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Air Transport Management  MSc

Overview

The MSc in Air Transport Management is for those working in the air transport industry who aim to move into positions carrying greater management responsibility.

The course provides an academic framework for the experience of air transport professionals, enabling them to move productively and effectively on to the first steps of commercial or safety management.
The course has the core objective of improving the contributions that experienced professionals (aircrew, engineers, air traffic controllers etc) can make to their organisations. It was first initiated by the Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (formerly known as GAPAN) both to increase the career opportunities of aircrew and others and to ensure that the air transport industry has a reservoir of experienced talent from which to draw future managers. It provides an academic framework for the experience of air transport professionals and enables them to move productively and effectively onto the first steps of commercial or safety management.

MSc Air Transport Management is one of three parallel programmes

Captain Tilmann Gabriel introduces the three programmes at City University London.


Scholarships, bursaries and prizes available for this course

The MSc in Air Transport 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.

Students who are accepted into the programme have to successfully pass the Induction Workshop (IW), before commencing with the programme. The IW is a short course offered every three months and costs £500.

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Course Fees:

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

Students who are accepted into the programme have to successfully pass the Induction Workshop (IW), before commencing with the programme. The IW is a short course offered every three months and costs £500.

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)
Duration:

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

Course Content

Course content:

The course is based on completing the Induction Workshop (IW) plus eight modules over one to five years, which are taught over three day periods and held frequently throughout the year and at various locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt.

Students are also required to undertake a project in an air transport related subject, which is usually completed within six to twelve months.

Students who choose not to do the project will receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of IW plus four modules or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of IW plus eight modules.

Course Structure

Core Modules

  • Airline operations
  • Airline business
  • Air transport economics

Electives Modules

  • Human resource management
  • Psychology in aviation management
  • Active safety management
  • Airline marketing
  • Airline operational regulatory compliance
  • Fleet planning
  • Developing a business plan
  • Crisis management
  • Financial accounting
  • Sustainable aviation
  • Airports and ground handling
  • Airworthiness
  • Airline maintenance
  • Airline revenue management, pricing and distribution
  • Safety management - tools and methods
  • Air accident investigation
  • Leadership in organisations
  • Safety risk management
  • Review of quality, safety and aviation business functions
  • Aviation Law

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching:

Every taught module is assessed by coursework and, for some core modules, also by examination.  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 those working in airlines, air traffic control, air forces and other organisations.

Learning Outcomes:

This course aims to provide you with a recognised career-developing qualification, control of your own career and the ability to contribute better to the management of air transport. The course is totally flexible and can be taken while working - modules are held in central London plus a number of modules in Bahrain, Dubai and Frankfurt.

At the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to improve your:

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

The successful MSc graduate from this course will have on completion:

  • a basic understanding of business analysis, finance, human motivation, and management of the air transport industry;
  • a good understanding for the national and international regulatory and commercial business environment and be able to  prepare a sound business case
  • knowledge of aspects of fleet planning, route management, engineering and Air Traffic Management issues.
  • A proven ability to write a substantial analytical report.

For the employers, the course has the core objective of improving the contributions that experienced professionals (aircrew, engineers, air traffic controllers etc) can make to their organisations.  Initiated by The Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (formerly known as GAPAN) both to increase the career opportunities of aircrew and others and to ensure that the air transport industry has a reservoir of experienced talent from which to draw future managers. The programmes provide an academic framework to the experience of air transport professionals and enable them to move productively and effectively onto the first steps of commercial or safety management. The course has many facets of knowledge and skills learning.  The knowledge base is best illustrated by the list of modules.  However, as important are the skills that graduates are expected to have on completion.

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 other in the industry.
  • Being able to make a short verbal presentation and to defend a project under examination.

The average age of students of the programme is about early to mid thirties, though there are a number who are over fifty. Given the likely continuation of the large number of unexpected events that have happened to the industry over the last few years combined with increased competition (eg low cost carriers, flat-bed seats) and technological and regulatory changes (EASA, e-tickets, electronic flight bags), every organisation needs a core of capable management to ensure continued prosperity.  That is why some of the most successful air transport organisations now fund students on the City University London Programmes.

Assessment:

Every taught module is assessed by coursework and, for some core modules, also by examination. Each module comprises:

  • Part I: Prior reading before the module where appropriate.
  • Part II: Attendance at the University (or other locations) for the module, three days.
  • Part III: Examinations are held at the end of the core modules.
  • Part IV: Coursework for assessment.  Coursework is required within six weeks of the taught module.

Read the full programme specification

Fees

  • Part-time EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 August 2016; £14,100 from 1 September 2016
  • Part-time Non EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 August 2016; £14,100 from 1 September 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 £1000 for the fourth and for the fifth year.

Funding

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

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes available for this course

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.

Bursaries

The Honourable Company of Airline Pilots offer up to three Bursaries of part payment of fees per year for the MSc Air Transport Management, Air Safety Management and Aircraft Maintenance MSc Programmes each year.

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

Career Prospects

This is a mainly a vocational Programme and as such its success can be judged by the subsequent career progression of students and alumni. Of the >1200 alumni about 85% remain in contact, providing information on their career and personal life developments.

Where are they now? Employment destinations of graduates include:

  • President and CEO, Jet Time
  • Chief Pilot, German Regional airline
  • Slot manager, Clickair
  • Cabin Services Manager
  • Management Captain
  • Vice President Support Services, GECAS Singapore
  • Director of Marketing, Bombardier, Eastern Europe and Soviet Union
  • Senior training position, Eurocontrol Brussels
  • Vice President, Airbus fleet, Emirates
  • Managing Director, JetCard
  • Operations Manager, Club Airways
  • Marketing Manager, Ashford (Lydd) Airport
  • Air traffic control, Montreal
  • Deputy Manager, KLM/Air France, Terminal Staff, Heathrow Airport
  • Financial Controller, GB Airways
  • Ground Services Manager, Cork Airport
  • Chief Pilot, Airbus India
  • Air Traffic Control Investigator, German Aircraft Accident Investigation Agency
  • Aircraft broker
  • Senior air traffic controller

An RAF Group Captain about to retire from the Services, comments on the Air Transport Management course at City:  "The MSc certainly helped significantly with my future civilian career.  It helped me to get into aviation safety management within the RAF, which then opened many more doors and training courses.  The MSc was good evidence of an aviation perspective outside the RAF and proved knowledge of the wider business.  In the end, I made 5 cold enquiries for jobs - got 4 interviews and 3 job offers - all with significant pay rises above the RAF!   I have accepted a post with the CAA as an Air Traffic Management Safety Policy Specialist, starting in mid April working from Gatwick.  Along with a project management qualification that I recently completed, the package of skills topped off by the MSc with distinction seemed to make me in demand."


Apply for MSc Air Transport 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
London
EC1V 0HB

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.