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Air Transport Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT107

Study options:

1 year full-time, 3 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

In today’s globalised world, we have come to rely heavily on civil aviation – not only for international tourism, but also to keep the supply chains of many industry sectors running smoothly. For perishable commodities, such as fresh food or cut flowers, there is no alternative.

This dynamic course, which capitalises on our extensive links with airlines, aircraft manufacturers and airports in the UK, Ireland and overseas, provides an advanced study of air transport organisations globally, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate. Ideal for those seeking leadership positions in all areas of the airline, airport and the wider air transport industry, from planning and marketing, to logistics, operations and scheduling, this course can set you on the path to achieving Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). 

Coventry University has an established reputation within the air transport and aerospace industry and a key advantage is the many opportunities for professional interaction through a programme of industry site visits, visiting guest lecturers and possibilities for participation on client-based group and individual project work.  

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

The programme aims to foster an analytical understanding of the holistic nature of aviation management, together with a comprehensive knowledge of the functional nature of the business of air transportation, including the objectives, physical and human requirements needed to facilitate high quality and seamless transportation of people, products and services throughout the world.

Referring to current developments in international and national aviation businesses, we can teach you to systematically and creatively evaluate all aspects of air transport management (ATM) to improve business and management practice. 

The subject range is vast and diverse incorporating, for example, aspects of marketing and product development, such as how to create an effective brand and inflight experience for a modern airline or how to influence consumer choices, as well as how human factors impact safety culture. Particular attention is given to the tools and techniques used to establish the best combination of people and technology, including project management, logistics, production management and many more practices promoted by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Modules

Overview

In Semester 2 students have the opportunity to apply their learning from Semester 1 through a combination of a Group Aviation Project and an Airline Business Simulation. These modules seek to simulate the live business environment of air transport management and encourage students to work together to deliver an air transport project or compete as individuals for market advantage and to identify and deliver a profitable airline operating strategy.

We will also touch upon complex aviation issues, such as planning for the development of a new airport and the subsequent scheduling and operational challenges that follow on from this.

After completion of the taught component, you will undertake an industry-related research thesis, demonstrating the skills and knowledge you have gained during the course. Live client based projects are encouraged. Past students have considered the future of aircraft cabin design, examined a number of strategy and marketing related issues, looked at human factors in relation to runway incursion among others.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Air Transport Strategy & Marketing 
    • Air Transport Planning, Design & Operations 
    • Airline Strategy, Finance and Economics
    • Project Management
  • Semester 2

    • Airline Business Simulation
    • Group Aviation Project
    • Safety, Security and Emergency Planning
    • Research Methods and Project Preparation
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project or Dissertation

In more detail...

  • Coventry University has received the prestigious ‘Gold Award’ in the 2018 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • Above average student satisfaction for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ (which includes Aviation Management at Coventry) – 88% overall compared with the 80% sector average in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Hear from guest speakers from airlines, tour operators, suppliers and air transport consultancies, which have previously included AAIB, ACL Airport Co-ordination Ltd, Air Transport News, Aviation Security International, NSAI, East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport Ltd, Seabury, SSA and York Aviation.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing building, with access to significant industry simulation software and aviation data sources, including Airline Business, AirlineOnline, Air Transport World, Arena, Simulate, capstats.com, flightglobal.pro, Apex and airportcharges.com.
  • Strong industry links have been established with a number of companies and organisations including a number of UK, European and other overseas airports; airlines including British Airways, DHL, Jet2 and TUI; air transport consultancies and suppliers; tour operators; handling agents; and aircraft manufacturers including Airbus, Swissport, ACL Airport Coordination Ltd, UBM Aviation Routes/ASM, rdc Route Development Company, SH&E, Seabury Aviation, York Aviation, 3Sixty digital marketing).

Free subscription to the industry-standard online news and database service Flightglobal/pro and Routesonline, providing you with news updates from the aviation sector as it happens. 

Your main study themes are:

  • Air Transport Planning, Design and Operations: Develop the knowledge and skills to manage both the operation and the development of airports as complex systems aimed at delivering a service to different stakeholders, such as airlines, airports, passengers, owners and service providers. We will consider the physical, environmental and economic factors which constrain the capacity and operation of an airport in terms of the movement of aircraft, the services provided to airlines and the usage of passengers and cargo terminals. 

  • Aviation Safety, Security and Emergency Planning: Current approaches and applicable regulations to aviation safety and security, encompassing Safety Management Systems (SMS), human factors and the use of technology applicable to aircraft, airports, flights and airline operations. We also consider essential procedures for coping with air and ground emergencies, which will include an Emergency Response Planning workshop.

  • Airline Strategy, Finance and Economics: Covers the strategic, financial, and economic aspects which underpin airlines. We will look at their strategies and how they achieve objectives, as well as the demand for airlines together with their costs, revenues, pricing, key industry trends, problems, and developments.  

  • Air Transport Business Simulation: We adopt a practical approach to the functions, processes and relationships of airline and airport operations, incorporating both the simulation and analytical techniques used to optimise airline network flow and scheduling, route structure and planning, fleet planning and assignment, crew scheduling, maintenance scheduling, gate assignment and aircraft load planning. You will learn to identify airline and airport operational and planning problems and solve these problems using operational research techniques, both deterministic and probabilistic. 

The course can be studied full-time over one year or on a part-time basis, typically over a three-year period with modules studied alongside the full-time students. You can start in September.
Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes. We incorporate a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning, such as projects, problem-solving scenarios, case studies or enquiry-based learning in a classroom, laboratory or work setting.

For example, in considering airline strategy, we use a number of real-life case studies drawn from the current fast-moving global airline scene. For example how Middle Eastern Carriers have challenged and changed the wider global airline operating environment or how Low Cost Carriers are evolving to meet increasing competition and increasing customer expectations.

We run an inspiring programme of guest speakers, which in the past has featured: an airline start-up guru and chief operating officer; a security manager; chief fire officer; highly experienced airline scheduling expert; professional and personal development expert; a vice-president of airline route development and Ryanair’s former head of new routes; and the chief operating officer at Birmingham Airport.

We also organise an exciting programme of field trips, which have included visits DHL Air Cargo Hub at East Midlands Airport and the British Airways OCIC/EPIC Emergency Coordination Centre at Heathrow, Heathrow Terminal 2 and Birmingham Airport. Where possible, you will also be given opportunities to attend conferences organised by Routes Online and the Royal Aeronautical Society. The University regularly hosts an IATA Training seminar and students are invited to attend.

The course is assessed using practical and written assessments, presentations, formal reports, simulations and in-class tests. Modules include between one and two pieces of assessment, which may include any combination of the assessment methods indicated. There are no formally timetabled examinations. 

The pass mark for each module is 40%. Most modules require the student to pass all assessed components in order to pass the module. Individual module requirements are outlined in the relevant module guides.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays, presentations: 100%

Coursework

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The local, national and international context within which aviation businesses operate and the interdependencies between airline and airport activities.
  • Theory and practice underpinning the structure, organisation and management of aviation businesses including regulatory requirements.
  • Theory and practice of the technical aspects of air transport management at both a strategic and operational levels within organisations.
  • The human factors involved in safety-critical activities, and the procedures and practice involved in planning and handling emergency.
  • The principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.


On successful completion of the programme you should be able to:

  • Analyse and synthesise complex scenarios and apply problem solving techniques to the air transport industry.
  • Conduct a thorough and systematic analysis of a practical air transport problem and use appropriate channels to disseminate the findings.
  • Propose innovative and creative solutions to address sizeable practical air transport management problems and present a soundly reasoned justification for final recommendations.
  • Effectively design and execute a research or consultancy project related to a management problem in the air transport industry.

There are approximately 12 hours of classroom contact each week, with approximately three hours per module. This will be divided between lectures, seminars and practical activities depending on the module.

Students are expected to engage in up to 28 additional weekly hours of extensive self-directed study to deepen and extend their learning and to develop their independent interests beyond the material introduced in the formal classroom environment.

This time should be divided between extended module reading, assignment preparation and independent self-directed learning. Suitable material would include relevant academic journals, professional journals and news sources and online databases.

Air Transport Management is a global business and to increase your employability course content reflects this. We benefit from strong relationships with air transport and aviation management programmes through Europe, in the United States and the Middle East, including Purdue University and Emirates Aviation University. There may be opportunities for to complete international study or work placements as part of your course, subject to an application process.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have one of the following qualifications:

  • a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree in any subject;
  • a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level;
  • a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant working experience at a professional level.

Applicants are expected to have one of the following qualifications:

  • a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree in any subject;
  • a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level;
  • a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant working experience at a professional level.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants are expected to have one of the following qualifications:

  • a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree in any subject;
  • a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level;
  • a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant working experience at a professional level.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Air transport is one of the world’s growth industries and is projected to continue to experience ongoing growth until at least 2050. This growth brings significant challenges in recruitment of suitable personnel at all levels including management.

After the United States, the UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, employing around 230,000 people in over 3,000 companies, including BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce, and a range of international companies with operations in the UK, such as Airbus, Cobham, Agusta-Westland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier. There are opportunities nationally and globally with aerospace companies, airlines, airports and third party service providers including handling agents and tour operators. 

This programme is designed to develop the strategic managerial skills necessary to meet the challenges currently facing the air transport industry today. You will also develop a wide range of transferrable professional skills during your studies, including the ability to produce written reports and deliver oral presentations, engage in self-directed study, operate as part of a team, demonstrate a critical awareness of professional, legal, social and ethical issues. As such, it will equip you with the skills and expertise required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry, such as airlines, air navigation service providers, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have obtained jobs as revenue managers for a UK airline, analysts at UK CAA International, consultants with a number of industry recognise firms and in various management roles at airlines and airports in the UK and around the world.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.