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Air Safety Management (MSc)

Course Description

This course is for professionals working in the operating, maintenance, support and regulatory sectors of the aviation industry, both civilian and military.

The objective of air safety management is to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of safety within the context of increasing air traffic, wider commercial competition and a greater focus on cost consciousness. Successful safety management involves staff at all levels in aircraft operations, aircraft design and manufacture, airports, air traffic control, ground handling and maintenance and private flying.

Air safety management is a major challenge, largely because of the rapidly changing regulatory requirements in response to current air safety trends and the forecast of future growth in the aviation industry. There is also a need for businesses to understand the financial implications of improving or not improving, safety performance.

MSc Air Safety Management is one of three parallel programmes

- Air Transport Management
- Air Safety Management
- Aircraft Maintenance Management.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/air-safety-management

Course Structure

The course is based on completing nine modules, which are taught over three day periods and held frequently throughout the year. Students are also required to undertake a project in an air safety-related subject.

Students who choose not to complete the project receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of five modules or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of nine modules.

Course Structure

Core Modules:
Active safety management
Crisis management
Safety Risk Management

Electives Modules:
Safety management tools and methods
Airline operational regulatory compliance
Human resource management
Airline operations
Psychology in aviation management
Airports and ground handling
Air accident investigation
Air transport economics
Airline maintenance
Airline business
Airline marketing
Airline revenue management and finance
Developing a business plan
Financial accounting
Fleet planning
Sustainable aviation
Leaders in organisations
Review of quality, safety and aviation business functions
Aviation law.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree.

Teaching and Assessment

- Teaching
The modules are taught as 3-day short courses. For the MSc degree, the taught component can be completed in one to three years, with the final project taking approximately six months following completion of all the taught modules. Modules are delivered by experts from across the aviation industry and are highly interactive to encourage exchanges of views and experience.

- Assessment
Student assessment is made through a combination of coursework and examination.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

Career Prospects

Our graduates have taken up professional roles within civil aviation authorities, airlines and aircraft operators including;

Safety manager
Training captain
Quality manager
Flight safety officer
Safety inspector
Safety consultant
Accident investigator

Career Prospects & Student Testimonials

On graduation the student will gain a unique and highly desirable qualification from an internationally respected university, and will be ready to shoulder a significant level of responsibility for defining and implementing the employer's safety policy. Those students who have completed the course are seeing demonstrable benefits on their career paths.

What our students have to say:
"I am pleased to say that I have just been appointed the Corporate Flight Safety Manager. There is no doubt that my Masters degree clinched the job."

"A special thank you for all your efforts to promote the spirit of aviation in such a professional manner…. I am certainly one who has gained immense knowledge from this experience."

"I have really enjoyed meeting the other students and have found the course extremely valuable, thought provoking and interesting."

"It has given me a lot more confidence in my own abilities."

"…highly effective and taught in a very humane way. Indeed, exposure to this sort of material might encourage airline people not to encourage pilots to break safety rules to meet the schedule."
Working with the Armed Forces

This course is compatible with The MoD's Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) - an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces.
If you are/have been a member of the Armed Forces, you could be entitled to financial support to take this course.

Visit the Air Safety Management (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be employed in the aviation industry for the duration of the course and should have at least two years of experience in a position of professional responsibility at the time of application. Applicants should hold an Air Transport Pilot's Licence, Aircraft Engineer Licence, Air Traffic Controller Licence or a relevant lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

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