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Module B: Railway safety and systems engineering

Exam support resources - Railway safety and systems engineering (module B)

Aim of the module

This module builds on the broad understanding of module A and assesses, in more depth, your understanding of the principles and practices associated with the safety and systems engineering of railway train control and telecommunications systems.   It also includes the competence of those who work on such systems.  The practices explored in this module apply both to the development and proving of railway principles and their application within a particular scheme.

This paper combines the previously available modules of safety of railway signalling and communications (module 1) and systems, management and engineering (module 7). These were available until October 2020.

This module is a compulsory module for the Advanced Diploma in Railway Control Engineering (also known as the IRSE Professional Examination). If you have passed at least one of the previously available modules (modules 1-7), then use the online checker tool to see whether you are exempt from passing this module.

Syllabus

The syllabus for railway safety and systems engineering (module B) can be downloaded here.

Latest exam paper

This module will be available for the first time in 2021.  For you to gain an understanding of the types of questions, the 2020 safety of railway signalling and communications (module 1) paper can be downloaded here and the 2020 systems, management and engineering (module 7) paper can be downloaded here.  A sample question paper has also been written and can be downloaded here.

Study materials

Logged in IRSE members can download support materials for railway safety and systems engineering (module B) of the exam from the document library on this page (visible to logged in members). Study videos are also available for members and non-members on IRSE's Vimeo channel via https://vimeo.com/showcase/study - please note that these videos are based on previously available modules, so look for videos about modules 1 and 7.

Prerequisites

To apply to sit railway safety and systems engineering (module B) of the exam, you must:

  • be a paid-up member of the IRSE, and
  • have passed module A or passed at least one module of the previously available modules (numbered modules 1-7), and
  • have the support of an IRSE Member or Fellow (or a senior engineer / manager if you do not know any IRSE Members or Fellows)

Applications

Applications to sit railway safety and systems engineering (module B) of the exam will open in early 2021.  Details will be announced on the main exam webpage, through IRSE member ebulletins and via social media.