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MSc Aviation Operations and Management

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Start Date: September 2024

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Whether you’re a recent aviation graduate or have experience working in the sector, our MSc in Aviation Operations and Management is ideal for those who are looking to advance their career prospects in this area.

With over 20 years’ experience in delivering aviation degrees, we have a strong track record of helping students enhance their knowledge of this global industry. Our collaboration with ICAO, CAA 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.

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

Why study this subject?

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 and leaders who possess high-level knowledge and analytical thinking skills who are equipped and able to take businesses and their employees forward.

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 airport and want to broaden your industry knowledge and management skills with a view to enhancing your career prospects.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

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 programme will enable you to gain an enhanced level of knowledge, creativity, forward thinking social capabilities and place you in an advantageous position in the industry. The programme is delivered by both academics and industry professionals, creating a professional environment and forum for the exchange of ideas at postgraduate level. You will complete this Masters level course by undertaking a research module, where you will develop and complete an agreed aviation linked project that best presents your abilities and interests.

To aid your learning, you’ll take part in simulation-based activities to develop team and individual capabilities in the face of challenging scenarios. You’ll also be able to use our library to support your studies, whether you’re looking for the resources you need or just a quiet place to study.

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.

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, you may be able eligible to received funding for this programme under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme – our ELCAS number is 1682.

As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free. Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s alumni community giving you access to a wide range of benefits throughout your lifetime.

What will I study?

The course examines both general and specific areas of aviation management with topics including:

  • global aviation leadership and management
  • aviation business
  • globalised aviation industry
  • aviation organisational resilience
  • independent project.

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.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

Throughout the course, you will be taught through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, presentations, as well as independent and group study.

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 will split your learning into two-week blocks. This face-to-face learning helps 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.

You’ll have a variety of interesting and diverse assessments to help build the levels of confidence that will support career progression, including:

  • reports
  • assignments
  • ePortfolios

There is a three week online programme (based on two online classes a week) to support academic writing and researching expected at this level, which you can follow from home in your own time to develop your academic skills.

MSc Aviation Operations and Management (Full-Time) Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

The University’s general entry requirements will apply to admission to this programme with the following additions / exceptions:

  • UG ( 2:1 or above) or five years relevant work experience, English level IELTS 6.5 or University requirement at the time. 

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may, if you have relevant professional experience, still be invited for interview, where you will be required to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding for entry onto the course.

Previous study, professional and / or vocational experiences may be recognised as the equivalent learning experience and permit exemption from studying certain modules in accordance with our accreditation of prior learning (APL) process.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


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

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £10,500 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,500 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this award, you will find your employment prospects enhanced and understanding of the multiple facets of aviation operations and management significantly deepened.

Managers will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to perform at higher management levels within their organisations; recent graduates or people employed outside the aviation sector are more likely to be able to obtain employment in relevant industries; and current employees will be better equipped to seek promotion.

Aside from roles in operations and aviation leadership, you could find a position in areas such as air traffic control, emergency planning, sustainability roles and general aviation projects, amongst many more.

All graduates will have also developed transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of employment roles.

Course leader

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Gail Rowntree
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