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    1. 2018
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MSc Airport Management

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The MSc Airport Management is targeting the current and future Managers in airports to progress their career, paired with an academic postgraduate degree proving the qualifications needed in today’s vibrant airport industry.

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)
22 - 24 February 2018 (London)

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?

The MSc in Airport Management is a mid-career education for those involved in the air transport industry. It is suitable for those employed in a professional capacity in air transport and related industries and wish to move into management. The knowledge attained on the wide range of topics covered in the modules will enable you to make a greater contribution to your organisation. A key feature of the course is the development of shared values since, for many of you, it is the first time in your career that you will meet and work with other professions within the industry.

A key feature of the course is the development of shared values because for many of you, it will be the first time in your career when you will meet, study and work with other professions within the industry.

Objectives

  • Critically evaluate and apply relevant theories within the airport domain
  • Discuss critically the interaction of all the major components of the airport industry (e.g. organisations, governments, airlines, alliances, airport regulatory authorities suppliers, manufacturers, staff, unions, regional and national governments)
  • Discuss, examine, synthesise and apply conceptual understanding and knowledge of various processes within the airport domain.

Approvals

Royal Aeronautical Society logo

This MSc Airport Management is currently in the approval process by the RAeS (as the other three MSc Aviation Management degrees) in London and by ACI (Airport Council International) in Montreal.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed in the aviation industry for at least two years to be considered for this programme. You do not need a Bachelor’s degree to enter this MSc programme, but you will need a professional licence, for example an ACI Diploma in Airport Finance, Airport Security and the Gold Diploma in Global Safety Network, Air Transport Pilot’s Licence, Aircraft Engineer Licence, Air Traffic Controller Licence or similar.

The mandatory Induction Workshop to our MSc programmes must be passed and will assess the English capability and writing skills required for the MSc programme

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 for a price of £500.

You can apply any time, our MSc Air safety Management starts every 3 months with the Induction Workshop.

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.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

  1. Apply online with requested forms and documents
  2. You will receive a conditional offer letter, if the requirements above are met
  3. You book yourself into the next suitable Induction Workshop and pay the fee of £500
  4. After passing the coursework of the Induction Workshop, you receive an offer letter to register with City and start your degree course.

More about fees

  • Split into three equal instalments spread over the duration of the programme (18 months to three years).
  • All students will also have to pay £500 for the Induction Workshop
  • Students may continue their studies for up to five 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 and typical living costs.

HCAP (Honorary Company of Pilots) is offering a grant to 4 enrolled students (must not be pilot) every year (more info needed)

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.

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Teaching and learning

The modules of this course involve a variety of teaching methods including lectures and tutorials requiring attendance plus breakout sessions. These will involve group work and presentations. Case studies may be handed out for study in the evening and discussion the next day. A leading lecturer and a number of specialist lecturers from the aviation industry teach each module over an intensive 3-day period.

During each module, you are required to work in a small team to examine the relevant issues and to present results. Each module has been designed to develop a specific skill. There is a significant amount of independent study within each module for you to read literature related to the module you are studying. The online module page also provides blogs and forums, to interact with the Lecturer and other students.

Assessment of the taught modules is undertaken through a combination of the following elements:

  1. Written assignments of between 1,500 – 3,000 words per module with focus on topics relevant to the individual modules (both elective and core modules).
  2. Written exam, lasting 90 minutes, occurs at the end of the last day of the core module delivery. The essay type questions are only revealed 'on the day' and students are not allowed to use a selection of reference materials during the assessment.

Modules

The modules of this course involve a variety of teaching methods including lectures and tutorials requiring attendance plus breakout sessions. These will involve group work and presentations. Case studies may be handed out for study in the evening and discussion the next day. A leading lecturer and a number of specialist lecturers from the aviation industry teach each module over an intensive 3-day period. Each module has been designed to develop a specific skill. There is a significant amount of independent study within each module for you to read literature related to the module you are studying.

It is a requirement of this Course that you attend, in full, all hours of each taught module unless given specific dispensation by the Course Director.

Core modules

  • Induction Workshop (0 credits)
  • Project (60 credits)
  • Airport Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Airport Business Management (15 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (15 credits).

Elective modules

  • Marketing (15 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (15 credits)
  • Crisis Management (15 credits)
  • Active Safety Management (15 credits)
  • Developing a Business Plan (15 credits)
  • Air Accident Investigation (15 credits)
  • Leadership in Organisations (15 credits)
  • Safety Risk Management (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Aviation (15 credits)
  • Aviation Law (15 credits)
  • Airport & Ground Operation (15 credits).

Dissertation

The Project/Dissertation is undertaken by all students of the MSc Airport Management Programme and must focus on an Airport Management topic. This is a substantial piece of writing deriving from academic research that a student has undertaken. Dissertation is the result of a student's independent work carried out under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Alumni
    City offered the flexibility of a modular course with industry leading lecturers, who provided up-to-date knowledge within the aviation industry.

Career prospects

This is mainly a vocational course and as such its success can be judged by the subsequent career progression of students and alumni. Of our 1,400 alumni about 75 per cent remain in contact with us to provide updates on their career development. Recent alumni updates include:

  • A 2012 Air Safety Management graduate is now a member of the ICAO Safety Management Panel, representing all airports on the panel;
  • A 2002 graduate and former small regional airline captain has now set up his own airline, Jet Time, and is President and CEO;
  • A former check-in clerk at Gatwick is now a President and CEO of Estonian Airways;
  • A former First Officer (when enrolled in 2005) was the first UAE national sponsored on the programme to graduate and is now a Management Captain;
  • A former RAF pilot is now a Marketing Director for Bombardier, Eastern Europe and Russia;
  • A former RAF Air Traffic Controller immediately moved into a senior training position at Eurocontrol Brussels;
  • A former Emirates maintenance engineer is now managing the Emirates New York base, which turns around seven flights a day and deals with over one million passengers a year;
  • A former self-employed electronics engineer has now joined ICAO in a senior position in air traffic control in Montreal.

  1. Apply online with requested forms and documents
  2. You will receive a conditional offer letter, if the requirements above are met
  3. You book yourself into the next suitable Induction Workshop and pay the fee of £500
  4. After passing the coursework of the Induction Workshop, you receive an offer letter to register with City and start your degree course.

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