BSc (Honours) Airline and Airport Management

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Airline and Airport Management

Course in clearing Full-time Tourism and Hospitality

Prepare for take-off on this airline and airport management course – learning how to launch your career in this highly specialised and vibrant industry.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Develop critical aviation industry skills in sustainability and pricing.
  • Study marketing, digital skills, project and talent management.
  • Collaborate with industry partners to work on live projects.
  • Learn from industry experts and engage with aviation field trips. 
  • Build your professional network through our extensive links with airlines, airports and aviation agencies. 

On this course you’ll learn about the technical aspects of the industry, from aviation law and regulation to safety and security management. You’ll study airlines and airports from both an operational and managerial perspective using specialist simulation software. Whether you plan to work air-side, land-side or directly with airlines, you’ll be fully prepared to hit the ground running.

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Teaching Quality

This course is ranked 10th in its subject area in the Guardian University Guide 2024.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and has been awarded the Business School Impact System label by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Tourism subject group award

Our Tourism subject group is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), the membership organisation for tourism industry professionals and educators.

Student View

Watch student Jake Forrest talk about the BSc Airline and Airport Management course at Sheffield Hallam University.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our teachers have held senior positions in airline and airport management – bringing a wealth of aviation case studies to support your learning. They’re actively involved in applied and impactful research, so you’ll get to understand the latest trends in the global aviation industry.

At every level of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the industry. Thanks to our extensive network of external partners, you’ll enhance your learning through expert guest speakers and field trips. 

You learn through

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Field trips and site visits
  • Talks and resources developed by our accrediting bodies
  • Live projects with external organisations
  • Independent study and group work

You’ll develop your knowledge of how the aviation industry interlinks with the environment, climate change, regulatory frameworks and the broader sustainability agenda. You’ll also develop your core business acumen in marketing, people management and finance to make sure you’re industry ready.

We believe you learn best when you engage with the industry first-hand to appreciate the complexities, challenges and rewards of working in the airline and airport management sector. In your final year you’ll apply the knowledge you’ve gained in a client-led consultancy project.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars, and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

Applied learning

Work Placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you industry experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. For example, previous students have secured placements with Swissport and Jet2.

Live Projects

In every year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects to build your skills and professional experience. 

Recent students have worked on developing high quality and engaging training content across all five airlines within the TUI group – with a focus on digital training. Others have worked on a white paper development – focusing on Bosnia and Herzegovina national airport infrastructure development needs for KK Aviation Consultancy. 

Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of your studies. They're the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers and tutors – as well as to put your theoretical knowledge into context and engage in in-depth discussions about your discipline. Some of the most popular field trips our Airline and Airport Management students have enjoyed have been to local and international airports.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll frequently engage with aviation industry stakeholders throughout the course – and many modules include industry guest speakers. You’ll benefit from a close relationship with the industry through our industry and graduate networks – as well as association with the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the Tourism Management Institute.

Your lecturer’s view

Watch course leader Charles Hajdu talk about the BSc Airline and Airport Management course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Future careers

The UK aviation industry is the third largest globally and supports the development of many industries and trade in general. The course prepares you for a number of aviation roles including

  • regulatory authorities
  • safety management
  • security management
  • airline strategy, marketing and sales management
  • airline operations management
  • airfield design, safeguarding and regulatory compliance
  • airport systems, planning and development
  • airport operations management
  • corporate social responsibility
  • air cargo operations and logistics management
  • airspace and air traffic management
  • aviation management consultancy

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • British Airways
  • Jet2
  • TUI Group
  • Birmingham International Airport
  • Doncaster and Sheffield Airport

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you work with specialist airline management simulation software.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Applied Academic Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Finance And Data Interpretation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To The Aviation Industry
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Marketing And Consumer Behaviour For The Aviation Industry
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Airline Operations And Pricing Management
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Research Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Airport Operations Management
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Consultancy And Enterprise Challenge
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Strategic Management For Airline And Airport Development
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Safety And Security Management In Aviation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(30%) , Practical(70%)

Elective modules

Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Research Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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