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Programme Specification

MSc Air Transport Management

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK

Final award MSc, PGDip, PGCert (PGDip and PGCert only available as exit award)
Programme title Air Transport Management
Programme code CVPT48
Length of programme Minimum of 1 year (full-time)
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/CVPT48

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:01:12 BST

1. Programme Aims

This MSc programme is intended for students who have some prior knowledge of the air transport industry at honours degree level (or equivalent international degree qualification) and those who wish to take a specialist postgraduate degree in air transport.  The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive, practical and critical understanding of the regulatory, operational and commercial environment of Air Transport Management and equip graduates with a range of transferrable knowledge and advanced research skills that can be applied in the workplace.

Specifically, the programme is designed to:

  • Develop and extend in-depth knowledge and understanding of the structure and 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;
  • Enhance critical thinking and analytical skills through exposure to the latest academic research and a rigorous theoretically-informed but industry relevant interdisciplinary approach;
  • Advance an insightful holistic understanding of the air transport industry through research and problem solving;
  • Improve employment prospects through the acquisition of subject specific knowledge, research techniques and professional skills.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

There is no nationally agreed subject benchmark statement for air transport programmes.  The external and internal benchmark standards which have been devised are based on the relevant accreditation requirements of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the professional body with chartered status, the 3rd Edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (SPEC), and the University's current Learning and Teaching Strategy and the research interests and specialist expertise of the contributing teaching staff.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key air transport management issues facing airports and airlines worldwide;
  • Processes of globalisation, mobility and the demand for air transport;
  • Research methods and data sources of relevance to air transport;
  • Business, operational and marketing issues pertinent to the commercial air transport industry;
  • Aviation policy and regulation, airport planning and operations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Identify and apply specialist interdisciplinary knowledge that needs to be exploited to devise and evaluate possible solutions to air transport management challenges worldwide;
  • Undertake, analyse and present tasks or projects in any of the disciplines relevant to the programme;
  • Demonstrate quantitative and qualitative skills that permit in-depth critical analysis and assessment of practices relating to air transport planning and operations.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge of air transport planning and operations in a real world setting;
  • Study the implications of decisions taken within air transport that contribute to (un)acceptable levels of operational performance or social/environmental impact;
  • Understand the interactions and trade-offs that occur between the economic, operational, social and/or environmental performance of air transport and their implications for policy and practice from the local to the global level;
  • Have a critical awareness of the factors affecting the demand for, supply of, and consequences arising from, commercial air transport operations worldwide.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) using a variety of media;
  • Work effectively and efficiently both individually and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills, including problems where information is limited, contradictory, and/or unreliable;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research ethics, data handling and analysis.

4. Programme structure

All modules are compulsory.


Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester 1


Research Methods



International Air Transport Management



Statistical Analysis for Air Transport



Airports, Cities and Development


Semester 2


Airline Operations and Marketing



Policy, Planning and Design for Air Transport



Environmental Management and Mitigation for Air Transport



Aviation Safety


Semesters 1 & 2


Research Dissertation




5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

All modules will be available in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) unless specifed in the Module Specification.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not applicable.

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