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Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics MSc/PgCert
The MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics is designed to provide industry with successful and well equipped graduates who can make a real and lasting improvement to safety.
The programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the human factors and safety issues in design, manufacturing, operations and maintenance throughout the aeronautical industry.
Demand for human factors expertise continues to grow within aviation as well as other safety critical industries. An increasing recognition that errors causing costly accidents and incidents stem from normal and routine human behaviour means there is an escalating need for trained professionals to advise on and implement safe methods and systems of operation.
This world-leading course attracts industry professionals from organisations such as BAE Systems, British Airways, the RAF and Oman Air Force, as well as graduates from engineering, psychology and other degree courses. This programme is suitable for students wishing to gain a grounding in human factors and safety assessment specifically applied to the aerospace industry.
The course comprises of taught modules and an individual research project. Teaching includes lectures, tutorials and seminars, case studies, group work, individual projects, business games, visits and guest lectures. Successful completion of the taught modules is required before you can progress to the research project.
- Introduction to Human Factors
- Research Methods and Statistics
- Safety Assessment in Aircraft Systems
- Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance
- Flight Deck Design
- Human Performance and Error
- Training and Simulation
- Aircraft Accident Investigation & Response
- Aviation Medicine
- Aviation Safety Management.
Non Assessed Module:
- Fundamentals of Flying.
The individual research project allows you to select an area of particular interest in aviation and aerospace human factors and examine this issue in more detail. This promotes co-operation with industry and forms links useful for a future career path. Recent project work has seen students working with organisations including Airbus, British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and the military.
The course modules cover the areas of human factors and safety assessment in aeronautics in comprehensive detail. The aim is to give an understanding of the human factors and safety issues in design, manufacturing operations and maintenance throughout the aeronautical industry. The MSc comprises ten compulsory modules, one non-assessed module and an individual research project.
Coursework assignments, examinations, and an individual research project (MSc students only) assessed by thesis and presentation.
Start date: October
Duration: 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time (MSc). 2 years part-time (PgCert)
Teaching location: Cranfield
Cranfield is unique as a specialist postgraduate university, with unusually strong industry connections, particularly in aviation. At Cranfield we thrive on a student mix of experienced professionals and high quality graduates. This breadth of skills and knowledge makes for a stimulating learning environment, where students from a variety of background disciplines can work together, sharing ideas and expertise, and enriching the student experience well above post-graduate courses at most traditional universities.
This MSc has received strong support from the aerospace industry, including Boeing, the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air Traffic Services.
All modules are delivered over an intense 5 day period, making your study timetable easy to manage and reducing the number of days required at Cranfield away from work. The individual research project (MSc only) can be completed with only minimal time required at the University, for tutorials and supervisory meetings.
Cranfield is very well located for visiting part-time students from across the UK and Europe and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.
Our teaching staff spend a significant amount of their time as practitioners in the aviation industry; working with major manufacturers, airlines and operators, maintainers, the military and regulators. This means that the Department of Human Factors can provide up to date practical as well as academic training that will help you make a make a serious contribution to human factors and system safety in your future career. Teaching staff include world leaders in aviation psychology, human factors, accident investigation and aircraft design.
As a Cranfield student you will have access to our range of outstanding research facilities for research work. These include a suite of aircraft flight deck and cabin simulators, eye tracking and physiological monitoring equipment and a library of psychometric test and assessment materials.
Typically a 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent in engineering, aeronautical engineering, mathematics, ergonomics, psychology or other science. Other qualifications (eg HND or alternative) may be acceptable, provided that there is evidence of sufficient relevant work experience.
Students whose native language is not English must have attained any of the following as evidence of English language ability:
- IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing Service): an overall minimum score of 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet based test - minimum score of 92. Our TOEFL institution code is 0822
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): Listening and reading test minimum score of 800. Speaking and writing test minimum score of 310
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): an overall score of 65
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum of Grade C
In addition to these minimum overall test scores, you are expected to achieve a balanced score across the reading, writing, listening and speaking elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Please note that we will only accept tests taken within two years of the start date of your course (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.
MSc Full-time UK/ EU: £6,800
MSc Full-time International: £16,000
MSc Part-time UK/ EU: £3,945 p.a.
MSc Part-time International: £3,945 p.a.
PgCert Part-time UK/ EU: £3,945 (year 1), £2,855 (year 2)
PgCert Part-time International: £3,945 (year 1), £2,855 (year 2)
Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
All students pay the tuition fee set annually by the University for the duration of their course (which may be raised year on year) unless otherwise set out in a schedule at the outset of the course and outlined above.
Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
Some funding may be available for suitably qualified UK/EU students. Please contact us for details.
Online application form. Applicants may be invited to attend for interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.
Course graduates generally find suitable employment very quickly. Former graduates of the MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics are currently employed by Airbus, Airclaims, British Airways, QinetiQ, Virgin Atlantic, London Underground, Nissan, easyJet and the Royal Navy.
This course takes you on to further career opportunities in aviation and other safety-critical industries. There are strong employment prospects for graduates in safety-related management and operational positions.
93% of Cranfield students securing a relevant position within six months of graduation, so you can be confident that you will find appropriate employment by the end of the course.