The MSc Air Transport Management is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies. The course is suitable for students with a degree in aeronautical engineering, economics, business studies and geography or those with demonstrable experience in the air transport industry.
The ongoing success of the air transport industry has been made possible by rapid technological advances and associated high investment, resulting in demands for an increasingly skilled workforce. More recently, industry liberalisation and privatisation in many parts of the world has led to increased competition, spurring further gains in efficiency and a continued decline in air fares. In today's rapidly changing air transport environment the industry requires access to advanced and comprehensive knowledge, coupled with an in-depth understanding of its needs.
The MSc Air Transport Management is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies.
The course is suitable for students with a degree in aeronautical engineering, economics, business studies and geography or those with demonstrable experience in the air transport industry.
English Language Requirements
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:
IELTS - 7
TOEFL - 100
Pearson PTE Academic - 68
Cambridge English Scale - 190
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.
We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
The MSc Air Transport Management provides you with a thorough grounding in all air transport issues. The course is made up of nine compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project. The lecture modules are a mixture of presentations by resident academics, talks from industry experts, as well as thought provoking case studies.
In addition to management, communication, financial, analytical, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of economics and financial management relevant to air transport, air transport commercial practice and air transport operations (as they relate to both aircraft and infrastructure).
- Demonstrate an understanding of regulatory framework that defines the air transport industry.
- Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical modelling relevant to air transport management problems.
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complex interrelationships of technical and operational aspects of the air transport industry with the commercial pressures and realities facing its management.
- Analyse critically practical problems in the air transport and related industries to provide timely solutions, having regard to technical, regulatory, commercial, political, social and environmental constraints.
The taught programme for the air transport management masters is generally delivered from October to March and is comprised of nine compulsory modules, and one module from the choice of optional modules.
- Introduction to the Air Transport Industry
- Research Methods and Statistics
- Theory of Air Transport Economics and Finance
- Air Transport Strategic Management
- Regulatory Policy and Air Law
- Air Transport Market Analysis and Forecasting
- Applications of Air Transport Economics and Finance
- Air Transport Operations
- Air Transport Marketing
- Airline Fleet Planning
- Aviation Safety Management
- Air Transport Engineering
- Air Transport and the Environment
The individual project is an opportunity to study a current problem and allows students to choose a subject of interest to explore in detail. Students can undertake independent research on a subject relevant to technical, operational or commercial aspects of the air transport or related industries, including a review of relevant literature, methodological planning, data collection, analysis, presentation of results, and evaluation and discussion of these results.
Recent projects have included:
- The Impacts of Airline Liberalisation
- Successes of Airline Business Models
- Applications in Airline Marketing
- The Benefits of Airport Privatisation
- Low-Cost Airline Expansion Throughout Europe
- The Future of In-Flight Entertainment
- Airline Alliances
- The Impact of Globalisation on Aircraft Manufacturers.
The group project undertaken in April, aims to provide a simulated industrial environment where knowledge and skills gained from the taught component can be applied to solving an air transport management problem.
Students are divided into groups and tasked with setting up an airline in any country of the group's choice. Students can also choose any type of airline business model. The group present and defend their business plans to a board of senior industry executives as well as to the faculty. Each group must also submit a detailed report which will be assessed.
The taught modules (50%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment; Group Project (10%); Individual Research Project (40%).
Many of our former graduates now occupy senior positions within the air transport industry. The Centre for Air Transport Management has close links with companies and organisations in the industry who consider our students a valuable source of potential recruits – our graduate employment rate is 100%.
Former students have taken up employment in a variety of positions in a wide range of organisations. Some of the main recruiting areas in recent years have included:
- Airlines (e.g. British Airways, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, BMI British Midland, Monarch, American Airlines, Lufthansa, easyJet, go)
- Aerospace Manufacturers (e.g. Airbus, Bombardier, British Aerospace, Rolls-Royce)
- Airport Authorities (e.g. BAA, Manchester, Birmingham )
- Aircraft Maintenance
- Air Parcel Carriers
- Consultancy Firms
- Aviation Insurance and Finance
- Aviation Journalism.
For further information
on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Air-Transport-Management
A first or upper second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline. A lower qualification plus a number of year’s relevant working experience may be accepted as equivalent. Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.