• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

The global Aviation industry is heavily controlled by a complex series of local, national, regional and international regulations and laws. This course aims to equip students with an expertise and 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.

Bucks New University was the first UK institution to deliver Aviation Management programmes and in 2020 we celebrate two decades of sector-leading programmes. We 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.

Our collaboration with ICAO and the CAA, ACI Europe, and our wide network of associate contributors, will provide you with the opportunity to get the unique insights and currency that you’ll need to be able to contribute to highly effective regulatory and legal management.

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What will this course cover?

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 students with a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory and legal frameworks which underpin the industry. The specialist technical modules are complimented with two academic and professional development modules (Aviation Research Project and Air Transport Management and Leadership).

This course will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of how international regulation and law is developed, implemented and reviewed. You will 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. All aspects of the aviation industry are heavily controlled by a series of complex international law and regulations and you will learn how to apply global regulations as set by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to a wide range of industry sectors. You will also focus on contract law, commercial law and civil law in relation to aviation businesses.

Students graduating from this course will be well-equipped to work in managerial, legal and regulatory roles within the Aviation industry.

Course Details

Bucks has strong expertise in the aviation industry and our academics are experienced industry professionals with some module content being delivered by active industry legal/regulatory professionals. 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 and 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.

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 and 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.

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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.

What are the course entry requirements?

Entrants to the programme will normally have achieved a lower second class honours degree in a related. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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.

Course Modules

Year One 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

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,950

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £14,300

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

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Specific areas of employment for International Aviation Regulation and Law students include civil aviation regulators, global aviation policy makers and 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.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

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