City, University of London

City, University of London

Airport Management

The MSc in Airport Management has been designed to provide you with a mid-career education. If you have been employed in the aviation industry for at least two years and have the desire to develop your career in the fast-growing airport industry, this programme is for you. The knowledge you gain from the wide range of module topics will enable you to make a greater contribution to your organisation. A key feature of the course is the development of shared values, offering you an invaluable opportunity to meet and work with other professions within the aviation industry. Ready for a career in airport management? Running an airport safely, satisfying both the environmental and economic goals successfully, is the aim of this new MSc programme. It offers you a truly exciting prospect to develop your career in a growing industry. Captain Tilmann Gabriel, Programme Director. Objectives The City, University of London Airport Management MSc will enable you to: Develop your knowledge of the complex disciplines and various technical, operational and financial pressures impacting airport management and the various ground-handling areas Evaluate and apply relevant theories within the airport domain Understand the interaction of all the major components of the airport industry - from organisations, governments, airlines, alliances and airport regulatory authorities to suppliers, manufacturers, staff and unions Discuss, examine, synthesise and apply a conceptual understanding and knowledge of the various processes within the airport domain Prepare for a career in airport management.

Entry requirements

MSc: To apply for this course, you should have at least two-years' employment experience in the aviation industry. You do not necessarily need a bachelor's degree to enter this MSc programme, but you will need a professional licence, for example: An ACI Diploma in Airport Finance. Airport Security and the Gold Diploma in Global Safety Network. Air Transport Pilot's Licence. Aircraft Engineer Licence. Air Traffic Controller Licence or similar. To be accepted onto this course, you must successfully pass the mandatory Induction Workshop, which will assess whether you meet the English and writing skills requirements for this MSc programme. The Induction Workshop is a short course offered every three months for a price of £500. You can apply at any time. The Airport Management MSc starts every three months with the Induction Workshop.

Course modules

To begin your MSc, you will first be required to complete the Induction Workshop, which gives you a thorough introduction into Higher Education and introduces all the tools and facilities available for your MSc. The Induction Workshop is assessed by a 2,500 to 3,000-word piece of individual coursework, which serves as the final assessment for acceptance into the MSc programme. During your MSc you will take the following four core modules, each worth 15 credits: Airport Strategy Management (EPM981): establishes the foundations of how an airport is managed from a strategic point of view Airport Business Management (EPM979): gives an insight to the commercial considerations involved in managing an airport Human Resource Management (EPM822): is a popular module, with detailed People Leadership examples in aviation Sustainable Aviation (EPM975): handles all sustainability questions in aviation, looking far deeper than just fuel preservation You will also choose any four of the following elective modules, each worth 15 credits: Airline Marketing (EPM821): taught by one of the marketing experts in media and brand management Airline Finance (EPM824): gives you the necessary tools for understanding aviation accounting and financial reports Crisis Management (EPM828): taught by the leading British crisis management consultant looks at what to do in case of a crisis Active Safety Management (EPM836): covers the latest trends in safety management in aviation Airline Strategy and Business Planning (EPM969): provides a good preparation for the business cases needed in aviation management Air Accident Investigation (EPM970): is an intro to what happens after an accident Leadership in Organisations (EPM971): is a popular module for all leadership styles and questions Safety Risk Management (EPM973): focuses on the new risk management of all airline operations Aviation Law (EPM978): gives the aviation manager the other side of law, what every manager needs to know of business laws The final project/dissertation is worth 60 credits, undertaken by all MSc students of the Airport Management programme and must focus on an airport management topic. This is a substantial piece of writing, deriving from academic research that you have undertaken. The dissertation is the result of your independent work carried out under the guidance of an appointed supervisor. There is a high degree of flexibility in terms of sequence and time frame to suit students working in airlines, air traffic control, air forces and other organisations. We cover the full spectrum of a Master of Science education, adding Management modules for the future career in aviation and the dissertation gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the taught modules is undertaken through a combination of the following elements: 1. Coursework ''A'' is a 2500 +/- 10% word academic paper on a topic choice related to the module. You will have to research substantially for the writing of this coursework. 2. For Elective Modules Only: Coursework ''B'' aims to demonstrate the application of the work of the specific module to your own organisation (or, if this is not possible, another organisation with which you are familiar). Your critical abilities are developed, in particular to understand why organisation may have strengths and weaknesses and how these can reasonably be improved or strengthened. Typically, the Lecturer will ask for a presentation, video or podcast to present a solution or proposal for the topic. 3. For Compulsory Modules only: Examinations, for each compulsory module, each lasting 90 minutes, are specifically designed to test: - The knowledge gained in the module - Your ability to distil large quantities of information into succinct but correct format - The ability to produce correct results under time pressure. This is an - induction workshop, - eight-module and - project course, where you take four compulsory modules (the induction workshop is also compulsory) and the balance (four modules) coming from an elective module list. The course is designed to take advantage of the existing MSc Air Safety Management (ASM), Aircraft Maintenance Management (AMM) and Airport Management (APM) degrees, both by HOW WILL I LEARN? The course involves a variety of teaching methods including lectures and tutorials requiring attendance plus breakout sessions. These will involve group work and presentations. Case studies may be handed out for study in the evening and discussion the next day. A leading lecturer and a number of specialist lecturers from the aviation industry teach each module over an intensive 3-day period. Identical modules with same Lecturer run in London, Dubai and Frankfurt. During each module, you are required to work in a small team to examine the relevant issues and to present results. Each module has been designed to develop a specific skill. There is a significant amount of independent study within each module for you to read literature related to the module you are studying. The online module page also provides blogs and forums, to interact with the Lecturer and other students. For every Module, there is a University website with many interactivities, blogs and other communication platforms; you will be given the PowerPoint presentations, relevant papers, reading lists and other material. Each of the substantial module webpages contains information relevant to that module and you are expected to use the material after the module. In all, you will have 8 Module webpages and the Induction webpage. Our library website provides most of the standard textbooks as ebooks, our large University library in London and Dubai provides thousands of books as loaners; some text books you might want to buy for your future career. It is a requirement of this Course that you attend, in full, all hours of each taught module, unless given specific dispensation by the Course Director. following their structure, and by using some of their existing modules. The Project/Dissertation is undertaken by all students of the MSc Airport Management Programme and must focus on an Airport Management topic. This is a substantial piece of writing deriving from academic research that you will undertake. The Dissertation is the result of your independent work, carried out under the guidance of an appointed supervisor. Non-timetabled supervisor / student contact is encouraged during the project and it is normal for you to involve your present or possibly future employer. The dissertation of 10-15,000 words is assessed by two Examiners through a Viva/Defence.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2019 16,200 per Whole course (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 16,200 per Whole course (Wales) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 16,200 per Whole course (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 16,200 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 16,200 per Whole course (EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 16,200 per Whole course (Scotland) 3 Years

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