Aviation MBA

What is special about this course?

The MBA Aviation* has been designed to satisfy the increasing need for aviation professionals in the operations sector of this global industry.

The course aims to produce highly innovative and creative graduates with the technical abilities and management potential to compete effectively for a wide range of careers in this exciting industry.

With help and support from the course team, you will be responsible for arranging your own projects and placements.

*course structure is subject to approval

Special features

  • You will be taught by a mix of management and aviation specialists
  • The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in management principles, practices and techniques strongly contextualised to aviation applications
  • You can study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or MBA

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree, normally at 2:1, and not less than 2:2, or international equivalent
  • There is no barrier to entry based on the subject studied to degree level 
  • Other professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • International students whose first language is not English must also meet the language competency standards are detailed on the International page of the website
  • It is desirable that you have some post-study work experience
  • You will be asked to give us academic references before you can enrol and, where appropriate, provide employer references
  • You may be asked to undertake a short piece of assessment work


*Funding support notice*

A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland-domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

(see fees/funding tab for more information)

Access routes


You will choose two core modules and one option module from the following:

  • Responsible management in the global environment
  • Change for sustainable futures
  • Growth and opportunity through innovation
  • Research: business intelligence

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Operations Managementm
  • Corporate and competitive strategy
  • Supply chain management
  • Management accounting and finance
  • Aviation crisis and active safety management
  • Airport infrastructure and ground operations management


You will study the remaining two core modules and a further option module from those listed in the PgCert.


To achieve the award of MBA you must complete a research project.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time: on campus or online
  • Part-time (structured): on campus or online
  • Part-time (unstructured): on campus or online
  • Please note that full-time and part-time online options are available to international students subject to approval. International students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must be studying on a full-time, on-campus basis
  • If you live in the UK you can study full-time or part-time, either on-campus or fully online
  • If you wish to study online please select the part-time option in the apply link and include your study preference in your personal statement on the application form
  • If you are studying full-time or part-time on campus, you will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and seminars and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • If you live in the UK and are studying full-time or part-time on a fully online basis, you will learn via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 18 months
  • Part-time: 2-4 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January



The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2019-20On campus
(all fee statuses)
(all fee statuses)
Per module (20 credits) £1,080 £680
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £9,720 £6,000


2018-19On campus
(all fee statuses)
(all fee statuses)
Per module (20 credits) £1,080 £680
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £9,720 £6,000

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.


The university is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish/EU students studying full-time on this course starting in September 2019 to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy. Fees will be funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

To be eligible for this funding, students must meet the criteria for Scottish or EU fee status and be resident in the Highlands and Islands (including Moray) or Perth and Kinross for the duration of their studies. In accordance with funding regulations, tuition fee support will only be available to students who meet the funding eligibility criteria and are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Funded places will be allocated and successful applicants notified from March onwards, available places will continue to be allocated throughout the recruitment cycle. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.


Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified applicants. Students who do not meet the eligibility for the tuition fee support, or are not successful in being allocated one of the limited places, will be responsible for paying their own fees. However, there are other potential sources of funding support available.

From 2017, eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full-time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level, who meet the residency eligibility, can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment opportunities may be in the UK, in Europe or beyond.  Graduates can expect to find job opportunities in the aviation industry in activities such as fleet air and ground operations or general management functions.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to develop your research further through PhD study.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019 or Jan/Feb 2020

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