The MSc in Airport Planning and Management was created to meet a demand clearly stated by employers for graduates skilled and qualified in airport business development, planning, design, operations and environmental management. Cranfield University is the only university in the world to run an English language masters course in airport planning and management. Achieving this highly relevant and globally respected degree will enable you to differentiate yourself in a competitive employment market.Cranfield University is the only university in the world to run an English language masters course in airport planning and management. Achieving this highly relevant and globally respected degree will enable you to differentiate yourself in a competitive employment market.
There were 4 billion passenger trips recorded at all the world’s airports in 2006 and it is predicted that this figure will reach 7 billion by 2020. This massive projected growth in passenger numbers is creating an expansion in airport capacity and employer demand for suitably qualified graduates.
The MSc in Airport Planning and Management was created to meet a demand clearly stated by employers for graduates skilled and qualified in airport business development, planning, design, operations and environmental management.
We are proud of how our students develop and are excited about what they have gone onto achieve after graduation. We invite you to be part of our growing success in the expanding airport (and related) industries. Our unique airport management course will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to build a stimulating career.
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 in Airport Planning and Management consists of ten compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of relevant international and national regulations and explain their effects on airport business, planning, design, operations and safety management decisions.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the key issues that affect users of airport facilities (e.g. airlines and retailers) and explain how their commercial pressures, strategic decisions and priorities impact on airport business, planning, design, operations and safety management decisions.
- Identify, analyse and design solutions in order to address a given research problem within the context of airport planning and management, having regard to regulatory constraints and commercial and environmental imperatives.
- Undertake and successfully complete a substantial programme of research independently, applying robust methods of data collection and analysis, and communicating the findings coherently.
The taught programme for the Airport Planning and Management degree is generally delivered from October to March and is comprised of ten compulsory modules.
- Introduction to the Air Transport Industry
- Regulatory Policy and Air Law
- Research Methods and Statistics
- Air Transport Market Analysis and Forecasting
- Airport Strategic Planning
- Airport Environmental Planning
- Airport Operations
- Airport Design
The individual research project for the Airport Planning and Management masters is an opportunity to study a problem in detail, and sponsoring organisations may co-operate in the choice of a suitable subject. Project topics vary widely and are often based on your area of interest. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- An analysis of the hubbing strategy of Air France/KLM at Amsterdam Schiphol airport
- The implications of secondary slot trading on airport revenues
- Air traffic distribution in a multi-airport environment; the Mumbai metropolitan region.
In April, students are divided into groups of 7-10, and asked to solve a current airport planning and management challenge. The group project draws upon the learning from the taught modules and applies it to real-life simulation. Each member is required to take on responsibility for a key area for example, market analysis, capital expenditure forecast or terminal design. The group submits a report of their findings and recommendations and delivers a presentation to staff, students and industry experts.
Projects are usually supported by industry and potential future employers value this experience. Industry involvement is an integral component to the group project, to give you first-hand experience at working within real life challenging situations.
Recent Group Projects include:
- Evaluating the business case for extending the runway at Birmingham Airport
- The preparation of development plans for two new airports in South-West England
- Designing a new passenger terminal for Leeds-Bradford International Airport.
The taught modules (50%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project (10%) is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations.
The Individual Research Project (40%) is assessed by a written thesis and oral presentation.
Working in an airport environment offers varied and exciting career possibilities. Graduates of the MSc in Airport Planning and Management will be able to pursue a career working for an airport authority in business development, operations, design and planning or with one of the many planning and management consultancies that advise airports across the world.
Our passion for the areas of expertise we operate in, and our hands-on relationship with industry are unparalleled. This is recognised globally by potential employers and we have a proven record of graduate employment across airports, consultancies and associated industries.
Recent graduates have secured employment with a range of companies including:
- Jacobs Consultancy
- Mott MacDonald
- Korean Airports Corporation
- Malaysian Airports
- Aviation Economics
- Heathrow Airport.
For further information
on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/airport-planning-and-management.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree achieved at least a 2.1. (or non-UK equivalent) in any discipline. A recognised professional qualification plus a number of years’ relevant working experience may be accepted as equivalent.