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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-accredited global programme.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

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 3 years) plus £500 for mandatory induction workshop

Non-EU

Part-time: £14,100 (total cost for 3 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 (formerly known as GAPAN) 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

Accreditation

Royal Aeronautical Society logo

The accrediting body for this programme is the Royal Aeronautical Society. This means the course is recognised by the aviation industry across the world.

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.

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 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

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.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

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 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

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

Funding

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

More about funding

  • 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.

The aviation industry

Course 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
  • Motion simulators
  • 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:

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 of 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 institution (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.

Modules

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.

Core modules

  • Airline Operations (EPM825): the basic module for air transport, introducing all the requirements for 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.
  • Air Transport Economics (EPM823): gives you all the financial and strategic inputs in running a successful airline

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

Electives 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
  • 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 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
  • Reviews of Quality, Safety and Aviation Business Functions (EPM976).

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.

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."

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.

93.8% 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 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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