BSc (Hons) Aviation Management for Professionals

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: February 2022 and September 2022
This one-year distance learning programme will equip you with a wider knowledge of the aviation business and enhance your leadership and management potential, helping to boost your career prospects.
As you will typically already be working in the industry when undertaking this course, you will benefit from the opportunity to apply your commercial experience and convert it into an academic qualification.
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This course provides an overarching view about the elements, the mechanisms, and the complexities regulators, planning teams and decision makers take into account before engine start. I would recommend this course because it represents the ideal instrument for professionals, who seek to enhance their knowledge and level of understanding of the aviation industry.
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Why study this subject?

Already working in the aviation industry and want to improve your skills and use your commercial experience towards an academic qualification?  You could broaden your existing understanding of the aviation sector, with specialist knowledge of the industry leading to a successful career within the field of aviation management.

The aviation industry contributed at least £22 billion to the UK economy in 2015 ( covering travel for business, pleasure and trade plus the myriad of logistics, retail and support services.

With a wider knowledge of the aviation business you could enhance your leadership and management potential.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our BSc (Hons) Aviation Management for Professionals one-year distance learning degree will help broaden your existing understanding of the aviation sector, giving you the specialist knowledge and skills to help prepare you for a successful career within the field of aviation management.

Designed for both early career pilots and also for other aviation industry professionals, this programme will help give you the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to become effective leaders. You will gain a comprehensive grounding in the operational and management knowledge and skills required by employers in the aviation industry.

The main themes covered include:

  • global business development
  • strategic management
  • sustainability and its implications
  • financial performance
  • airline business and its structure.

You will also be required to complete a research project as part of the programme.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

This programme is taught completely via our virtual learning environment (VLE) and you will not have to attend any workshops at the University. This will allow you to continue to work within your field whilst also completing your degree from anywhere in the world, and study at times to suit you.

Your online study resources typically include:

  • web conferencing
  • podcasts
  • vodcasts
  • online discussion boards
  • blogs.

You are also introduced to directed reading, including relevant websites and journal articles that will enable you to apply the concepts covered to the aviation industry.

There are no exams on this course, and you’ll be assessed entirely by coursework.

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Useful Documents

BSc (Hons) Aviation Management for Professionals Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

The course would be suitable for any of the following:

  • Qualified commercial pilots with at least two years of experience as first officers or equivalent
  • Aviation professionals holding a professional licence such as an EASA Aircraft Engineering Category B licence or an EASA Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) Licence
  • Those who hold a foundation degree or an HND in any subject and are looking to top-up these qualifications to degree level in an aviation subject and having at least two years relevant experience working in industry
  • Professionals working specifically in aviation organisations such as airlines and airports who have at least five years’ experience working in the industry, of which at least two years are in a supervisory or management role
  • Professionals working in closely related industries such as transport and logistics who have at least five years’ experience, of which at least two years are in a supervisory or management role
  • Military personnel who hold technical foundation degrees and HNDs and are looking to obtain civilian aviation qualifications.

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. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Aviation Sustainability Management

Research Report

Operational Management in the Aviation Industry

The Aviation Business

Aviation Strategy and Financial Performance

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022

£7,400 per year

Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£8,100 per year


International, Academic Year 2021 - 2022

£7,400 per year

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£8,100 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

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?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Pilots, licensed technicians and air traffic controllers may choose to continue in their roles but in a more senior capacity or move into higher managerial or commercial type roles in airlines, airports or related companies.

On successful completion of this degree you may also wish to continue on to a master’s level programme. We offer a range of postgraduate programmes to choose from, including:

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