The University of York has decided to drop its unique MA in railway history. Course leader Dr David Turner confirmed on Twitter at the end of February 2022 that the Masters degree in railway studies would be closing when the current intake of students graduate and that no further applications are now being accepted. This is despite the course meeting its recruitment numbers and being delivered online.
Dr Turner had taught the MA for the past eight years and the course is unique in British Higher Education. Reaction from the rail industry, both professional and heritage, was one of dismay.
The Journal of Transport History released a lengthy statement criticising the decision stating it was: “Dreadful news – this course was at the heart of our discipline. A short-sighted decision which we deplore and will have a grave impact on our field and on the opportunities available to many for study”.