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Master of Science in Aviation Security


The Masters in Aviation Safety and Aviation Security MASAS programme is designed for students who wish to further their knowledge and experience of aviation safety or aviation security or both together.

The areas of Aviation Safety or Aviation Security are closely related and the Master of Science in Aviation Security / Master of Science in Aviation Safety programmes contain five modules that are core to both and deal with common issues such as risk management, human factors, strategy, operations and planning.

Fundamentally, however, safety relates to measures that are taken against the threat of an accident, while security refers to protection from threats motivated by hostility or malice. Each programme therefore contains three specialist modules that enable students to consider in depth the different areas of regulations and compliance, design, use of technologies and systems that are associated with these different perspectives. Further specialisation is achieved through the Project which is required to focus on a topic that is aligned with the specialist area.

By completing five core and three specialised modules, plus a subject area Project, students may obtain an Master of Science in either Aviation Safety or Aviation Security. If they wish to obtain a second Master of Science in the alternate specialisation on top of the first award, learners may complete the three additional specialised modules plus a second Project in the other subject area.

The following qualification is also available as an exit award:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Security

Obtain a PgDip in Aviation Security by completing 8 modules of the Master of Science in Aviation Security programme.

Why enrol on this programme?

The MASAS programme is one of very few degree programmes in the world to address those needs. The awards provide graduates with knowledge of management, safety and security issues in aviation, and the ability to establish or administer safety or security programs in business, industry, or government. The programme offers the graduate student a professional capstone for any background in aviation.


The programme is accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE. The programme is  recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), UK. Students that successfully complete the programme have the option of obtaining a Coventry University certificate in addition to Emirates Aviation University award.

Career Prospects

The exponential growth of the aviation sector requires a parallel growth in appropriate specialised qualifications that provides employers with an element of confidence in the ever changing and complex business environment. The MASAS programme comes as an ideal opportunity for applicants seeking growth or new opportunities in the field.

A typical student may have a number of years' experience in his or her particular field of safety or security expertise (or may simply be seeking a career change towards those fields). The student may probably already be in a junior or middle management role (or seeking an upgrade). He or she may probably have an enthusiasm to implement safety or security management systems across departmental boundaries.

On graduation the student will gain a Dual Award qualification from two internationally respected institutions. The graduate will be ready to shoulder a significant level of responsibility for defining and implementing the employer's safety or security policy.

Upon the completion of the master’s programme, opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree at Emirates Aviation University awarded by Coventry University, UK.


Eighteen months, part time.

Mode of delivery

The programme is delivered on a part-time basis, in five day blocks per module, held every two months. Modules span the weekend to facilitate minimum disruption for participants in full time employment. 

Course Outline

Core Modules
Aviation Safety and Security Risk Management
Human Factors in Aviation
Air Transport Management and Strategy
Crisis Management and Emergency Planning
Airport and Airline Security Operations
Concentration Modules
Aviation Security
Aviation Security Legislation
Aviation Physical Security
Research Methods
Masters Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • KU1: Advanced theory and practice underpinning the management of security / safety in aviation environments and the relationship between business strategy, regulatory policy and operations within this context, including research methodologies
  • KU2: Theories and techniques relating to the critical analysis and management of human factors in incidents, systems and operations relating to security / safety in the aviation industry
  • KU3: The design and operation of the latest technologies, systems and procedures used to ensure the security / safety of airports and airspace

Cognitive Skills

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to:

  • CS1: conduct a thorough and systematic research analysis of a practical aviation security / safety problem and use appropriate channels to disseminate the findings
  • CS2: critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions to address a practical aviation security / safety problem and present a soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation

Practical Skills

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to:

  • PS1: Propose innovative and creative solutions to address highly complex practical problems relating to aviation security / safety.
  • PS2: Effectively design and execute a research or consultancy project related to aviation security / safety.
  • PS3: Select appropriate technologies and design and implement effective security / safety operations, policies and procedures for airports and airlines, recognising the operational, financial and aesthetic objectives of airport stakeholders, airlines and travelling passengers.

Transferable Skills

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to:

  • TS1: find and analyse appropriate information
  • TS2: communicate ideas and results effectively and present these in a manner that that demonstrates advanced academic skills and professional maturity
  • TS3: solve complex unfamiliar problems
  • TS4: exercise initiative and personal responsibility within governance frameworks
  • TS5: make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations in accordance with best ethical practice
  • TS6: demonstrate the ability to learn independently and reflect on practice and personal experience
  • TS7: operate effectively in a variety of team roles and take management and leadership roles where appropriate in a challenging and changing socio-cultural environment
Minimum Admission Requirements Proficiency Requirements

To obtain the UAE Ministry of Education accredited master degree:

  • A bachelor’s degree (recognised by the ministry) with minimum CGPA 3.0

Bachelor’s degrees (recognised by the ministry) below the minimum CGPA may be admitted on a probationary basis.

To obtain Coventry University’s master award:

  • 3-years Bachelor’s degree (recognised by KHDA or QAA) with minimum 2:2
  • Licensed AME with min 5 years experience
  • Higher Diploma with min 5 years experience
  • Any other qualification/experience will be subject to approval

The following minimum test scores are acceptable for non-native speakers:

  • TOEFL IBT (79)
  • IELTS (6.0)

For  professional  advice  on  entry  requirements,  please  contact  EAU Admissions  on  +971 46050100 or

Application Fee Registration Fee* Tuition Fees (AED)
N/A 2,625 110,250


*Tuition Fees inclusive of VAT 5%

How to Apply?

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