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Aircraft Maintenance Management  MSc


The MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management will help experienced aviation industry personnel to develop their knowledge of the complex disciplines required to enable full understanding of the technical, operational and financial pressures impacting on flight operations.

Aircraft Maintenance Management MSc is one of three parallel programmes

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


Scholarship and bursaries

The School offers generous scholarships for this course:

The MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Entry Requirements:

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


Course Fees:

  • Part-time EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2015
  • Part-time Non EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2015

Start Date:

Modular (throughout the year)

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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

Applicants should hold an Aircraft Engineer Licence or a relevant lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution and a Category B or C Aircraft Maintenance Engineers' Licence or military equivalent.

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.

Course Content

The course is based on completing nine modules, which are taught over three day periods and held frequently throughout the year in London, Frankfurt and Dubai.

Students are also required to undertake a project in a maintenance-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

  • Airline maintenance
  • Airworthiness
  • Airline operational regulatory compliance

Elective Modules

  • Active safety management
  • Crisis management
  • Safety risk management
  • Safety management tools and methods
  • 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
  • Leadership in organisations
  • Review of quality, safety and aviation business functions.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment


Modules are held regularly in London, Bahrain, Dubai and Frankfurt and elsewhere on an occasional basis. This MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management follows the format of the well-established MSc Air Transport Management and MSc Air Safety Management. Since its inception, it has been supported by AJWalter Aviation, the world leading specialists in the supply, repair process management, exchange and lease of aircraft spare parts and aircraft project management services.


Students are assessed through coursework, examinations and a final dissertation. The pass mark is 50 percent in each case.  Students attaining an average mark of 65% for both modules and dissertation will be passed with Merit. Those achieving 70% will be passed with Distinction.

Read the full programme specification


  • Part-time EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2015
  • Part-time Non EU: £13,500 (total cost for 3 years) until 31 May 2015
  • 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 and bursaries


The Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (previously known as GAPAN) 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.

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

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

Career Prospects

Graduates are prepared for positions of responsibility within airlines, aviation authorities and defence forces. Destinations of our graduates have included chief engineer, head of safety and senior investigator.

A J Walter Aviation

Christopher Whiteside, Managing Director of A J Walter Aviation said, when announcing his Company's financial support for this course:

"The MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management is for the experienced aviation industry professional.  It benefits mid-career progression in the field by improving knowledge of the complex disciplines required to enable full understanding of the various technical, operational and financial pressures impacting on flight operations throughout the aircraft maintenance programme.

"By working with City University London to provide this professional qualification for industry colleagues we believe we are contributing effectively to ensuring that our industry is prepared to meet the challenges that the next 75 years will bring - and it gives us, as a business, the opportunity to give something back to the industry in which we have thrived."

A J Walter Aviation supports this course because of City's long-standing reputation within the field of aviation education. The University has been providing education in the field of aeronautics since 1909 and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses in aeronautical engineering and related topics. Today the University is renowned for its international focus, the employability of its graduates and its links with business and professions.

Graduate Destinations

  • Licensed Engineer, Emiri Flight Abu Dhabi
  • Project Superintendent, Kuwait Airways
  • Engineering Manager, Air Canada
  • Performance Engineer, Air Bosnia, Finland
  • Chief Engineer, Flying Wing, Bahrain
  • Dept. Head Eng Licencing, CAA, Gatwick
  • Engineer, Air Zimbabwe
  • Shift Manager, BA, Gatwick
  • Quality Engineering Manager, Shannon Aerospace
  • De-icing Superintendent, Finnair
  • Departmental Head, Uganda CAA
  • Chief Engineer, United Eagle Airways, Shuangliu, China
  • Senior Investigator, Airclaims, LHR
  • Superintendent Engineer, Tanzania Airways
  • SVP Tech. Ops,  GE Commercial Finance Aviation, Asia
  • Engineering Manager, Precisionair, Tanzania
  • Dept Head of Safety, Tanzania CAA
  • Engineering Consultant, Portugal
  • Head Engineering Licencing  CAA, Gatwick
  • Service Engineer Rolls Royce Commercial Engines
  • Chief Engineer, Cyprus Police Air Wing
  • Airbus Manager, Emirates
  • Inspector, Tanzanian CAA
  • Manager Quality and Standards, CAA
  • Engineer, Kenya Airways, Amsterdam
  • Engineering Consultant, Nigeria
  • Licensed Engineer, Cyprus Airways
  • Engineering Manager Cathay Pacific Express , Hong Kong
  • Safety Engineer, RAF
  • Powerplant Engineer, Thomas Cook Airlines , Manchester
  • Engineering Analyst, Boeing, Seattle, USA
  • Air Safety Inspector, BA
  • Engineering Manager, Netherlands
  • Chief Engineer, Brunei Shell

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 Aircraft Maintenance Management

Apply online (part-time)

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

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