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									School of Engineering

MSc Air Transport

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, but not restricted to, airlines, airport companies and
authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and
aerospace companies.

Excellent career opportunities                           Meet employer requirements
Cranfield University has been providing postgraduate     The course is directed by an industrial advisory
education in air transport management for over 40        committee comprising senior representatives from
years. So you can be sure that your qualification will   leading airports and associated sectors. This group
be valued and respected by employers throughout          ensures that the course content equips you with the
the world.                                               skills and knowledge required by leading employers.

Benefit from our expertise                               Focus on your interests
You will be taught by the largest academic group in      This course covers a wide area of expertise related
the world specialising in air transport management.      to air transport management whilst enabling you to
This multidisciplinary group includes a unique blend     specialise in appropriate subject areas. This flexibility
of air transport economists, marketing specialists       means that you may tailor the course to your
and aeronautical engineers with strong publication       particular interests and career aspirations.
records and industry experience.

Entry Requirements: 1st or upper          Start date: October
2nd class UK honours degree (or
equivalent) in any relevant discipline.   Number of places: 35
A lower qualification plus a number
of year’s relevant working experience     Application process: By completion of
may be accepted as equivalent. For        an application form for postgraduate
those for whom English is a second        study obtainable from the University’s
language, an IELTS score of 7.0 is        Registry Department or alternatively by
required.                                 applying online at:
Funding: Limited, e-mail for details

Duration: 1 year full-time

                                                            Course Content                                      Research thesis
                                                                                                                The thesis is an opportunity to study
                                                            Structure                                           a problem in detail, and sponsoring
                                                            The Air Transport Management course                 organisations may cooperate in the choice
                                                            provides students with a thorough                   of a suitable subject. Research thesis topics
                                                            grounding in all air transport issues as well       vary widely and have recently included:

Student view                                                as managerial, interpersonal, financial and
                                                            analytical skills.                                    • The Benefits of Airport Privatisation
                                                                                                                  • Business Travel
“The Cranfield Air Transport                                Many of the lecture modules include case              • Low-Cost Airline Expansion Throughout
Management MSc is extremely                                 study project sessions and seminars may                 Europe
                                                            also be led by senior visitors from industry. Air     • The Future of In-Flight Entertainment
well respected in the business.                                                                                   • Airline Alliances
                                                            Transport Management students also receive
My current job, working at one                                                                                    • The Impact of Globalisation on Aircraft
                                                            a subscription to the online news service ‘Air
of the world’s leading aircraft                             Transport Intelligence’.
lessors, came about directly
through the company’s past                                  The course consists of three elements where         About Cranfield University
good experiences with Cranfield                             students will be required to complete:
                                                                                                                Cranfield is a wholly postgraduate university
graduates – going forward, the                                                                                  with an international community and a truly
                                                                • seven modules
Cranfield name continues to open                                • one group project                             global reputation. Our passion for the areas
doors and support my career.                                    • one individual research project.              of expertise we operate in and our hands-
                                                                                                                on relationship with industry is unparalleled
The knowledge I gained is only                              Modules                                             elsewhere in the world. We offer a superb
                                                            The six core modules are listed below:              academic: student ratio, state-of-the-art
half the story – the friends I made                           • Air Transport Fundamentals                      facilities and a proven track record of
and the close-knit ‘Cranfield                                 • Management Fundamentals                         graduate employment. Our recent institutional
community’ are what turned a                                  • Quantitative and Research Methods               audit – where the quality and standards of
good year into a great one. For                               • Airline Economics and Finance                   our teaching was assessed – bestowed the
                                                              • Airline Operations                              highest level of recognition possible. Our
me there’s no doubt - for people                              • Airline Marketing.                              research income, measured as a percentage
enthusiastic for a career in the                                                                                of our turnover, puts us as one of the top
aviation world, Cranfield is the                            Optional modules (choose one from the               five research intensive universities in the
Number One choice.”                                         following):                                         UK, alongside Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial
                                                               • Air Transport Engineering –                    College and UCL.
                                                                  Maintenance Operations
Jon Howey                                                      • Airline Fleet Planning
Manager - Business Development,                                • Airport Business Management                    Further Information
AerCap BV                                                      • Safety Management.
                                                                                                                Course Administrator
                                                            Group Project                                       Department of Air Transport
                                                            Students are divided into groups and                T: +44 (0) 1234 754236
                                                            asked to solve a particular research                E:
                                                            problem. Each group submits a report and            W:
                                                            delivers a presentation of their findings and          postgraduatestudy/airtransport
Available online
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