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MSc Aviation Operations and Management

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022
Whether you’re a recent aviation graduate or have experience working in the sector, our MSc in Aviation Operations and Management is ideal for those who are looking to advance their career prospects in this area.
With over 20 years’ experience in delivering aviation degrees, we have a strong track-record of helping students enhance their knowledge of this global industry. Our collaboration with ICAO, CAA and our wide network of associate contributors will provide you with the opportunity to gain the unique insights and skills that you’ll need to be able to contribute to highly effective aviation operation management.

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

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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Postgraduate Open Days

Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Aviation continues to develop and grow in response to economic, environmental and market needs.

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

This course is suited to those who are either interested in moving into the airline industry, for example you may be a recent graduate with a degree from a related programme or may have general management experience. Additionally, you may already be in the aviation sector working for an airline or airport and want to broaden your industry knowledge and management skills with a view to enhancing your career prospects.

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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.

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 operations and management roles.

As well as receiving top-class lectures and seminars, students are also supported by personal tutors, module leaders and course leaders. In addition, students often have the opportunity to engage with external experts to enrich their learning and understand current and emerging trends. GoCrisis, one of the world’s leading crisis and emergency organisations, supports the programme by offering some of these excellent guest lectures, bringing in real life experiences that are current and relevant to the programme material.

To aid your learning, you’ll take part in simulation-based activities to develop team and individual capabilities in the face of challenging scenarios. You’ll also be able to use our library to support your studies, whether you’re looking for the resources you need or just a quiet place to study.

Included in the price of our programme, you will gain student membership status with the Emergency Planning Society, the leading institute for the UK disaster events management, providing you with access to industry articles and research to bolster your understanding.

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.

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What will I study?

The course examines both general and specific areas of aviation management with modules including:

  • Air Transport Management and Leadership
  • Aviation Business
  • Globalised Aviation Industry
  • Aviation and Organisational Resilience
  • Aviation Research Project

This programme will allow you to build the higher-level, career-orientated skills and knowledge that the sector, and you, will need in the coming years. You’ll be exploring and studying aviation in a changed world post Covid-19 and its impact on the management of aviation operations.


What facilities can I use?

We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.

Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

Throughout the course, students will be taught through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies, presentations, as well as independent and group study.

The course is practice-based, supported by contextual studies, and is structured to allow you to develop autonomous study, where relevant, linked to your own organisation. By adopting self-directed and self-initiated study, you can capitalise on your own activities and experiences.

You will spend a total of ten weeks’ full time at our High Wycombe campus, split into two week blocks for each of the five modules. This face-to-face learning helps to build your analytical capabilities, confidence and knowledge by engaging with those whose business it is to make aviation operations management successful in the most challenging circumstances.

You’ll have a variety of interesting and diverse assessments to help build the levels of confidence that will support career progression, more information on assessment and examination at the University can be found here.

Useful Information

MSc Aviation Operations Management Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Entrants to the programme will normally have achieved a minimum of a lower second class honours degree in a related field.

Applicants who are in employment may qualify for entry without holding a first degree. The University welcomes applicants with non-standard or no formal qualifications and applicants will be assessed through a recruitment process based on interview, portfolio, employment history or other evidence of achievement and ability to benefit from the course.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. 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.

Year 1 Modules

Aviation Business

Aviation and Organisational Resilience

Air Transport Management and Leadership

Globalised Aviation Industry

Aviation Research Project

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£10,000 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,800 per year

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

Emergency Planning Society student membership is included in the price of the programme.

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

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?

On successful completion of this award, students from all backgrounds will find their employment prospects enhanced and their understanding of the multiple facets of aviation operations and management significantly deepened.

Managers will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to perform at higher management levels within their organisations; recent graduates or people employed outside the aviation sector are more likely to be able to obtain employment in relevant industries; and current employees will be better equipped to seek promotion.

All graduates will have also developed transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of employment roles.

Course leader

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Gail Rowntree
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