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Airline, Airport and Aviation Management - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Designed in conjunction with senior aviation managers, our Airline, Airport and Aviation
Management BSc degree 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 aviation engineering to the management of global airlines and airports.

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Our multidisciplinary course will focus on giving you a firm academic base in the core disciplines of aviation management, with a particular focus on the international business setting. It will help you develop an understanding of the global business environment in which airlines and airports operate through the study of economics, human resources, marketing and finance.

Integral to this course is the development of essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a high-ranking aviation professional in a number of possible career routes, including airline operations, engineering management and airline strategy. Our lecturers have excellent links with members of the aviation community and they’re perfectly placed to offer you career advice specific to the sector.

We place emphasis on advancing your decision-making skills on an operational, international and strategic level. Although you’ll specialise in airline, airport and aviation management, the course will also equip you with transferable skills that are necessary for a career in international business management. These skills are developed through engagement with real-life and virtual business challenges, providing you with the opportunity to study core aspects of management and leadership that are relevant in business.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit major international airlines, airports and commercial aircraft manufacturers. Our location places us close to UK headquarters of a number of leading aviation companies, such as Boeing and Bombardier, and a short distance from all major London airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton and Stansted. Owing to our location and links with the industry, we often welcome visiting lecturers from airlines, airports, maintenance organisations, consultancy organisations and aircraft manufacturers.

Our dynamic Aviation Society will introduce you to university life, organise regular trips and invite guest speakers to the University. Our top priorities are educational resources and the quality of teaching. In addition to the University’s extensive facilities and resources, you’ll have access to database services, aviation journals and magazines appropriate to aviation management studies.

Graduating with work experience will make you more likely to get into your desired career. Therefore we’ll provide you with the opportunity to undertake practical and career-enhancing modules as part of your studies. In Year 2 or 3 you can study our work-related learning module and the University will advertise suitable opportunities and provide guidance. However, please note that we can’t guarantee you work experience.

Assessment

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.

We also have links with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which is a professionally focused partner for the aviation sector. Membership of CILT will be strongly encouraged.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code H490
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Entry requirements

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)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Airline, Airport and Aviation Management (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will give an overview of the modern-day cargo industry and its operational challenges and opportunities. The module will focus on how the industry has evolved and who the key players are within it. It will examine trends in existing and emergent markets and the increasing role of technology within the sector. The module will also look at relevant key pricing aspects as they relate to both normal cargo and, abnormal outsize cargo. The Module will also look to study patterns in traffic flows and, a study of topical issues applicable to air cargo managers in today’s turbulent trading environment

    The module aims to provide students with:

    1. An understanding of the importance and relevance of cargo to the aviation industry in terms of traffic movements, key players and contribution to GDP.

    2. Knowledge of how the cargo industry has evolved and, the operational and resource requirements of the sector as we move towards increased technological implementation and electronic documentation.

    3. An ability to understand trends, specialist freight movement requirements and market characteristics of the industry

    4. To comprehend how costs and prices work within the sector

    The module also aims to develop students' skills, in particular: academic study skills; IT; literacy; applied analysis; entrepreneurship, critical thinking; interpersonal and team-working; communication, including oral presentation; and problem solving

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module will provide an overview of the important functions of airport management for the seamless operation of the aviation system. Airports have a vital role in processing of air passengers and air cargo to ensure that the aviation system functions safely and securely. Airports are complex businesses and have a range of attributes including being land-lords, providing infrastructure (terminals and runways), providing retailing environments, providing the operational environment for airlines. Of course, there are many different types of commercial airports, small (local) airports, regional airports, international airports and global hubs etc.

    The focus of this module is management issues facing airport operators and these operators differ in their ownership structures, management structures and regulatory frameworks. It is therefore important to set the ‘management’ of airports in the context of global development of the aviation system and to distinguish airports operating in the ‘private’ sector and those in the ‘state’ sector and various positions in between. The United Kingdom has been particularly dynamic in developing the ‘privatisation sector’ of airports because of decisions made by the Thatcher government to ‘sell off’ state operations very early in the 20th century. As a result, the UK is ahead in many consequences of introducing the profit incentive to improve efficiency of airport operators.

    The module aims to provide students with:

    1. An understanding of the importance of airports to the economic well-being of regions and countries as vital growth poles and as a result the significance to the country involved.
    2. Knowledge of the key features and interfaces for airport ‘management’
    3. Understanding of the important performance benchmarks for airports
    4. Comprehension of the issues of service quality and the airport passenger experience
    5. The need for airports to provide commercial facilities such as retailing environments
    6. Airport competition and the role of airport marketing and master planning for development

    The module also aims to develop students' skills, in particular: academic study skills; IT; literacy; applied analysis; entrepreneurship, critical thinking; interpersonal and team-working; communication, including oral presentation; and problem solving.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    The module introduces fundamentals of Arline Operations, current issues and its applications in the industry. Airline operations present a striking dichotomy. Each day, airlines safely transport millions of passengers around the world. Often, however, they fail to deliver on the ordinary e.g. ground crew turning up late to open doors, loss of bags, millions of pounds in chronically underutilised aircraft etc.

    Airlines have not given their operations factory like industrial-engineering scrutiny. A high percentage of an airline’s cost structure consists of maintenance, ground handling, in-flight services, call centres and aircraft acquisitions. At stake, there is an opportunity to reduce overall costs dramatically by using labour, materials and assets more efficiently, to enhance the reliability of service.

    This module looks into teaching students the extent of the problems and how airlines are able to solve the problems highlighted above within the regulatory and economic constraints of the industry. Its aim is for students to have a solid background on certification, rules of the air, cost structures, profitability issues and all the necessary complex activities which are required for an aircraft to fly from A to B. The interrelationship between different stakeholders is also explored in this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This Professional Practice module will enhance the students’ understanding of what it means to be an industry professional in their respective context. This module will support the preparation for their future career by encouraging them to develop, put into practice and evidence the skills and behaviours that employers want to see.

    The ‘Professional Practice’ approach ensures that as a developing professional the students understand how to learn effectively and efficiently either in the workplace or in a simulated context. They also learn how to use all the resources available to reflect on their progress. This module involves planning, conducting and reflecting on their own ‘performance episodes*’ and a more general reflection on their overall professional development to date. The written reports and reflections become part of their growth and productivity E-portfolio** which they will maintain throughout their programme.

    In addition, they will have the opportunity to test, review and evidence their skills development via the on-line resources provided throughout the programme, which support the general skills required by employers. As such this module aims to,

    1. Build understanding of the expected workplace knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes so that they become intrinsic performance and growth motivators.

    2. Ensure the adoption of skills, attitudes and behaviours that improve self-awareness to aid reflective practice.

    *A performance episode is defined as an initiative that the students take, made up of tasks, which develops their skills, and which involves both selecting knowledge from the programme and interacting with others. It must be measurable so that they are able to reflect on their professional skills development.

    ** The growth and productivity E-portfolio is a digital internet-based tool within which they can store all evidence of their work, feedback from stakeholders, their reflections and their Individual Development Plan (IDP). It allows them to share their journey with others and to organise elements of it to help them progress further.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    The focus of this module is management and the development of students as managers. Managers are crucial to getting things done, for example, they plan, organise, lead and coordinate the work of others in order to meet organisational goals efficiently and effectively. The challenges of managing in today’s ever-changing, increasingly uncertain, complex economic environment requires managers to have the knowledge, ability and skills to take action, such as managing information, delegating tasks, setting goals, building teams, motivating others and, along with numerous other activities, achieve organisational success.

    The traditional view of the purpose and role of management in the world of work was to seek stability and efficiency in a top-down hierarchy aimed at achieving bottom-line results. In contrast, the contemporary management approach expects managers to engage in motivating people and harnessing their creativity, sharing information and power, leading change, and finding shared vision and values in an increasingly diverse and complex workplace.

    Today’s managers require the knowledge and ability to draw on both traditional and contemporary approaches to management when formulating workplace decisions. They also need the skills, tools, and techniques to manage their own career trajectory based on the acquisition of sound employability skills and accompanying behaviours.

    In addition to knowledge, the module focuses on developing students as managers
    which involves the ability to interact with, and motivate, a diverse range of people.
    The module aims are to:

    • enable students to identify and explain major developments in the history of managerial thought;
    • provide students with the opportunity to develop management, leadership and employability capability to enhance their individual potential;
    • develop students appreciation of the different management approaches that can be used when managing in uncertain and complex environments;
    • enable students to develop their management and employability skills, such as critical thinking and writing, interpersonal skills, self-management, communication, team-working, problem solving, and presentation skills, in order to maximise their competitive edge in the business world.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module aims to provide an understanding of the marketing management process in contemporary organisations and in the context of tangible goods and services industries. The service sector accounts for a significant proportion of GDP and employment in most developed economies and therefore it becomes essential for students to gain insight within the area. In this module, students are introduced to a range of marketing theories such as the marketing concept, consumer behaviour, business environmental analysis, marketing research and consumer insights applicable to tangible goods and services marketing.

    The module aims to:
    · Provide an understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical application of marketing in services, private and public sectors.
    · Provide an understanding of contemporary issues in marketing.
    · Develop students’ academic writing, application of knowledge and interpreting data skills.
    · Develop students’ researching and analyzing skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    Data analysis is a top business priority. It drives the opportunity for performance improvement and, with advances in technology and software, data are generated at an ever increasing rate. As such, it is not surprising business data analysis and software skills are among the top graduate skills sought by employers today. Understanding and Managing Data, responds to these market demands by providing the underpinning skills required to make effective use of quantitative and statistical analyses and develops students’ interpretation and reporting skills.

    The module introduces data-based decision making and performance measurement and provides students with the practical experience of using Excel to transform data into meaningful information. It further introduces students to forecasting, target setting and project management. As such, it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods for business decision making. In doing so, it provides the skills and knowledge required for levels 5 and 6 modules, including the dissertation and consultancy project, that develop and evaluate the quantitative aspects of business management.

    Overall, this module develops the analytical and communication skills relevant to understanding business information, with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques in the context of business management, decision making and performance measurement.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The focus of this module is to equip students to understand organisations in contexts past, present and future, and enable them to analyse the macro, micro, internal and external business and economic environments in which they operate. An understanding of the environments will facilitate the interpretation of situations and enable decisions that add value for businesses. The focus of the module is on the external and internal influences on organizations and the effect these have on business practices.

    The module is designed to be used by Level 4 undergraduate students on a range of programmes. Examples, illustrations and case studies will be drawn from chosen industry sectors such as aviation, finance, transport, tourism, and applied to reinforce basic concepts. This will enhance the ability of students to understand particular business problems and aspects of the business and economic environment. Topics and case studies will cover business issues that are contemporary and relevant to the real world.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    The module introduces the key themes and understanding for the development of new routes and successful interpretation of airline pricing and revenue management and strategic positioning. The importance of route development cannot be underestimated and is a combination of issues such as the markets available and the ability of the airline to launch operations into the market successfully by managing pricing and products in an appropriate manner. All successful airlines need to master their market position and technical competencies to ensure success. Pricing and revenue management are at the heart of every airlines competency and thus of paramount importance. Strategic positions require airlines to understand the competitive environment.

    The module introduces the key aspects of the business and marketing management of airlines and airports that are critical to their success and development. Understanding the key issues underpinning airline and airport performance is critical to the success of all operators, and is dependent upon sound understanding of the sector’s economics and business practices.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    The aviation industry has a huge number of interdependent factions within it and this leads to vast operational complexities. This together with a highly regulated industry, a competitive and dynamic external environment and a substantial level of Government involvement has the potential to expose airlines and airports alike, to a vast array of risks and uncertainties, both internally and externally.

    This module examines the key aspects of safety, security and psychology issues as they pertain to the aviation accidents including regulations and processes currently employed in the sector. It examines the role of regulators and relevant Government agencies in promoting effective safety and security management through SMS.

    The aim is for students to have an understanding of current best practice as it pertains to the aviation sector and the issues that arise from implementing this both in the UK, EU and globally. The module will also provide students with knowledge and understanding of the systems and procedures used to make commercial flying an exceptionally safe form of transport via an understanding of safety management systems and human factors analysis in accidents and incidents. This module also aims to provide an insight into current threats and risks to security, and their management.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    ‘Skills, Methods and Analysis’ aims to equip students with knowledge and elementary skills of data collection, presentation and analysis utilised in management research. The module will be divided into three short parts focusing on skills (writing, referencing and research ethics), methods (sampling, qualitative and quantitative research methods) and analysis (coding and data presentation).

    Through the series of practical exercises students will become familiar with the concept and variety of research methods available in the business and social research area. The module serves as an underpinning for the dissertation or consultancy projects in level 6. Additionally, on successful completion of the module, students who would like to try using research methods in practical setting, can choose an optional and self-funded ‘Applied Research with Field Course’ module in the Spring semester.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    ‘Sustainability, Business and Responsibility’ module addresses the critical issue of how current thinking on sustainability will impact on businesses and organisation. The need to create more sustainable organisations and businesses is fundamental to current and future organisational development strategies, and it is necessary for students to understand the growing influence of the sustainability agenda on industry. This influence takes on many forms, from government policies and international agreements to the measuring the impacts of organisational practices on the ecology and communities.
    It is unavoidable that in the future, organisations, businesses, communities and individuals will be expected to understand and take responsibility for their economic, environmental and social impacts. This module henceforth will examine the current and future challenges and it will equip students with knowledge to deal with the challenge of creating sustainable forms of business that operate within ecological and socio-economic limits. It will explore the sustainability context, and how business practices will need to evolve to reflect the realities of operating within a globalised trading system that is striving to apply sustainability principles.
    The overarching aim of the module is to ensure that students develop a full understanding of what is meant by sustainability, who decides, what constitutes sustainability principles and how these principles are applied. It will explore varied tools and techniques used to apply sustainability principles, by governments, business and communities, and the challenges and conflicts these present. Such appreciation will be developed progressively via more specific aims which are:
    • To engage with the growing international debate and practice around sustainability, business and corporate social responsibility (CSR);
    • To evaluate how this will challenge organisations and businesses;
    • To examine tools and techniques for evaluating and implementing of sustainability;
    • To analyse the evolving policy frameworks within which business operates;
    • To understand how changing environmental realities may affect business practice.
    The module also aims to assist students in the acquisition of the academic skills such as academic reading, researching, problem-solving and decision making, critical thinking and writing and finally application of knowledge and presenting data.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 2 (Level 6) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.)

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  • ‘The Applied Research with Field Course’ is designed around the model of research-informed teaching, with emphasis on learning through problem-solving and self-managed projects. The module serves as an optional continuum to ‘Skills, Analysis and Methods’ module and aims to stimulate development of students’ ability to relate theoretical material to real world case study, making clear links between theory, research methodology, data collection and analysis.
    For the length of the module, students cooperate and work in groups, to gather amount of data sufficient to complete their independent projects. Given the case study destination, students research relevant to their discipline aspects of the destination and decide on subject-specific problem to be investigated using primary research. In the next stage, students design research framework focusing on research question, suitable methodology and sampling. In the process, the encouragement is given to the use of mixed methodologies (interviews, surveys, audits, participant observation and visual methodologies) to enable students to practice in field a range of tools and develop skills of independent researcher. During the field course, students are expected to conform to the professional code of conduct.
    Additionally, the module aims to create group cohesion and the sense of course belonging, which is fundamental to improving retention rates as well as overall levels of student satisfaction.
    The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to design research project and practice research skills in an unfamiliar environment, via residential field course. This serves as a practical underpinning for the dissertation module and ability to verify and address student’s individual strengths and weaknesses as a researcher.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The aviation industry is one of the highest profile industries that are subject to extreme environmental constraints. There are many reasons for this situation but airlines and airports must adapt policies that allow them to thrive in the long term and achieve goals linked to sustainability. The module aims to give students an appreciation of just how critical environmental management is to the aviation business for long-term sustainability. The reality is that already airlines and airports are constrained in an operational setting because of their negative environmental impacts and the industry sector is now engaged in a vital campaign to re-assure the public that they have their house in order. The module therefore highlights the current approaches needed to manage the expectations of society as far as the environment and sustainability are concerned.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module gives an overview of the strategic decision-making methods and approaches of the aviation industry; financial measures, valuation, appraisal and planning of aviation corporate finances; financial sources; financial prospects of the industry.
    The continuing effects of economic deregulation and intensified competition have profound impacts on the aviation industry. Aviation financial management encompasses financial analysis, modelling and various other methods used to solve financial challenges faced by organisations in the industry.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module gives an overview of the strategic decision-making methods and approaches of the aviation industry; financial measures, valuation, appraisal and planning of aviation corporate finances; financial sources; financial prospects of the industry.
    The continuing effects of economic deregulation and intensified competition have profound impacts on the aviation industry. Aviation financial management encompasses financial analysis, modelling and various other methods used to solve financial challenges faced by organisations in the industry.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    ‘Research methods for dissertations and consultancy projects’ teaches social science research methods from a real-world perspective. Students can follow the dissertation or consultancy project pathway so to apply their understanding of research methods to a substantial piece of independent research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

    Read full details
  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6, extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years.

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase career prospects upon graduation. The sandwich placement year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops and one to one support will be delivered by Placement Officers to provide guidance and assist students in their search for an appropriate placement. The placement must be in an industry relevant to their area of study, allow them to develop professionalism and to transfer learning from the classroom, and any previous employment to the placement workplace.

    During the placement year, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

    Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported remotely by a Placement Tutor who will provide guidance with assessment.

    Student will not be registered on the module until they have secured a suitable placement that meets all the requirements.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday morning
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module is a 15 credit option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.

    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK), https://www.apm.org.uk/body-of-knowledge/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

    Aims of the module:
    The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The aviation and travel industry have a huge number of interdependent factions within it and this leads to vast operational complexities. This together with a highly regulated industry, a competitive and dynamic external environment and a substantial level of Government involvement has the potential expose this sector and, airlines and airports alike, to a vast array of risks and uncertainties, both internally and externally.

    This module aims to explore the types of risk that the aviation and travel sector generally sector are exposed to and, what possible solutions might be put forward to mitigate against these.

    More specifically the module will help develop the students understanding of how to assess, evaluate, mitigate and monitor risks as they pertain to the sector. This can be further broken down into developing an understanding of the areas such as;
    • financial risk
    • operational risk
    • HR and outsourcing risks
    • Strategic and commercial risks

    The module aims to develop a students understanding of theoretical modules for risk and business continuity and identify good practice and lessons learnt from both the sector itself and, related industries.

    The aim of this module is to build a practical knowledge base of the operational requirements for airlines and airports and the travel industry, to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible in sub optimal business environments or, due to unforeseen or unstoppable events.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module critically analyses the theories and models that guide the development of business strategy for the travel sector with reference to current issues and case studies. Students will apply principles to practice through ‘live’ examples, for example strategies of start-up airlines entering scheduled routes.

    The aim of the module is to apply theories and models of sustainable competitive advantage to the travel sector with particular reference to liberalization of travel markets, and continuing barriers to market entry. It also aims to examine the significance of organizational structure and people management for business strategy in the travel sector.

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What our students say

“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

After the course

On graduation 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 and strategic planning to compliance and financial management.

The areas of aviation management you could work in include:

  • Airline operations management
  • Airline marketing management
  • Airline sales management
  • Air cargo management
  • Air traffic control
  • Cabin crew management
  • Engineering management
  • Flight deck management
  • Passenger handling management
  • Revenue management

The specialist areas of aviation you could work in include:

  • Airline branding
  • Airline corporate legal services
  • Airline finance and procurement
  • Airline IT support
  • Airline strategy
  • Airline procurement

Our graduates have secured roles including EasyJet Route Planning Manager, Head of
Environmental Policy at NATS, TUI Head of Operations, Head of Ground Operations at London City Airport, Head of Infrastructure Project at London Gatwick and Head of Customer Service at London Southend Airport.

There’s also an opportunity to continue your studies at postgraduate level on our Aviation Management in the Digital Age MSc.

Additional costs

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

January 2021: This course is available to start in January. Call our hotline on 0800 032 4441 (for UK/EU applicants only) or select the relevant entry point and apply online.

Applying for 2021

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



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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