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Cranfield University: Air Transport Management

Institution Cranfield University View institution profile
Department Cranfield University
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In an era of continuous advances in air transport technologies, and an increasing push towards sustainable aviation, it's an exciting time to enter the world of air transport management. The industry’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050, together with ongoing geopolitical tensions and uneven global economic development, require managers and leaders of the future with the knowledge and skills to navigate this uncertainty.

The Air Transport Management MSc is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry, including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, air transport consultancies and aerospace companies.

Cranfield University has strong industry links and success in placing graduates in this sector for almost 60 years. The University also has world leading facilities for addressing the digital, technical and sustainability challenges and opportunities the aviation industry currently faces. The future air transport industry will be shaped and created by the students of today, and there is no better place than Cranfield University to build that career pathway.

Who is it for? The Air Transport Management MSc is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds, including aeronautical engineering, economics, business studies, history and geography, or those with demonstrable experience in the air transport industry. Students are typically keen to pursue employment within the air transport sector.

We also cater for professionals looking to enhance their career. Please explore the part-time, Executive Air Transport Management MSc option.

Why this course? The MSc Air Transport Management was established in 1964 and has an outstanding global reputation with over 1,500 graduates to date. The course covers a wide area of expertise related to air transport management, while enabling you to specialise in a selection of subject areas. This flexibility means that you can tailor the course to your particular interests and aspirations.

The course aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in all key air transport management issues and debates, as well as develop your managerial, interpersonal, financial, project management, team building and analytical skills. To build the management and leadership skills required to contribute to a more sustainable industry future, you will be called upon to locate, carefully consider and provide recommended solutions to a host of contemporary challenges. People skills remain central to our MSc course, including the connections you make at Cranfield University which endure well beyond graduation.

Graduates of this course are featured in our annual CV Book, a publication which is requested by and circulated to our extensive industry partner network, as our graduates are highly sought after. We help students write their CVs and prepare for interviews for positions all over the world. In addition, we give students access to our exclusive Air Transport Alumni group on LinkedIn. This offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.

Cranfield University is very well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from having students from a wide range of cultural and national backgrounds, which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry The course is informed by industrial advisors from leading companies in the air transport industry. The group meets annually and ensures that the course content remains up-to-date and equips students with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Members of the committee attend the group project presentations and are actively involved in recruiting our graduates.


Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.


We have many world-class, large-scale facilities, including our own global research airport, which offers a unique environment for transformational education and research, living laboratory for testing transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes. 

Cranfield teaches over 5,000 postgraduate students each year and employs around 1,500 academic and support staff.  Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK.

As one of the UK's most business-engaged University, …

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