Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this BSc (Hons) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management. This BSc programme will give you the business skills and an understanding of the entire aviation industry offering you a broad range of career opportunities.
Fee€4,495.00 Per academic year
Start Date7th October 2023
QualificationLevel 8 Honours Degree
Course Duration3 years
Ranging from the technological excellence to aviation engineering to the management of global airlines and airport hubs, aviation is an exciting and fast-paced industrial sector. This BSc (Hons) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management is an innovative degree programme that focuses on giving you a critical understanding and the skills for managing in the world of aviation.
Essential knowledge for a career in the aviation industry
You will learn about the global business environment in which airlines and airports operate. Over the course of the three years, you will develop proficiency in the core business skills of economics, marketing, finance and human resources.
Areas of study include airport management, air cargo services, commercial planning for airlines, airline and airport strategic management, airport planning to name but a few.
Develop transferable business skills
Integral to this course is the development of essential skills and knowledge necessary to become an aviation professional with a number of possible career routes, including airline operations, engineering management and airline strategy. We place emphasis on advancing your decision-making skills on an operational, international and strategic level.
Although you will specialise in airline, airport and aviation management, this course will also equip you with transferable skills that are necessary for a career in international business management. These skills are developed through engagement with real-life and virtual business challenges, providing you with the opportunity to study core aspects of management and leadership that are relevant in any business.
Learn from the experts
This honours degree is delivered by a team of expert tutors who are all experienced in the aviation industry and experienced educators. Our lecturers have excellent links with members of the aviation community and they’re perfectly placed to offer you career advice specific to the sector. You will have personal one to one support from a personal academic tutor who is there to to support you throughout your learning journey to achieve your personal best.
Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:
- Accelerated programme completing your undergraduate degree in three years, getting you out into the world of work faster.
- Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of immediate employment upon graduation.
- Notable university partners – our university partners are among the top-ranking universities in the UK offering you access to a qualification from a renowned university.
- Reputable placements – our work experience placements are with prominent organisations, connecting you with respected employers to build your future career network.
- Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
- Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
- SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
- Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
- Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery helping you maintain a full-time job.
- Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions on-site, online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
- City Centre Location – Commuting to Portobello is very accessible – the Luas stops outside our door, and we are located within minutes from the major transport hubs.
- Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.
Why should I study this course?
Portobello Institute’s BSc Hons Airline, Airport and Aviation Management gives you the opportunity to attain a level 8 honours degree and you will be encouraged to obtain Royal Aeronautical Society membership and engage with the Society’s regular lectures and events throughout your studies.
Gain employment through our strong network of connections
Gaining employment within the aviation industry is the objective of this degree and it is important students have the opportunity to build a network of contacts within the sector.
Portobello Institute has an established network of connections. This programme affords students the opportunity to engage with some of the leading aviation companies in Ireland and to leverage those connections to advance their careers.
Accessible, affordable, achievable
There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in the aviation sector, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
A broad range of career opportunities
Upon graduating, you’ll have a variety of career routes available to you, both in Ireland and internationally. You will be qualified to apply for a broad range of roles within the aviation sector, which ranges from operational management, strategic overview and planning, regulations and compliance, marketing and human resources.
Continue your studies
As a graduate, you can continue your studies to our MSc Aviation Management to further develop an exciting career with 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.
“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them”
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this level 8 honours degree, you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Airline, Airport and Aviation Management awarded by London Metropolitan University (London Met)
You will be registered as a student of London Met.
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.
What will I study during this BSc (Hons) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management – Starts October ’23 course?
This multidisciplinary course will focus on giving you a firm academic base in the core disciplines of aviation management, with a particular focus on the international business setting. It will help you develop an understanding of the global business environment in which airlines and airports operate through the study of economics, human resources, marketing and finance. 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.
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.
Who will I learn from?
Derek Fox is a man whose experience spans many industries. He leads Portobello Institute’s MSc in Aviation Management and brings a wealth of experience to the role.
He has worked directly with companies such as Aer Lingus and the Dublin Aviation Authority, playing a key part in providing consultancy and strategic advice during an important transitional period for the airline.
He is a lead facilitator and director of DFLeap consulting and has previously worked as a senior specialist in the area of management, leadership and communications with the IMI (Irish Management Institute).
With over 30 years’ experience in learning design, management, coaching and development he has spent 15 years in a large multinational corporation and has worked in both business and academia across Europe, Asia, and America.
“I began my career as an Engineer but became passionately involved in Psychology in my twenties. This led me to work as a trainer/lecturer in leadership and management where I enjoy working with individuals and organisations to unlock their full potential.
“I have published a number of books including the popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and am a regular contributor to business and press publications,” he said.
Derek is the program leader of our MSc in Aviation Management so students will get the chance to learn from him in key areas such as “understanding how to do a dissertation, what ethical research is, how to develop research questions and objectives, selecting appropriate methodologies to inform and address your answering of the research question and how to draw conclusions based on your primary research. Not to mention statistical analysis,” he said.
Derek is ambitious for his students and the opportunities Aviation Management can bring to their careers.
“We have students across multiple sectors of the aviation industry. Our aim is to reach aviation sectors like engineering, fleet management, fleet rentals, all that kind of stuff, on top of airlines and airport operations.
- MSc Organisational Behaviour
- MA Psychology
- BA People Management
- Level A and B Psychometrics
- CiPD Certificate in Training Practice
- Sports Psychology
- Master Trainer Program
Personal Academic Tutor
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
“My entire purpose for what I do in all these kinds of endeavours is to inspire change for others. Anybody that does the program, I want to inspire them to make change for themselves. That’s my ultimate goal all the time.”
A jack of all trades is a phrase used to describe someone with a broad range of talents and skills. It’s a phrase that would not look out of place when describing Portobello Institute lecturer Fabio Grassi.
Previously roles in his long and varied career include being a head chef and a freelance English/Italian translator as well as a brief stint in the cadet school of the Italian army. And for almost three years he has taught on Portobello’s BSc in Workplace and Facilities Management in the area of Leadership and Change.
Throughout these varying roles, Fabio has developed a strong “personal passion” for helping others develop their talents.
Never satisfied with standing still, Fabio has taken on many ventures including his current one with Portobello. He began working with Core Ideas as an Executive Coach and Facilitator, rising to the role of Managing Director in the meantime. Since May of 2020, he has worked with EMCC Ireland in Research and Development.
Fabio’s experience spans countries and continents and one trip, in particular, had a big impact on his professional philosophy.
“My personal journey into the development of the self took a sharp focus 15 years ago when I went to California to learn about Emotional Intelligence with the 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network. The 3-legged process of Know Yourself, Choose Yourself and Give Yourself became the guiding framework for my self-development and work. Over the years it became clear to me that to be the best we can be we must constantly question our perspectives, remain open to possibilities, and clearly define our ethical stand,” he said.
Fabio brings all of this knowledge and experience to the BSc in Workplace and Facilities Management, and he has very much enjoyed his time in Portobello thus far.
“You get interesting people coming through. Quite a wide variety. I’ve been here for the past 15 years with the Irish Management Institute. Portobello is very specialised. It had been a very generic focus. Now with the leadership in the sector, it’s more specific settings and content. I really enjoy it,” he said.
And while the FM sector is forever changing and adapting, Fabio’s goals for the outcomes of his teaching remain consistent.
“I guess it’s always the same outcomes that I’m looking for. My entire purpose for what I do in all these kinds of endeavours is to inspire change for others. Anybody that does the program, I want to inspire them to make change for themselves. That’s my ultimate goal all the time.”
Find out more about our Facilities Management courses here.
Position: Business Management Lecturer
“There is nothing more satisfying than explaining some theory to students, applying it to a real life example and then watching everyone nod as they get a real understanding of the issue .”
About Dermot Hardy
I feel very strongly that the level of talent and expertise in Ireland in is comparable to that available in other leading financial centres and the lecturing and training I provide reflects this. I really enjoy the teaching as I feel it gives me a chance to share my experiences with the students so that they can benefit from my real-life experiences. It also shows that you don’t have to go abroad to become an expert in your field, through hard work and study you can achieve that easily in Ireland.
- M.A. Degree
- Associate Member of the Corporate Treasurers
- Irish Securitisation Forum (ISF)
- Irish Securitisation Working Group
- IFSC Banking & Treasury Committee (A sub-committee of the Clearing House Group under the auspices of the Department of An Taoiseach. )
Tony O Gorman
Position: Senior Lecturer
“We are dealing with unprecedented change in our industry. It is imperative therefore to keep upskilling, networking and seeking new ways to deliver FM in the most efficient and effective manner.”
I have worked in engineering, maintenance and management roles for the last four decades, in a variety of senior roles for multinationals, the not-for-profit sector, various parts of the public sector in addition to running my own successful businesses in the technical consulting, training and industrial maintenance sectors. I have worked in Ireland, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, United States and Ireland. I bring this wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the classroom.
Tony’s Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is based on early and continual engagement with students across the duration of their studies. I have witnessed the transformative effect that a successful learning experience has on the lives of students and has a particular interest in supporting adult learners returning to the classroom by utilizing learning sessions as forums for students to learn by solving real-world problems using practical work experiences. I have a wide range of teaching experiences in both public and private education institutes. I lecture in the areas of FM Asset Management, Risk, Health & Safety , Strategic Management, People and Change and Project Management.
- MBA Henley Management College/University of Reading
- M.A Health Services Management. UCD Whitaker School of Government and Management.
- Master of Engineering, Open University
- B. Eng. (Hons) in Environmental & Public Health Engineering. Open University
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Technology Management. IT Tallaght
- PMI PMP certification
- Doctoral Candidate – Doctorate in Business
- Administration (principal area of research is the area of organisational performance measurement and management)
"The classes are so interesting. Learning about aviation strategy has helped me understand the reason behind a lot of airport and airline decisions and how the overall running of an airline works."
How will I learn?
Blended learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.
This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. This mode of delivery will usually include a minimum of 1 weekend seminar per month attendance required. This type of delivery allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of a degree programme with home and work.
The Difference between Blended Learning and Full Time Delivery Modes
There are two delivery mode options for this degree available in Portobello Institute giving you the freedom to choose how you will learn and making education accessible around work and life commitments.
Full-Time delivery offers you the opportunity to study with a more traditional schedule with lectures delivered on-site in Portobello during weekdays. Typically, those lectures are generally scheduled between Tuesday and Thursday. Monday’s lectures are delivered online.
Blended Learning is essentially the same, with a blend of online and on-site lectures taking place at the weekends. This makes it easier for you to study while working full-time. It also makes studying for a degree more accessible if you live outside of Dublin.
All online only lectures are recorded for you to catch up later. Where lectures are delivered onsite – these will simultaneously be delivered online and will also be recorded so you can customise your learning journey – attend on-site, online, or catch-up later.
Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.
You can email your tutor during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to meet you or offer you telephone and email support. For more information about our team, click here. Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.
This level of one-to-one support is unique and is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello Institute. We have invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme and support you to achieve your personal best.
Online Learning Portal – ePortobello
During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded on to ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessments.
This programme is structured for delivery over 3 academic years, with 2 semesters per academic year. There are 6 * Saturday workshops, and 6 evening webinars per term.
The Saturday workshops are held online from 10am to 1 pm with breaks throughout. The evening webinars are 1-1½ long and are scheduled between 7 and 9 pm to accommodate students who work full-time. All sessions are recorded so you may review the session at a later stage should you be unable to log-in at the scheduled time.
The semester structure ensures you can focus on a small number of modules per term.
The course will open with a module which will help you to develop the skills which you will need to achieve success at a degree level, such as sourcing credible information, academic writing, referencing, computer skills, basic research methods, time management and planning, emotional aspects of studying and at higher education level and student well-being. Completing the module will build a solid base for your further professional and academic development throughout the programme.
How will I be assessed?
SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you to demonstrate your knowledge of theory and practical with assignments such as business case studies, audits, development plans, presentations showcasing your practical skills.
We will encourage you to explore and support you to complete several innovative assessment formats such as presentations, posters, portfolios, podcasts, blogs, which further support development of your business and management skills and will give you confidence to share your knowledge with colleagues, peers, and other professionals.
On graduation you will have a variety of career routes available to you, both in Ireland, the UK and internationally. You will be equipped for management and leadership within the aviation sector, which ranges from operational management and strategic planning to compliance and financial management. 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
Speak to an expert
I am Brandon McLean, the Corporate Admissions Manager here at the Portobello Institute. Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I support the department that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you. I have been with Portobello since 2018 and I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student who talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled. Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.
How do I apply?
Entry to this programme is by direct application to Portobello Institute.
With a Leaving Certificate
Leaving Certificate requirements – Minimum of grade C or O6 in English and Maths with a pass in 4 other subjects.
Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2022
Students may apply and be granted a “Conditional Offer” prior to completing the Leaving Certificate.
Step 1 – Submit application
Step 2 – Review of application and confirmation of eligibility criteria and entry requirements
Step 3 – Conditional Offer issued on the basis of successful achievement of LC requirements
Step 4 – Confirm acceptance of a place and pay deposit as detailed
Places can not be held open for applicants awaiting leaving certificate results, however should a student accept a place and then choose not to progress with this course, after first round CAO offers have been made, a refund of 75% of fees paid will be made. Refunds must be requested in writing on or before 25th August 2022
Applicants who have previously completed the Leaving Certificate;
Minimum of grade C or O6 in English and Maths with a pass in 4 other subjects.
Without a Leaving Certificate
Students are accepted on to this programme without a leaving certificate however applicants must meet one of the following criteria;
- QQI level 5 major award preferably but not essentially in airline studies, business or finance.
- Alternative business, or finance qualification.
- An undergraduate degree in another subject.
- Experiential Learning in aviation, business, finance or a related field with a QQI Level 5 or equivalent award in any subject.
- Mature entry at 21 years. Mature student applications are reviewed on a case by case basis and entry is via interview.
Fees & Payment Options
Year 1 Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee€435.00
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 33%. Balance payable in 8 equal instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course commences. There is an additional fee of €365 applied to instalment plan. All additional fees such as exam body registration fees and instalment plan admin fees are included in the easy payment plan detailed.
Deposit + 8 Instalments
- €443.46 due on 1st October 2023.
- €443.46 due on 1st November 2023.
- €443.46 due on 1st December 2023.
- €443.46 due on 1st January 2024.
- €443.46 due on 1st February 2024.
- €443.46 due on 1st March 2024.
- €443.46 due on 1st April 2024.
- €443.46 due on 1st May 2024.
Year 2 Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee€435.00
Year 3 Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee€436.00