Why choose this course
Air transport is intrinsically linked to global economic prosperity. Before the pandemic, more than four billion people travelled by air annually and air travel grew at over five per cent a year. Our Air Transport Management MSc will provide you with the knowledge at the cutting-edge of this discipline. It will equip you with the multiple skills and expertise that are required to succeed in the ever-evolving business of air transport.
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the best in the world, being ranked in the top 10 globally by the QS World University Rankings 2020 and 3rd in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021 for hospitality and tourism management.
You’ll benefit from our pioneering research and analysis, as well as our unique proximity to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, that serve over 120 global airlines. This has allowed us to develop outstanding links with the industry, generating numerous guest speakers who deliver engaging and stimulating lectures.
The course has been designed in close collaboration with industry professionals, to develop future air transport leaders that are innovative, principled, and thought-provoking.
What you will study
On our intriguing and intellectually challenging Air Transport Management MSc, we keep firmly up-to-date with current trends and changes within the industry to better prepare you for employment.
Throughout your studies, you’ll learn about the fundamental aspects of air transport management, as well as analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge. You’ll also learn about the operation and organisation of airlines and airports and the latest technology.
This is the only air transport management course in the UK that will allow you the opportunity of using all three commercial software packages used by airlines and airports today, including: OAG, MIDT (Sabre) and Cirium (Flightglobal). These tools are essential for analysing airline data and will give you a competitive edge with employers.
During the summer months, you’ll produce a dissertation that researches a specialist topic, picked by yourself, which will lead to an in-depth knowledge of this subject.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
This pioneering course will give you a distinct competitive advantage in today’s international job market. The programme is taught by extremely well-regarded academics who continuously publish in esteemed journals and whose research sets industry standards.
Some of our MSc Air Transport Management graduates have gone on to pursue a career in the following roles/areas:
- Airline management
- Airport management
- Aircraft manufacturer
- Aircraft leasing
- Aircraft maintenance
- Air cargo and logistics
- Ground handling
- Airline catering
- Aviation journalism.
Academic year structure
Each module is taught in one-week blocks. There are normally two weeks off between each module, when you are expected to conduct independent study for your upcoming assignment.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. Applicants who do not meet these requirements but hold an Air Transport Pilot License or Air Traffic Controller License, plus a minimum of three years relevant work experience, can also be considered on a case by case basis (subject to interview).
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2022
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2022-23 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Commuting (local travel expenses): Approximately £60 - Return travel to Royal Aeronautical Society and visit to Gatwick Airport.
Grand total: Approximately £60.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2022/23. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2022/23. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.