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.
91% of students on this course were satisfied with the teaching according to the National Student Survey 2021.
More about this course
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.
Where this course can take you
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.