• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: February and September 2021

Course Overview

This one year distance learning programme will help broaden your existing understanding of the aviation sector, and give you the specialist knowledge of the industry and skills to have a successful career within the field of aviation management. 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 course will equip you with a wider knowledge of the aviation business and enhance your leadership and management potential, helping to boost your career prospects. The main themes covered include global business development, strategic management, sustainability and its implications, financial performance, and the airline business and its structure. You will also be required to complete a research project as part of the programme.

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, and blogs. You’ll be assessed entirely by coursework.

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Course Details

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.

Course Modules

Module Map

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.

The modules available on this course are as follows:


  • Aviation Sustainability Management
  • Globalisation of the Airline Industry
  • Research Report
  • The Airline Business
  • Airline Strategy and Financial performance


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £7,400

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £7,400

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £7,400

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £7,400

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

On successful completion of this degree you may wish to continue on to a master’s level programme. 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.

We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, analytical, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more confident of your discipline expertise.

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

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!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.