community delivered by CLARE team

> Attendance at Rail Industry Symposium & Exhibition (RISE) events in Bangkok


> Bombardier (Memorandum of Understanding)

> BTS PLC (research work on RailExchange, MetroExchange and student projects)





Students are expected to collect credits each academic year and there are two options: Plan A2 and Plan B, as explained below.

Plan A2 Credits
Required Courses 15           
Elective Courses not less than 9           
Thesis 12           
Total not less than 36           
Plan B  
Required Courses 15           
Elective Courses not less than 15           
Thematic Paper 6           
Total not less than 36           

Details of the courses are listed on a separate page: https://www.eg.mahidol.ac.th/dept/clare/rail-transportation-system/