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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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MSc Air Safety Management

Entry Year:
With the MSc Air Safety Management you can align, develop or transform your career. Study across several locations on this industry-recognised global programme.

Key information

Start date

Flexible start: entry points for 2020-21 in September, November, February and May.

Applicants must first complete a mandatory induction workshop, held four times a year. View dates and apply.

Academic year dates


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.


Part-time: £21,000 (total cost for three years) plus £500/£800 for mandatory induction workshop


Part-time: £21,000 (total cost for three years) plus £500/£800 for mandatory induction workshop


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Who is it for?

The MSc in Air Safety Management programme is for those who have been working within the aviation industry (for at least two years), and have a primary interest in its safety. 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 Safety Management MSc programme is tailored towards those working who cannot attend regular university schedules and is a fantastic choice for people looking to further their careers whilst continuing to work. The Masters boasts accreditation by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The Air Safety Management postgraduate degree 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.


Airlines, airports and other aviation companies are mostly led by license holders, safety officers, 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 safety and risk managers ready to succeed into leadership positions.

The programme is designed to deliver individual success. First initiated by the Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (HCAP) to increase the career opportunities of aircrew, today the programme is recognised as a key resource within the aviation safety industry and as a benchmark for innovation.

“Aviation Safety is an important part of the MSc Aviation Management Programmes of City, the recent events around the Boeing 737 Max approval, automated Cockpits, fatigue around an industry which is under severe staff shortage, are alarming signs and get the full attention of our industry experts serving as Visiting Lecturers. The MSc Air Safety Management of City is one of the ‘Beacons’ in our aviation industry.”

Capt Tilmann Gabriel, Programme Director MSc Aviation Management Programmes

Industry approval

Royal Aeronautical Society logo

This programme is approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). This means the course is recognised by the aviation industry across the world.

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 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 must successfully pass the Induction Workshop before commencing with the MSc programme. The Induction Workshop is a short course offered every three months, which means you can apply to the MSc Air Safety Management at any point during the year.

English requirements

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.

Your English should be proficient as is required in the aviation industry.

How to apply

Before applying for the MSc course, applicants must first complete a mandatory Induction Workshop which is held four times a year. Forthcoming Induction Workshop dates are as follows:

Please note that for further Induction Workshops beyond May 2020 (dates to be announced in due course) the fee will rise to £800.

Please ensure you provide the forms and documents requested on the application. If the requirements are met you will receive a conditional offer letter, valid for one year and be able to book onto the next suitable Induction Workshop and pay the fee.

Upon passing the Induction Workshop coursework you will receive an unconditional offer letter, again valid for one year, to register with City to begin the MSc course at an entry point of your choosing within the validity period. The MSc course has entry points in September, November, February and May of each academic year to allow a flexible start to your studies. If you register for an entry point in the following academic year, the tuition fees stated for that academic year will apply.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 8112

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During your 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/£800 for the Induction Workshop (fee increase from £500 to £800 comes into effect from September 2020).
  • Students may continue their studies for up to five years in total but must pay an extra £1,000 for the fourth and for the fifth year.


Students on MSc Air Safety Management may be eligible to apply for the City Star Scholarship.

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.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

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.

Learning Outcomes

This course gives you a recognised industry qualification, control of your own career and the ability to contribute to air safety management. The course is very flexible and you can study while you work.

At the end of the programme you will have improved your:

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

The successful MSc graduate will have:

  • A good understanding of business analysis, crisis, human motivation, and management of the air safety industry
  • A sound understanding for the national and international regulatory and commercial business environment and the ability to prepare a sound business case
  • Knowledge of aspects of accident and incident investigation, human factors, safety risk management
  • A proven ability to research and write a substantial analytical report.

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


Each elective is assessed by two pieces of coursework, the core modules are assessed by one piece of coursework and an examination. Each module comprises:

  • Part I: Prior reading before the onsite module where appropriate
  • Part II: Attendance at the institution (or other locations) for the module over 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 onsite module.


We explore air safety management from a broad perspective so you will be exposed to areas as diverse as human resources, regulation, and crisis management. The academic framework has been created by the industry for the industry. This means you learn from the former British Airways human resources director in one module, and the industry's crisis management expert in safety or the chief executive officer of a major maintenance facility in another.

If we have insufficient number of students interested in an elective module, this may not be offered. In rare cases, one or two elective modules may not run due to low interest or unanticipated changes in timetabling, including scheduling clashes, room and staff availability. If an elective module will not run, we will advise you at the beginning of every academic term or as soon as possible, and help you choose an alternative module.

Following the Induction Workshop, the programme is based on completing four core modules and four elective modules over one to five years, which are taught over three-day periods. Teaching takes place across global locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt. Students also take on a project/dissertation in an air safety management topic, which is usually completed within six to twelve months. Students choose their own research focus and often use the project as a way into a new career.

Students who choose not to do the project, or are unable to complete the programme within the five years, receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four modules or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight modules.

Core modules

To begin your MSc, you will first be required to complete the Induction Workshop, which gives you a thorough introduction into Higher Education and introduces all the tools and facilities available for your MSc. The Induction Workshop is assessed by a 2,500 to 3,000-word piece of individual coursework, which serves as the final assessment for acceptance into the MSc programme.

During your MSc you will take the following four core modules, each 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
  • General Principles in Human Factors (EPM974): considers how the application of human factors can prevent incidents and accidents
  • Safety Risk Management (EPM973): focuses on the new risk management of all airline operations

Elective modules

You will also choose any four of the following elective modules, each worth 15 credits:

  • Airline Operations (EPM820): the basic module for air transport, introducing all the requirements for running a successful airline
  • 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
  • Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance (EPM825): covers all regulatory questions
  • Airline Strategy and Business Planning (EPM969): provides a good preparation for the business cases needed in aviation management
  • Airline Finance (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
  • Airworthiness (EPM897): gives you a detailed introduction to the maintenance regulations and strategies
  • 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
  • Airport Strategy Management (EPM981): establishes the foundations of how an airport is managed from a strategic point of view
  • Airline Training Management (EPM982): designed for staff working in operational/regulatory roles in aviation


The final project/dissertation is worth 60 credits, undertaken by all MSc students of the Air Safety Management programme and must focus on an air safety management topic. This is a substantial piece of writing, deriving from academic research that you have undertaken. The dissertation is the result of your independent work carried out under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.

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 and the dissertation gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This is a professional programme recognised by the aviation industry and approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Airlines are increasingly expecting their managers to study the MSc from City, University of London, and our alumni network includes high-ranking individuals including safety managers, training captains, quality managers, flight safety officers, safety inspectors, safety consultants and accident investigators in civil aviation authorities, airlines and with other aircraft operators and defence forces worldwide.

Graduates may change or transform their careers as a result of the MSc.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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