Taking to the Skies: Developing a Dedicated MSc Course in Aviation Human Factors

Alex W. Stedmon, Rebecca Grant, Don Harris, Stephen Legg, Steve Scott, Dale Richards, John Huddlestone, James Blundell

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From flight-crew to cabin-crew, air-traffic controllers to aircraft engineers - the ‘human factor’ 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 Factors has resulted in significant safety benefits, forming a cornerstone of every aviation safety management programme. With this in mind, an innovative approach to teaching Ergonomics and Human Factors (E/HF) at Coventry University has created a unique MSc in Aviation Human Factors. From the outset this specialist part-time MSc has been designed to attract a wide range of aviation professionals (e.g. aviation engineers, flight and cabin crew, safety personnel, or air traffic controllers) from civil or military organisations in the UK or overseas. The course therefore provides a niche and bespoke learning experience for its students, and from a user requirements perspective this necessitated a particular pedagogic approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume IV
Subtitle of host publicationOrganizational Design and Management ODAM, Professional Affairs, Forensic
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319960791
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018


  • Aviation human factors
  • Bespoke learning
  • Distance learning
  • Ergonomics
  • Human factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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