MSc in Air Transport Management (Executive)


Program Description


Designed to equip you with the skills 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 flexible Executive course, available either at Cranfield or Singapore (via the Singapore Aviation Academy), covers a broad range of management strategic issues to enable you to advance your career in the air transport industry. Focus on subjects that match your individual interests and career aspirations, whilst you remain in employment.

Who is it for?

Created to meet the demand for more flexible executive teaching in air transport management, this course is suitable for those who require a broad knowledge of air transport management strategic issues whilst remaining in full-time employment. It combines compulsory air transport core learning with an increased focus on leadership and personal development including managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. Accelerate your career development by focusing on subjects that match your individual interests and career aspirations.

We also deliver this course via the Singapore Aviation Academy.

Why this course?

The MSc Air Transport Management has been established since 1964. The course has an outstanding global reputation with over 1,500 graduates to date. We recognise the challenges faced by our executive students and have reduced the required number of visits to Cranfield through the introduction of several distance learning modules which are indicated in the modules overview. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

We are very well located for students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Course details

The taught programme for the Air Transport Management masters starts in July and is comprised of ten modules (six compulsories and four optional). All the modules are completed over three 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.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Air Transport Economics and Financial Management
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Research Methods
  • Strategies for Success
  • The Airline Business
  • The Airport Business

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list needs to be taken as part of this course:

  • Airport Commercial Revenue Development
  • Aviation Marketing
  • Air Transport in Emerging Markets
  • Air Transport in Remote Regions
  • The Business Travel Market
  • Crisis Management and Business Continuity
  • Airport Design
  • Airport Environmental Planning
  • Airport Operations
  • Airport Strategic Planning
  • Air Transport Market Analysis and Forecasting
  • Airline Fleet Planning
  • Air Transport Marketing
  • Air Transport and the Environment
  • Regulatory Policy and Air Law
  • Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations
  • Aviation Safety Management

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.

Your career

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 LinkedIn Cranfield University - Air Transport Group, 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 are former graduates have gone on to occupy include:

  • Financial Controller at Rolls-Royce plc
  • Head of Market Intelligence at Cargolux
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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