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Air Transport Management (MSc)


Course Description

The MSc in Air Transport Management is for those working in the air transport industry who aim to move into positions carrying greater management responsibility.

The course provides an academic framework for the experience of air transport professionals, enabling them to move productively and effectively on to the first steps of commercial or safety management.
The course has the core objective of improving the contributions that experienced professionals (aircrew, engineers, air traffic controllers etc) can make to their organisations. It was first initiated by the Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (formerly known as GAPAN) both to increase the career opportunities of aircrew and others and to ensure that the air transport industry has a reservoir of experienced talent from which to draw future managers. It provides an academic framework for the experience of air transport professionals and enables them to move productively and effectively onto the first steps of commercial or safety management.

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

This Programme is one of three parallel MSc Programmes:

* Air Transport Management
* Air Safety Management
* Aircraft Maintenance Management

Course content:

The course is based on completing nine modules over one to five years, which are taught over three day periods and held frequently throughout the year and at various locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt.

Students are also required to undertake a project in an air transport related subject, which is usually completed within six months.

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

Course Structure

Core Modules

* Airline operations
* Airline business
* Air transport economics

Electives Modules

* Human resource management
* Psychology in aviation management
* Active safety management
* Airline marketing
* Airline operational regulatory compliance
* Fleet planning
* Developing a business plan
* Crisis management
* Financial accounting
* Sustainable aviation
* Airports and ground handling
* Airworthiness
* Airline maintenance
* Airline revenue management, pricing and distribution
* Safety management - tools and methods
* Air accident investigation
* Leadership in organisations
* Safety risk management
* Review of quality, safety and aviation business functions
* Aviation Law

Read the full programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/178615/PSATRM-MSc-Air-Transport-Management.pdf

Teaching:

Every taught module is assessed by coursework and, for some core modules, also by examination. A dissertation related to experience in the industry is required. There is a high degree of flexibility in terms of sequence and time frame, to suit those working in airlines, air traffic control, air forces and other organisations.

Learning Outcomes:

This course aims to provide you with a recognised career-developing qualification, control of your own career and the ability to contribute better to the management of air transport. The course is totally flexible and can be taken while working - modules are held in central London plus a number of modules in Bahrain, Dubai and Frankfurt.

At the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to improve your:

- Presentation skills - through regular opportunities within each module and the project
- Report writing and analytical skills - through coursework and project
- Personal management skills - through the careful use of resources to complete assignments on time

The successful MSc graduate from this course will have on completion:

- a basic understanding of business analysis, finance, human motivation, and management of the air transport industry;
- a good understanding for the national and international regulatory and commercial business environment and be able to prepare a sound business case
- knowledge of aspects of fleet planning, route management, engineering and Air Traffic Management issues.
- A proven ability to write a substantial analytical report.

For the employers, the course has the core objective of improving the contributions that experienced professionals (aircrew, engineers, air traffic controllers etc) can make to their organisations. Initiated by The Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (formerly known as GAPAN) both to increase the career opportunities of aircrew and others and to ensure that the air transport industry has a reservoir of experienced talent from which to draw future managers. The programmes provide an academic framework to the experience of air transport professionals and enable them to move productively and effectively onto the first steps of commercial or safety management. The course has many facets of knowledge and skills learning. The knowledge base is best illustrated by the list of modules. However, as important are the skills that graduates are expected to have on completion.

These include:

- Being able to assimilate core themes from the talks given by a number of industry speakers, some of whom may have different positions.
- Being able to write succinct and clear English.
- Preparing a valid business case for a company and, at least as important, to know when a potential case is not viable.
- Having a wider knowledge of the interfaces of any single organisation with other in the industry.
- Being able to make a short verbal presentation and to defend a project under examination.

The average age of students of the programme is about early to mid thirties, though there are a number who are over fifty. Given the likely continuation of the large number of unexpected events that have happened to the industry over the last few years combined with increased competition (eg low cost carriers, flat-bed seats) and technological and regulatory changes (EASA, e-tickets, electronic flight bags), every organisation needs a core of capable management to ensure continued prosperity. That is why some of the most successful air transport organisations now fund students on the City, University of London Programmes.

Career Prospects

This is a mainly a vocational Programme and as such its success can be judged by the subsequent career progression of students and alumni. Of the 400 alumni about 85% remain in contact, providing information on their career and personal life developments.

Where are they now? Employment destinations of graduates include:

President and CEO, Jet Time
Chief Pilot, German Regional airline
Slot manager, Clickair
Cabin Services Manager
Management Captain
Vice President Support Services, GECAS Singapore
Director of Marketing, Bombardier, Eastern Europe and Soviet Union
Senior training position, Eurocontrol Brussels
Vice President, Airbus fleet, Emirates
Managing Director, JetCard
Operations Manager, Club Airways
Marketing Manager, Ashford (Lydd) Airport
Air traffic control, Montreal
Deputy Manager, KLM/Air France, Terminal Staff, Heathrow Airport
Financial Controller, GB Airways
Ground Services Manager, Cork Airport
Chief Pilot, Airbus India
Air Traffic Control Investigator, German Aircraft Accident Investigation Agency
Aircraft broker
Senior air traffic controller

An RAF Group Captain about to retire from the Services, comments on the Air Transport Management course at City: "The MSc certainly helped significantly with my future civilian career. It helped me to get into aviation safety management within the RAF, which then opened many more doors and training courses. The MSc was good evidence of an aviation perspective outside the RAF and proved knowledge of the wider business. In the end, I made 5 cold enquiries for jobs - got 4 interviews and 3 job offers - all with significant pay rises above the RAF! I have accepted a post with the CAA as an Air Traffic Management Safety Policy Specialist, starting in mid April working from Gatwick. Along with a project management qualification that I recently completed, the package of skills topped off by the MSc with distinction seemed to make me in demand."

Visit the Air Transport 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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