The MSc in Airport Management has been designed to provide you with a mid-career education. If you have been employed in the aviation industry for at least two years and have the desire to develop your career in the fast-growing airport industry, this programme is for you.
The knowledge you gain from the wide range of module topics will enable you to make a greater contribution to your organisation. A key feature of the course is the development of shared values, offering you an invaluable opportunity to meet and work with other professions within the aviation industry.
Ready for a career in airport management? Running an airport safely, satisfying both the environmental and economic goals successfully, is the aim of this new MSc programme. It offers you a truly exciting prospect to develop your career in a growing industry.
Captain Tilmann Gabriel, Programme Director.
The City, University of London Airport Management MSc will enable you to:
The MSc is currently in the approval process with RAeS.
This programme is supported by the Airports Council International (ACI) World. This means the course is recognised by the airport industry across the world.
To apply for this course, you should have at least two-year employment experience in the aviation industry. You do not necessarily need a bachelor's degree to enter this MSc programme, but you will need a professional licence, for example:
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.
The mandatory Induction Workshop must be passed to ensure that you meet the English and writing skills requirements for this MSc programme.
Your English should be proficient as is required in the aviation industry and the ICAO English classification.
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
Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
The Honorary Company of Pilots (HCAP) offers a grant to four enrolled students every year (pilots are excluded).
Students on MSc Airport management may be eligible to apply for the City Star Scholarship.
See how Airports Council International helps the world's airports.
Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2018, ACI serves 641 members operating 1,953 airports in 176 countries.
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 facilities including:
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 free language course for City, University of London students.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
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.
Leading academic staff and a number of specialist lecturers from the aviation industry teach each module over an intensive three-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, enabling you to interact with your lecturers and other students.
Assessment of the taught modules is undertaken through a combination of the following elements:
We explore airport 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. 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.
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 airport 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.
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:
You will also choose any four of the following elective modules, each worth 15 credits:
The final project/dissertation is worth 60 credits, undertaken by all MSc students of the Airport Management programme and must focus on an airport 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.
This course has been developed to help you progress or pursue your career in airport management. As a vocational course, its success can be judged by the subsequent career progression of students and alumni from other aviation courses at City. Of our 1,400 alumni, many remain in contact with us to provide updates on their career development. Recent alumni updates include: