Aircraft Maintenance Management  MSc


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

This Programme is one of three parallel MSc Programmes:

Scholarship and bursaries

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Royal Academy of Engineering Bursaries - up to £9,500 for UK applicants.

Entry Requirements:


Course Fees:

  • Part-time EU: £11,400 - Total amount payable over 3 years - (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £11,400 - Total amount payable over 3 years - (2014 fees)

Start Date:

Modular (throughout the year)

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The normal requirement is a relevant first degree or higher Diploma of good grade, a Category B or C Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence or military equivalent.

It is a requirement that students have at least two years' professional responsibility prior to application and be employed in the air transport industry whilst taking the course.


Other Suitable Qualifications

English Requirements

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, 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

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The course is based on completing eight modules over one to five years, which are taught over three day periods and held regularly throughout the year.

Students are also required to undertake a project in a maintenance related subject, which is usually completed within six months. Students who choose not to do the project will receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four modules or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight modules.

Course Structure

Core Modules

  • Airline Maintenance
  • Airworthiness
  • Quality Management in Airline Operations

Elective Modules

  • Active safety management
  • Crisis management
  • Risk management
  • Safety management tools and methods
  • Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance
  • Human resource management
  • Human Factors; General Principles
  • Airline operations
  • Psychology in aviation management
  • Airports and ground handling
  • Accident and incident investigation
  • Air Transport Economics
  • Airline Maintenance
  • Airline Business
  • Airline Marketing
  • Airline Revenue Management, Pricing and Distribution Management
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Financial Accounting
  • Fleet Planning
  • Sustainable Aviation

Read the full 2014 programme specification

Teaching and Assessment


Modules are held regularly in London and in Bahrain, Dubai and Cologne 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 2014 programme specification


  • Part-time EU: £11,400 - Total amount payable over 3 years - (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £11,400 - Total amount payable over 3 years - (2014 fees)

Split into 2 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


GAPAN offer up to three Bursaries of part payment of fees per year for the MSc Air Transport Management and the Air Safety Management MSc Programmes each year.

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, see

Career Prospects

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 The City University 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
  • Licenced Engineer, Emiri Flight Abu Dhabi
  • Project Superintendent, Kuwait Airways
  • Engineering Manager, Air Canada
  • Performance Engineer, Air Botnia, Finland
  • Chief Engineer, Flying Wing, Bahrain
  • Dept. Head Eng Licencing, CAA, Gatwick
  • Engineer, Air Zimbabwe
  • Shift Manager, BA, Gatewick
  • Quality Enineering Manager, Shannon Aerospace
  • De-icing Superintendent, Finnair
  • Dept 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
  • Licenced 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

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

As of 30 November 2007, changes were made to the immigration rules which meant that anyone studying certain subject areas at doctoral (PhD) level or for some Masters-level courses has to get additional clearance before they can obtain or extend a UK student visa.

For more information, please refer to the student centre:

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 an MSc in Air Transport Management

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post to The Postgraduate Courses Offices, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB as soon as possible after submitting your online application. 

Aircraft Maintenance Management

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Air Transport Management

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Air Safety Management

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