City, University of London
Air Transport Management
This programme is for those who have been working within the aviation industry (for at least two years). Current students include pilots, air traffic controllers, maintenance staff, engineers and the majority have a license/professional education. We also welcome students with a military background. This Air Transport Management MSc programme is tailored towards those working who cannot attend regular university schedules.
This course is compatible with The MoD's Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) - an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the UK Armed Forces. If you are/have been a member of the UK Armed Forces, you could be entitled to financial support to take this course.
Airlines, airports and other aviation companies are mostly led by license holders, pilots, aircraft engineers, air traffic controllers, dispatchers and many more. This means the demand for management knowledge is growing. Our programme gives students the opportunity to freshen their knowledge, learn the latest management techniques and build a lifelong network of peers.
With unexpected events affecting the aviation industry as well as increased competition and technological and regulatory changes, every organisation needs a core of up-to-date managers ready to succeed into leadership positions.
The programme is designed to deliver individual success. First initiated by the Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (HCAP) to increase the career opportunities of aircrew, today the programme is recognised as a key resource within the aviation industry and as a benchmark for innovation. course.
MSc: Applicants must be employed in the aviation industry for at least two years to be considered for this programme. You do not need a Bachelor's degree to enter this MSc programme, but you will need a professional licence, for example an Air Transport Pilot's Licence, Aircraft Engineer Licence, Air Traffic Controller Licence or similar.
The mandatory Induction Workshop to our MSc programmes must be passed and will assess the English capability and writing skills required for the MSc programme. Students must successfully pass the Induction Workshop before commencing with the MSc programme.
The Induction Workshop is a short course offered every three months, which means you can apply to the MSc Air Transport Management at any point during the year. The fee for the Induction Workshop is £500.
To begin your MSc, you will first be required to complete the Induction Workshop, which gives you a thorough introduction into Higher Education and introduces all the tools and facilities available for your MSc. The Induction Workshop is assessed by a 2,500 to 3,000-word piece of individual coursework, which serves as the final assessment for acceptance into the MSc programme.
During your MSc you will take the following four core modules, each worth 15 credits:
Airline Operations (EPM820): the basic module for air transport, introducing all the requirements for running a successful airline
Air Transport Economics (EPM823): gives you all the financial and strategic inputs in running a successful airline
Airline Business (EPM831): combines all new knowledge into strategic business cases of successful airlines
Airline Strategy and Business Planning (EPM969): provides a good preparation for the business cases needed in aviation management
You will also choose any four of the following elective modules, each worth 15 credits:
Active Safety Management (EPM836): covers the latest trends in safety management in aviation
Crisis Management (EPM828): taught by the leading British crisis management consultant looks at what to do in case of a crisis
Safety Risk Management (EPM973): focuses on the new risk management of all airline operations
Human Resource Management (EPM822): is a popular module, with detailed People Leadership examples in aviation
Psychology in Aviation Management (EPM966): is taught by one of the leading aviation psychologists, covering all psychological issues to be observed in leadership
Marketing (EPM821): taught by one of the marketing experts in media and brand management
Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance (EPM825): covers all regulatory questions
Airline Fleet Planning (EPM829): is a comprehensive introduction to buying aircraft, fleet management and lease management
Airline Finance (EPM824): gives you the necessary tools for understanding aviation accounting and financial reports
Sustainable Aviation (EPM975): handles all sustainability questions in aviation, looking far deeper than just fuel preservation
Airworthiness (EPM897): gives you a detailed introduction to the maintenance regulations and strategies
Airline Revenue Management and Finance (EPM972): is taught by the leading consultant on this subject, Louis Busuttil, for maximizing the revenues in a very complex airline world
Air Accident Investigation (EPM970): is an intro to what happens after an accident
Leadership in Organisations (EPM971): is a popular module for all leadership styles and questions
Aviation Law (EPM978): gives the aviation manager the other side of law, what every manager needs to know of business laws
Future Aviation Challenges - from Unmanned to Spaceflight Vehicles (EPM980): is a new module for UAS and space exploration
Airline Training Management (EPM982): designed for staff working in operational/regulatory roles in aviation
General Principles of Human Factors (EPM974): considers how the application of human factors can prevent incidents and accidents
The final project/dissertation is worth 60 credits, undertaken by all MSc students of the Air Transport Management programme and must focus on an air transport management topic. This is a substantial piece of writing, deriving from academic research that you have undertaken. The dissertation is the result of your independent work carried out under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.
There is a high degree of flexibility in terms of sequence and time frame to suit students working in airlines, air traffic control, air forces and other organisations. We cover the full spectrum of a Master of Science education, adding Management modules for the future career in aviation and the dissertation gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.
Assessment of the taught modules is undertaken through a combination of the following
1. Coursework ''A'' is a 2500 +/- 10% word academic paper on a topic choice related to
the module. You will have to research substantially for the writing of this coursework.
Some Modules have simulations/models which you have to manage and write about
the outcomes you have found.
2. For Elective Modules Only: Coursework ''B'' aims to demonstrate the application of
the work of the specific module to your own organisation (or, if this is not possible,
another organisation with which you are familiar). Your critical abilities are
developed, in particular to understand why organisation may have strengths and
weaknesses and how these can reasonably be improved or strengthened. Typically,
the Lecturer will ask for a presentation, video or podcast to present a solution or
proposal for the topic.
3. For Compulsory Modules Only: Examinations, for each compulsory module, each
lasting 90 minutes, are specifically designed to test:
- The knowledge gained in the module
- Your ability to distil large quantities of information into succinct but correct format
- The ability to produce correct results under time pressure.
This is an - induction workshop, - eight-module and - project course, where you need to
take four compulsory modules (the induction workshop is also compulsory) and the
balance (four modules) coming from an elective module list. The course is designed to
take advantage of the existing MSc Air Safety Management (ASM), Aircraft Maintenance
Management (AMM) and Airport Management (APM) degrees, both by following their
structure, and by using some of their existing modules.
The Project/Dissertation is undertaken by all students of the MSc Air Transport
Management Course and must focus on an Air Transport Management topic. This is
a substantial piece of writing deriving from academic research that you will
undertake. The Dissertation is the result of your independent work, carried out
under the guidance of an appointed supervisor. Non-timetabled supervisor / student
contact is encouraged during the project and it is normal for you to involve your
present or possibly future employer. The dissertation of 10-15,000 words is
assessed by two Examiners through a Viva/Defence. It tests your ability to
academically research and write, and to defend your findings to the questioning of
Assessment and Assessment Criteria
Assessment Criteria are descriptions, based on the intended learning outcomes, of
the skills, knowledge and attitudes that you need to demonstrate in order to
complete an assessment successfully, providing a mechanism by which the quality
of an assessment can be measured.
Grade-Related Criteria are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge or attributes
that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an
assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be
measured and placed within the overall set of marks. Assessment Criteria and GradeRelated
Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing
assessments. These may be provided in course handbooks, module specifications,
on the virtual learning environment (e.g. Moodle) or attached to a specific
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|MSc||Part-time||£ 15,000 (Academic year)||Home/EU||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||£ 15,000 (Academic year)||International||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||September 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||Northern Ireland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||February 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||International||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||September 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||Wales||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||February 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||Northern Ireland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||May 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||England||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||September 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||EU||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||May 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||Wales||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||November 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||Wales||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||November 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||EU||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||February 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||England||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||November 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||International||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||February 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||EU||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||February 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||Scotland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||February 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||Wales||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||September 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||England||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||September 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||International||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||September 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||Scotland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||May 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||EU||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||May 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||Scotland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||May 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||International||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||May 2020||16,200 (Year 1)||Northern Ireland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||November 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||England||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||November 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||Northern Ireland||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||November 2019||16,200 (Year 1)||Scotland||3 Years|
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