M.Sc. Air Safety Management

City University London

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Application deadline: We have no specific application deadline, and an early application is recommended
Tuition fee:
  • € 13,500 / Module (EEA)
  • € 13,500 / Module (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The objective of air safety management is to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of safety within the context of increasing air traffic, wider commercial competition and a greater focus on cost consciousness. Successful safety management involves staff at all levels in aircraft operations, aircraft design and manufacture, airports, air traffic control, ground handling and maintenance and private flying.

Air safety management is a major challenge, largely because of the rapidly changing regulatory requirements in response to current air safety trends and the forecast of future growth in the aviation industry. There is also a need for businesses to understand the financial implications of improving or not improving, safety performance.

This Programme is one of three parallel MSc Programmes in Air Transport Management, Air Safety Management and Aircraft Maintenance Management.

Teaching and Assessment


The modules are taught as 3-day short courses. For the MSc degree, the taught component can be completed in one to three years, with the final project taking approximately six months following completion of all the taught modules. Modules are delivered by experts from across the aviation industry and are highly interactive to encourage exchanges of views and experience.

Student assessment is made through a combination of coursework and examination

Career Prospects

Career Prospects & Student Testimonials

On graduation the student will gain a unique and highly desirable qualification from an internationally respected university, and will be ready to shoulder a significant level of responsibility for defining and implementing the employer's safety policy. Those students who have completed the course are seeing demonstrable benefits on their career paths.

What our students have to say:

"I am pleased to say that I have just been appointed the Corporate Flight Safety Manager. There is no doubt that my masters degree clinched the job."
"A special thank you for all your efforts to promote the spirit of aviation in such a professional manner. I am certainly one who has gained immense knowledge from this experience."
"I have really enjoyed meeting the other students and have found the course extremely valuable, thought provoking and interesting."
"It has given me a lot more confidence in my own abilities."
"highly effective and taught in a very humane way. Indeed, exposure to this sort of material might encourage airline people not to encourage pilots to break safety rules to meet the schedule."

Working with the Armed Forces

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


Course Content

The course is based on completing eight modules over one to five years, which are taught over three day periods and held regularly throughout the year. Students are also required to undertake a project in an air safety-related subject, which is usually completed within six months.

Students who choose not to do the project will receive a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of five modules or Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of nine modules.

Course Structure

Core Modules

* Active safety management
* Crisis management
* Risk management

Electives Modules

* Safety management tools and methods
* Quality management of airline operations
* Human resource management
* Human Factors; General Principles
* Airline operations
* Psychology in aviation management
* Airports and ground handling
* Accident and incident investigation
* Air Transport Economics
* Airline Maintenance
* Airline Business
* Airline Marketing
* Airline Revenue Management, Pricing and Distribution Management
* Developing a Business Plan
* Financial Accounting
* Fleet Planning
* Sustainable Aviation

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree.


The course is aimed at professionals in the manufacturing, operating maintenance support and regulatory sectors of the aviation industry - both civilian and military.

A typical student will have an Air Transport Pilot's Licence or a Category B or C Aircraft Maintenance Licence, at least two years experience of professional responsibility. In addition, they will recognise the need for safety improvements and have the motivation and personal skills required to implement safety management systems across departmental boundaries.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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