Cranfield University is the only university in the world to run an English language masters course in airport planning and management. Achieving this highly relevant and globally respected degree will enable you to differentiate yourself in a competitive employment market.
Cranfield's Centre for Air Transport Management combines a wealth of practical expertise together with extensive research, consultancy and teaching experience in one centre of excellence. We have been providing postgraduate education for almost sixty years. You can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers throughout the world.
Cranfield University is very well located for visiting students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This Msc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
Accreditation and partnerships
This course is accredited by:
- The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Informed by industry
The MSc in Airport Planning and Management is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading airports and associated sectors. This group meets annually to ensure that the course content will equip you with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers.
Industrial Advisory Committee members include:
- Catherine Ashman, Senior Airport Planner, Arup
- Anna Gawthorpe, Safety and Compliance Manager, Execujet
- Andrew Gibson, International Technical Director – Aviation, CH2M HILL
- Andy Jefferson, Programme Director, UK Sustainable Aviation
- Rob Rushmer, Director, Leigh Fisher
- Richard Timberlake, Director – Transportation, Dar Group.
Your teaching team
You will be taught by Cranfield’s Centre for Air Transport Management’s leading expects and recognised external specialists. Members of the teaching team include:
We are particularly proud of the wide range of seminars and guest lectures offered to our students, given by global leaders in the aviation industry. Past speakers included the CEOs of London City Airport, London Gatwick Airport and the International Airlines Group whose subsidiaries include British Airways and Iberia.
You will have support from the Course Director for any academic matters, the Course Administrator for administrative matters, and the Co-ordinator and individual supervisors regarding individual research project work. You will also have the additional support of a personal tutor for the duration of your study programme.
Facilities and resources
Of particular relevance to students, studying the airport planning and management masters is the fully operational airport on Cranfield’s campus.
You will be offered tuition in the application of current modelling and simulation tools to support and enhance your learning. We offer a week’s training in CAST (airport modelling simulation software). Site visits may be undertaken to airports around the UK including London City, Birmingham, Gatwick and Stansted.
Experience and familiarity with using the more specialist industry resources will be recognised and valued by future employers. Developing skills to make the most of our rich information environment at Cranfield is not only important to you whilst you are studying at Cranfield, it is also vital for your future employability and career progression.
Cranfield University offer a comprehensive library and information service, and are committed to meeting the needs of students, creating a comfortable environment with areas for individual and group work as well as silent study.