Atkins’ rail business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University College London (UCL) to launch a new MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management.
The course will be taught by Atkins and accredited by UCL.
Atkins said students will be taught the advanced skills required to integrate complex and high risk, multi-functional designs, “working to eliminate stretched resources, programme re-working and poor client satisfaction”.
In its initial year, the course will be only open to applications from Atkins’ UK staff – with teaching expected to begin in September 2012.
In 2013 Atkins hopes to open up applications to its international staff and the wider rail industry.
Atkins is not the first engineering organisation to address skills shortages head on by teaching at universities. The Environment Agency set up its own foundation degree with the University of the West of England in 2004 and the then Railtrack set up a BSc in rail engineering with Nottingham Trent University in 2002.