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    1. 2016
    2. 2017
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Air Safety Management

MSc |
With the MSc Air Safety Management you can align, develop or transform your career. Study across several locations on this industry-accredited global programme.

Key Information

Start date

Modular (throughout the year)

Duration

Part-time. The taught component normally takes three years and must be completed within five years. The project normally takes up to twelve months.

UK/EU

Part-time: £14,100 (total cost for three years) plus £500 for mandatory induction workshop

Non-EU

Part-time: £14,100 (total cost for three years) plus £500 for mandatory induction workshop

Who is it for?

This programme is for those who have been working within the aviation industry (for at least two years), and have a primary interest in its safety. 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 Safety 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.

Objectives

Airlines, airports and other aviation companies are mostly led by license holders, safety officers, 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 safety and risk 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 safety industry and as a benchmark for innovation.

“Aviation Safety is my passion, and after 20 years in the industry I joined City University London and realised how important it is to combine Aviation Safety and Higher Education - to marry the powerful technology of research with industry needs and all parties involved”

Dr. Ivan Sikora, Programme Director MSc Air Safety Management

Accreditation

Royal Aeronautical Society logo

The MSc in Air Safety Management is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should be employed in the aviation industry for the duration of the course and should have at least two years of experience in a position of professional responsibility at the time of application.

Applicants should hold an Air Transport Pilot's Licence, Aircraft Engineer Licence, Air Traffic Controller Licence or a relevant lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City, University of London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

The mandatory IW to our MSc programmes must be passed and will assess the English capability and writing skills required for the MSc programme.

Your English should be proficient as is required in the aviation industry.

INTO English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

How to apply

If you wish to apply to start the course during the 2016/17 academic year, please complete this online application.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 8112
Email: pgaviation@city.ac.uk

Paper Applications

We encourage online applications. However, you can also apply via paper application to the following address:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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Active students from a strong global peer network and over 1200 alumni.
90%
of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment 6 months after graduation.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

  • Split into three equal installments spread over the duration of the programme (18 months to three years).
  • All students will also have to pay £500 for the Induction Workshop
  • Students may continue their studies for up to five years in total but must pay an extra £1000 for the fourth and for the fifth year.

Funding your postgraduate study

If you want to find out more about funding your Masters degree, there is up-to-date information about tuition fees and financial support, at Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and programmes are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

The aviation industry

Programme Director Tilmann Gabriel discusses the aviation industry and the fight for the best pilots

Academic facilities

As a student you will benefit from learning within modern lecture theatres (equipped with the latest interactive AV systems) and modern IT laboratories.

A dynamic virtual learning environment (Moodle) gives you access to online assessment and communication tools as you study and you can work with specialist School facilities including:

  • A flight deck and flight test course
  • A320 procedure training
  • Wind tunnels and micro turbines
  • Optical compressors and fuel injection systems.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

The modules are taught as three-day short courses. For the MSc degree, the taught component can be completed in one to three years, with the final project taking approximately six months following completion of all the taught modules. Modules are delivered by experts from across the aviation industry and are highly interactive to encourage exchanges of views and experience.

Assessment

Student assessment is made through a combination of coursework and examination.

Modules

The course is based on completing nine modules, which are taught over three day periods and held frequently throughout the year. Students are also required to undertake a project in an air safety-related subject.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree.

Students who choose not to complete the project receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of five modules or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of nine modules.

Core modules

  • 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

To begin your MSc, you will be required to attend the Induction Workshop (IW), which gives you a thorough introduction into Higher Education and introduces all the tools and facilities available for your MSc. You will have to write a short essay after the IW, which will be your final assessment to be accepted into City, University of London.

Elective modules

  • Airline Operations (EPM825): 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): should be taken as final core module, it combines all new knowledge into strategic business cases of successful airlines.
  • 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
  • Airline Marketing (EPM821): taught by one of the marketing experts in media and brand management
  • Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance (EPM825): covers all regulatory questions
  • Fleet Planning (EPM829): is a comprehensive introduction to buying aircraft, fleet management and lease management
  • Developing a Business Plan (EPM969): provides a good preparation for the business cases needed in aviation management
  • Financial Accounting (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
  • Airports and Ground Handling (EPM968): (is taught by a major airport executive and introduces management and functions of an airport and the ground services companies
  • Airworthiness (EPM897): gives you a detailed introduction to the maintenance regulations and strategies
  • Airline Maintenance (EPM906): is the module for managing maintenance departments or stand-alone MROs
  • Airline Revenue Management, Pricing and Distribution (EPM972): is taught by the leading consultant on this subject, Louis Busuttil, for maximising the revenues in a very complex airline world
  • Safety Management - Tools and Methods (EPM833): gives a thorough introduction in managing safety pro-actively
  • 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 (EPM980): is a new module for UAS and space exploration.

Dissertation

A dissertation related to experience in the industry is required. 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. The dissertation at the end of the MSc programme gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved thru the programme.

  • Alumni
    City offered the flexibility of a modular course with industry leading lecturers, who provided up-to-date knowledge within the aviation industry.

Career prospects

Our graduates have taken up professional roles within civil aviation authorities, airlines and aircraft operators including;

  • Safety manager
  • Training captain
  • Quality manager
  • Flight safety officer
  • Safety inspector
  • Safety consultant
  • Accident investigator

Career Prospects & Student Testimonials

On graduation the student will gain a unique and highly desirable qualification from an internationally respected institution, and will be ready to shoulder a significant level of responsibility for defining and implementing the employer's safety policy. Those students who have completed the course are seeing demonstrable benefits on their career paths.

What our students have to say:

"I am pleased to say that I have just been appointed the Corporate Flight Safety Manager. There is no doubt that my Masters degree clinched the job."

"A special thank you for all your efforts to promote the spirit of aviation in such a professional manner... I am certainly one who has gained immense knowledge from this experience."

"I have really enjoyed meeting the other students and have found the course extremely valuable, thought provoking and interesting."

"It has given me a lot more confidence in my own abilities."

"...highly effective and taught in a very humane way. Indeed, exposure to this sort of material might encourage airline people not to encourage pilots to break safety rules to meet the schedule."

Working with the Armed Forces

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 Armed Forces, you could be entitled to financial support to take this course.

90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


If you wish to apply to start the course during the 2016/17 academic year, please complete this online application.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 8112
Email: pgaviation@city.ac.uk

Paper Applications

We encourage online applications. However, you can also apply via paper application to the following address:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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