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    1. 2017
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Air Transport Management

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

Key Information

Start date

The Induction Workshop is held every quarter year, providing a flexible start for our aviation Masters students.

21-23 September 2017 (London)
23-25 November 2017 (Dubai)
22-24 February 2018 (London)
4-6 May 2018 (Dubai)

Duration

The programme can be completed within three years, however a fourth and fifth year are available at an additional fee. The project phase should begin before students complete the taught modules and is generally completed within six to twelve months.

UK/EU

Part-time: £15,000 (total cost for three years) plus £500 for mandatory induction workshop

Non-EU

Part-time: £15,000 (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).  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.

Objectives

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.

“Aviation is an enabler for almost any other industry. For travel, manufacturing, the service industry, supply chains… nothing happens without aviation.”

Captain Tilmann Gabriel, Programme Director

Industry approval

Royal Aeronautical Society logo

This programme is approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society. This means the course is recognised by the aviation industry across the world.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

What you need:

  • A professional licence, for example an Air Transport Pilot’s Licence, Aircraft Engineer Licence, Air Traffic Controller Licence, or similar
  • To be employed in the aviation industry for at least two years.
  • Successful completion of the Induction Workshop (IW). The mandatory IW to our MSc programmes must be passed and will assess the English capability and writing skills required for the MSc programme.

Please note:

  • You do not need a Bachelors degree to study this programme
  • The IW runs four times a year, twice in London and twice in Dubai. The fee for the IW is £500

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics - Science and Engineering.

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.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

How to apply

If you wish to apply to start the course during the 2017/18 academic year, please complete this online application.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

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

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
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Dubai and Frankfurt
We have satellite facilities outside London, so you can learn internationally
500
Active students from a strong global peer network and over 1200 alumni
93.8%
of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment 6 months after graduation with an average salary of £70k

More about fees

  • Split into 3 equal installments spread over the duration of the programme (18 months to 3 years).
  • All students will also have to pay £500 for the Induction Workshop
  • Students may continue their studies for up to 5 years in total but must pay an extra £1000 for the fourth and for the fifth year.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support.

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 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 simulator
  • A320 cockpit procedure trainer
  • 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

Teaching

You will be taught by industry professionals and leaders in their field of expertise including the former British Airways human resources director in one module, and the industry’s crisis management expert in safety or the chief executive officer of a major maintenance facility in another.

Teaching takes place across global locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt. Each module, including the Induction Workshop, is taught over a three day period.

Learning Outcomes

This programme gives you a recognised industry qualification, control of your own career and the ability to contribute to air transport management. The programme is very flexible and you can study while you work.

At the end of the programme you will have improved your:

  • Presentation/speaking skills - through regular opportunities within each module and the project
  • Report writing and analytical skills - through coursework and the project
  • Personal management skills - through the careful use of resources to complete assignments on time.

The successful MSc graduate will have:

  • A good understanding of business analysis, finance, human motivation, and management of the air transport industry
  • A sound understanding for the national and international regulatory and commercial business environment and the ability to prepare a sound business case
  • Knowledge of aspects of fleet planning, route management, engineering and air traffic management issues
  • A proven ability to research and write a substantial analytical report.

These include:

  • Being able to assimilate core themes from the talks given by a number of industry speakers, some of whom may have different positions
  • Being able to write succinct and clear English
  • Preparing a valid business case for a company and, at least as important, to know when a potential case is not viable
  • Having a wider knowledge of the interfaces of any single organisation with others in the industry
  • Being able to make a short verbal presentation and to defend a project under examination.

Assessment:

Each elective is assessed by two pieces of coursework, the core modules are assessed by one piece of coursework and an examination. Each module comprises:

  • Part I: Prior reading before the module where appropriate
  • Part II: Attendance at City (or other locations) for the module over three days
  • Part III: Examinations are held on the third day of the core modules
  • Part IV: Coursework is due within six weeks from the last day of the module.

Modules

We explore air transport management from a broad perspective so you will be exposed to areas as diverse as human resources, regulation, and crisis management. The academic framework has been created by the industry for the industry. 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.

Students also take on a project/dissertation in an air transport related subject, which is usually completed within six to twelve months. From developing new safety measures to social media marketing in the aviation world, students choose their own research focus and often use the project as a way into a new career. Students who choose note to do the project, or are unable to complete the programme with the five years can receive a Postgraduate Certificate pending Programme Director approval.

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 through the programme.

The programme is based on the successful completion of the Induction Workshop which acts as an entry pathway to the MSc. The MSc consists of three core modules and 5 electives plus the project/dissertation. Each module is taught over a three day period across global locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt.

The dissertation at the end of the MSc programme gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.

Students who choose not to do the project, or are unable to complete the programme within the five years, receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four modules, including two core modules, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight modules.

Core modules for the Air Transport MSc are airline business, airline operations and air transport economics.

Core modules

  • 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): should be taken as final core module, it combines all new knowledge into strategic business cases of successful airlines.

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

You will choose five elective modules. Each elective module is 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
  • Developing a Business Plan (EPM969): provides a good preparation for the business cases needed in aviation managemnet
  • 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
  • Airport Ground Handling (EPM968): is taught by a major airport executive and introduces management and fuctions 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 and Finance (EPM972): is taught by the leading consultant on this subject, Louis Busuttil, for maximizing 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 Challenges - from Unmanned to Spaceflight Vehicles (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 through the programme.

  • Alumni
    'City, University of London has helped me develop a huge amount of confidence operating at executive management levels.'
  • Alumni
    City and the MSc certainly helped me in my career, not just in perspective but also opening doors, particularly in my last two appointments. I hope others who have completed the course are similarly energised.

Career prospects

This is a professional programme recognised by the aviation industry and approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Airlines are increasingly expecting their managers to study the MSc from City, University of London, and our alumni network includes high-ranking individuals including the chief operating officer of Oman Air, the chief executive officer of Jet Time, the Safety Manager of Lufthansa, the Air Safety Director of ICAO and the vice president of Emirates Airbus Fleet.

Graduates may change or transform their careers as a result of the MSc. An RAF air traffic controller immediately moved into a senior training position at Eurocontrol in Brussels after completing the programme.

93.8% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

If you wish to apply to start the course during the 2017/18 academic year, please complete this online application.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

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

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

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