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Professional Aviation Pilot Practice MSc

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October 2021
January 2021
2 years part-time
£9,700 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

You can choose to start this course in October 2020 and in January 2021. This is because we've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Whenever you start, you'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support to do your best.

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry is 2021.

This is a unique master’s degree for experienced practising commercial pilots who will be existing or aspiring Captains. It's entirely practice based and focuses on key areas of your work and development on the flight deck and in related experience as a professional pilot.

Why study MSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice at Middlesex University?

This degree is the only one of its kind that is exclusively focused on professional pilot practice and it will allow you to recognise, accredit and extend your professional practice and expertise. You'll focus on your current and ongoing professional development while consolidating and enhancing your existing professional skills.

As a work based programme, this course will take place in the "real world "context of airlines and the aviation industry and offer the critical aspects of leadership and management in the professional roles for senior pilots.

You'll be taught by a team who has wide collective experience in work and practice based degree programmes, reflective practice and in supporting blended and distance learning. They have successfully delivered the parallel and ground breaking BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice degree to over 250 students since its inception in 2014 and have accumulated a wealth of aviation industry experience in tutoring and supporting practising pilots in achieving this degree.

What will you study on MSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice?

You'll study, analyse and report on as well as critically reflect on major aspects of your own and other's professional practice. You'll also explore key industry practices such as the developments and application of competency matrices and threat and error management.

What will you gain?

You'll gain an additional, new and academic perspective on your professional practice and the wider industry. You'll also have developed advanced skills of structured reflective reporting.


  • Year 1

    • Developing Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory


    • Reviewing Pilot Competencies (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will considers the develop, purpose, impact and future of KSAs and pilot competency matrices.

    • Advanced Threat and Error Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the development, theory and practice of TEM for senior pilots and will involve case study research and analysis and operational action planning.

  • Year 2

    • Advanced Professional Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will support you in developing the techniques of practitioner enquiry and in proposing a specified arear of practice for the major project that follows.

    • Negotiated Professional Practice Project (Advanced Pilot Leadership) (60 credits) - Compulsory

      The major project (dissertation) will focus on an area of leadership and management of your professional practice that is negotiated with tutors and employers where appropriate.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice taught?

The degree is work-based and delivered entirely online through our virtual learning environment, MyLearning. You don't need to come onto campus but you can arrange face to face tutorials with tutors if needed. Tutor contact is usually done via Skype, email and telephone.


You'll be assessed through coursework which will include industry and personal research, critical practice review, portfolio, reflective reports, AV presentation, practitioner enquiry and an in depth project enquiry/dissertation.

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