A unique course created to meet a demand clearly stated by employers for graduates skilled and qualified in airport business development, planning, design, operations and environmental management. Study at the only UK university campus with a fully operational airport.
Cranfield University is the only university in the world to run an English language master's course in airport planning and management. Achieving this highly relevant and globally respected degree will enable you to stand out in a competitive employment market.
Cranfield's Centre for Air Transport Management combines a wealth of practical expertise with extensive research, consultancy and teaching experience in one centre of excellence. We have been providing postgraduate education for almost sixty years. You can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers throughout the world.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, you will attain the following learning outcomes from this course:
Cranfield University is very well located for visiting 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.
Directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading airports and associated sectors. This group meets annually to ensure that the course content will equip you with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers.
Industrial Advisory Committee members include:
Nine compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.
In April students are divided into groups of seven to ten, and asked to solve a current airport planning and management challenge. The group project draws upon the learning from the taught modules and applies it to real-life simulation. Each member is required to take responsibility for a key area, for example, market analysis, capital expenditure forecast or terminal design. The group submits a report of their findings and recommendations and delivers a presentation to staff, students and industry experts.
Projects are usually supported by industry and potential future employers value this experience. Industry involvement is an integral component to the group project, to give you first-hand experience of working within real life challenging situations.
Previous Group Projects have included:
The individual research project is the single largest component of this course and is an opportunity to study a problem in detail. Sponsoring organisations may co-operate in the choice of a suitable subject. Project topics vary widely and are often based on your area of interest.
Previous individual research projects have included:
Taught modules 50%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 40%
Working in an airport environment offers varied and exciting career possibilities. Graduates should be able to pursue a career working for an airport authority in business development, operations, design and planning or with one of the many planning and management consultancies that advise airports across the world.
Our passion for the areas of expertise we operate in, and our hands-on relationship with industry are unparalleled. This is recognised globally by potential employers and we have a proven record of graduate employment across airports, consultancies and associated industries.
Previous graduates have secured employment with a range of companies including:
Due to the competitive nature of this programme, decisions are made in rounds.
If you submit your application by 07:30am UK time on Friday 4 January 2019, you will be considered in the first round and will receive a confirmed decision on your application by Friday 8 February 2019.
Applications received after Friday 4 January 2019 and by Friday 8 March 2019 will be considered in the second round and will receive a confirmed decision on your application by Friday 29 March 2019.
Applications received after Friday 8 March 2019 and by 17 May 2019 will be considered in the third round of decisions and you will receive a confirmed decision on your application by 14 June 2019.
Any applications received after 17 May 2019 will be put on a waiting list and will be considered should places become available.
Visit the Airport Planning and Management - MSc page on the Cranfield University website for more details!
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