The Rehabilitation of Railway Infrastructures is a postgraduate course focused on specific training in the rehabilitation of ballasted railways, which is crucial to the national economy. It will enable trainees to access the labour market more easily, enhance their qualifications in their current roles, or pursue research programmes.

Rail transport is currently facing numerous challenges. Most existing lines are impacted by aging and climate factors and therefore require urgent interventions, but on the other hand, the demands on their carrying capacity continue to rise. Thus, careful planning of maintenance and rehabilitation measures is essential, optimizing interventions based on cost-benefit analysis.

Main goals of the training

The course aims to provide trainees with the acquisition of a set of multidisciplinary knowledge, in the area of ballasted railway track rehabilitation, both theoretical and practical, enriched by lectures given by recognized personalities in this area.
The curriculum comprises nine units, five of which are mandatory and four optional. The course covers:
• Fundamental concepts about railway inspection and rehabilitation techniques.
• Composition of the railway, mechanical behaviour of its components with a focus on granular materials.
• Promotion of computational tools' utilization, whether in studies related to simulating the railway's dynamic behaviour and passenger safety or in decision support models.
• Emphasis on the use of new materials, such as geosynthetics.

Trainees will acquire the ability to assess the current state of the railway, propose efficient and effective rehabilitation measures, and evaluate their additive value in terms of improving the dynamic performance of the track.

Benefits of the training

The course aims to provide complementary training to current Pre-Bologna Graduates, or Post-Bologna Masters. The usefulness of the course is also highlighted for students who have completed only the 1st cycle of higher education in specialties such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields.

The diploma requires the completion of 16 ECTS credits, ensured by passing each mandatory curricular unit and two optional ones.