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MSc Aviation Operations and Management

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021
Buckinghamshire New University was the first UK institution to deliver Aviation Management programmes and in 2020 we celebrate two decades of sector-leading programmes.
Our collaboration with ICAO and the CAA, ACI Europe, and our wide network of associate contributors, will provide you with the opportunity to gain the unique insights and skills that you’ll need to be able to contribute to highly effective aviation operation management.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

The global aviation industry is highly complex and is subject to constant change and challenge in sustaining competitiveness, while offering a safe and efficient passenger experience. Now, more than ever, aviation needs effective and highly capable management and leadership.

This course is suited to those who are either interested in moving into the airline industry, for example you may be a recent graduate with a degree from a related programme or may have general management experience. Additionally, you may already be in the aviation sector, working for an airline or are an airport employee or commercial pilot, who wishes to broaden industry knowledge base and management and analytical skills with a view to enhancing your career prospects.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Aviation continues to develop and grow in response to economic, environmental and market needs.

In the face of technological advances, challenge and disruption alongside that growth, there is strong demand for capable managers who possess high-level knowledge and analytical thinking skills who are equipped and able to take businesses and their employees forward. This programme is for those who wish to make that difference.

This programme will allow you to build the higher-level career-orientated skills and knowledge that the sector, and you, will need in the coming years. You’ll be exploring and studying aviation in a changed world post Covid-19 and its impact on the management of aviation operations.

A key focus is ensuring that you are well equipped to operate in the rapidly changing sector. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with external experts and sector leaders to broaden your knowledge, gain exposure to the multi-level issues that aviation faces, and insights into how they can be managed and exploited for organisational success.

We have extensive knowledge and capability in the areas that matter in the sector now and in the future, including globalisation, market growth and organisational resilience.

The course is practice-based, and you’ll take part in simulation-based activity. With our unique simulation model facility, you will develop team and individual capabilities in the face of challenging scenarios, where learning by participation is linked to theory and analysis under pressured but safe conditions.

Buckinghamshire New University is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and supports the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans, and military families contribute to our business and country.

This programme is eligible for funding under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

What facilities can I use?

We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.

Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.

What will I study?

The course examines both general and specific areas of aviation management. It considers the current and new shape of the aviation sector, which needs to operate in a wider risk environment and, especially in the current climate, has multiple issues to face.

You’ll explore the aviation business and operations management; the global context and resilience in the current and future environments.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

Our MSc in Aviation Operations and Management allows you to develop your specialist knowledge and interest in the Aviation sector. You’ll have a variety of interesting and diverse assessments to help build the levels of confidence that will support career progression.

The course is practice-based, supported by contextual studies, and is structured to allow you to develop autonomous study, where relevant, linked to your own organisation. By adopting self-directed and self-initiated study, you can capitalise on your own activities and experiences.

You’ll learn through a variety of methods, including interactive lectures, workshops, case studies, discussions, independent and group study, presentations and problem-based activities.

You will be spending a total of ten weeks’ full time in learning sessions at our High Wycombe Campus. These will help you to build your analytical capabilities, confidence and knowledge by engaging with those whose business it is to make aviation operations management successful in the most challenging circumstances.

A comprehensive induction programme will be held during the first week of the programme to help prepare you for the course, ensuring you have the necessary study skills to help you gain the best results from this master’s programme. Students are expected to fully engage and attend all scheduled sessions.

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Useful Information

MSc Aviation Operations Management Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Entrants to the programme will normally have achieved a minimum of a lower second class honours degree in a related field.

Applicants who are in employment may qualify for entry without holding a first degree. The University welcomes applicants with non-standard or no formal qualifications and applicants will be assessed through a recruitment process based on interview, portfolio, employment history or other evidence of achievement and ability to benefit from the course.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent; visit our international section.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Aviation Business

Aviation and Organisational Resilience

Air Transport Management and Leadership

Globalised Aviation Industry

Aviation Research Project

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,950 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£14,300 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The global aviation industry is highly competitive and challenging to navigate. Organisations operating in this sector need its people to be analytical and responsive to change. This course will help give you the competitive advantage and enhanced knowledge and capability in aviation management to meet the needs of this sector.

We aim to help our students to accelerate to become high performers who are attractive for organisations needing to navigate an uncertain and ever-changing global aviation sector.

Course leader

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Gail Rowntree
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