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Air Safety Management  MSc


This course is for professionals working in the operating, maintenance, support and regulatory sectors of the aviation industry, both civilian and military.

The objective of air safety management is to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of safety within the context of increasing air traffic, wider commercial competition and a greater focus on cost consciousness. Successful safety management involves staff at all levels in aircraft operations, aircraft design and manufacture, airports, air traffic control, ground handling and maintenance and private flying.

Air safety management is a major challenge, largely because of the rapidly changing regulatory requirements in response to current air safety trends and the forecast of future growth in the aviation industry. There is also a need for businesses to understand the financial implications of improving or not improving, safety performance.

MSc Air Safety Management is one of three parallel programmes

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes available for this course

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

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.


Course Fees:

  • Part-time EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2016; £14,100 from 1 June 2016
  • Part-time Non EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2016; £14,100 from 1 June 2016

Start Date:

Modular (throughout the year)

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

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University 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 London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University 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.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
Modular (throughout the year)
Part-time. The taught component normally takes three years and must be completed within five years. The project normally takes up to twelve months.

Course Content

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.

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.

Course Structure

Core Modules

  • Active safety management
  • Crisis management
  • Safety Risk Management

Electives Modules

  • Safety management tools and methods
  • Airline operational regulatory compliance
  • Human resource management
  • Airline operations
  • Psychology in aviation management
  • Airports and ground handling
  • Air accident investigation
  • Air transport economics
  • Airline maintenance
  • Airline business
  • Airline marketing
  • Airline revenue management and finance
  • Developing a business plan
  • Financial accounting
  • Fleet planning
  • Sustainable aviation
  • Airworthiness
  • Leaders in organisations
  • Review of quality, safety and aviation business functions
  • Aviation law.

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. Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

The modules are taught as 3-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.

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

Read the full programme specification


  • Part-time EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2016; £14,100 from 1 June 2016
  • Part-time Non EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2016; £14,100 from 1 June 2016
  • Split into 3 equal installments spread over the duration of the course (18 months to 3 years).
  • Students may continue their studies for up to 5 years in total but must pay an extra £500 for the fourth and fifth year.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

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 courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (formerly known as GAPAN)  offer up to three Bursaries of part payment of fees per year for the MSc Air Transport management and the Air Safety Management and Aircraft Maintenance MSc Programmes each year.

AJ Walter offer an additional annual Bursary for a student on the MSc Maintenance Management Programme, usually allocated to a different geographical region each year.

Additionally, all students may apply for a scholarship from the ISTAT Foundation that is competitive with other universities across the world.

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 university, 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 Armed Forces.
If you are/have been a member of the Armed Forces, you could be entitled to financial support to take this course.

Apply for MSc Air Safety Management

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 London
Northampton Square

Applying for 2015/16 Academic Year

If you wish to apply to start the course during the 2015/16 academic year, please complete this online application.

Applying for 2016/17 Academic Year

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