Mr McKeague, of Dunfermline, Fife, was 23 when he vanished in the early hours of September 24 2016 after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Suffolk Police believe the airman climbed into a bin which was then tipped into a waste lorry.
He was reported missing at 3.42pm on September 26 by colleagues at RAF Honington and no trace of him has been found.
Nigel Parsley, senior coroner for Suffolk, said that “reasons why alternative theories were ruled out by police” will form part of the scope of the inquest, to be held in the presence of a jury at a date to be fixed.
He told a pre-inquest review hearing on Friday: “I’m very minded this will not become an inquiry into the police investigation.
“There has already been an independent review of the police investigation.
“The inquest is an inappropriate place for a further review.”
An independent review of the police investigation was completed by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit in 2017.
It concluded that the force completed a “thorough” investigation and explored all reasonable lines of inquiry.
Mr Parsley said the inquest will be listed for four weeks, with September 20 suggested as a provisional start date.
A further pre-inquest review hearing is to be listed ahead of the full inquest on a date to be fixed administratively.