Portobello InstituteMSc in Aviation Management

MSc in Aviation Management

€ 9265
Masters, Postgraduate
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

The MSc in Aviation Management is an innovative master’s programme that focuses on e-commerce and e-strategies for managing in the world of aviation. This programme will develop critical and practical skills applied in the field of aviation management. You will be equipped for management and leadership within the aviation sector, which ranges from operational management, strategic overview and planning, regulations and compliance and financial management.

This MSc programme builds upon the knowledge gained from undergraduate studies and/ or experiential learning in the workplace, as well as putting you in a strong position for career progression in this sector.

MSc offers you an opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice as well as giving you a platform for you to progress your career.

What will I learn during this MSc in Aviation Management?

During this Masters programme, you will learn about the latest systems and technologies of aviation, ensuring you have the most up-to-date knowledge, in a sector that’s constantly evolving. You will learn about the concept of e-commerce within aviation management and the impact the digital age will continue to have on the strategic activities of airlines and airports. You will learn about Leadership and Strategic Management theories and further develop your leadership skills through the application of theory to practice.

Studying project management and developing the ability to create, manage and close projects effectively is an important skill developed during this programme. Making use of project management software is another key skill you will develop. You will be introduced to the different theories, methodologies and data sources which will allow you monitor and understand the logistical strategies developed by the major global producers and consumer goods intermediaries.

Exploring the sustainability context, and how business practices will need to evolve to reflect the realities of operating within a globalised trading system that is striving to apply sustainability principles is a key benefit of studying this programme. This is an important area of increasing scrutiny for airlines and airports.

Learning to evaluate the complex range of financial issues that airline managers have to address to ensure a sustainable business in the long term and how to manage the critical aspects of negative financial exposure that are common in the sector.

Why should I study the MSc in Aviation Management?

Upon graduating, you’ll have a variety of career routes available to you, both in Ireland and internationally. You’ll be equipped for management and leadership within the aviation sector, which ranges from operational management, strategic overview and planning, regulations and compliance and financial management.

As a postgraduate, you can develop an exciting career in PhD research, Aviation consultancies, and major airlines and airports. Other career pathways include working for institutions such as National Air Traffic Control and the Civil Aviation Authority.

The areas of aviation management you could work in include:

  • Passenger handling management
  • Airline Operations management – under wing
  • Air cargo management
  • Airline sales management
  • Airline marketing management
  • Revenue management
  • Engineering management
  • Cabin crew management
  • Flight deck management

The specialist areas of aviation you could work in include:

  • Airline finance and procurement
  • Airline strategy
  • Airline branding
  • Airline IT support
  • Airline Corporate Legal services
  • Airline procurement

MSc Aviation Management awarded by London Metropolitan University. This is recognised as a Level 9 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Students are registered as postgraduate students of London Metropolitan University and will receive a student card confirming their student status.

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.

Entry Requirements

Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute You will be required to have:

A minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline
The course is also open to professionals already working in the aviation industry who may not necessarily have an undergraduate degree. However, you must have a minimum of two years related work experience at managerial level within the industry. This will need to be confirmed by two letters of reference. You’ll also need to submit a CV in support of your application.

If you have experience which falls outside of this specification and is non-standard, we’d like to invite you to interview/Skype interview for a more detailed discussion relating to your application.

Application Process

Step 1 – Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 – Applicants will be contacted for confirmation/evidence of meeting the entry criteria and entry will be confirmed.

Step 3  – Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe eligible for advanced entry into the BA Ord or Hons in Early Childhood Studies. This programme is available through Portobello Institute.

Please note places on this course are restricted and places only confirmed once tuition fees have been received. Early Application is advised.

All of the course material is held on Moodle, which is an easy to use online platform which will support your classes. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.

Course Aims

Students will further develop skills such as critically analysing and problem solving in the context of strategic decision making. Practical industry insights and presentations ensure that students relate theory to real-life work scenarios.

This MSc degree programme is designed to encourage student interaction and contribution by developing their ability to work independently, in proposing and developing solutions to problems in a systematic and effective manner, and in communicating confidently and clearly both in writing and verbally.

Course Modules

The modules are listed below. Module titles and module details are updated on an ongoing basis to reflect legislative changes etc, research findings etc therefore these are subject to change over time.

Modules include:

Leading, Managing & Developing People
Strategic Operations Management for Airlines & Airports
Aviation Governance & Regulation
Strategy, Leadership & Innovation for Aviation Managers
Finance & Forecasting Methods for Airline & Airport Operations
Environmental Economics & Investment for Aviation Industry
Research Methods for Aviation Management
Business Research Project for Aviation Sector

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