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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 Air Safety Management at City, University of London

With the MSc Air Safety Management you can align, develop or transform your career. Study across several locations on this industry-recognised global programme.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Air Safety Management programme is for those who have been working within the aviation industry (for at least two years), and have a primary interest in its safety. Current students include pilots, air traffic controllers, maintenance staff, engineers and the majority have a license/professional education. We also welcome students with a military background. This Air Safety Management MSc programme is tailored towards those working who cannot attend regular university schedules and is a fantastic choice for people looking to further their careers whilst continuing to work. The Masters boasts accreditation by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The Air Safety Management postgraduate degree is compatible with The MoD's Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) - an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the UK Armed Forces. If you are/have been a member of the UK Armed Forces, you could be entitled to financial support to take this course.


Airlines, airports and other aviation companies are mostly led by license holders, safety officers, pilots, aircraft engineers, air traffic controllers, dispatchers and many more. This means the demand for management knowledge is growing. Our programme gives students the opportunity to freshen their knowledge, learn the latest management techniques and build a lifelong network of peers.

With unexpected events affecting the aviation industry as well as increased competition and technological and regulatory changes, every organisation needs a core of up-to-date safety and risk managers ready to succeed into leadership positions.

The programme is designed to deliver individual success. First initiated by the Honourable Company of Airline Pilots (HCAP) to increase the career opportunities of aircrew, today the programme is recognised as a key resource within the aviation safety industry and as a benchmark for innovation.

“Aviation Safety is my passion, and after 20 years in the industry I joined City University London and realised how important it is to combine Aviation Safety and Higher Education - to marry the powerful technology of research with industry needs and all parties involved”

Dr. Ivan Sikora, Programme Director MSc Air Safety Management

Industry approval

This programme is approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). This means the course is recognised by the aviation industry across the world.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed in the aviation industry for at least two years to be considered for this programme. You do not need a Bachelor's degree to enter this MSc programme, but you will need a professional licence, for example an Air Transport Pilot's Licence, Aircraft Engineer Licence, Air Traffic Controller Licence or similar.

The mandatory Induction Workshop to our MSc programmes must be passed and will assess the English capability and writing skills required for the MSc programme. Students must successfully pass the Induction Workshop before commencing with the MSc programme.

The Induction Workshop is a short course offered every three months, which means you can apply to the MSc Air Safety Management at any point during the year. The fee for the Induction Workshop is £500.

English requirements

The mandatory Induction Workshop to our MSc programmes must be passed and will assess the English capability and writing skills required for the MSc programme.

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

How to apply

If you wish to apply to start the course during the 2017/18 academic year, please complete this online application.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 8112

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square

Teaching and learning

A dissertation related to experience in the industry is required. 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.

Learning Outcomes

This course gives you a recognised industry qualification, control of your own career and the ability to contribute to air safety management. The course is very flexible and you can study while you work.

At the end of the programme you will have improved your:

  • Presentation/speaking skills - through regular opportunities within each module and the project
  • Report writing and analytical skills - through coursework and the project
  • Personal management skills - through the careful use of resources to complete assignments on time.

The successful MSc graduate will have:

  • A good understanding of business analysis, crisis, human motivation, and management of the air safety industry
  • A sound understanding for the national and international regulatory and commercial business environment and the ability to prepare a sound business case
  • Knowledge of aspects of accident and incident investigation, human factors, safety risk management
  • A proven ability to research and write a substantial analytical report.

These include:

  • Being able to assimilate core themes from the talks given by a number of industry speakers, some of whom may have different positions
  • Being able to write succinct and clear English
  • Preparing a valid business case for a company and, at least as important, to know when a potential case is not viable
  • Having a wider knowledge of the interfaces of any single organisation with others in the industry
  • Being able to make a short verbal presentation and to defend a project under examination.


Each elective is assessed by two pieces of coursework, the core modules are assessed by one piece of coursework and an examination. Each module comprises:

  • Part I: Prior reading before the onsite module where appropriate
  • Part II: Attendance at the institution (or other locations) for the module over three days
  • Part III: Examinations are held at the end of the core modules
  • Part IV: Coursework for assessment. Coursework is required within six weeks of the onsite module.


We explore air safety management from a broad perspective so you will be exposed to areas as diverse as human resources, regulation, and crisis management. The academic framework has been created by the industry for the industry. This means you learn from the former British Airways human resources director in one module, and the industry's crisis management expert in safety or the chief executive officer of a major maintenance facility in another.

The course is based on completing the Induction Workshop plus eight modules over one to five years, which are taught over three-day periods. Teaching takes place across global locations including London, Dubai and Frankfurt.

Students also take on a project/dissertation in an air transport related subject, which is usually completed within six to twelve months. From developing new safety measures to social media marketing in the aviation world, students choose their own research focus and often use the project as a way into a new career.

Students who choose not to do the project, or are unable to complete the programme within the five years, receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four modules, including two core modules, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight modules.

Core modules

  • Active Safety Management (EPM836): covers the latest trends in safety management in aviation
  • Crisis Management (EPM828): taught by the leading British crisis management consultant looks at what to do in case of a crisis
  • Safety Risk Management (EPM973): focuses on the new risk management of all airline operations

To begin your MSc, you will be required to attend the Induction Workshop (IW), which gives you a thorough introduction into Higher Education and introduces all the tools and facilities available for your MSc. You will have to write a short essay after the IW, which will be your final assessment to be accepted into City, University of London

Elective modules

  • Airline Operations (EPM820): the basic module for air transport, introducing all the requirements for running a successful airline
  • Air Transport Economics (EPM823): gives you all the financial and strategic inputs in running a successful airline
  • Airline Business (EPM831): should be taken as final core module, it combines all new knowledge into strategic business cases of successful airlines.
  • Human Resource Management (EPM822): is a popular module, with detailed People Leadership examples in aviation
  • Psychology in Aviation Management (EPM966): is taught by one of the leading aviation psychologists, covering all psychological issues to be observed in leadership
  • Marketing (EPM821): taught by one of the marketing experts in media and brand management
  • Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance (EPM825): covers all regulatory questions
  • Airline Fleet Planning (EPM829): is a comprehensive introduction to buying aircraft, fleet management and lease management
  • Developing a Business Plan (EPM969): provides a good preparation for the business cases needed in aviation management
  • Airline Finance (EPM824): gives you the necessary tools for understanding aviation accounting and financial reports
  • Sustainable Aviation (EPM975): handles all sustainability questions in aviation, looking far deeper than just fuel preservation
  • Airport Ground Handling (EPM968): is taught by a major airport executive and introduces management and functions of an airport and the ground services companies
  • Airworthiness (EPM897): gives you a detailed introduction to the maintenance regulations and strategies
  • Airline Maintenance (EPM906): is the module for managing maintenance departments or stand-alone MROs
  • Airline Revenue Management and Finance (EPM972): is taught by the leading consultant on this subject, Louis Busuttil, for maximising the revenues in a very complex airline world
  • Safety Management - Tools and Methods (EPM833): gives a thorough introduction in managing safety pro-actively
  • 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
  • Aviation Law (EPM978): gives the aviation manager the other side of law, what every manager needs to know of business laws
  • Future Aviation Challenges - from Unmanned to Spaceflight Vehicles (EPM980): is a new module for UAS and space exploration
  • Airline Training Management (EPM982)
  • General Principles of Human Factors (EPM974)


A dissertation related to experience in the industry is required. 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. The dissertation at the end of the MSc programme gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate the new research and project management qualifications achieved through the programme.

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Career prospects

This is a professional programme recognised by the aviation industry and approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Airlines are increasingly expecting their managers to study the MSc from City, University of London, and our alumni network includes high-ranking individuals including safety managers, training captains, quality managers, flight safety officers, safety inspectors, safety consultants and accident investigators in civil aviation authorities, airlines and with other aircraft operators and defence forces worldwide.

Graduates may change or transform their careers as a result of the MSc.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16

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

  • Split into three equal instalments spread over the duration of the programme (18 months to three years).
  • All students will also have to pay £500 for the Induction Workshop
  • Students may continue their studies for up to five years in total but must pay an extra £1000 for the fourth and for the fifth year.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Funding your postgraduate study

If you want to find out more about funding your Masters degree, there is up-to-date information about tuition fees and financial support, at Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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 School 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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