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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    The programme can be completed within three years, however a fourth and fifth year are available at an additional fee.

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    30 October 2019

Designed for current and future airport managers, this world-class academic postgraduate degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop your career in today’s vibrant airport industry.

Who is it for?

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.


The City, University of London Airport Management MSc will enable you to:

  • Develop your knowledge of the complex disciplines and various technical, operational and financial pressures impacting airport management and the various ground-handling areas
  • Evaluate and apply relevant theories within the airport domain
  • Understand the interaction of all the major components of the airport industry ­– from organisations, governments, airlines, alliances and airport regulatory authorities to suppliers, manufacturers, staff and unions
  • Discuss, examine, synthesise and apply a conceptual understanding and knowledge of the various processes within the airport domain
  • Prepare for a career in airport management.


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.

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 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

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:

  • Written assignments: between 1,500 and 3,000 words per module, focusing on topics relevant to the individual modules (both elective and core modules).
  • Written exam: lasting 90 minutes. This occurs at the end of the last day of the core module delivery. The essay questions are only revealed 'on the day', which students must complete without the use of any reference materials during the assessment.


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.

Career prospects

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.

Visit the Airport Management - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!





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