Air Transport Management MSc - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Air Transport Management

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Air Transport Management
PGCert Air Transport Management

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61091 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PKA61092 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Hospitality & Tourism Management

Programme Leader

ITANI Nadine (Hosp & Tour)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • A high quality education, which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of future managers, executives and professionals in the air transport industry.
  • A business management orientation related to the air transport industry and draw on a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this particular sector.
  • An integrated approach so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme.
  • An international perspective both in scope and coverage.
  • Up-to-date knowledge that draws on the stimulus of the School's recent research activities.
  • Provide students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation and provision of airlines and airports K PGCert
Evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to the strategic management of airlines and airports K PGCert
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the fundamental elements of airline and airport business management K PGCert
To evaluate critically the complex inter-relationships of regulatory, commercial, and technical aspects of the air transport industry, and the impact of disruptors on these inter-dependencies. K PGDip
To demonstrate high level of learning and the ability to work within teams to solve problems pertaining to the technical, operational and commercial aspects of the air transport industry. KC PGDip
To evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies K PGDip
To conduct research and produce a high quality report: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work C MSc
To identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches C MSc
To display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, interactive and group skills, research skills. T MSc
To handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others P MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The MSc in Air Transport Management will create highly sought-after graduates who emulate the following characteristics:
Digitally competent - modules will demonstrate skills, knowledge, and attitude that enable confident, critical, and creative use of the full range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in all aspects of life.
Globally and culturally intelligent - demonstrating awareness of and respect for intercultural variations in business and technologies, respecting diversity, promoting equality, inclusion and social justice.
Resourceful, resilient, and enterprising in outlook - modules will develop an opportunity-centred mindset and leadership, demonstrating confidence in responding effectively to opportunities, challenges, problems, and setbacks, reflecting and learning from own performance and experiences.
Employability - modules will prepare students for key managerial and leadership roles in the air transport industry, or to pursue further academic study, provide an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the aviation industry, and equip students with the professional as well as academic skills and capabilities to become resourceful change makers and future business leaders. The modules will also prepare students to be being critical and creative thinkers who excel in employing evidence-based reasoning, applying multiple perspectives of business issues, recognising distinctive contribution of management and technologies into real-world issues, and effective communicators who can present study findings effectively, explain ideas clearly and fluently in writing, orally, and through the creation of business solutions.
Sustainability - modules will prepare students to be ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible by demonstrating awareness of the potential solutions for the promotion of the industry's environmental targets, energy transition initiatives, and stakeholders' inclusion approaches.

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.