Air Transport Management MSc

This exciting multidisciplinary programme provides students with the practical, analytical and operational skills needed for a career in the international air transport industry. 

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The Air Transport Management MSc has been developed by two leading aviation academics - with over 30 years’ combined experience - in conjunction with industry partners to offer a critical, comprehensive and practical understanding of the structure and operation of the international air transport industry. It has been designed to equip future leaders with a range of transferrable and analytical skills that can be directly applied in the workplace.

The programme is suited to recent graduates, as well as those with existing professional experience, who wish to develop and extend their critical knowledge and understanding of the commercial air transport industry.

Reasons to study Air Transport Management MSc at DMU:

  • Experienced academics
    This programme has been developed by two experienced air transport academics, Professor Lucy Budd and Professor Stephen Ison. They have over 30 years' combined experience of developing and teaching air transport management programmes.
  • Course-specific textbook
    The key textbook ‘Air Transport Management: An International Perspective’ (published by Routledge) used by this programme is written and edited by the two DMU Professors responsible for the Air Transport Management MSc. Students enrolling on the Programme will be provided with a complimentary copy of this key text.
  • Meeting the needs of employers
    The air transport industry is experiencing a global skills shortage. This programme has been specifically developed to meet the needs of employers.
  • Excellent teaching
    You will be taught by a team of experienced DMU staff and external practitioners who are specialists in their respective fields.
  • Networking opportunities
    You will have opportunity to participate in industry talks and events involving practitioners working in the aviation sector.
  • Tailor the programme to your aviation interest
    You can benefit from the opportunity to tailor the programme to reflect your particular interests or future job requirements through the provision of an elective module and the chance to focus on a particular area of air transport management in your Dissertation or Business Research Project.
  • Employability hub
    You will have access to the employability hub within Leicester Castle Business School which will help you enhance your CV.
  • Inspirational setting
    Study Air Transport Management within a dedicated Business School environment in the heart of the city of Leicester.
  • Career prospects and further study
    Every year over 4.3 billion passengers and 63 million tonnes of valuable and time critical airfreight are flown around the world, and demand shows no signs of abating with as many as 7.8 billion passengers expected by 2036. The air transport sector currently supports 10 million direct jobs and 65.5 million jobs in the wider supply chain, and demand for highly skilled air transport professionals is growing. Graduates of Air Transport Management Masters programmes typically find employment with airlines, airport operators, air cargo companies, air navigation service providers, national regulators, Government agencies and aviation consultancy firms.
  • Academic support
    Receive mentoring and support from programme academics.
  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): N85371

Start dates: September 2019

Duration: One year, full-time

Tuition fee: £7,500

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): N85371

Start dates: September 2019 

Duration: One year, full-time

Tuition fee: £13,600

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold a minimum of a second class honours degree from a UK University (or international equivalent) in air transport, geography, engineering, economics, tourism, international business, management or a related subject.

Relevant industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

English Language requirements

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component is normally required. English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the programme, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching Hours


Core modules

The Business of Air Transport

This module introduces students to the commercial environment in which air transport operates. This includes consideration of the regulatory regime and institutions that structure the development and operation of global air services as well as an insight into aviation activities in different world regions.

Air Transport Economics

This module develops a critical awareness of the economic principles and economic theories that underpin air transport management. It will develop a comprehensive awareness of the concepts of demand and supply, elasticity, and regulation and deregulation and apply them to airlines and airports.

Airline Marketing and Operations

This module will provide a detailed insight into airline operations and marketing. The first part of the module will focus on operations, including consideration of airline licensing, fleet planning, aircraft acquisition, network optimisation, scheduling and irregular operations. The marketing section of the module will focus on the key challenges of marketing air services and explore how they are addressed.

Airport Planning and Operations

This module addresses key planning considerations for airports, including runway and taxiway design, airfield and airspace design and capacity, as well as operational aspects concerning risk management, adverse weather, ground handling operations, airfield technology (including navigation aids) and airport community relations. 

Airport Management

This module will introduce key concepts in airport management, including ownership and operational structure, performance management and key challenges facing the airports' sector worldwide.

Airline Business Strategy

The objective of this module is to introduce students to the need for business models in the airline industry as well as the business characteristics of the key airline business models of full service, low cost, charter and hybrid airlines worldwide.  

Research Methods

Plus choose one elective module from the following

Managing Advertising and Marketing Communications

International Marketing

Risk Management

Plus choose one from the following:

Dissertation or Business Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through a mix of formal lectures and informal group discussion. Modules will be assessed through a combination of written coursework, group work and examinations. Students will complete an individual research Dissertation or Business Research Project on an agreed air transport topic under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time programme and you should be prepared to devote 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have around 12 hours a week of contact time during semester one and two.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

You will develop an advanced understanding of air transport issues both nationally and internationally, and enhance your career prospects in a range of potential careers such as: Airlines, air cargo logistics companies, national aviation regulators, consultants, air traffic control, travel and tourism industry, marketing and further educational studies. 

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