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Sustainable Aviation

This course examines the role of the air transport industry in supporting city and regional development as well as the positive and negative economic, social, community and environmental impacts of aviation. It provides training in the science and business of aviation.

What you will study

The course is divided into two themes, informed by two separate 30-credit units:

Sustainability and the Air transport Industry

The first unit looks at the historical growth and influence of air transport upon the social, cultural and economic development of humankind and the role of aviation in the modern World. The associated environmental impacts. The implications of future growth in the context of a changing climate, peak oil, tightening environmental regulation, increasing costs. The potential for improved technology, operations and business models to compensate for growth. The concept of sustainable development as applied to the air transport sector and its individual stakeholders. The role of air transport in a low carbon economy and in the context of sustainable mobility.

Environmental Management at Airports

The second unit deals with Air Transport as a global industry playing an important role in socio-economic development. Airports are critical nodes in the air transport system. Environmental issues associated with the operation of airports (climate change, noise, local air quality, utilities, wastes, biodiversity) can constrain growth and hence the benefits that arise from it. This Unit will examine drivers for management action; the implications of future growth for airport environmental impacts and the resulting business threats; the specific management challenges arising from the large number of different organisations operating across the airport site and the diverse nature of their activities. The Unit will demonstrate the link between effective environmental management and sustainable business ‘practices’.

About the centre

The University’s Centre for Aviation Transport and the Environment (CATE) has been very influential upon the growth and development of the industry both regionally and globally. Key contributions include the United Nations Global Atmosphere Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Aviation and the Environment. Consequently, the course has access to many of the tools and expertise necessary to assess the environmental impacts of aviation.

Course dates for 2016-2017

For students taking the credit-bearing route, the course begins in late November 2016 and ends when the last piece of assessed work is due in late April 2017. For students taking the non-credit bearing route, the course begins towards the end of January 2017 and ends in early February 2017. The week-long intensive workshop based in Manchester takes place from Monday 30th January until Friday 3rd February 2017.

Fees for 2016-2017

  • £3,000 CPD (credit bearing) with 60 credits awarded and a certificate of completion (assuming both units successfully passed)
  • £2,310 CPD (non-credit bearing) with a certificate of completion awarded

Study routes:

This CPD short course is available either with a credit-bearing route (two 30-credit units totalling 60 credits) or non-credit bearing. Upon successful completion of the credit-bearing route, you gain 60 M-level (Level 7) units and a Certificate of Completion. Upon successful completion of the non-credit bearing version of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion only. The main difference between the two routes (other than the credits being awarded or not) is the requirement to submit Masters level assignments and achieve a pass mark of at least 50% overall in both 30-credit units for students taking the credit bearing route.

The course is delivered mostly through online learning resources (distance-learning) and an intensive week-long aviation workshop in Manchester.

Advantages of the credit bearing route

Upon successful completion of this route, you will earn 60 ‘M-level’ credits. This may later give you the option of joining our full M.Sc in Sustainable Aviation degree course, without having to re-take those units again. The M-level units are internationally recognised as being of high quality and relevant to future career aspirations.

Study Requirements

To take the assessed credit bearing route of the course, normal academic requirements for Masters study is required. We require at least a second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant environmental or business subject area. For the non-credit bearing route of the course, anyone with an interest in the subject may apply, although it will be assumed that all applicants may already be actively employed within the aviation sector


How to Apply

Please email with an expression of interest and which route you prefer.

The deadline to apply for the credit-bearing route is Friday 14th October 2016. The deadline to apply for the non-credit bearing route is Monday 9th January 2017.

More information

Please contact the following staff if you have any course questions: