Designed to equip you with the skills to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies.

This part-time flexible Executive course, available either at Cranfield or Muscat (via Muscat University), covers a broad range of management strategic issues to enable you to advance your career in the air transport industry. Focus on subjects that match your individual interests and career aspirations, whilst you remain in employment.

Overview

  • Start date1st July
  • DurationMSc: up to three years part-time. PgDip: two years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught Module 45%, Group project 15%, Individual research project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip
  • Study typeExecutive
  • CampusCranfield campus, External

Who is it for?

Created to meet the demand for more flexible executive teaching in air transport management, this course is suitable for those who require a broad knowledge of air transport management strategic issues whilst remaining in full-time employment. It combines compulsory air transport core learning with an increased focus on leadership and personal development including managerial, interpersonal, financial and analytical skills. Accelerate your career development by focusing on subjects that match your individual interests and career aspirations.

We also deliver this course via Muscat University. Important: to study in Muscat visit the Muscat University website and apply using their application process.


Why this course?

The MSc Air Transport Management has been established since 1964. The course has an outstanding global reputation with over 1,500 graduates to date. We recognise the challenges faced by our executive students and have reduced the required number of visits to Cranfield through the introduction of several distance learning modules which are indicated in the modules overview. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

We are very well located for students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

The course is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading airlines and associated sectors. This group meets annually and ensures that the course content remains up-to-date and equips you with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Members of the committee also attend the group project presentations.

We regularly invite senior industry experts to present to our students. Previous speakers have included:

  • Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways
  • Julie White, VP Global Sales Planning and Distribution Strategy of Virgin Atlantic
  • Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Groups
  • Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport
  • Brian Pearce, Chief Economist of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Professor Rigas Doganis.

Course details

The taught programme for the Air Transport Management masters starts in July and is comprised of ten modules (six compulsory and four optional). All the modules are completed over three one-week periods (two modules per week) so you are only expected to make three trips to Cranfield to complete the six compulsory modules in July, November and March. Some optional modules are available for distance learning.

Group project

Students are divided into groups and tasked with setting up an airline in any country of the group's choice. Students can also choose any type of airline business model. The groups present and defend their business plans to a board of senior industry executives as well as to teaching staff. Each group must also submit a detailed report which will be assessed.

The group project is undertaken in the second year, and is held in July for two weeks. The aim is to provide a simulated industrial environment where knowledge and skills gained from the taught component can be applied to solving an air transport management problem.


Individual project

The individual research project is undertaken during year three of your studies. It provides an opportunity to study a problem in detail, and sponsoring organisations may collaborate in the choice of a suitable subject. This allows you to demonstrate the application of your learning to real-life problems.

Previous individual research projects have included:

  • Route selection strategies of the low cost carriers: the case of Ryanair and easyJet
  • Sustainable business models for airlines in Africa
  • Ancillary revenues in airlines and their implication for revenue management.

Assessment

Taught Module 45%, Group project 15%, Individual research project 40%

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Air Transport Economics and Financial Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Robert Mayer
Aim

    To provide a sound understanding of those economic concepts which are particularly relevant to decision-making in the air transport industry.

Syllabus
    • Demand and supply analysis
    • Profit maximisation and cost minimisation in the competitive environment
    • Barriers to Entry & Growth of the Firm & Regulation
    • Structure of Airline Costs
    • Economics of different airline business models (including cargo)
    • Airline Pricing and Revenue Management
    • Benchmarking of airlines and airports (lecture and case study
    • presentations)
    • Introduction to airport economics and airport Commercial
    • Revenues
    • Introduction to financial statements
    • Financial ratios and airline evaluation
    • Source of Finance and leasing
    • Airline planning, budgets and control (incl. hedging, investment appraisal).

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


1. Assess the fundamental elements of finance and economic theory that are applied to analyse aviation markets.
2. Evaluate the characteristics of different airline business models and their key economic and financial drivers.
3. Critically analyse the economic and financial characteristics of airports and the sources of revenues and structure of costs.
4. Calculate, analyse and benchmark airline/airports performance (costs, financial ratios etc.).

Professional and Personal Development

Aim
    • To provide an introduction to the individual and the group in the organisation – how and why people differ.
    • To introduce frameworks that aid interpersonal understanding, communication and relationships.
    • To introduce the notion of personality and emotional competence.
    • To consider the importance of relationships at work.
    • To discuss the importance of effective feedback.
    • To introduce the concept of group dynamics and effective teams.
    • To explore the effectiveness of different leadership styles.
    • To provide an introduction to, conflict and control, power, politics and influence in organisations.
    • To introduce and understand the role of organisational culturein change.
    • To explore the challenges of leading change.
Syllabus
    • Generally the curriculum will develop from a critical view of the individual through an understanding of his or her relationships at work with respect to membership of groups and teams. The second part of this module provides understanding of various perspectives on the effective leadership of change, paying particular attention to the role of organisational culture.
    • Specifically, the syllabus will include:
    o Introduction to Personal and Professional Development
    o Individual Differences and Learning
    o Group dynamics and Team roles
    o Relationships, Personality and Motivation
    o Organisational Culture
    o Power, Politics and Influence
    o Operational Change approaches
    o Leadership of change and leadership paradoxes
    o Leadership and coaching
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Appreciate the diverse nature of organisations and how people, management and strategy are influenced by internal and external factors;
2. Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of management competencies, styles and techniques;
3. Show knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses, including an understanding of how they are perceived by peers.
4. Demonstrate effectiveness in:
      a. Thinking and creativity
      b. Team working and leadership
      c. Communication
5. Demonstrate self-awareness and a developmental focus;
6. Take into account the people issues present in teams and organizations.
7. Identify key challenges in change processes and develop effective leadership interventions

Strategies for Success

Aim

    To assist air transport managers to formulate and implement strategies in order to generate high performance and to create sustained competitive advantage.


Syllabus
    • Overview of the concepts used in strategic management
    • Performing strategic analysis
    • Airline alliances, mergers and acquisitions
    • Responding to competition
    • Strategic transformations – repositioning airlines towards profitability
    • Acquiring and sustaining competitive advantage
    • The driving strategies behind airline success stories
    • Ancillary revenue – a game changer for the industry
    • Airline Simulation Exercise
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Appraise strategy processes, including the way in which they are formulated
2. Assess the integrative role of strategic management, its concepts and theories
3. Evaluate strategic management concepts and analytical tools to airlines and airports
4. Assess how different strategies impact the competitiveness of an airline
5. Explain the concepts of fit, distinctiveness, and sustainability and their importance in assessing the viability of a strategy
6. Analyse which strategy best fits an airline’s core competencies
7. Identify, diagnose and analyse profit making opportunities

The Airline Business

Module Leader
  • Professor Keith Mason
Aim

    To provide students with an overview of the complexities of the airline business, to examine different airline business models and assess critical success factors.


Syllabus
    • Overview of airline business
    • Review of the airline regulatory environment and its impact on the business
    • The Airline Market
    • Market share modelling
    • Airline Business Models
    • Full Service (network, 6th Freedom, Niche)
    • Low Cost
    • Charter
    • Regional
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Success factors for different business models
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Identify the complexities of the airline business and the factors that make impact most on the workings of the industry
2. Review the airline regulatory framework and assess how this affects the structure of the airline business
3. Identify and analyse different airline business models
4. Build and critically assess KPIs for airlines of different business models
5. Identify key elemental differences in airline business models using appropriate analytical tools.
6. Identify KSF for different airline business models and assess the robustness of each.


The Airport Business

Module Leader
  • Dr Romano Pagliari
Aim

    To ensure that when students complete the module they will have received the required level of knowledge and relevant sets of skills in order to apply these competently to help them solve airport business management problems.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to airport economics
    • Aeronautical revenues and the airport-airline relationship
    • Airport marketing and route development
    • Maximising airport terminal duty-free, retail and F&B sales
    • Airport commercial development case study
    • Car parking, property and other commercial revenues
    • Airport privatisation
    • Business models for managing commercial activities
    • Airport costs and out-sourcing
    • Airport performance
    • Airport markets, competition and economic regulation
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Critically evaluate solutions to solving management problems within the aeronautical business context
2. Critically evaluate solutions to solving management problems within the commercial /non-aeronautical business context
3. Critically evaluate differences in airport performance through the use of appropriate benchmarking measures.
4. Critically evaluate the potential for an airport to succeed in developing new routes.

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Aviation Marketing

Module Leader
  • Professor Keith Mason
Aim

    To provide students with an understanding of the key marketing concepts, and develop the ability to apply these concepts to the airline industry.


Syllabus
    • Overview of Marketing concepts
    • The markets airlines serve
    • Marketing airport services
    • The Airline Product
    • Airline Distribution
    • Pricing and Revenue Management
    • Airline Promotional tools
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Describe the key marketing concepts
2. Identify the characteristics of the main airline market segments
3. Evaluate elements of the airline product and whether they deliver value for the airline and the customer.
4. Identify the key strategic issues surrounding an airline’s pricing and distribution strategies
5. Identify and critically assess the key success factors for promotional tools used by airlines
6. Critically evaluate the current application of marketing concepts within the airline industry

Air Transport in Remote Regions

Module Leader
  • Dr Romano Pagliari
Aim

    To provide students with knowledge, understanding of the key issues faced by providers of air services and airport infrastructure in managing assets in remoter regions and skills in providing solutions to common challenges that they face.


Syllabus
    • Air transport policy and remoter regions
    • Air services provision and subsidisation
    • Regional airline characteristics and performance
    • Small / regional airport characteristics and performance
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


1. Identify limitations and make critical judgments of existing instruments designed to regulate and subsidise air transport in remoter regions.
2. Design and identify solutions as to how both airlines and airport authorities in remoter regions marker can improve the revenue generating potential and cost efficiency of their operations.

The Business Travel Market

Module Leader
  • Professor Keith Mason
Aim

    To provide students with an understanding of the complex nature of the business travel market, the role of corporate travel management and how this impacts the airline business.

Syllabus
    • Overview of Business Travel Market
    • B2B market dynamics and the structure of the business travel market
    • The Key Players – Corporates, TMCs, GDSs, & Suppliers
    • Corporate Travel Management
    • Travel Policy planning and implementation
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Identify the characteristics and key drivers of the main players in business travel market
2. Apply Business-to-Business concepts to the business travel market
3. Identify and critically assess the negotiating levers of the key players
4. Identify the effect of corporate travel management and travel policy approaches on the airline industry
5. Assess the impact of CSR on corporate travel policies
6. Critically evaluate how airlines should best respond to this market.

Crisis Management and Business Continuity

Module Leader
  • David Barry
Aim

    Crisis management is a topic area relevant to airlines, airports and other organisations involved with delivering air transport. These organisations typically have dedicated personnel and departments to emergency response and crisis planning. The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of how to plan for crises, what to expect when they happen, and how to deal with practicalities such as dealing with media, survivors and in the longer term, insurers.


Syllabus
    • Crisis management planning
    • Crisis communications
    • Critical function and risk analysis
    • Business continuity development and strategy
    • Crisis management exercise
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Describe the key elements of a crisis
2. Analyse the importance of effective crisis management
3. Critically evaluate past aviation crisis management
4. Facilitate business continuity planning.

Airport Design

Module Leader
  • Henrik Rothe
Aim

    To provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills in the design of airports and associated facilities in respect to contemporary commercial requirements.


Syllabus
    • Capacity of airport sub-systems (land-side and air-side).
    • Runway configuration, apron, taxiways.
    • Terminal layouts.
    • Surface access design.
    • Baggage systems.
    • IT systems in terminal design.
    • Impact of aircraft performance on airport design.
    • Impact of industry changes on airport design.
    • Operations simulation and passenger flows.
    • Case studies in airport design.

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles of airport design within the context of changing airline industry structure, national airport policy goals and design constraints.
2. Understand how aircraft performance and design characteristics influence the design of airport infrastructure.
3. Assess, measure and calculate the capacity of airport sub-systems and possess the skills to model passenger flows using design simulation software.
4. Generate an outline airport design, to a specific specification, including runway configuration (and associated airside infrastructure), apron and terminal layouts, and surface access systems.
5. Demonstrate the ability to respond to the changing requirement for airport design within the changing global economy and growing passenger expectations.
6. Assess constraints for airports (e.g., security) in a context of increasing commercial pressure from airport operator.

Air Transport Environmental Planning

Module Leader
  • Dr Thomas Budd
Aim
    To ensure that when students complete the module they will have received the required level of knowledge and relevant set of skills in order to apply these completely to solve airport environmental planning problems as practitioners.


Syllabus
    • Airports and the environment: the context
    • Airport environmental capacity
    • Environmental policy and International regulation
    • Communicating with the media
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • Aircraft emissions
    • Terminal and ground transport emissions
    • Local Air quality
    • Airport noise modelling: theory and practice
    • Airport noise mitigation strategies
    • Psychological factors of noise annoyance: community relations
    • Case studies and industrial visits
    • Role-play exercise

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Identify and measure all the environmental impacts associated with an existing airport and a proposed new development.
2. Analyse in a critical manner the features and characteristics of the key manifestations and dimensions of airport environmental externalities.
3. Formulate a plan with a diverse range of strategies to mitigate and solve airport environmental externalities and being able to communicate it to the public.
4. Demonstrate confident use of the FAA Integrated Noise Modelling software to solve a particular research problem


Airport Operations

Module Leader
  • Rich Moxon
Aim
    To provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills in airport operations.

Syllabus
    • Airport management systems
    • Airside and landside operations
    • Airport technical services
    • Control of emergencies and contingency planning
    • Airport security
    • Airport safety management systems and risk assessment
    • Airport customer service
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Explain key airport operations and describe their contribution to service provision.
2. Evaluate the thought processes required in effective airport business recovery following an airport incident or process change.
3. Critique the requirement for (and the components of) a robust airport security plan and safety management system.


Airport Strategic Planning

Module Leader
  • Rich Moxon
Aim

    To ensure that when students complete the module they will have received the required level of knowledge and relevant sets of skills in order to apply these completely to solve airport strategic planning problems as practitioners


Syllabus
    • Airport Master Planning
    • Site selection for new airports
    • Airport policy and the planning process
    • Flexible strategic planning
    • Airport stakeholder relations
    • Airport Surface Access Planning
    • Economic impact of airports
    • The impact of airline industry changes on airport planning
    • Workshop on airport planning
    • Case studies in airport strategic planning

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the process of airport capacity planning within the context of changing airline industry structure, national airport policy goals and planning constraints.
2. Identify the key components involved in approving airport development projects and be able to appraise the arguments for and against expansion.
3. Compare, analyse and assess different location options for new airports and understanding the interaction of key variables in the decision-making process.
4. Collect information from a variety of electronic (internet) and hard copy sources to support research.
5. Appraise and critique the work of other practitioners and specialists.
6. Communicate effectively, in written form, research work produced.
7. Complete work coursework to set deadlines.

Air Transport Market Analysis and Forecasting

Aim
    Obtain the theory and knowledge, skills of ‘demand forecasting’, and apply to the practical work for the air transport industry.
Syllabus
    • Introduction to air traffic forecasting
    • Air travel demand
    • Market analysis
    • Trend analysis
    • Time series analysis
    • Market share forecasts
    • Long term forecasts
    • Econometric modelling
    • Evaluating forecasting results
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Appraise key factors affecting demand for air travel.
2. Collect data and select the most appropriate model to produce a traffic forecast.
3. Evaluate forecasting methods and interpret the results with confidence.
4. Appraise and critique the work of other practitioners and specialists.
5. Communicate effectively, in written form, the research work produced.

Airline Fleet Planning

Module Leader
  • Andy Foster
Aim

    To provide students with the fundamentals of the aircraft selection and fleet planning process.

Syllabus
    • Aircraft Performance and Economic Analysis
    • Data Sources and Modelling Techniques
    • Defining the Aircraft Product
    • Evaluation of Competing Products
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of fleet planning
  • Analyse the performance and economics of different aircraft types.

Air Transport Marketing

Module Leader
  • Professor Keith Mason
Aim

    To provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills in airline marketing.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to marketing
    • Consumer behaviour
    • Market segmentation
    • Airline and airport products
    • Market research, survey design, and analytical approaches
    • Branding, promotional communication and loyalty
    • Distribution
    • Airport marketing
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of the main segments of airline markets
  • Identify and explain the key issues in planning airline products and the importance of product differentiation
  • Use marketing research approaches to investigate airline and airport markets
  • Assess the links between advertising, promotion, branding and customer loyalty
  • Describe the current issues in airline distribution
  • Collect information from a variety of electronic (internet) and hard copy sources to support research
  • Appraise and critique the work of other practitioners and specialists
  • Communicate effectively, in written form, research work produced
  • Take responsibility for research produced, including efficient time management, working to set deadlines and targets, demonstrating self-discipline, creative thinking and critical reflections of your own performance
  • Collaborate and contribute effectively to group workshops and assignments, appreciating the contributions made by other team members.

Air Transport and the Environment

Aim
    Obtain the theory, knowledge and technique to assess the environmental impact related to the aviation industry, and appraise it in the different point of views according to the stakeholders.

Syllabus
    • Aviation, the environment and economy
    • Environmental economics, issues and policy, abatement cost of carbon, and cost benefit analysis
    • Measuring airlines’ carbon footprints including workshop
    • Forecasting aviation’s carbon emissions
    • Industry structure and airline emissions
    • Technology and operational solutions
    • Noise, local air quality, and climate change regulations, protocols and industry self-management
    • Airport environmental management
    • Airport surface access
    • Passenger engagement with aviation environmental issues
    • Managing demand and mitigation

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of fundamental environmental economics and the analytical tools to assess aviation’s impact on the environment.
2. Understand models to estimate aircraft emissions.
3. Appraise the environmental impacts from air transport, locally, regionally and globally.
4. Identify current and future environmental regulatory controls on the air transport industry and assess trade-offs between environmental priorities.


Regulatory Policy and Air Law

Module Leader
  • Professor Keith Mason
Aim
    To provide a sound comprehension of how legal concepts and regulatory policies affect and apply the air transport industry, considering its unique nature.
Syllabus
    • International regulation
    • EU regulatory policy
    • Introduction to air law
    • The Chicago convention
    • Airline liability
    • EU air law
    • EU competition law
    • Impact of deregulation
    • Introduction to airport regulation
    • Safety regulations ICAO
    • Safety regulations EASA/H&S
    • Environmental regulation

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the respective roles of air transport industry regulatory institutions and be able to evaluate their effectiveness.
2. Demonstrate how changes in economic regulation and competition law have influenced the evolution of air transport markets.
3. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of important aspects of the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions and be able to apply these to solving cases concerning legal liability.


Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations

Module Leader
  • Cengiz Turkoglu
Aim
    To provide students with the fundamentals of the disciplines associated with the management of aircraft maintenance and engineering.

Syllabus
    • Maintenance Programme Development – balancing of technical requirements and operational priorities; Maintenance Steering Group 3 process.
    • Optimisation of maintenance - Outsourcing/In House Maintenance; Application of Lean principles to Maintenance operations; Maintenance planning; Maintenance costs.
    • Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance - Error types; Classification systems; Maintenance Error Management System; Maintenance Error Decision Aid (MEDA) & other resources.
    • Logistics and supply chain management.
    • Linkages between manufacturer, operator and maintenance organisation.
    • Continuing airworthiness management and Regulatory aspects (EASA Part M).
    • Health and usage monitoring, engine condition monitoring etc.

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Describe the principles of reliability with direct relation to aircraft availability.
2. Outline a maintenance management programme, including the interface with operations, supply chain and cost issues.
3. Critically appraise the various aircraft maintenance philosophies used for in-service aircraft.
4. Develop a process for achieving continuing airworthiness management with the appropriate regulatory approval.


Aviation Safety Management

Aim

    To provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to manage operational safety within the aviation industry.

Syllabus
    • The fundamentals of a Safety Management System, and introduction to associated guidance material provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and other State safety regulatory bodies
    • Safety data, safety information and analyses, including reporting systems, investigation and Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)
    • Hazard identification and risk management, including an introduction to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
    • Safety performance and safety health, including guidance on audits and safety promotion
    • Safety organisations, including guidance on effective management of safety teams
Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental concepts behind Safety Management Systems (SMS), as defined by ICAO, UK CAA, CASA and Transport Canada
  • Select and implement techniques for the identification, quantification and management of hazards and risks
  • Critically assess strategies for developing and enhancing safety culture including the role of leadership, structure and reporting systems
  • Identify techniques for measuring safety performance.

Research Methods

Aim

    To provide students with the fundamentals of research practice and to help students develop the skills necessary for them to undertake management research in a systematic and scientific manner.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to research: the research process
    • Problem definition and literature review
    • Theoretical framework and hypothesis development
    • Overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods
    • Case study research design
    • Survey research/questionnaire design
    • Qualitative methods
    • Sampling theory
    • Data analysis techniques
    • Ethical issues in research design
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate fundamentals of research process
  • Identify different approaches and methodologies in management research
  • Evaluate and select the most appropriate strategy and design for a research project
  • Use the most appropriate statistical techniques to analyse data.

Air Transport Environmental Planning

Module Leader
  • Dr Thomas Budd
Aim
    To ensure that when students complete the module they will have received the required level of knowledge and relevant set of skills in order to apply these completely to solve airport environmental planning problems as practitioners.


Syllabus
    • Airports and the environment: the context
    • Airport environmental capacity
    • Environmental policy and International regulation
    • Communicating with the media
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • Aircraft emissions
    • Terminal and ground transport emissions
    • Local Air quality
    • Airport noise modelling: theory and practice
    • Airport noise mitigation strategies
    • Psychological factors of noise annoyance: community relations
    • Case studies and industrial visits
    • Role-play exercise

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Identify and measure all the environmental impacts associated with an existing airport and a proposed new development.
2. Analyse in a critical manner the features and characteristics of the key manifestations and dimensions of airport environmental externalities.
3. Formulate a plan with a diverse range of strategies to mitigate and solve airport environmental externalities and being able to communicate it to the public.
4. Demonstrate confident use of the FAA Integrated Noise Modelling software to solve a particular research problem


Air Transport in Remote Regions

Module Leader
  • Dr Romano Pagliari
Aim

    To provide students with knowledge, understanding of the key issues faced by providers of air services and airport infrastructure in managing assets in remoter regions and skills in providing solutions to common challenges that they face.


Syllabus
    • Air transport policy and remoter regions
    • Air services provision and subsidisation
    • Regional airline characteristics and performance
    • Small / regional airport characteristics and performance
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


1. Identify limitations and make critical judgments of existing instruments designed to regulate and subsidise air transport in remoter regions.
2. Design and identify solutions as to how both airlines and airport authorities in remoter regions marker can improve the revenue generating potential and cost efficiency of their operations.

Individual Research Project

Aim

    The award of a Masters degree resulting from a taught programme of study requires the student to submit a thesis based on a structured programme of research. This structured programme is typically delivered through collaboration with an industrial sponsor; although it may it may be driven by research interests of the School’s academics. The thesis should satisfactorily set out the results of the structured programme and demonstrate the candidate’s ability to conduct original investigations, to test ideas (whether the candidate’s own or those of others) and to obtain appropriate conclusions from the work. In most cases, the results of the research programme should be set in the context of related work previously published by others. The student is required to communicate their findings in a thesis and through a viva voce, oral presentation and a poster.

Syllabus
    The subject matter range will be dependent upon the specific nature of the project.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Identify a research question.
2. Develop project objectives.
3. Select and justify methodologies appropriate to the task.
4. Plan and execute a work programme with reference to professional project management processes (e.g. time management; risk management; contingency planning; resource allocation; health and safety).
5. Evaluate and critically analyse literature; analyse data, synthesise a discussion, generate conclusions.
6. Place the findings of the work into the context of the work of others.
7. Communicate findings in the form of a thesis, formal presentation and viva.
Cranfield offers an inspiring, challenging and rewarding academic environment. I find staff very competent, motivating and flexible. Having the possibility to share knowledge as industry professionals among each other is truly valuable. I can highly recommend the course!
Whilst working full-time for an airline, I was interested in a postgraduate programme that would take my knowledge of this exciting industry to the next level. Only one course came highly recommended by virtually everybody in the industry I spoke to: the Executive Air Transport Management MSc at Cranfield University. It’s not just one thing that sets this course apart - it’s everything about it.

The academic rigour that challenges, the world-class academic staff who inspire, the practical examples that go beyond the classroom and the extensive network that opens doors. I’m excited about my future with Cranfield behind me all the way.


Your career

Successful completion of this course will gain you an internationally recognised qualification which benefits from the Cranfield reputation and can take you onto new levels of your career anywhere in the world. We provide access to our exclusive LinkedIn Cranfield University - Air Transport Group, which offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.

This qualification facilitates accelerated career development for many of our graduates. One former graduate began his studies as an Operations Manager and was promoted three times during his study – he is now the Deputy CEO and credits the course for enabling his progression by allowing him to take a broader view of his organisation than his original role.   

Other roles our former graduates have gone on to occupy include:

  • Financial Controller at Rolls-Royce plc
  • Head of Market Intelligence at Cargolux

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.