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Postgraduate study
Aviation Management

Aviation Management MSc

Develop the resilience, agility and creativity to successfully navigate and lead the aviation sector.


Course overview


Aviation Conference

Our students had the opportunity to discuss space exploration, customer experience, marketing priorities, sustainable objectives and Net Zero with industry leaders.

You explore areas including leadership, crisis management, agile management and strategic decision making, equipping you with the knowledge and skills for a career in this reinvigorated industry.

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to take part in domestic and international trips. They are optional and not included in your tuition fees.

Top reasons to study this course with us:

  • Teesside Aviation Skills AcademyTeesside Aviation Skills Academy: spend time in a purpose-built classroom at Teesside International Airport, learning from people who work in the industry.
  • Field trips: experience the operational and strategic elements of aviation operations, encountering problem-based research opportunities from leading organisations. Explore landside and airside architecture through local, national and international trips.
  • Sector events: network with aviation leaders and attend international conferences, as well as our annual aviation conference at the University.
  • Financial awards: study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.

Talentview Aviation
Talentview AviationAn employment resource hub for our aviation students to access graduate roles, opportunities and visibility by employers across the UK aviation industry.

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe
Airports Council International (ACI) EuropeAirports Council International (ACI) Europe is committed to the pursuit of excellence in airport management through education and training. Our membership provides the benefits of ACI information, data and sustainability forecasting to our students.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Agile Strategic Decision-Making in Aviation

Decision making is the cognitive process of selecting a course of action from multiple alternatives. The decision-making process produces a choice of action or an opinion that determines the decision maker's behaviour and therefore has a profound influence on task performance and multi-criteria problem-solving strategy in aviation. The factors affecting decision making from a business perspective to support an agile and sustainable aviation environment are analysed. These insights provide practical impactions to managers and offer effective decision outcomes characterised by goals, safety, operation costs and time constraints.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Skies

Aviation takes a pinnacle role in global connectivity, yet as an industry it is dynamic and subject to constant changes from external factors, presenting both opportunities and challenges. It is vital that those who work and lead in the sector appreciate the sensitivity of this industry and the need to exploit opportunities and respond innovatively to the challenges that present turbulence. You consider contemporary issues in the sector such as sustainability, digital disruption, global/political issues, innovation, technological advancement, and climate change/wider environmental issues.


You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.

Leadership in Aviation

The aviation industry has a history of natural and economic events that impact the smooth running of an airline or airport. It’s the resilience, experience and knowledge from people from within, that influence the future of the organisation and its recovery. Leaders within aviation embrace uncertainty and understand that this is the norm for the sector. They introduce robust strategic structures and ideas by creating an agile culture and openness to challenging external factors.

You explore emerging concepts such as thought leadership, and how effective implementation can shape organisations strategically in times of environmental change and rising levels of uncertainty. You consider your own skills, qualities and attributes to develop a professional action plan that can be utilised within a leadership role.

Passengers, Consumption and Culture

Management of non-core commercial activities has become a key issue for improving the airport experience for passengers. Changes in the modern air transport business have increasingly transformed the role of airports and the perception by consumers. With the expansion of low-cost carriers, raising competition between airlines, and advances in technology, consumer demands have changed dramatically. As a consequence, the search for revenue maximisation has gradually shifted its main focus from traditional core aeronautical service to non-aviation or commercial sources. You consider consumer culture and behaviour in the context of the ever-changing aviation sector. You explore key consumer behaviour dialogue and how it informs strategic marketing practice in the aviation industry.

Postgraduate Business Research Methods

This module develops your awareness and understanding of the factors that impact research design for business and management students. You explore the ethical principles underpinning business research, research methodologies, data type, collection and analysis, research methods and how to present a research proposal and dissertation.

Transformation in Aviation

The aviation industry is structurally different to many others, with intense competition and commoditisation. You develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges in transformational change and sector resilience. Through exploration of current global industry trends, you examine how aviation can transform businesses with a strategic focus on structural change, emerging technologies, and consumer behaviour.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You focus on developing solutions to strategic challenges in aviation. You use real-world aviation scenarios, creative dialogue, industry insights and field visits to develop as a leader. Utilise the latest technology to collaborate with international networks and airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa and British Airways. You learn through lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials and workshops. You are encouraged to engage in online debate and collaborative approaches to learning through a virtual learning environment.

How you are assessed

Assessments are innovative and engaging, allowing you to develop sought after skills and qualities to work in this dynamic industry. You are assessed through business reports, case study analysis, presentations, self-diagnostic assessments, reflective reports, research proposal and dissertation.


Entry requirements

Typically an honours degree (at least a 2:2), professional qualification or equivalent experience.

For EU and international students an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.0

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

You develop and transform your career in aviation management, either aircrew or airside. You can expect to work in air transportation, including consultancy, management operations, academic roles as well as work for global brands including Swissport, dnata, Emirates, British Airways and regulatory bodies.


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Professional accreditation

Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT)

We are a member of the Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT), giving you access to a dedicated ITT Future You Talent Hub, helping to inspire the next generation of travel and tourism experts. As an ITT member you can engage with national and international events and develop your professional network with organisations including British Airways, Advantage, ABTA, Business Travel Association and many more.


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,710 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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  • Length: 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • Start date: September or January
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2024/25 entry

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£750 for each 20 credits

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