A career in Aviation And Airport Management


BA (Hons)

Accredited by University of Warwick


BA (Hons)


4 years FT (3 years without placement)




48-week placement


February, September


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Hospitality and Tourism

Study in our Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring a mock plane cabin

Network with aviation experts and work on real-life industry projects

The aviation industry is a major global sector, with airlines having transported over 4.5 billion people around the world in 2019 and significant growth in aviation development taking place across global cities, 'mega regions' and emerging destinations. As society faces up to today's global environmental challenges, new digital technologies are also being utilised for 'smarter' operations.

Our Aviation and Airport Management degree course has been designed with extensive input from aviation experts and will help you fly in this exciting industry. You will gain a wealth of knowledge of the aviation environment through a combination of simulated and real-life industry projects, airport visits and networking with experts, as well as using our state-of-the-art Aviation and Tourism Suite on campus.

According to research, 70% of employers are reluctant to recruit graduates who do not have suitable work experience. Our aviation degree course enables you to study over four years with a 48-week paid placement in industry to boost your employment prospects in a competitive field. Our previous students have also undertaken part-time work at Birmingham Airport – which has plans to become the 'Midlands Gateway to the World' in a £500m expansion plan – meaning there are great opportunities available to you during and after your course.

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Gain first-hand industry experience on a 48-week paid placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your training into practice working on industry projects and using our aviation simulation facilities on campus, as well as having part-time work opportunities
  • ENRICHMENT – Visit major airports to gain valuable insight into the industry – our previous students have visited Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Istanbul, Finland and Dubai
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Learn at a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, apply for professional memberships and attend events and conferences

Our facilities

As a student on one of our aviation courses at University College Birmingham, you will have use of our Aviation and Tourism Suite. You will also have access to our Digital Creative Studio, enabling you to learn a range of digital skills including audio and video production.

Aviation and Tourism Suite

Explore our Aviation and Tourism Suite offering state-of-the-art simulation facilities for students on our Aviation and Airport Management course.

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Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 3/4

Core Modules

Digital Aviation

Exponential growth in digital technologies over the last decade has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the aviation industry. These developments have produced a range of digital tools that are used by the aviation industry to enhance the passenger experience, improve marketing methods and empower the consumer. All of these developments will be examined in this module and through a range of innovative activities, you will develop essential digital skills in preparation for future employability.

Dynamic Aviation Environment

This module will examine the dynamic nature of the global aviation environment, the structure of the industry and the laws/regulations linked to airline safety, passenger rights and airline operations. In addition, this module will also analyse how changes in consumers, competition and global forces have impacted the industry and whether the response strategies of airlines and airports have been effective.

Employability and Professional Development

This module will encourage you to consider a range of career paths available to you within the aviation/tourism sectors. You will consider your skills and attributes by auditing your current abilities before mapping them against those you will seek to gain during your course of study. You will have opportunities to enhance your employability and professional skills through assessment scenarios.

Flight Route Operations

This module will introduce you to airline flight operations, in terms of managing commercial flights (from departure to arrival) on a daily basis. It is important to understand how the skies are managed, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for general flight dispatch, diverted, cancelled and delayed flights.

Core Modules

Revenue and Performance Management

The purpose of this module is to offer insight into the rationale behind the pricing decisions taken by aviation/tourism organisations. It will examine the key sources of revenue and costs typically faced by providers within the industry and how these are managed to achieve profitable outcomes. It ultimately aims to increase students' employability by using up to date case studies and key industry metrics and financial statements to interpret and scrutinise financial results with improved fluency and confidence.

Flight Route Planning

This module will examine the planning process for airlines for new routes, examining their feasibility, capacity, efficiency and potential competitive performance. This module will provide you with an understanding of Standard Operating Practices in route planning, along with airport, meteorology, demand and supply factors.

Industry Live Project

This module will be based on an industry consultancy project with a real client. The context of the project will be based on market or operational research that will support an organisation or destination’s overall performance. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain another form of industry experience and will support you with your career aspirations.

Plus one option from:

Aviation Safety Management

Safety is at the core of the aviation industry and although the number of accidents has fallen over the years, one incident is still ‘one too many’. Safety management systems have been developed by industry to identify hazards, control risks and mitigate adverse impacts. When an accident/incident does occur, the causes have to be determined so that preventative and corrective actions can be implemented.

Crew Resource Management

This module will guide students through aviation Crew Resource Management focusing on the effective and efficient use of employees in operating in the dynamic aviation environment. The aim of this module is to enable students to develop crew resource management knowledge and skills of selected aviation operations. Central to crew resource management are the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). All of the above will support the development of key employability skills.

Sustainable Aviation Practices

We face many global challenges that some experts believe will harm future generations, so we have to respond now. An active global movement is demanding that we deliver more sustainable and ethical practices across all industries, especially aviation. This module will explore the key criteria for sustainability and the innovative practices employed by aviation providers.

Work Placement

Work Placement (optional)

You will gain valuable work experience on a 48-week work placement. This is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers.

Core Modules

Global Air Transport Management

This module will critique the global air transport sector within its dynamic and turbulent setting. Contemporary global challenges and opportunities will be explored relating to governance, trade agreements, the movement of goods and people, digitisation of practices and aviation’s environmental responsibilities and perspectives. The use of best practice analysis will be utilised in order for realistic and appropriate creative approaches to be proposed in response to the identified challenges facing the air transport sector.

Strategic Change Management

In an increasingly fast-paced and changing global environment, it is more important than ever that a business can navigate its way to a successful future. This module will evaluate different strategic change management tools in supporting businesses to seize new opportunities and treat risks/threats.

Independent Research Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities in researching, planning and delivering an industry-related project. You can either self-select your own topic or choose from a list of contemporary industry projects. This project focuses on cultivating the desired graduate attributes of professionalism, critical enquiry, problem-solving, enterprise, creativity and innovation and in enhancing your professional profile.

Plus one option from:

Managing Human and Anthropometric Factors in Aviation

This module will guide you through the application of human factors examining both airline accidents and human reactions that have prevented disasters. The module will further explore how human factors and anthropometrics in flight deck and cabin design have influenced and moulded modern air safety, giving you the knowledge and skills to conduct aviation operations within an efficient and safe environment.

Crisis Communications Management

In an increasingly turbulent and dynamic global environment, it is more important than ever that businesses and destinations can manage their reputation effectively. This module will examine a range of key public relations and reputation management principles and provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to plan a successful communication campaign (media and public relations) in response to a crisis. Using an omnichannel approach, you will explore the challenges and opportunities that different media channels bring. This will further increase your employability by providing you with experience of the working practices of corporate press agencies or departments.

Smart Tourism and Aviation

This module will explore the increasingly smart approaches taken by destinations and tourism/aviation providers within an increasingly connective and smart world. Challenges and opportunities will be explored across the industries.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

An overall average of at least 65% in 12th Standard from both State and Central Examination Boards.

Advanced entry to certain undergraduate degree programmes may be possible for students who hold a UK HND or India Diploma in a relevant subject.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.5 with no element less than 6.0

Key information


An estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 33%
  • Practical assessment – 67%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).

Tuition fees

For international students enrolling on a full-time BA/BSc degree in 2022/23, your fee for the academic year will be £13,500 per year.

If you undertake a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half year.


of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

Our four-year BA Aviation and Airport Management degree course includes a paid 48-week work placement, during which you won't incur any tuition fees. (You also have the option to study the course without the placement.) Further opportunities are available to undertake part-time work in the summer months.

Note: Formal placements depend on availability and are subject to an application and interview process. The University does not have control over security clearances or airside access. Please see the Civil Aviation Authority website for more details.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our updates and FAQs page (UK website) for more information.
The best part about this course is going abroad and travelling around the UK to see airports and compile reports on them instead of having to search online and read about them. We were able to view them first-hand and do the primary research we needed for the course.

Oprah Mushonga Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons)

Career opportunities

  • Passenger transport manager
  • Sustainability manager
  • Business development manager
  • Transport planner
  • Regional sales manager
  • Airport operations manager

Thinking of continuing your studies beyond this course? On completing the BA (Hons) degree, you will be able to progress onto our postgraduate courses such as Aviation Management MSc/PGDip or International Tourism Management MSc/PGDip.

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.


Our dedicated careers, employability and placements team is here to support you in every step towards your future.

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