Bucks New University partners with UN agency to launch Master's qualifications in Aviation Security

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Date: 5th Oct 2020

Applications are open for a Master's qualification in Aviation Security launched by Buckinghamshire New University and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN).

The two-year part-time qualification represents the first time ICAO has partnered with an academic institution, and Bucks New University is a Corporate Partner in its TRAINAIR PLUS programme, taught by specialists with industry experience.

ICAO can trace its history back to its creation in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and guidance necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities.

Students will learn in a virtual classroom, providing them with the flexibility to learn from home while working, and the course is structured in three stages, with the opportunity to leave after a year with a Postgraduate Certificate level or progress to complete Postgraduate Diploma level.

The full programme culminates in completing a research dissertation or project, based around issues concerning aviation security.

“The development and maintenance of effective security management has a pivotal role to play in all areas of the aviation sector,” said ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu.

“The Aviation Security Master's Programme with Buckinghamshire New University will help participants analyse, evaluate, and develop the multi-layered and interconnected processes involved in security management in the high-risk and technology-dependent world of aviation.

"I am confident that this collaboration will prove successful in developing confident, capable, analytical, and knowledgeable security management professionals now and in to the future.”

Professor Phil Wood MBE, Head of School of Aviation & Security at Bucks New University, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this globally accessible, globally applicable Master’s degree programme with ICAO.

"The development of aviation security knowledge through this collaboration between academia and industry regulator is unique.

"Importantly, it will offer the opportunity to its students and graduates to equip themselves to think about and manage current and future challenges for the sector as the risk environment continues to grow and change.”

The programme is scheduled to begin on 11 January 2021. Apply for the course here or email admissions@bucks.ac.uk.

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