Human Factors in Aviation MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

ECT113

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

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The content of this course for September 2020 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2019 entry and is for guidance only. September 2020 entry content will be updated here in due course.

Overview

From flight crew to cabin crew, air traffic controllers to aircraft engineers, the human element is vital to the safe and efficient operation of all aspects of the aviation industry.

Over the past three decades a better understanding of human behaviour has resulted in significant safety benefits, with the human factors discipline forming a cornerstone of every aviation safety management programme.

This specialist distance learning course is taught by staff with expertise in the academic and professional disciplines of human factors, ergonomics and occupational psychology within aviation. This course aims to equip aviation professionals with a thorough appreciation of all aspects of the discipline and how they can be applied to best effect in the aviation industry.

Please note: As part time you will be expected to take 90 credits each year, so pay 50% of the full time fee. Tuition fees for subsequent years are subject to increase

Why Coventry University?

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Course information

The course covers the theoretical basis for the study of human factors in aviation, demonstrating how these concepts are applied in aspects of aviation operations. Throughout the modules, you are encouraged to apply the theoretical material to real world issues within the aviation industry, as human factors practitioners would.

The course consists of eight mandatory core modules covering the main areas of human factors in aviation and a critical review of contemporary literature on a relevant topic, and then an applied human factors research thesis within the field.

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Modules

Overview

In the first year you will study six modules covering the main areas of human factors in aviation (human information processing, decision making and error, flight deck design, selection, stress and stressors, training and simulation), plus a critical review of contemporary literature on a topic within the field.

Previous literature reviews have included just culture, decision making in complex naturalistic environments, psychological stress in aviation, motion platforms in flight simulation, enhancing crew resource management training, non-compliance with procedure, fatigue in aviation, barriers to incident reporting and perceptions towards unmanned aerial systems.

Modules

  • Human Information Processing in Aviation

  • Decision Making and Error in Aviation

  • Flight Deck Design

  • Selection, Stress and Stressors

  • Training and Simulation

  • Critical Literature Review

Overview

In the first year you will study six modules covering the main areas of human factors in aviation (human information processing, decision making and error, flight deck design, selection, stress and stressors, training and simulation), plus a critical review of contemporary literature on a topic within the field.

Previous literature reviews have included just culture, decision making in complex naturalistic environments, psychological stress in aviation, motion platforms in flight simulation, enhancing crew resource management training, non-compliance with procedure, fatigue in aviation, barriers to incident reporting and perceptions towards unmanned aerial systems.

Modules

  • Crew Resource Management

  • Human Factors and Safety Management

  • Human Factors Research Thesis

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • The Human Factors in Aviation MSc received 100% overall course quality student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2017.
  • Core members of the course team have achieved professional standing as Chartered Psychologists, a Registered Occupational Psychologist and Fellows of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and are all research active staff who will share their research and industry experiences.

Coventry University has received the prestigious ‘Gold Award’ in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Your main study themes are:

  • Human Information Processing in Aviation: Introduces the basic concepts of human information processing, and its application in the applied aeronautical context. You should also become familiar with the concepts of workload and situation awareness, associated measurement techniques and their importance in all aspects of system design and evaluation. 

  • Decision Making and Error in Aviation: Examines the major schools of thought in the study of decision making and the processes for improving aviation decision making. You will then have the opportunity to consider the nature of error, its root causes and methods by which it may be mitigated.

  • Flight Deck Design: Providing an introduction to the issues relating to human factors in flight deck design, including displays and controls, the use of automation, and human-computer interactions on the commercial flight deck.

  • Selection, stresses and stressors: Introduces the psychology of individual differences, focusing on personality and cognitive ability, as well as the measurement of these concepts. We then examine the areas of psychological stress and environmental stressors within an aviation environment, alongside the effects of such stressors on human performance.

  • Training and Simulation: An overview of the training lifecycle, training methods, media and the evaluation of training is discussed. We then examine the role of simulation in an aviation training context.

  • Crew Resource Management: We introduce the principles of crew/team resource management and look at the literature behind non-technical skills, such as decision making, communication, leadership/team working, situation awareness and fatigue management. You will also be introduced to the process of identifying, training and assessing non-technical skills in the applied aeronautical context.

  • Human Factors and Safety Management: An overview of the organisation-wide safety management function is addressed, where the emphasis is on risk management and avoiding (or managing) error across operations. You will also have the opportunity to consider approaches used to investigate the human factors aspects of aviation accidents and incidents.

  • Research Methods and Data analysis: One major advantage of this MSc is that human factors research design, methods and measurement and analysis techniques are included within each taught module, which allows a more focused approach and demonstration of their application in a range of different contexts.

The MSc Human Factors in Aviation is offered part-time over a minimum of two years on a distance learning, modular basis. It is expected that most students will complete the course in two years (with the option of study lasting up to a maximum of five years). You can start in September. 

You will be exposed to high quality distance learning materials, which may include online distributed module materials providing written topic summaries; links to journal articles, book chapters, e-books and videos; topic exercises; asynchronous bulletin-board based discussion groups; recommended reading lists; links to external webpages; and one-to-one guidance and supervision (via email, online video conferencing, telephone and in person at the University if desired). As the course is distance learning, these methods will form the guided study content of the modules. 

The core teaching team members are all members of the Human Systems Integration Group and have established reputations within human factors. The team is actively involved in applied research and consultancy within the field, and this experience is incorporated into the course material and interactions with students. We have a strong portfolio of industry-related research across safety critical industries including significant work in a range of areas within aviation.

The course is assessed 100% via coursework. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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

  • Critically apply knowledge of the principles of Human Factors through the systematic investigation of complex issues to produce safe, efficient and cost-effective solutions in the aviation/aerospace industry;
  • Apply Human Factors theories to practical case studies in which aviation-related scenarios are analysed;
  • Critically evaluate research findings and theories in the area of Human Factors in Aviation;
  • Successfully complete an independently conducted research project in a subject area of Human Factors in Aviation; and
  • Demonstrate the skills and qualities required of a Human Factors professional (e.g. demonstration of ethical and legal considerations; critical reflection and personal responsibility) in the safety-critical aviation environment.

This is a distance learning, part time course, with teaching and learning materials distributed remotely online. A typical module is 150 notional learning hours across seven weeks, of which approximately one-third is from guided module material and approximately two-thirds from self-directed independent study during each module to depend and extend learning and to develop independent interests beyond the guided material. This time is likely to be divided between extended module reading, assignment preparation and research and independent self-directed learning.

Aviation is a global industry, with the field of human factors recognised internationally. The core teaching team members are all members of the Human Systems Integration Group and have international reputations in Human Factors, with their experience reflected in the course content where applicable. Due to the distance learning nature, this course attracts UK, European and International students, many of which bring with them experience from working in a range of countries and organisations.

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In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a relevant academic discipline, and be involved in the operational aspects of the aviation industry. However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications will also be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a relevant academic discipline, and be involved in the operational aspects of the aviation industry. However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications will also be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a relevant academic discipline, and be involved in the operational aspects of the aviation industry. However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications will also be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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.

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Fee


September 2019

£11,450


UK Scholarships

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Fee


September 2019

£11,450


EU Scholarships

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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!

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Fee


September 2019

£15,800


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

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, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier.

It is estimated that up to 75% of all aircraft accidents have a Human Factors aspect to them, (Civil Aviation Authority, 2013). As a result work is ongoing by human factors professionals to understand human factors issues to promote the safe and efficient operation of all aspects of the aviation industry.

Potential destinations for human factors professionals include airlines and aircraft operators, air traffic control services, engineering organisations, aerospace manufacturers, safety consultancies and research organisations.

In addition to the knowledge and application of the areas of human factors addressed, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable professional skills during your studies, including the ability to produce written reports, engage in self-directed study, design, plan and execute a piece of applied human factors research and demonstrate a critical awareness of professional, legal, social and ethical issues.

Following the course, if you wish to look at a change of employment, you will also have the opportunity to receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. Support can be adapted to distance learning students where applicable.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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