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The award

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 15000 per total

How you will study

Course starts
September, November, February, May

International course fees
GBP 15000 per total

All study options

About Airport Management at City, University of London

Designed for current and future airport managers, this world-class academic postgraduate degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop your career in today's vibrant airport industry.

Who is it for?

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.


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.


This MSc Airport Management is currently in the approval process with RAeS in London and the Airport Council International (ACI) in Montreal.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

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.

English requirements

The mandatory Induction Workshop must be passed to ensure that you meet the English and writing skills requirements for this MSc programme.

Your English should be proficient as is required in the aviation industry and the ICAO English classification.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

  • Apply online, providing the requested forms and documents.
  • You will receive a conditional offer letter if the requirements are met.
  • Book your place on the next suitable Induction Workshop and pay the fee of £500.
  • After passing the Induction Workshop coursework, you will receive an offer letter to register with City to begin the MSc course.

Teaching and learning

The modules of this course involve 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.

Leading academic staff and a number of specialist lecturers from the aviation industry teach each module over an intensive three-day period.

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, enabling you to interact with your lecturers and other students.


Assessment of the taught modules is undertaken through a combination of the following elements:

  • Written assignments: between 1,500 and 3,000 words per module, focusing on topics relevant to the individual modules (both elective and core modules).
  • Written exam: lasting 90 minutes. This occurs at the end of the last day of the core module delivery. The essay questions are only revealed 'on the day', which students must complete without the use of any reference materials during the assessment.


This MSc comprises 180 credits - 120 credits of taught modules and the final project of 60 credits.  You must pass an Induction Workshop, then pass the three core modules of 15 credits each. You will then choose 5 electives of 15 credits, before taking the final project for 60 credits.

Core modules

You will begin the MSc Airport Management with the Induction Workshop, which is assessed by completing a 2,500 to 3,000-word piece of individual coursework, serving as the final acceptance assessment for the MSc Programme.

During your MSc, you will take the following core modules:

  • Airport Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Airport Business Management (15 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Final Project (60 credits)

The Final Project/Dissertation is undertaken by all 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.

Elective modules

You will choose five elective modules from the following options:

  • Marketing (15 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (15 credits)
  • Crisis Management (15 credits)
  • Active Safety Management (15 credits)
  • Developing a Business Plan (15 credits)
  • Air Accident Investigation (15 credits)
  • Leadership in Organisations (15 credits)
  • Safety Risk Management (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Aviation (15 credits)
  • Aviation Law (15 credits)
  • Airport and Ground Operation (15 credits)

Career prospects

This course has been developed to help you progress or pursue your career in airport management. As a vocational course, its success can be judged by the subsequent career progression of students and alumni from other aviation courses at City. Of our 1,400 alumni, many remain in contact with us to provide updates on their career development. Recent alumni updates include:

  • A 2012 graduate is now a member of the ICAO Safety Management Panel, representing all airports on the panel.
  • A 2010 graduate is now the Senior Vice President Safety and Quality of the Copenhagen Airport.
  • A former Emirates maintenance engineer is now managing the Emirates New York base, which turns around seven flights a day and deals with over one million passengers a year.
  • A 2002 graduate and former small regional airline captain has now set up his own airline, Jet Time, and is President and CEO.
  • A former check-in clerk at Gatwick is now a President and CEO of Estonian Airways.
  • A former First Officer (when enrolled in 2005) was the first UAE national sponsored on the programme to graduate and is now a Management Captain.
  • A former RAF pilot is now a Marketing Director for Bombardier, Eastern Europe and Russia.
  • A former RAF Air Traffic Controller immediately moved into a senior training position at Eurocontrol Brussels.
  • A former Emirates maintenance engineer is now managing the Emirates New York base, which turns around seven flights a day and deals with over one million passengers a year.
  • A former self-employed electronics engineer has now joined ICAO in a senior position in air traffic control in Montreal.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptember, November, February, MayDomestic course feesGBP 15000 per totalInternational course feesGBP 15000 per total

Notes about fees for this course


Part-time: £15,000 (total cost for three years) plus £500 for mandatory induction workshop


Part-time: £15,000 (total cost for three years) plus £500 for mandatory induction workshop

More about fees

The course fee is paid in three equal instalments, spread over the duration of the programme (18 months to three years). You will also have to pay £500 for the Induction Workshop.

You may continue your studies for up to five years in total. There is as an additional fee of £1,000 for the fourth and for the fifth year.


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The Honorary Company of Pilots (HCAP) offers a grant to four enrolled students every year (pilots are excluded).

The aviation industry

Programme Director Tilmann Gabriel discusses the aviation industry and the fight for the best pilots.

Academic facilities

As a student, you will benefit from learning within modern lecture theatres (equipped with the latest interactive AV systems) and modern IT laboratories.

A dynamic virtual learning environment (Moodle) gives you access to online assessment and communication tools as you study and you can work with specialist facilities including:

  • A flight deck and flight test simulator
  • A320 cockpit procedure trainer
  • Wind tunnels and micro turbines
  • Optical compressors and fuel injection systems.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

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