As part of the UK aviation community, Cranfield has seen the impact on individuals and organisation due to the ongoing restrictions on domestic and international travel due to the COVID pandemic. This has caused many airlines and airports to adjust their staffing requirements with many individuals affected by reduced working hours or redundancy.

Cranfield has long standing relationships with many organisations across the UK aviation sector and recognise the opportunities that will arise for affected individuals who could retrain or further enhance their current skills. As such we are offering a bursary on selected MSc courses for those employees from our partners that have been adversely affected by the COVID pandemic.

At a glance

  • Funding value30% reduction in tuition fees
  • Suitable for Applicants fromEU, Rest of World, UK
  • DeadlineOn going
  • Funding provider(s)Cranfield University

What it covers

The bursary will cover 30% of the tuition fee against the following MSc courses

  • Air Transport Management Executive MSc (part-time) – November 2021 start
  • Airworthiness MSc (part-time) - September 2021 start
  • Aviation Safety Management, Risk and Regulation MSc (part-time) – January 2022 start
  • Safety and Human Factors in Aviation MSc (full-time) – October 2021 start
  • Safety and Accident Investigation MSc (part-time) – please note the entry requirements, course structure, and start date of the course is different, please click here to visit the dedicated page to explore your options in more detail.

Cranfield’s entry requirements for a MSc programme are a UK first- or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject area, or an equivalent international qualification. However, at the discretion of the Course Director we will consider relevant work experience in combination with a degree or professional training alongside a demonstrated ability to complete the course successfully.

Who can apply

Students on our courses come from a range of commercial and operational positions across the aviation sector. Cranfield is offering the bursary to current staff with reduced working hours or those affected by redundancy due to the COVID pandemic from a range of UK partner organisations including:



British Airways

Heathrow Airport

Virgin Atlantic

London Luton Airport

Norwegian Air UK

Manchester Airports Group


Gatwick Airport

TUI Northern Region






*If your organisation is not listed, UK based and has been impacted by the pandemic please get in touch to see if we can apply the bursary

Further information


  1. I don’t have an undergraduate degree can I still apply? – you may still be eligible for the course, please discuss your educational background and professional experience with the Course Director. You may be required to attend the first couple of modules as an associate student, where successful completion of the first assessment will allow you to complete your full enrolment.
  2. Will the course be delivered online? – The COVID pandemic has required we adjust our delivery method from traditional face-to-face teaching to live online, as government restriction are lifted we will see a return toe face-to-face teaching however some course will retain elements of online delivery that have worked well for our part-time students, please discuss with the Course Director the future plans for the course of interest.
  3. What is the time commitment of the course, can I still work and study and flex around my flight roster? – The majority of our modules are taught in one-week blocks, this requires you to by physically or virtually present for the duration of the module depending on how that module is being delivered. Our courses are not self-study and require you to be present for the taught sessions and to engage with group and team assignments.
  4. If my work situation changes what commitment have I made to ongoing study? – We offer some flexibility in our courses so most are offered with a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or full MSc award. Each stage requires additional modules to be completed, the MSc award will require completion of an individual thesis on top of the successful completion of the taught components. If you have to suspend you studies before reaching an award point you will retain the credits against your successfully completed modules allowing you to recommence you studies within the subsequent 3 years.
  5. How long will it take to complete my course? – a part-time MSc usually takes two-three years to complete with a PG Cert taking approximately one year. On some courses there may be options to accelerate this but it depends on availability of taught modules.

How to apply

Applicants wishing to be considered for the bursary should firstly review the course page of interest, general question around the bursary are detailed below, for further information around your eligibility or if you have a question regarding the course of study please approach our admissions team: