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Air Transport Planning and Management - MSc

Course Description

Modules on this course are taught in blocks of five days at a time to enable international participants to travel efficiently to London several times a year. Students take six taught modules in total (over one year on the full-time course*, or two to three years on the block release part-time course) and complete a research dissertation. Email contact and tutorial support is provided between the module blocks along with guest lectures and workshop sessions for full-time students.

The block attendance mode for this course is not compatible with visa restrictions for international students. Therefore, this mode of attendance is not available for international students requiring a visa. The block mode of attendance is still available to UK and EU students. International students can still apply for our full-time course.

This course has been developed to meet the needs of graduates worldwide seeking to gain greater knowledge and experience of the air transport industry, and looking to progress into senior roles in management, operations and commercial planning of airlines, airports, government departments and aviation-related businesses such as aircraft manufacturing, finance and consultancy. It is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical basis, coupled with the application of many practical techniques and strategies.

The course builds on the successful series of aviation short courses that have attracted participants from around the globe to the University each year. The Department has a long-established interest in air transport research, consultancy and teaching, having been set up by the renowned aviation academic Professor Rigas Doganis some 40 years ago. The University's association with aviation goes back much further, however, as it was here in the 19th century that Sir George Cayley first demonstrated the principles of flight.

Modules on this course can also be taken as short courses which are not formally assessed. Students who have followed the relevant short course(s) within the last five years may be able to register at a reduced fee to complete the module on an 'assessment only' basis as part of the Master's degree.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

Option modules

Associated careers

If you are a full-time student without a prior background in the air transport industry you should be well placed on completion of the course to take up a junior position in a planning, management and operational role with airlines and airports. You will also be well equipped for employment as an analyst with consultancies, government bodies and aircraft manufacturers.

If you have a prior industry background you should be able to return to your position with new skills and understanding, plus a greater maturity of approach. You will be well placed to move into senior managerial, policy or research functions. The competitive nature of the industry will also provide many new opportunities for suitably qualified personnel.

A strong performance on the MSc provides the opportunity to study further by registering for a research degree in the Department of Planning and Transport. Graduates will also be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to participate in the activities of professional bodies such as the Air Transport Research Society, the German Aviation Research Society and AirNeth.

Visit the Air Transport Planning and Management - MSc page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ruby Leung Wai Hang

“Westminster provides international students with comprehensive assistance and an enjoyable learning environment. The international students welcome programme includes orientation sections and a coach trip, which was a good opportunity to explore the city and socialise with students from other countries.

The Department of Transport and Logistics has been conducting air transport research for 40 years, and was set up by Professor Rigas Doganis, the non-executive director of easyJet. The university has invited many talented and experienced professionals from the air transport industry, including Professor Doganis, to deliver lectures during the course. It has been very beneficial to all of us especially when they shared their distinctive stories and precise overviews of the industry.

We have been to different airports in the UK throughout the year. Through a number of demonstrations and presentations given by staff working in airports, I learnt how different airports put theory into practice. Our course leader Dr Nigel Dennis and the lecturers are always ready to help. Not only do they provide academic guidance, but they also help students to cope in this new environment.

Westminster has definitely prepared me for my career. In interviews employers have been impressed by my professional knowledge and critical thinking skills.”

(Student Profile)

Yves De Wandeler

"The part-time course which can be taken over two or three years is flexible for accommodating my work commitments. I also appreciate the aspect of meeting industry professionals from a wide range of stakeholders, creating an ideal opportunity to network and share experience.’’

(Student Profile)

Kellie Heath

“The block delivery of modules makes it easy for part-time students from outside London to take the course and studying at Westminster has given me new perspectives on issues I encounter in my daily working environment.”


Entry Requirements

You should normally have a good undergraduate Honours degree or its equivalent (First or Second Class) or, alternatively, evidence of further education and appropriate professional experience. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component. Applicants without these formal academic qualifications but with professional qualifications or substantial (normally at least three years) relevant work experience in the air transport industry may be considered for the course.

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