BSc (Hons) Aviation Management for Professionals

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2023 and January 2024
This one-year flexible 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.

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

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.
Dimitrios Apostolopoulos
Dimitrios Apostolopoulos
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Why study this subject?

Are you already working in the aviation industry and want to bolster your knowledge whilst gaining a degree? This course may be a great fit for you, whilst fitting in around your work.

In the face of technological advances, challenge and disruption alongside the growth of the aviation industry, 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.

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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.

Our one-year, distance learning Aviation Management for Professionals 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. With learning materials released weekly, you can fit your study time into your week wherever it best suits you; many of our students continue to work full time while taking the course.

Throughout the course, you will learn from skilled lecturers within the School of Aviation and Security who have a high level of working knowledge based on industry experience. Our tutors will give you the practical, managerial and intellectual skills to use within aviation management roles.

We offer a supportive and flexible environment where you’ll be able to develop your skills and knowledge and be able to confidently apply this to your workplace. To support distance-learning, you will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment meaning if you are deployed to remote areas you will still have a comprehensive student experience and a flexible approach to tutoring sessions.

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?

Designed for both early career pilots and 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:

  • operational management
  • aviation strategy
  • sustainability and ethics
  • financial performance
  • aviation business.
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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; there are no set days or times for you to learn. 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:

  • pre-recorded asynchronous lectures
  • online discussion boards
  • weekly optional live sessions (aimed at the extended independent work)

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. Throughout the course, you will have a personal tutor and additional support from lecturers to assist with your studies.

You will also be required to complete an extended independent piece of work as part of the programme. On top of the online support listed above, you will be allocated a research supervisor, appropriate to the research topic selected, who will advise and support you in the completion of this work.

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

BSc (Hons) Aviation Management for Professionals 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.


The course is suitable for applicants who work, or have worked in the aviation or related industries and are in any of the following categories:

  • 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.
  • Students 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.
  • Professionals working specifically in aviation organisations such as airlines and airports who have at least 5 years’ experience working in the industry, of which at least 2 years are in a supervisory or management role.
  • Professionals working in closely related industries such as transport and logistics who have at least 5 years’ experience, of which at least 2 years are in a supervisory or management role.
  • Military personnel, particularly those in or from the RAF and the Royal Navy, who hold technical Foundation degrees and HNDs and are looking to obtain civilian aviation qualifications. Often such personnel are posted overseas, and the distance learning element of the course would be attractive.

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.

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 2023 - 2024

£8,400 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£8,400 per year

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

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?

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

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 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 including:

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