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BA (Hons)
Airline and Airport Management

This dynamic degree covers all aspects of airline and airport management. The course is highly recommended if you have always thought about working in the air travel industry, or want to further your current career in this industry.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: N857

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

The aviation industry is a progressive one and constantly evolving in technologies, processes and protocols. We are looking for adaptable, self-reliant individuals who have a logical approach and a critical mind. Bucks has a long-standing reputation for its aviation degrees and this responsive course reflects the constant changes within this exciting industry.

What will this course cover?
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 concentrates on developing managerial and analytical skills. Here 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.

Bucks has a long-held reputation as the leader in aviation degrees. Our innovative programme of study is unique to UK Higher Education and keeps pace with the continuous changes within the air transport industry. This ensures you graduate with the most up to date knowledge and skillsets this energetic sector demands.

We have developed our aviation and airline degree programmes with industry experts and attract a number of guest lecturers. Throughout the course you’ll have the chance to go on a number of field trips, allowing you to see the professional environment first-hand.

People 1st Gold Award In Aviation
We are the only Higher Education institution to have been awarded the People 1st Gold accreditation for our aviation degrees. Being so close to Heathrow, the course attracts a variety of guest lecturers.

Industry work experience
At the end of your second year you’ll have the opportunity to find seasonal employment within the industry. Our links with the airports provide great opportunities for these placements, which give you an insight into the inner workings of airport and airline operators. This time spent in the professional environment can also help you fine-tune your future career path.

The department continuously pursues new partnerships in order to help you find suitable placements. We run a number of workshops to help you in this process, which include sections on the procedures for work placement feedback and guidance on taking related modules during your seasonal employment.

Year One

  • Structure and Development of the Air Transport Industry
  • Air Cargo Operations
  • Air Transport- Security and Safety
  • Airline and Airport Marketing
  • Airport Operations
  • Introduction to Finance and Economics
  • Professional Skills and Development

Year Two

  • Research Methods
  • Airport Management
  • Airline Management
  • Ancillary Revenue Management
  • Why Airlines Fail
  • Management, Leadership and Change
  • Employment Research and Planning
  • Human Resource Management

Year Three

  • Research Project
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration in the Air Transport Industry
  • Aviation in the Global Context
  • Aviation Finance and Economics
  • Sustainability Management
  • Strategic Management

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. 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.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

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.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
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. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.


The degree I chose is very unique and will help me get a foot in the door with employers. Also the Big Deal was just too good to miss out on!

Mahjabeen Mahood


This course is a real eye-opener to the airline industry; it covers every aspect and highlights why things are the way they are today - where the industry has come from to the airlines and their business models. It really made me aware of the fascinating industry that I want to be a part of.

Sam Carpenter