Aviation and Airport Management University College Birmingham


Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Course snapshot

The booming UK aviation industry, driven by global business, passenger demand and the opening of new routes, means there is strong demand for graduates with high-level skills and there is a broad range of career options. UCB’s Aviation and Airport Management degree is accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the world’s leading academic institutions. We have superb industry links so you will get lots of relevant, vocational training.

Who’s the course for?

This course is ideal for students who are interested in becoming part of the global development of the aviation industry and are fascinated by global connectivity and economic competitiveness. The course will appeal to you if you are interested in working for international airlines, aviation agencies, in-flight catering companies and international cargo organisations. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that airlines welcomed 4.3 billion passengers in 2018, so there are opportunities in diverse areas of employment.

Why should I study the course?

  • You will be introduced to the global aviation environment, learn about the value and scale of the aviation industry and its contribution to national economies.

  • In association with our industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, with an emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and project management.

  • Visits to airports will be embedded in your study, giving you first-hand experience of how major airports in Europe function and you will acquire the ability to put academic theory into practice.

  • Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you find valuable industry work experience during the summer months, boosting your employment prospects after you graduate.

Great. Tell me some more

This course has been developed in partnership with global aviation ground operations specialist Swissport to meet the demand for appropriately trained personnel.

All assessment is conducted through coursework and practical assessment, so there are no exams.

To complement the industry projects you will undertake on the course, we work with aviation and related providers to offer you a variety of paid and voluntary work opportunities during the summer months.

You may also benefit from aviation-themed day visits and a compulsory overseas residential visit, the essential elements being included in your fees.

What skills will I gain?

You will focus on an introduction to the global aviation environment, the value and scale of the aviation industry and its contribution to national economies. You will examine strategic decision-making and problem-solving in the aviation industry, with particular focus on managing change within a dynamic and uncertain environment.

What about the future?

The course has been developed to meet the needs of employers in preparing students for entry into the aviation industry with specific focus on aviation sales and marketing, general aviation operations, airline management, airport administration or corporate aviation management.

Future career pathways could include:

  • Airline management

  • Airport ground handling

  • General aviation operations

  • Airport administration

  • Corporate aviation management

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BA (Hons) degree at the end of year two.

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