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Air Transport Management (Executive) (MSc/PgDip)


Course Description

Course Description

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.. We help students prepare their CV and for interviews for positions all over the world. In addition, we give students access to our exclusive Air Transport Alumni group on LinkedIn. This offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.

Overview

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.

The Executive MSc in 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.

This part-time course was created to meet the demand for more flexible executive teaching in air transport management and attracts participants from all over the world. This course is suitable for those who require a broad knowledge of air transport management strategic issues. It combines compulsory air transport core learning with an increased focus on leadership and personal development. Participants can accelerate career development by focusing on subjects that match their individual interests and career aspirations.

Course overview

The part-time MSc Air Transport Management (Executive) provides you with a thorough grounding in all air transport issues as well as managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. The course provides a thorough grounding in major air transport issues as well as managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. The course has three elements: taught modules, group project, and an individual research project. Some optional modules are available for distance learning.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following 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.
- Critically analyse practical problems in the air transport and related industries to provide timely solutions, having regard to technical, regulatory, commercial, political, social and environmental constraints.

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.

Structure

The part-time MSc Air Transport Management (Executive) provides you with a thorough grounding in all air transport issues as well as managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. The course provides a thorough grounding in major air transport issues as well as managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. The course has three elements: taught modules, group project, and an individual research project. Some optional modules are available for distance learning.

Modules

The taught programme for the air transport management masters starts in July and is comprised of ten modules (six compulsory and four optional). All the modules are completed over 3 one-week periods (two modules per week) so you are only expected to make three trips to Cranfield to complete the six compulsory modules in July, November and March. Some optional modules are available for distance learning.

Core:
- The Airline Business
- The Airport Business
- Leading Change
- Professional and Personal Development
- Air Transport Economics and Financial Management
- Research Methods

Optional:
- Air Transport Marketing
- Strategies for Success
- Airline Fleet Planning
- Air Transport and the Environment
- Airport Operations
- Air Transport Engineering
- Air Law and Regulatory Policy
- Crisis Management and Business Continuity
- Aviation Marketing (distance learning)
- Air Transport in Emerging Markets (distance learning)
- The Business Travel Market (distance learning)
- Air Transport in Remoter Regions (distance learning)

Individual Project

The individual research project is undertaken during year three of your studies. It provides an opportunity to study a problem in detail, and sponsoring organisations may collaborate in the choice of a suitable subject. This allows you to demonstrate the application of your learning to real-life problems.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Route selection strategies of the low cost carriers: the case of Ryanair and easyJet
- Sustainable business models for airlines in Africa
- Ancillary revenues in airlines and their implication for revenue management.

Group Project

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 groups present and defend their business plans to a board of senior industry executives as well as to teaching staff. Each group must also submit a detailed report which will be assessed.

The group project is undertaken in the second year, and is held in July for two weeks. The aim is 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.

Assessment

Taught component (45%); Group Project (15%); Individual Research Project (40%). The taught component is assessed by examination and/or assignment.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this course will gain you an internationally recognised qualification which benefits from the Cranfield reputation and can take you onto new levels of your career anywhere in the world. We provide access to our exclusive Air Transport Alumni group on Linked In, which offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.

This qualification facilitates accelerated career development for many of our graduates. One former graduate began his studies as an Operations Manager and was promoted three times during his study – he is now the Deputy CEO and credits the course for enabling his progression by allowing him to take a broader view of his organisation than his original role.

Other roles our former graduates have gone onto occupy include:
- Financial Controller at Rolls-Royce plc
- Head of Market Intelligence at Cargolux.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Air-Transport-Management-Executive

Visit the Air Transport Management (Executive) (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline. A recognised professional qualification plus a number of years relevant working experience may be accepted as equivalent.

Course Fees

MSc Home/EU - £20,000 Overseas - £20,000; PgDip Home/EU - £16,000 Overseas - £16,000


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