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In today's rapidly changing air transport environment the industry requires access to advanced and comprehensive knowledge, coupled with an in-depth understanding of its needs. Read more

In today's rapidly changing air transport environment the industry requires access to advanced and comprehensive knowledge, coupled with an in-depth understanding of its needs.

Designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies. Strong industry links and success in placing graduates in this sector for over 50 years.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for students with a degree in aeronautical engineering, economics, business studies and geography or those with demonstrable experience in the air transport industry.

This course covers a wide area of expertise related to air transport management whilst enabling you to specialise in appropriated subject areas. This flexibility means that you may tailor the course to your particular interests and aspirations. It aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in all air transport issues as well as managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills.

Why this course?

The MSc Air Transport Management has been established since 1964. The course has an outstanding global reputation with over 1,000 graduates to date. Graduates of this course are featured in our annual CV Book, a publication which is requested by and circulated to our extensive industry partner network, as our graduates are highly sought after. We help students prepare their CV and for interviews for positions all over the world. In addition, we give students access to our exclusive Air Transport Alumni group on LinkedIn. This offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.

Cranfield University is very well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

The course is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading airports and associated sectors. This group meets annually and ensures that the course content remains up-to-date and equips students with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Members of the committee attend the group project presentations and are actively involved in recruiting our graduates.

Current members include:

  • Senior Vice President, Boeing
  • Senior Economist, IATA
  • Director, BAA 
  • Senior Manager, Rolls Royce 
  • Senior Manager, Virgin Atlantic 
  • Senior Manager, EasyJet.

Course details

The taught programme for the Air Transport Management masters is generally delivered from October to March and is comprised of nine compulsory modules and one module from the choice of optional modules. Many of the lecture modules include case study project sessions and seminars may also be led by senior visitors from industry. 

Students also receive a subscription to industry databases; OAG Schedules, ICAO data, FlightGlobal, CAPA Centre for Aviation.

Group project

The group project undertaken in April, aims to provide a simulated industrial environment where knowledge and skills gained from the taught component can be applied to solving an air transport management problem.

Students are divided into groups and tasked with setting up an airline in any country of the group's choice. Students can also choose any type of airline business model. The group present and defend their business plans to a board of senior industry executives as well as to the faculty. Each group must also submit a detailed report which will be assessed.

Individual project

The individual project is an opportunity to study a current problem and allows students to choose a subject of interest to explore in detail. Students can undertake independent research on a subject relevant to technical, operational or commercial aspects of the air transport or related industries, including a review of relevant literature, methodological planning, data collection, analysis, presentation of results, and evaluation and discussion of these results.

Previous projects have included:

  • The Impacts of Airline Liberalisation
  • Successes of Airline Business Models
  • Applications in Airline Marketing
  • The Benefits of Airport Privatisation
  •  Low-Cost Airline Expansion throughout Europe
  • The Future of In-flight Entertainment
  • Airline Alliances
  • The Impact of Globalisation on Aircraft Manufacturers.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

Many of our former graduates now occupy senior positions within the air transport industry. The Centre for Air Transport Management has close links with companies and organisations in the industry who consider our students a valuable source of potential recruits.

Former students have taken up employment in a variety of positions in a wide range of organisations. Some of the main recruiting areas in recent years have included:

  • Airlines (e.g. British Airways, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, Monarch, American Airlines, Lufthansa, easyJet,)
  • Aerospace Manufacturers (e.g. Airbus, Bombardier, British Aerospace, Rolls-Royce)
  • Airport Operators (e.g. Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham )
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Integrators
  • Consultancy Firms
  • Aviation Insurance and Finance
  • Aviation Journalism


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Who is it for?. This programme is for those who have been working within the aviation industry (for at least two years).  Current students include pilots, air traffic controllers, maintenance staff, engineers and the majority have a license/professional education. Read more

Who is it for?

This programme is for those who have been working within the aviation industry (for at least two years).  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 Transport Management MSc programme is tailored towards those working who cannot attend regular university schedules.

This course 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.

Objectives

Airlines, airports and other aviation companies are mostly led by license holders, 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 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 industry and as a benchmark for innovation.

Industry approval

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

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.

Teaching

You will be taught by industry professionals and leaders in their field of expertise including 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.

Teaching takes place across global locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt. Each module, including the Induction Workshop, is taught over a three day period.

Assessment:

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 module where appropriate
  • Part II: Attendance at City (or other locations) for the module over three days
  • Part III: Examinations are held on the third day of the core modules
  • Part IV: Coursework is due within six weeks from the last day of the module.

Modules

We explore air transport 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.

Students also take on a project/dissertation in an air transport related subject, which is usually completed within six to twelve months. From developing new safety measures to social media marketing in the aviation world, students choose their own research focus and often use the project as a way into a new career. Students who choose note to do the project, or are unable to complete the programme with the five years can receive a Postgraduate Certificate pending Programme Director approval.

We cover the full spectrum of a Master of Science education, adding Management modules for the future career in aviation. The dissertation at the end of the MSc programme gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.

The programme is based on the successful completion of the Induction Workshop which acts as an entry pathway to the MSc. The MSc consists of three core modules and 5 electives plus the project/dissertation. Each module is taught over a three day period across global locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt.

The dissertation at the end of the MSc programme gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.

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, including two core modules, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight modules.

Core modules for the Air Transport MSc are airline business, airline operations and air transport economics.

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 the chief operating officer of Oman Air, the chief executive officer of Jet Time, the Safety Manager of Lufthansa, the Air Safety Director of ICAO and the vice president of Emirates Airbus Fleet.

Graduates may change or transform their careers as a result of the MSc. An RAF air traffic controller immediately moved into a senior training position at Eurocontrol in Brussels after completing the programme.



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Drawing on the School’s research expertise, the MSc in Air Transport Management provides you with a degree that is both intellectually rigorous and up-to-date. Read more

Drawing on the School’s research expertise, the MSc in Air Transport Management provides you with a degree that is both intellectually rigorous and up-to-date.

You will learn to critically evaluate all aspects of air transport management, and have the opportunity to analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation and provision of airlines and airports.

Built with an international perspective, the programme offers an in-depth education in the fundamental elements of air transport management. You will also study a range of relevant areas that will enhance and accelerate your career in the air transport industry.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The aims of the new programme are to provide:

  • A high quality education, which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of future managers, executives and professionals in the air transport industry
  • A business management orientation related to the air transport industry and draw on a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this particular sector
  • An integrated approach so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme
  • An international perspective both in scope and coverage
  • Up to date information that draws on the stimulus of the School’s recent research activities
  • Students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

  • Critically evaluate the development, characteristics, issues and influences relevant to air transport management
  • Analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation and provision of airlines and airports
  • Evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to the strategic management of airlines and airports
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the fundamental elements of airline and airport business management

A student would be expected:

  • To evaluate critically the complex interrelationships of regulatory, commercial, technical aspects of the air transport industry
  • To demonstrate the ability to work within teams to solve practical problems pertaining to the technical, operational and commercial aspects of the air transport industry
  • To evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
  • To demonstrate high level learning and problem solving skills
  • To conduct research and produce a high quality report: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
  • To identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches
  • To display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, interactive and group skills, research skills
  • To handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically evaluate the development, characteristics, issues and influences relevant to air transport management
  • Analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation and provision of air transport
  • Evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to the management of the air transport industry
  • Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving skills
  • Conduct research and produce a high quality report: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
  • Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches

Professional practical skills

Handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others.

Key / transferable skills

Display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of:

  • Analysis and synthesis
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Computing skills
  • Critical reasoning
  • Data analysis
  • Organisation and planning
  • Report and essay writing skills
  • Interactive and group skills
  • Research skills

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Designed to equip you with the skills to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies. Read more

Designed to equip you with the skills to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies.

This part-time flexible Executive course, available either at Cranfield or Singapore (via the Singapore Aviation Academy), covers a broad range of management strategic issues to enable you to advance your career in the air transport industry. Focus on subjects that match your individual interests and career aspirations, whilst you remain in employment.

Who is it for?

Created to meet the demand for more flexible executive teaching in air transport management, this course is suitable for those who require a broad knowledge of air transport management strategic issues whilst remaining in full-time employment. It combines compulsory air transport core learning with an increased focus on leadership and personal development including managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. Accelerate your career development by focusing on subjects that match your individual interests and career aspirations.

We also deliver this course via the Singapore Aviation Academy. Important: to study in Singapore visit the Singapore Aviation Academy website and apply using their application process.

Why this course?

The MSc Air Transport Management has been established since 1964. The course has an outstanding global reputation with over 1,500 graduates to date. We recognise the challenges faced by our executive students and have reduced the required number of visits to Cranfield through the introduction of several distance learning modules which are indicated in the modules overview. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

We are very well located for students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

The course is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading airlines and associated sectors. This group meets annually and ensures that the course content remains up-to-date and equips you with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Members of the committee also attend the group project presentations.

We regularly invite senior industry experts to present to our students. Previous speakers have included:

  • Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways
  • Julie White, VP Global Sales Planning and Distribution Strategy of Virgin Atlantic
  • Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Groups
  • Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport
  • Brian Pearce, Chief Economist of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Professor Rigas Doganis

Course details

The taught programme for the Air Transport Management masters starts in July and is comprised of ten modules (six compulsory and four optional). All the modules are completed over three one-week periods (two modules per week) so you are only expected to make three trips to Cranfield to complete the six compulsory modules in July, November and March. Some optional modules are available for distance learning.

Group project

Students are divided into groups and tasked with setting up an airline in any country of the group's choice. Students can also choose any type of airline business model. The groups present and defend their business plans to a board of senior industry executives as well as to teaching staff. Each group must also submit a detailed report which will be assessed.

The group project is undertaken in the second year, and is held in July for two weeks. The aim is to provide a simulated industrial environment where knowledge and skills gained from the taught component can be applied to solving an air transport management problem.

Individual project

The individual research project is undertaken during year three of your studies. It provides an opportunity to study a problem in detail, and sponsoring organisations may collaborate in the choice of a suitable subject. This allows you to demonstrate the application of your learning to real-life problems.

Assessment

Taught Module 45%, Group project 15%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

Successful completion of this course will gain you an internationally recognised qualification which benefits from the Cranfield reputation and can take you onto new levels of your career anywhere in the world. We provide access to our exclusive LinkedIn Cranfield University - Air Transport Group, which offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.

This qualification facilitates accelerated career development for many of our graduates. One former graduate began his studies as an Operations Manager and was promoted three times during his study – he is now the Deputy CEO and credits the course for enabling his progression by allowing him to take a broader view of his organisation than his original role.  

Other roles our former graduates have gone on to occupy include:

  • Financial Controller at Rolls-Royce plc
  • Head of Market Intelligence at Cargolux


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Gain fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications. Read more

Gain fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications. Pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations through a wide range of modules through four specialist options:

Who is it for?

This course aims to provide both fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications. Suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an established international industry.

Why this course?

The MSc course in Thermal Power is structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements.

The course is embedded in a large power and propulsion activity that is recognised internationally for its enviable portfolio of research, short courses and postgraduate programmes.

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace propulsion at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. Our graduates secure relevant employment within six months of graduation, and you can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers around the world.

This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

Our industry partners help support our students in a number of ways - through guest lectures, awarding student prizes, recruiting course graduates and ensuring course content remains relevant to leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme. The Thermal Power MSc Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior engineers from companies such as:

  • Alstom
  • Canadian Forces
  • EASA
  • EasyJet
  • E-ON
  • RMC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)

Accreditation

Re-accreditation for the MSc in Thermal Power is currently being sought with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The course is comprised of taught modules, depending on the course option chosen. Modules for each option vary; please see individual descriptions for compulsory modules which must be undertaken. There is also an opportunity to choose from an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.

Individual project

You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in the presence of an external examiner.

Previous Individual projects have included:

  • Techno-economic, Environmental and Risk Assessment Studies
  • Centrifugal Compressors Simulations and Diagnostics for oil and gas applications
  • Advanced Power Generation Systems with Low Carbon Emissions
  • Design of Turbines for use in Oscillating Water Columns
  • Design of a 1MW Industrial Gas Turbine
  • Gas Path Analysis for Engine Diagnostics
  • Procurement Criteria for Civil Aero-Engines
  • Selection of Combined Heat and Power Plants
  • Condition Monitoring Systems Instrumentation
  • Repowering Steam Turbine Plants
  • Combined Cycle Plant Technical and Economic Evaluation.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within the first year of course completion. Many of our graduates are employed in the following industries:

  • Gas turbine engine manufacturers
  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Airline operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Aerospace, and energy consultancies
  • Power production industries
  • Academia: doctoral studies.


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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. Read more

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.

Objectives

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 my passion, and after 20 years in the industry I joined City University London and realised how important it is to combine Aviation Safety and Higher Education - to marry the powerful technology of research with industry needs and all parties involved”

Dr. Ivan Sikora, Programme Director MSc Air Safety Management

Industry approval

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

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.

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.

Assessment

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.

Modules

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.

The course is based on completing the Induction Workshop plus eight 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 transport related subject, which is usually completed within six to twelve months. From developing new safety measures to social media marketing in the aviation world, 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, including two core modules, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight modules.

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.



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The Brunel MBA is a research-led and applied programme for experienced professionals designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career. Read more

About the course

The Brunel MBA is a research-led and applied programme for experienced professionals designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career.

Whether you want to advance your existing career, move to a new field, or start your own business, the Brunel MBA can give you the tools you need. Every aspect of the programme is practical, fulfilling, integrated and, thanks to our world class teaching and research facilities, always relevant to today’s ever-changing business environment.

The Brunel MBA is a one year full-time or 2 year part-time programme with three specialisation options:

General Management
Aviation Management
Healthcare Management

A part-time MBA is now also available. The Brunel MBA part-time programme is designed to maximise your career impact in the global market over a 2 year study period, without having to take a break from work. Indicative study patterns for the part-time MBA are 12 hours per week over a maximum of three days (with some classes on Saturdays), making the programme an ideal option for full-time working professionals in and around London.

Practical Learning

Brunel MBA students benefit from rigorous corporate exposure designed to build global professional advantage throughtout the programme.

A rich calendar of internal and external events and training allows students to get the most of their MBA by activities such as annual international business tours, visits to companies in the UK, networking with companies on campus, Employee Best Practice Competencies training workshops, Business Games and Simulations, high-profile corporate guest speakers, showcase events to present student work to global companies, on-campus recruitment fairs, and many more.

Aims

The Brunel MBA recruits managers and other professionals of high calibre who can both benefit from and contribute to an intellectually challenging management programme.

Choosing the General Management specialisation can help students to become a better manager all-round – from corporate business finance to international strategy, from harnessing IT technology to marketing. Students gain a more informed output into senior management decision making or consultancy within the industry. This General Management specialisation focuses on giving students the skills of practical application of knowledge to solving contemporary business issues, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, maximizing your assets and turning them into a more profitable future.

The Aviation Management specialised MBA is deeply rooted in the Aviation industry and informed by extensive cutting-edge aviation research. It is designed for professionals working for airlines, airports authorities and supply and support services within the aviation sector such as engineers, logistics, catering, cargo, energy, safety, security, IT and travel and tourism. It is supported by our proximity to the world’s busiest passenger hub at Heathrow, Brunel’s growing reputations in aerospace and environmental research, and our close links with the aviation industry.

The Healthcare Management specialised MBA is focused on application of knowledge in the Healthcare industry and enables students to develop managerial skills to handle real-life business situations in the sector. The MBA (Healthcare Management) award is designed for professionals in strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and hospital administration, and for those working in the growing number of private health contractors, outside suppliers and consultancies.

Course Content

The richness of the Brunel MBA curriculum is based on the key business concepts that can help managers and CEOs alike to develop the expertise required to lead and manage in the international business context.

The highly commended Leadership Master Class Series and the Career Development Programme combined with over 500 hours of student-tutor direct (teaching) contact hours successfully maintain the balance between theory and practise and reflect the school’s ambitions for its graduates.

The Brunel MBA academic component comprises core modules, followed by elective modules in General Management, Healthcare or Aviation and is crowned by a Business Project.

The MBA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory Modules:

Operations Management
Corporate and Competitive Strategy
Business Economics
Leading People and Managing Organisations
Corporate and Business Finance
Strategic Marketing Management
International Business
Business Project and Professional Portfolio

Optional Modules:

Managing for the Future
Airline Management, Economics and Ethics
Healthcare Policy
Information Systems in Organisations
Managing Service Operations and Change in Healthcare
Airport Operations Management

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

AMBA Accreditation
The Brunel MBA is one of a distinguished group of MBA programmes worldwide to have achieved accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the leading MBA accreditation body.

Two intakes per year
The intensive full time and part-time programme starts annually in early January and late September.

Leadership Masterclasses
The Brunel MBA incorporates an innovative series of Leadership Masterclasses (LMS) which aim to help you perform better as a manager.

Sessions in the series will help you improve the ways in which you present your ideas, teach you how to manage change, negotiate conflict, as well as give you deeper insight into cross cultural issues and corporate responsibility.

Masterclasses will help you to become a better negotiator, manage projects more efficiently, resolve conflict at work more effectively and present your ideas with greater credibility. Research indicates that these are employable skills that recruiting organisations look for in a senior manager.

Company Links and Visits
MBA students undertake regular visits to companies in the UK and many companies visit the students on campus as part of the MBA Guest Speaker Series: “Let’s Talk Business”. The following companies have an on-going relationship with Brunel MBA and our students have had the chance to network with representatives from:

Barclays
British Airways
Capital & Counties Properties PLC
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
IBM
Iraq Energy Institute
Jaguar
Johnson and Johnson
Lloyd Northover
Microsoft UK
Oxford Instruments
Radley Yeldar
Xerox

International Business Tour
MBA students have the opportunity to embark annually on a Business Tour to one of the main economic hubs in the world, where they learn about operations of multinational corporations. A recent visit included a weeklong trip to one of the leading BRIC economies: India. Students had a unique opportunity to meet with senior directors of companies such as Cadburys, McDonalds and Merrill Lynch – as well as a number of local social enterprises and SMEs.

Graduate Entrepreneur programme

Brunel University is pleased to announce that we have once again been awarded ten places on this year's Graduate Entrepreneur programme, plus an additional ten places just for Brunel MBA Graduates.
Under the scheme selected graduates can stay on in the UK and work towards setting up their own business, under a special branch of the Tier 1 Route. Brunel provides Immigration sponsorship and mentoring for those graduates selected.

Teaching

You will be taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced, research active academic staff at the forefront of their field or professionals with a wealth of commercial experience. Many of our lecturers are:

Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research;
Work as consultants for major companies worldwide;
Have practical and personal experience in business/have run their own companies.

Lectures
These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Group work and presentations
Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations. There will also be research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers from the industry.

Web-learning and Support
eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard Learn.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination.
Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.
The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Career Coaching

As part of the MBA students receive advice on all aspects of career planning, including reassessment of their true strengths and weaknesses. This aspect of the MBA programme is invaluable to students who, having worked in managerial roles for a number of years may now wish to evaluate their experience to date and progress their careers into the future.

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We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for almost 40 years. Designed specifically for aircraft accident investigators and those working in related fields, this course will provide you with an academically recognised, high standard qualification. Read more

We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for almost 40 years. Designed specifically for aircraft accident investigators and those working in related fields, this course will provide you with an academically recognised, high standard qualification.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Safety and Accident Investigation (Air Transport) allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of accident investigation. The majority of students join this course with the intention of receiving a qualification that will allow them to further their career development in accident investigation or other safety related areas of the air transport industry.

Why this course?

We have been a centre of excellence for aircraft accident investigation for almost 40 years. In 2011, we were awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our world leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation.

An important aspect of this course is the use of hands-on workshops and simulations to develop the practical skills required as an investigator. This is complemented by sessions and modules that enable you to conduct rigorous research and scientific analysis, along with technical writing, investigation and interviewing techniques.

The course format is suitable for professionals based all over the world, as teaching is in modules, and research and assessments can be completed remotely if necessary. Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

Informed by Industry

The Industry Advisory Board for this course is made up of representatives from several organisations who have an interest in safety and accident investigation. The board meets annually to ensure the course content remains relevant and up-to-date. Current members include:

  • Chief Inspector, Air Accidents Investigation Branch
  • Head of Corporate Safety, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Board Member, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Executive Vice President Safety, Emirates
  • Manager, Air Safety Investigations, Rolls-Royce
  • Director of Flight Safety, Airbus.

Course details

The programme commences with attendance on the Aircraft Accident Investigation module, which may be completed as two three-week modules in Fundamentals of Investigation and Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation. 

Upon completion of these core modules, you can then select four optional modules (15 options are currently offered, covering core skills, management, engineering, human factors and specialist techniques). Most optional modules are one week and many are offered as standalone short courses.

Individual project

During year three, you will undertake a supervised research project on a subject of your choice within the aircraft accident investigation field. Building on pioneering work in the area of medical imaging, one of our recent MSc graduates has developed a state-of-the-art technique with his research project ‘Using 3D Computed Tomography in Aircraft Accident Investigation.’

Further examples of recent titles include:

  • Why is it (still) doing that? An exploratory analysis of automation-related aircraft incidents experienced by airline pilots
  • Estimating touchdown descent rate of the CL-605 using FDR data and empirical correlations derived from flight test
  • Risk assessment process for in-service structural related issues: delivering a practical solution.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

The MSc in Safety and Accident Investigation (Air Transport) allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of accident investigation. The majority of students join this course with the intention of receiving a qualification that will allow them to further their career development in accident investigation or other safety related areas of the air transport industry.

Previous students have been employed by dedicated government investigation agencies, airframe and power plant manufacturers, air traffic services, safety regulation, insurers, and the military.



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The programme is designed to prepare graduates for rewarding careers in tourism management, tourism development, tourism planning and policy analysis. Read more
The programme is designed to prepare graduates for rewarding careers in tourism management, tourism development, tourism planning and policy analysis.

The MA in International Tourism is a one-year, full-time programme. Lectures & exams are delivered over two semesters (September-May), plus a further period of 4 months for completion of the research dissertation. Normally the deadline for submission of dissertation is 30 September, which enables students to complete the programme in 12 months.

Part-time option: part-time students are expected to complete the MA programme over a two-year period with lectures being delivered one day per week (Monday-Friday) between the hours of 09h00-18h00 in each semester.

International students, whose native (spoken) language is not English will be required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language through a recognised testing mechanism.

Careers include: Marketing Executives in Hotel Groups; Airline Executives; Travel Agency managers; Incoming Tour Operators; Third-level lecturing; Tourism Consultancy; Tour Guide Management; Tourism Facility Management; Managerial/ project management roles in rural, regional and national tourism organisations.

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The UK continues to lead the world in power and propulsion technology. In addition to its established aerospace role, the gas turbine is finding increasing application in power generation, oil and gas pumping, chemical processing and power plants for ships and other large vehicles. Read more

The UK continues to lead the world in power and propulsion technology. In addition to its established aerospace role, the gas turbine is finding increasing application in power generation, oil and gas pumping, chemical processing and power plants for ships and other large vehicles.

Gas Turbine Technology is a specialist option of the MSc in Thermal Power providing a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operations and maintenance of power and propulsion systems. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.

Suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an international growth industry.

Why this course?

The MSc option in Gas Turbine Technology is structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements. You will receive a thorough grounding in gas turbine design principles for aerospace, marine and industrial applications. 

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in thermal power and gas turbine technology at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. 

This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

Our industry partners help support our students in a number of ways - through guest lectures, awarding student prizes, recruiting course graduates and ensuring course content remains relevant to leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme. The Thermal Power MSc Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior engineers from companies such as:

  • Alstom
  • Canadian Forces
  • EASA
  • EasyJet
  • E-ON
  • RMC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force (RAF).

Accreditation

Re-accreditation for the MSc in Thermal Power is currently being sought with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The course is comprised of up to 12 taught modules, depending on the course option chosen. Modules for each option vary; please see individual descriptions for compulsory modules which must be undertaken. There is also an opportunity to choose from an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.

Individual project

You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner.

Previous Individual Research Projects have included:

  • S-duct aerodynamic shape multi-objective optimisation
  • Performance modelling of evaporative gas turbine cycles for marine applications
  • Mechanical integrity/stress analysis of the high pressure compressor of a new engine
  • High pressure turbine blade life analysis for a civilian derivative aircraft conducting military operations
  • Engine performance degradation due to foulants in the environment
  • Effects of manufacturing tolerances on gas turbine performance and components
  • Development of a transient combustion model
  • Numerical fan modelling and aerodynamic analysis of a high bp ratio turbofan engine
  • Combustor modelling
  • Impact of water ingestion on large jet engine performance and emissions
  • Windmilling compressor and fan aerodynamics
  • Neural networks based sensor fault diagnostics for industrial gas turbine engines
  • Boundary layer ingestion for novel aircraft
  • Multidisciplinary design optimisation for axial compressors
  • Non-linear off design performance adaptation for a twin spool turbofan engine
  • Engine degradation analysis and washing effect on performance using measured data.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within the first year of course completion. Many of our graduates are employed in the following industries:

  • Gas turbine engine manufacturers
  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Airline operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Aerospace/Energy consultancies
  • Power production industries
  • Academia: doctoral studies.


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This course covers all aspects of the gas turbine and other industrial prime movers. It aims to provide you with a thorough knowledge of, and the ability to, assess anthropogenic emissions. . Read more

This course covers all aspects of the gas turbine and other industrial prime movers. It aims to provide you with a thorough knowledge of, and the ability to, assess anthropogenic emissions. 

Power, Propulsion and the Environment is a specialist option of the MSc in Thermal Power.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an growing international industry. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.

Why this course?

The MSc option in Power, Propulsion and the Environment is structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements. You will receive a thorough grounding in the operation of different types of rotating machinery for aeronautical, marine and industrial applications plus environmental management.

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in thermal power and gas turbine technology at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. 

This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

Our industry partners help support our students in a number of ways - through guest lectures, awarding student prizes, recruiting course graduates and ensuring course content remains relevant to leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme. The Thermal Power MSc Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior engineers from companies such as:

  • Alstom
  • Canadian Forces
  • EASA
  • EasyJet
  • E-ON
  • RMC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force (RAF).

Accreditation

Re-accreditation for the MSc in Thermal Power is currently being sought with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The course is comprised of up to 12 taught modules, depending on the course option chosen. Modules for each option vary; please see individual descriptions for compulsory modules which must be undertaken. There is also an opportunity to choose from an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.

Individual project

You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner.

Previous Individual Research Projects have included:

  • Benchmark of methods to measure the density of atmospheric ice
  • Green runway: investigation of emissions and noise for large aircraft operation within an airport
  • Techno economic environmental risk assessment on marine propulsion.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within the first year of course completion. Many of our graduates are employed in the following industries:

  • Gas turbine engine manufacturers
  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Airline operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Aerospace/Energy consultancies
  • Power production industries
  • Academia: doctoral studies.


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The programme is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and enjoys full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meaning that the programme meets the knowledge requirement of CIPD membership. Read more
The programme is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and enjoys full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meaning that the programme meets the knowledge requirement of CIPD membership. Full CIPD membership requires further work experience to demonstrate practical competence. The York MSc in Human Resource Management is delivered by a team of specialist HR academics, supported by practitioners who work closely with the local CIPD branch. Teaching is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The teaching faculty are subject experts in their respective fields and many have professional experience in HR management. Previous students have praised our staff for their professionalism, friendly and welcoming manner, and enthusiasm for their subject.

With the environment in which organisations operate becoming ever more turbulent, how to recruit, select, retain and develop employees is increasingly important as a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Graduates of the MSc in HRM will be equipped with the skills and the knowledge to prepare them for entering international roles within the contemporary HRM function and to be able to contribute towards the shaping of the HR strategy and its integration with broader business strategies. Graduates of this programme will understand how the contemporary HRM function contributes to a range of organisations and they will develop the business acumen to work within organisations, and across organisational and national boundaries whilst responding to the interests and needs of internal and external stakeholders. Graduates will appreciate the pertinence of undertaking the HR role in a manner that drives sustainable organisational performance, whilst respecting the needs and wellbeing of diverse groups of workers. The MSc HRM seeks to enable graduates to respond decisively to business demands with relevant and evidence based HR solutions.

Teaching takes place in modern purpose-built facilities on the University of York's Heslington East campus. The campus offers a safe and secure location in which to live and study, two miles from the centre of the historic and beautiful walled city of York. York is well-positioned on the national rail network and the UK's major cities - and airline hubs - are within easy reach; London is just 2 hours away, Manchester can be reached in under 1.5 hours and Edinburgh is 2.5 hours north.

Course Structure

Term 1
-Human Resource Management in Context (20 credits)
-The Changing Nature of Work (20 credits)
-Skills for Business Leadership (10 credits)

Term 2
-Organisational Capacity Building (20 credits)
-Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations (20 credits)
-Human Resource Management and Sustainability (20 credits)

Term 3 and Summer
-Research Skills for Human Resource Management (10 credits)
-Dissertation for Human Resource Management (60 credits)

Note: these modules are subject to change - the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer.

Where you'll go from here

York Masters students have been successful in developing careers in a range of organisations in many parts of the world. Common destinations on leaving are:
-Computing
-Education (Further and Higher)
-Finance and Banking
-Government - Departments and Civil Service
-Government - Local and National
-HR, Recruitment and Professional Training
-Libraries, Museums and Information Services
-Manufacturing - Food and Beverages
-Oil and Mining
-Research
-Retail - Supermarkets and Food
-Retail - Wholesale
-Telecommunications

A small number of students each year are keen to continue their studies, enrolling on specialists masters programmes elsewhere in the UK or moving on to The York Management School’s Doctoral programme.

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Events play an essential role in the business, cultural and sporting life of all countries. In recent years an exciting new profession has emerged with event planners designing and organising a diverse range of events, and marketing the great variety of destinations and venues in which they take place. Read more

Events play an essential role in the business, cultural and sporting life of all countries. In recent years an exciting new profession has emerged with event planners designing and organising a diverse range of events, and marketing the great variety of destinations and venues in which they take place.

This course is specifically designed for people who want to enter or make further progress in, management-level careers in the fast-expanding field of event management. London is an ideal place in which to study events with many venues on the doorstep. As a regular host of world-class sports and culture events such as Wimbledon, the London Marathon, Notting Hill Carnival and the London Fashion Week, as well as one-off mega events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup, London is widely recognised as a world events capital. With several hundred venues and an abundance of international business and leisure events, London is a world leader in this dynamic industry.

This course explores the strategic development, design and logistical organisation of many different types of event. You will also learn how events and conferences contribute to enriching the lives of communities and improve communications in business, politics and professional life. The dissertation will give you further opportunity to research a conference or events topic in depth. The course is taught by experienced academics and industry practitioners, providing valuable insight into this exciting industry sector.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Option modules

Field trips

We believe that field trips can make a huge contribution to student learning and course enjoyment and we take full advantage of our superb location to make visits to London hotels, event venues, visitor attractions and cultural sites.

At postgraduate level there is a residential field trip in the first semester to a UK destination, with some assessment work attached to the visit. There are also several London-based visits throughout the course.

Career path

Graduates from this course enter a wide range of careers, in both the private and the public sectors, in Britain and internationally. These careers range from conference and events planning, to venue management, to destination marketing. Some choose to work with specialist organisations, such as convention bureaux, while others opt to work as professional conference organisers, event managers and venue promoters. Some students go on to pursue doctoral studies.



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Tourism is an increasingly important part of our lives, and the tourism industry is one of the few global industries forecast to grow in the long term. Read more

Tourism is an increasingly important part of our lives, and the tourism industry is one of the few global industries forecast to grow in the long term. Managing this rapidly growing industry to meet visitors' demands in a sustainable way is exciting and challenging. This long-established course will give you the knowledge, analytical abilities and skills you need to make a career as a tourism professional.

You will study at the heart of London, one of the world's leading tourism destinations. Site visits, integrated in the course modules, will allow you to explore a wide variety of aspects of the dynamic tourism industry.

Annual student feedback for the course is very positive, with teaching, staff contract and course content receiving particular praise. This reflects the tourism team's efforts to provide a valuable and effective course as well as a supportive, friendly and stimulating environment for your studies.

Members of the teaching team have published academic texts used by students of tourism at many UK universities. You will benefit from access to these texts – and the insights of these authors. Furthermore, staff teaching on the course are active researchers, and their teaching is informed by both their own research and their engagement with industry. 

You will learn about the nature and characteristics of tourism and explore how it can be marketed, managed and planned, examining cases from around the world. Your management and entrepreneurial skills will be developed to assist you in finding employment in many different parts of this dynamic and growing industry.

A range of option modules allows you to focus on your particular interests, and to explore the links between the different aspects of tourism. A dissertation gives you the chance to applying your learning to develop in-depth, specialist knowledge of a tourism topic of your choice.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

You will be able to choose three option modules, a selection of which are listed below. Please note that we cannot guarantee all option modules will run each year, as availability will depend on demand.

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the tourism management institute (TMI) meaning you can be confident it will give you the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare you for a career in tourism destination management.

Career path

Graduates of this course have gone on to establish careers in a wide variety of fields around the world, including:

  • national and regional tourism organisations in the UK and overseas
  • marketing roles with transport organisations such as airlines and tourism destinations
  • working for companies specialising in business tourism

Some of our graduates have launched their own travel agency businesses, while others work in a variety of management roles in hotels, and in consultancy roles for tourism research organisations.



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The key technological achievement underlying the development and growth of the aerospace industry has been the design and development of efficient and economical propulsion systems. Read more

The key technological achievement underlying the development and growth of the aerospace industry has been the design and development of efficient and economical propulsion systems. Major efforts are also now being dedicated to the development of new technologies relevant to the propfan and variable cycle engines. Aerospace Propulsion is a specialist option of the MSc in Thermal Power.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operation and maintenance of propulsion systems.

Suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an established international industry. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.

Why this course?

This option is structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a range of optional modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive two-week industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements. You will gain a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of propulsion systems for aerospace applications, whilst looking at the methods of propulsion with the main focus on air-breathing engines and the use of gas turbines for propulsion.

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace propulsion at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. Our graduates secure relevant employment within six months of graduation, and you can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers around the world.

Informed by Industry

Our industry partners help support our students in a number of ways - through guest lectures, awarding student prizes, recruiting course graduates and ensuring course content remains relevant to leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme. The Thermal Power MSc Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior engineers from companies such as:

  • Alstrom
  • Canadian Forces
  • EASA
  • EasyJet
  • E-ON
  • RMC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force (RAF).

Accreditation

Re-accreditation for the MSc in Thermal Power is currently being sought with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The taught programme for the Aerospace Propulsion masters consists of eight compulsory modules and up to six optional modules. The modules are generally delivered from October to April.

Individual project

You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner. 

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within the first year of course completion. Many of our graduates are employed in the following roles and industries:

  • Gas turbine engine manufacturers
  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Airline operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Aerospace/energy consultancies
  • Power production industries
  • Academia: doctoral studies


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