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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Sustainable Air Transport Operations And Planning

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Sustainable Air Transport Operations And Planning

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Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Planning: General Air Transport Operations Transport Planning / Design Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

The aviation industry is facing unprecedented challenges, not least the need to develop more sustainable practices. Prepare for a career where you can lead this change with our new Sustainable Air Transport Operations and Planning postgraduate degree.

Available with full and part-time study routes, this highly-relevant course is designed to meet the needs of graduates and professionals looking to secure progressive career roles in aviation operations and planning. Combining interdisciplinary modules, the course will nurture your practical and analytical skillset so you can facilitate the sustainable growth of air transport within environmental, economic, and social contexts.

As the first UK course delivered in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - a world leader in aviation education - the programme draws on our strong industry partnerships and close proximity to two of the UK's international airports. Delivered by an expert academic teaching team, this course is the ideal platform to launch an exciting new career path in aviation.

You will:

  • Build analytical skills and practical techniques needed to identify challenges and find solutions to facilitate sustainable growth of air transport based on environmental, economic and social pillars
  • Improve your skills in research, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and time management
  • Gain a recognised qualification that satisfies professional requirements and addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Benefit from expert teaching staff with extensive experience and connections within the aviation industry


Global air transport is one of the world’s growth industries and is projected to continue experiencing ongoing growth. In 2018 alone, 62.5 million tonnes of valuable and time-critical air cargo was flown around the world. It is predicted that many as 7.8 billion passengers will use air travel by 2036 (in comparison to 4.4 billion in 2018). The forecasts highlight the potential for you to develop a successful long-term career in this field.

A postgraduate qualification in Sustainable Air Transport Operations and Planning will enable you to pursue a range of career paths working with major airports, airlines, air transport regulatory bodies and professional bodies, and air transport consultancies. The knowledge and skills you'll develop will give you greater awareness of challenges and opportunities facing the aviation industry. Due to the unique focus on sustainability, you'll also gain the confidence to facilitate and advocate approaches that can help you stand out in competitive job markets.


MSc Sustainable Air Transport Operations and Planning has been specifically developed to meet the needs of employers that face significant sustainability challenges. In developing the course, the team consulted with senior managers from leading UK airports (Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, London Luton Airport, Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, Aberdeen Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport), major airlines (British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, EasyJet and Jet2), UK and international aviation authorities and organisations (NATS, Eurocontrol and The International Civil Aviation Organization) and regional branches of the Royal Aeronautical Society (Manchester Branch), to ensure that the course content and learning outcomes meet employer and industry demands.

Students can also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards.


This module covers different areas of sustainable airline operations, such as flight operations, passenger identification, passenger andbaggage check-in and boarding procedures, cargo operations, catering, unruly passenger prevention, customer service, crisis operations, humanitarian and disaster assistance.

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Entry requirements

At minimum 2:2 honors degree from a UK university (or international equivalent) in engineering, economics, tourism, business, management, or a related subject. Applicant with relevant industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Department profile

If global events have given you fresh career perspectives, postgraduate study can realise your ambitions. Whether you want to build on your undergraduate specialism, you're thinking about moving into academic research, or you're looking to take a new career direction altogether, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford has a suite of exciting postgraduate courses that can open doors to new...more

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more

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