Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in air transport, geography, engineering, economics, tourism, international business, management or a related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification. Relevant industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme provides students with a comprehensive, practical and critical understanding of the regulatory, operational and commercial environment of contemporary Air Transport Management. It equips students with a range of transferrable knowledge and relevant research skills which can be applied in the workplace.

Specifically, the programme will enable students to apply in-depth knowledge and understanding of the structure and the operation of the commercial air transport industry from an international perspective, including the regulatory, political and economic environments in which it operates, the processes it employs and the challenges it faces. It will also enhance critical thinking and analytical skills through exposure to the latest academic research and a rigorous theoretically informed but industry relevant interdisciplinary approach.

This course benefits from Education 2030 where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time. This means that you will have more time to engage with your learning and further deepen your understanding of each of the topics introduced by this course.

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Key features

  • Learn from experienced academics. This programme has been developed by two experienced air transport academics, Professor Lucy Budd and Professor Stephen Ison, who have over 30 years' combined experience of developing and teaching air transport management programmes.
  • Gain networking opportunities, with the chance to participate in industry talks involving practitioners working in the aviation sector.
  • Students enrolling on the programme will be provided with a complimentary copy of the key textbook used on this course, ‘Air Transport Management: An International Perspective’.
  • This programme has been specifically developed to meet the needs of air transport industry employers.
  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Find out more about funding here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions team