Taught course

Aviation Management MSc / PGDip

University College Birmingham · Business School
MScPGDipPGCertCPD 20-credit modules

Entry requirements


  • MA/MSc - A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent
  • PGDip - A grade classification of third-class is required or international equivalent
  • A subject related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to UCB.
  • To apply, you must have 5 years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

EU/international students:

If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience please contact admissions, so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any queries, please email:

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The global aviation industry is experiencing significant growth, with airlines welcoming 4.3 billion passengers in 2018 - up from 3.8 billion in previous years, according to the International Air Transport Association. Alongside this growth, the industry continues to operate within a rapidly changing environment, facing challenges in sustaining competitiveness while offering safe and efficient passenger experiences. As a result, there is strong demand for managers who possess high-level knowledge and skills to succeed in this exciting industry.

This course focuses on passenger aviation operations and management while enabling you to specialise in a range of business/management subject areas. This flexibility means you can tailor the course to fit your particular career aspirations within a range of aviation organisations such as airlines, airports, airport authorities, civil aviation departments and aviation consultancies.

UCB is one of the Institute of Travel and Tourism's recognised Centres of Excellence and our course has been developed with industry professionals. The course focuses on enhancing your management potential by developing your critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving, creativity, communication, research and analytical skills, enabling you to make an immediate impact on an aviation organisation.

During your studies, you will have a number of opportunities to engage with industry experts through our 'live' consultancy projects, visiting speaker programme, creative dialogue sessions, industry mentor scheme and industry events as well as through our links with professional bodies. There is also the opportunity to undertake an optional placement.

One exciting feature of this course is the international live industry project, where you will travel to an overseas destination and apply your skills and knowledge to a real industry consultancy context. Previous students have completed projects in the Gambia, the Azores (Portugal), the Canaries, Cyprus, Madeira and Dubai.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • CPD 20-credit modules
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0121 604 1040