Human Factors in Aviation MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT066

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

EECT066

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

EECT066

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

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 in the aviation industry, with the human factors discipline forming a cornerstone of every aviation safety management programme.

This specialist distance learning course is taught by current staff with expertise in the academic and professional disciplines of human factors, ergonomics and occupational psychology within aviation (staff are subject to change). 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 each year.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited by the following bodies:

European Association for Aviation Psychology

European Association for Aviation Psychology

Accredited by the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP), this MSc course has been approved as an accredited course leading to certification as a European Human Factors Specialist in Aviation/Aviation Psychologist for appropriately qualified members of EAAP. NB: Accreditation does not apply to Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma awards.

Course information

This 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 core modules covering the main areas of human factors in aviation and a module involving a critical review of contemporary literature on a relevant topic, followed by an applied human factors research thesis within the field (divided across two modules). All modules are mandatory.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year you will study six mandatory 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 you will asked to undertake a critical review of contemporary literature on a topic within the field.

Literature reviews undertaken by past graduates 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 second year, you will study two mandatory modules covering areas of human factors in aviation (crew resource management and human factors and safety management). You will then undertake an industry-related human factors research thesis, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you should have gained during the course and allowing you the chance to develop your ability to design, plan, execute and communicate an applied research project in the field (this is divided into two modules - one on the preparation of the research (research methods and project introduction) and one involving the research implementation and reporting (human factors research thesis). All modules are mandatory.

In the past, previous students have undertaken research projects into decision making processes and error detection in air traffic control, passenger safety information, safety operators deviating from procedure, perceptions towards training and training feedback systems, the use of new technology and training for flight crew training, public attitudes to laser attacks on aircraft and reporting culture and barriers to effective incident reporting, as examples.

Modules

  • Crew Resource Management

  • Human Factors and Safety Management

  • Research Methods and Project Introduction

  • 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...

  • Approved by the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) as an accredited course, leading to certification as a European Human Factors Specialist in Aviation/Aviation Psychologist for appropriately qualified EAAP members.
  • 94% of human factors in aviation students said they were satisfied overall with the course in the 2018 Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
  • Core members of the current course team have achieved professional standing. The current team includes Chartered Psychologists, a registered Occupational Psychologist and a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. All current staff are research-active staff who may share their research and industry experiences. Please note, staff may be subject to change.
  • 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 have the opportunity to 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 course is that human factors research design, methods and measurement and analysis techniques are included within each taught module, which is designed to allow 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. Current regulations allow a part time student on a two-year course to be registered for up to five years, therefore students must have successfully completed the course within this time.

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 and telephone). As the course is distance learning, these methods will form the guided study content of the modules.

The current core teaching team members are all current members of the Human Systems Integration Group and have established reputations within human factors (staff are subject to change). This 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.

Upon 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 study 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 in order to give you the opportunity to deepen and extend learning and the chance to develop independent interests beyond the guided material. This module hours are 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. 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.

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

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

Applicants should ideally hold an honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a cognate, psychology, medical or engineering discipline, and have experience in the operational aspects of the aviation industry.

However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications, or those with an undergraduate degree in another discipline will also be considered on an individual basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information regarding any of the above entry requirements, please contact: ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Applicants should ideally hold an honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a cognate, psychology, medical or engineering discipline, and be involved in the operational aspects of the aviation industry.

However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications, or those with an undergraduate degree in another discipline will also be considered on an individual basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information regarding any of the above entry requirements, please contact: generalenquiries.io@coventry.ac.uk

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 an honours degree 2.2 or an equivalent international qualification or above in a cognate, psychology, medical or engineering discipline, and be involved in the operational aspects of the aviation industry.

However, applications from candidates with relevant experience and professional qualifications, or those with an undergraduate degree in another discipline will also be considered on an individual basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information regarding any of the above entry requirements, please contact: generalenquiries.io@coventry.ac.uk

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£12,600


UK 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 2020

£12,600


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,600


Scholarships

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

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Human error contributes to about 80 percent of the negative events in aviation. 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 potential change of employment, you will also have the opportunity to request and receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit.

Where our graduates work

Past graduates of this course are typically already in employment, and successful completion of this master’s course can support them in their potential future career options.

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 2020/21 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.