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Designed with insight from a range of aviation and industry experts, this course highlights the constant changes within the sector. We have been a leader in aviation degrees and pilot training for two decades and you’ll benefit from our deep and specialised knowledge of aviation and strong links to the industry.
You’ll graduate with more than just an aviation degree – you’ll have what you need to succeed in this dynamic sector.
Having lecturers that have previously worked in aviation was fantastic because they were able to provide us with real knowledge and an idea of what it is really like, rather than what may be regarded as simply teaching from a textbook.Sarah Clarke
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Why study this subject?
A degree in Airline and Airport Management will help give you the knowledge and practical experience to pursue a successful career in airlines, airports, and every other sector of the aviation industry, including ground handlers, cargo operators, aviation technology companies, consulting firms, government bodies and more.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
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.
With a strong focus on employability, we look at trends in the industry to make sure your knowledge is up-to-date.
We’re located close to Heathrow and other major UK airports which - along with their suppliers - offer our students seasonal jobs and work placements. You’ll be able to learn more about the inner workings of airport and airline operations and fine tune your career goals.
During your final year you’ll also be given the chance to run your own simulated aviation business in our interactive financial management module, and to work on your own project to write a dissertation or a business plan.
BNU aviation students enjoy free membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK professional association dedicated to the aerospace and aviation industry. As a member, you will be able to participate in a number of exciting industry events, including conferences, guest talks, student competitions, and networking opportunities.
You can also be able to join the highly active Students’ Union Aviation Society. You’ll get to meet even more people who are passionate about the industry and guest speakers. The Society organises trips to places of interest, events and conferences to help you stand out when you graduate.
Some of our aviation students have produced an aviation-specific blog. Why not check it out! (Please note that the views expressed within this blog are the views and opinions of our aviation students and not those of the University.) Or why not read our blogs or watch vlogs by our student bloggers.
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 specialised simulation facilities allow our students to experience real-life airport scenarios, developing their abilities in airfield planning and operations, and crisis and emergency management.
What will I study?
During the first year you’ll be introduced to the structure and operation of the aviation industry. You’ll establish a foundation in marketing and people management that will be delivered in an industry context. You’ll also study the security and safety aspects of air transportation and begin to look at related finance and economics.
The second year focuses on developing your managerial and analytical skills. You’ll explore operations further and look into decision making processes. You’ll also look at why airlines fail and study key modules in ancillary revenue management and begin preparation for seasonal employment.
In your final year you’ll carry out an individual project and follow aviation modules that cover globalisation, sustainability, commercial analysis and planning. You’ll graduate with strong leadership and managerial skills and a broad understanding of the airline and airport field.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Buckinghamshire New University has over 20 years’ experience in this field and you will be taught by academics who have experience of working in the aviation industry.
You will also benefit from the team’s connections and valuable networking opportunities. Industry-leading professionals often deliver talks and presentations, providing valuable insight into the profession.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 80 - 104
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
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
Developments of the Air Transport Sector
Air Cargo Operations
Air Transport - Security and Safety
Airline and Airport Marketing
Introduction to Finance and Economics
Professional Skills and Development
Structure of the Air Transport Industry
Year 2 Modules
Ancillary Revenue Management
Employment Research and Planning
Human Resource Management
Management, Leadership and Change
Airline Crisis and Continuity Management
Year 3 Modules
Aviation Finance and Economics
Aviation in the Global Context
Business and Enterprise (optional)
The Future of the Air Transport Industry
Research Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have gained practical work experience and an in-depth knowledge of the aviation sector. This will make you highly employable in the aviation and tourism industries and qualified to pursue a career in the operations or marketing areas of airlines, airports, ground handlers and cargo operators.
Some of the larger airlines and airports offer a limited number of placements on graduate management training programmes which you will be eligible to apply for too.
Graduates can also choose to stay at BNU and study for a postgraduate course, such as our MSc Aviation Security, MSc International Aviation Regulation and Law, MSc Aviation Operations and Management or MSc Aviation Organisational Resilience.