The past year has seen one aviation disaster after the other — the unresolved mysterious disappearance of MH370, MH17 being shot over Ukrainian air space and the tragedy AirAsia QZ8501 met with on December 28 having plunged into the Indonesian seas, possibly on account of inclement weather. More than ever, with increasing air traffic, Air Safety Management is in focus. Edex profiles courses in Air Safety/Transport Management from around the world. Most of these courses are designed for professionals, who can do them part-time and enhance their careers.
City University London, UK
Their MSc in Air Safety Management is designed for professionals working in the operating, maintenance, support and regulatory sectors of the aviation industry, both civilian and military. Core modules include Active Safety Management, Crisis Management and Safety Risk Management while on the electives front, you could go for Safety Management Tools and Methods, Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance, Human Resource Management, Psychology in Aviation Management, Air Transport Economics and more.
Emirates Aviation University, Dubai
Their Master’s in Aviation Safety and Aviation Security (MASAS) programme is designed for those who wish to further their knowledge and experience of aviation safety or aviation security or both together. The MSc is awarded by Coventry University, UK, and Emirates Aviation University. The programme is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in the UAE as a dual award degree. This is an 18-month part-time course comprising eight modules and a project. Core modules include Aviation Safety and Security Risk Management, Human Factors in Aviation, Air Transport Management and Strategy, and Airport and Airline Security Operations.
Coventry University, UK
Their Air Transport Management MSc degree has been designed as a unique course that utilises the academic strength of Coventry University in Aerospace and Engineering Management. According to the University, the course aims to develop managers who will be able to develop a skillset to make a significant contribution at the appropriate level to aviation management in the 21st century. This course is partly delivered by industry experts and boasts strong industry links by way of industry site visits. Further, the teaching on the programme is structured to enable part-time students to fit their studies around their professional careers. Study modules include Air Transport Planning, Design and Operations, and Air Transport Strategy and Marketing, and Aviation Safety.
University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK
Their MSc in Air Transport Operations and Management is designed to meet the increasing demand for aviation professionals within the expanding air transport operations sector of this global industry. Special features of the programme, according to the university are: being taught by a mix of aviation and management specialists; guest lectures, industrial visits and group working; study modules that cover specific operational management practices required to provide effective airport and ground operations, and airline services, including quality and safety management.
Florida Institute of Technology, US
It offers an MSc in Applied Aviation Safety. FAA PEGASAS Center of Excellence for General Aviation funds research study in Airport technology; Propulsion and structures; Airworthiness; Flight Safety; Fire Safety and Safety management systems. Details at www.pegasas.aero. On career prospects, the university says in its brochure, “Private, commercial and military airlines and airports rely on applied aviation safety graduates to keep their aviation systems running smoothly and safely. Many graduates become safety inspectors for airlines, airports and the Government.