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Airline, Airport and Aviation Management - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Designed in conjunction with senior aviation managers, this course recognises the demand in today’s international aviation community for graduates with sound business skills and a good understanding of the entire aviation system. Aviation is an exciting industrial sector that ranges from the technological excellence of Boeing and Airbus to the management of global airlines and airports.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This multi-disciplinary course focuses on giving you a sound academic base in the core disciplines of business management, with a particular focus on the international business environment. It will help you develop an understanding of the global business environment in which airlines and airports operate through the study of economics, human resource, marketing and finance.

Integral to this course is the development of decision-making skills, from an operational to an international strategic level. Transferable skills that are necessary for a career in international business management are developed through engagement with real-life and virtual business issues, giving you the opportunity to study key aspects of management and leadership. Our staff members have excellent links with members of the aviation community and will encourage you to develop your career path early on in your studies.

Your learning environment will mirror that of an international organisation as you’re encouraged to learn with and from your fellow students about their different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit major international airlines and airports, and commercial aircraft manufacturers. You’ll hear from visiting lecturers from airlines, airports, maintenance organisations, consultancy organisations and aircraft manufacturers, and we also have a dynamic Aviation Society at the University which organises regular guest speakers and trips.

In addition to the University’s extensive facilities and resources, the School subscribes to database services, aviation journals and magazines appropriate to aviation management studies, and you’ll have access to these throughout your studies.


You'll be assessed through written coursework, oral presentations, individual and group research projects, portfolio work, problem-solving case studies and a final research project of 8,000 words.

Professional accreditation

You'll be encouraged to obtain Royal Aeronautical Society membership and engage with the Society's regular lectures and events throughout your studies.

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is also encouraged. We have close links with this professionally focused partner for the aviation sector.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

“The course allowed me to sit in meetings with Master's students from prestigious universities and hold my own when talking about aviation strategy and commercial challenges."

Former student now working in the Middle East for a major global carrier

“The course has helped me develop an understanding of the complexity of the aviation sector and allowed me to start work as a consultant for airport development internationally.”

Former student now working for a major civil engineering company

"I think that there is a need to understand that airlines and airports are complex businesses and that they are people-driven and require great management. This course helped me start a career in airport management.”

Former student now working at a major UK airport

Upon graduating, you'll have a variety of career routes available to you, both in the UK and internationally. You'll be equipped for management and leadership within the aviation sector, which ranges from operational management, strategic overview and planning, regulations and compliance and financial management.

As a postgraduate, you can develop an exciting career in PhD research, Aviation consultancies such as Mott Macdonald and major airlines and airports such as British Airways and London Heathrow respectively. Other career pathways include bodies such as National air Traffic Control and the Civil Aviation Authority.

The areas of aviation management you could work in include:

  • Passenger handling management
  • Airline Operations management - under wing
  • Air cargo management
  • Airline sales management
  • Airline marketing management
  • Revenue management
  • Engineering management
  • Cabin crew management
  • Flight deck management

The specialist areas of aviation you could work in include:

  • Airline finance and procurement
  • Airline strategy
  • Airline branding
  • Airline IT support
  • Airline Corporate Legal services
  • Airline procurement

Some of the positions gained by BSc graduates include Easyjet route planning manager, NATS head of environmental policy, TUi head of operations, London City - head of ground operations, London Gatwick  Head of Infrastructure project, London Southend - Head of Customer Service.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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