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MSc International Aviation Regulation and Law

  • 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 Regulation and Law 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 extensive industry links mean that some module content is delivered by active legal and regulatory professionals.

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

BNU has been teaching aviation courses for over 20 years and are constantly adapting these courses to fit the current market. With our lecturers having such extensive industry knowledge and experience, our courses are tailored towards developing us into the best possible candidates for our future aspirational careers.
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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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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?

The global aviation industry is heavily controlled by a complex series of local, national, regional and international regulations and laws set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation – a master’s degree in this subject will equip you with a critical understanding needed to work in this area.

It is suitable for those currently employed within the industry, or aviation, business and economics graduates who wish to specialise and develop expertise in this field.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our MSc in International Aviation Regulation and Law will give you the skills and knowledge you need to learn how to apply global aviation regulations within the industry, as well as focusing on contract law, commercial law and civil law.

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 regulation and law 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.

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

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.

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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?

This one-year 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 you with a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory and legal frameworks which underpin the industry.

These are then complemented with two academic and professional development modules (Aviation Research Project and Air Transport Management and Leadership).

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?

Our supportive and experienced course team 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.

Throughout the course, students will be taught through a variety of methods, including:

  • interactive lectures
  • workshops
  • case studies
  • discussions
  • independent and group study
  • presentations
  • problem-based activities.

You’ll also take part in simulation-based activities to develop team and individual capabilities in the face of challenging scenarios, where learning by participation is linked back to theory under pressured but safe conditions.

We offer a wide range of industry site visits enabling you to network with key professionals and organisations. Previous site visits have included:

  • Birmingham Airport
  • London Heathrow Airport
  • Hamburg Airport
  • Airbus
  • British Airways.

Each module takes a hybrid approach to learning with two weeks of full-time attendance at our High Wycombe campus followed by three weeks of guided independent study which can be completed at your own pace using our online learning environment.

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, both involving presentations, investigations with report findings, as well as recommendations and business case proposals.

Useful Documents

MSc Aviation Regulation and Law 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 have a minimum of three years industry management experience may qualify for entry without holding a first degree.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS (6.5) 6.0 or equivalent. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

On review of your application, you may be invited for an interview.

Please note, this course is available subject to a minimum number of students enrolling.


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 Research Project

Air Transport Management and Leadership

Airline Regulation and Law

Airport Regulation and Law

Airspace Regulation and Law

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.

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 regulation and law significantly deepened.

Specific areas of employment for graduates include:

  • civil aviation regulators
  • global aviation policy makers
  • 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.

Course leader

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Gail Rowntree
  • Associate Professor
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Professor David Warnock-Smith
  • Professor - Aviation Management
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Sarah Barry
  • Senior Lecturer
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