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MSc International Aviation Regulation and Law

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021
Buckinghamshire New University was the first UK institution to deliver aviation management programmes and in 2020 we celebrated two decades of delivering sector-leading programmes.
Our academics are experienced industry professionals, with some module content being delivered by active industry legal/regulatory professionals. You will also benefit from our unique simulation facilities. Students graduating from this course will be well-equipped to work in managerial, legal and regulatory roles within the Aviation industry.
BNU has been teaching aviation courses for over 20 years and are constantly adapting these courses to fit the current market. With our lecturers having such extensive industry knowledge and experience, our courses are tailored towards developing us into the best possible candidates for our future aspirational careers.
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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 heavily controlled by a complex series of local, national, regional and international regulations and laws. A master’s degree in this subject will equip you with a critical understanding of aviation regulation and law.

It is suitable for those currently employed within the industry, or graduates in subjects such as business, aviation or economics who wish to specialise and develop expertise in the field of aviation business, regulation and law.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our MSc in International Aviation Regulation and Law will give you the skills and knowledge you need to learn how to apply global regulations as set by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to a wide range of industry sectors. We will also focus on contract law, commercial law and civil law in relation to aviation businesses.           

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 currency that you’ll need to be able to contribute to highly effective regulatory and legal management.

We will also help you gain a comprehensive understanding of how international regulation and law is developed, implemented and reviewed. You will also learn how to develop organisational standard operating procedures to ensure they comply with the relevant regulatory and legal frameworks.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to review, understand and implement regulatory and legal frameworks and put them into practice.

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?

This course consists of five modules. There are three specialist technical modules (Airline Regulation and Law, Airport Regulation and Law, Airspace Regulation and Law), which aim to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory and legal frameworks which underpin the industry.

The specialist technical modules are complemented with two academic and professional development modules (Aviation Research Project and Air Transport Management and Leadership).

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our supportive and experienced course team 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.

This programme adopts an integrated approach towards learning. You’ll learn through a variety of methods, including:

  • interactive lectures
  • workshops
  • case studies
  • discussions
  • independent and group study
  • presentations
  • problem-based activities.

You’ll also take part in simulation-based activities. With our unique simulation facilities, 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.

We offer a wide range of industry site visits as well as guest lecturers, enabling you to network with key professionals and organisations. Previous site visits have included:

  • Birmingham Airport
  • London Heathrow Airport
  • Hamburg Airport
  • Airbus
  • British Airways.

This course is delivered by block delivery. Over the academic year, you will be required to attend our High Wycombe Campus during the following periods:

  • Module 1: 27 September 2021 – 8 October 2021
  • Module 2: 15 November 2021 – 26 November 2021
  • Module 3: 10 January 2022 – 26 January 2022
  • Module 4: 21 February 2022 – 4 March 2022
  • Module 5: 25 April 2022 – 6 May 2022

Each module takes a hybrid approach to learning with two weeks of full-time attendance followed by three weeks of guided independent study which can be completed at your own pace using our online learning environment.

You will be assessed through individual and group activities which take place throughout the duration of the course. Summative assessment will be based on real-world cases and projects on a consultancy basis and involve presentations, investigations with report findings and recommendations and business case proposals.

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Useful Documents

MSc Aviation Regulation and Law Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

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

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.

We recognise the value of our industry professionals and welcome applications from those with a minimum of three years relevant industry management experience in lieu of prior academic qualifications. 

On review of your application, you may be invited for an interview.

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 Research Project

Air Transport Management and Leadership

Airline Regulation and Law

Airport Regulation and Law

Airspace Regulation and Law

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?

Specific areas of employment for International Aviation Regulation and Law students include:

  • civil aviation regulators
  • global aviation policy makers
  • aviation consultancy services.

You can also progress into a wide range of managerial roles in any sector of the aviation industry including airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, tour operators and civil aviation authorities.

You will be working with industry professionals throughout the programme, which may increase employability opportunities.

Course leader

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Gail Rowntree
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Prof David Warnock-Smith
  • Professor - Aviation Management
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