From flight crew to cabin crew, air traffic controllers to aircraft engineers, the human element is vital to the safe and efficient operation of all aspects of the aviation industry.
Over the past three decades a better understanding of human behaviour has resulted in significant safety benefits, with the human factors discipline forming a cornerstone of every aviation safety management programme.
Accredited by the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP), this specialist distance learning course is taught by staff with expertise in the academic and professional disciplines of human factors, ergonomics and occupational psychology within aviation. This course aims to equip aviation professionals with a thorough appreciation of all aspects of the discipline and how they can be applied to best effect in the aviation industry.
Please note: As part time you will be expected to take 90 credits each year, so pay 50% of the full time fee. Tuition fees for subsequent years are subject to increase
The course covers the theoretical basis for the study of human factors in aviation, demonstrating how these concepts are applied in aspects of aviation operations. Throughout the modules, you are encouraged to apply the theoretical material to real world issues within the aviation industry, as human factors practitioners would.
The course consists of eight mandatory core modules covering the main areas of human factors in aviation and a critical review of contemporary literature on a relevant topic, and then an applied human factors research thesis within the field.
Why choose this course?
As our understanding of the impact of human behaviour on system and individual performance has increased, the importance of the field of human factors within the aviation industry has grown significantly. As the aviation industry continues to evolve and develop, it is likely that there will be a growing need for human factors professionals to work within all aspects of the industry to apply the latest knowledge on human performance to help improve safety and efficiency in aviation operations.
A fully distance learning course, this specialist part-time programme traditionally attracts a wide range of professionals – from aviation engineers to flight and cabin crew, safety personnel to air traffic controllers, and those working in civil or military organisations. As the course is distance learning, students can complete the course part time from the UK or overseas.
Course materials have been specifically designed to complement and enhance the existing knowledge of professionals already engaged in this most demanding of industries. The study materials have also been developed to be portable, allowing delegates to study them at a time and place that fits in around their busy work schedule. Studying by distance learning allows you to progress your career in industry while simultaneously being able to apply the knowledge and principles gained on the course.
You will be taught by academic staff with decades of relevant teaching, research and industry experience in aviation human factors (as well as other safety critical industries), both here in the UK and overseas. The course team’s experience includes non-technical skills in aviation, accident investigation, the human factors of unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft cabin and passenger safety, human factors issues within aircraft ground handling and air traffic control, design and certification of flight deck interfaces, innovative future flight deck designs, the use of new technologies by aviation personnel, and training analysis, design and delivery in the aviation and military training domains.
The course will be delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. While access to the internet will be required, course materials have been developed to allow study to be undertaken anywhere in the world – even on board an aircraft! As well as the course materials, you will also have access to tutor support from our acknowledged world experts and interaction with your peer group will be available using a variety of online resources.
International experience opportunities
Aviation is a global industry, with the field of human factors recognised internationally. The core teaching team members are all members of the Human Systems Integration Group and have international reputations in Human Factors, with their experience reflected in the course content where applicable. Due to the distance learning nature, this course attracts UK, European and International students, many of which bring with them experience from working in a range of countries and organisations.
After the United States, the UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, employing around 230,000 people in over 3,000 companies, including BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce, and a range of international companies with operations in the UK, such as Airbus, Cobham, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier.