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Human Factors in Aviation - MSc

Course Description

The human element is vital to the safe and efficient operation of any airline. Over the past three decades a better understanding of the human behaviour has resulted in significant safety benefits. The Human Factors discipline forms a cornerstone of every aviation Safety Management programme.

This course will equip aviation professionals with a thorough appreciation of all aspects of the discipline and how they can be applied to best effect in the aeronautical industry. It adopts a systemic approach, emphasising the benefits of an integrated, approach to the application of Human Factors principles.


If you choose this course you will benefit from:
-Course materials that have been specifically designed to complement and enhance the existing knowledge of professionals already engaged in this most demanding of industries. The study materials have been developed to be portable, allowing delegates to study them at a time and place that fits in around their busy work schedule. Studying by distance learning will allow you to progress your career in industry while simultaneously being in a position to apply the knowledge and principles gained on the course
-The course will be delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. But while access to the internet will be required, course materials have been developed to allow study to be undertaken anywhere in the world – even on board an aircraft!
-Tutor support from our acknowledged world experts and interaction with your peer group will be available using a variety of on-line resources

The MSc Human Factors in Aviation has been approved as an accredited course leading to certification as a European Human Factors Specialist in Aviation/Aviation Psychologist for appropriately qualified members of EAAP.


All aspects of the course have a strong practical component within them. During the course, amongst other topics, candidates will study:
-Human Information Processing in Aviation
-Decision Making and Error in Aviation
-Selection. Stress and Stressors
-Flight Deck Design
-Training and Simulation
-Crew Resource Management
-Human Factors and Safety Management

Delegates will also be expected to complete a critical literature review in a relevant area, and an industry-related research project demonstrating the skills that they have gained during the taught component.


Over 85% of all accidents have a Human Factors aspect to them. As a result there is a steady demand for Human Factors professionals in the Aviation and other safety critical industries. The demand for graduates from courses of this type is strong in safety management-related, training, systems engineering and operational areas.

Visit the Human Factors in Aviation - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a relevant academic discipline, and be involved in the operational aspects of the aviation industry. However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications will also be considered on an individual basis.

Last Updated

09 March 2017

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