Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc in Aviation Management. This MSc programme will develop critical and practical skills applied in the field of aviation management.
Start Date2nd October 2021
QualificationLevel 9 Masters Degree
Course Duration1 year
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.
Why should I study this course?
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.
“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?
MSc Aviation Management awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). This is recognised as a Level 9 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students are registered as postgraduate students of LMU 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.
What will I study during this MSc Aviation Management course?
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.
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.
Who will I learn from?
“You can’t start a lifelong journey without investing in a good map of the world!”
“I never tire of hearing people’s stories about where they are from, where they have been and where they want to go to. For me, travel is the most exciting industry in the world and it is a privilege for me to share my knowledge and experience with students who share this passion.”
“At Portobello Institute we strive to open a whole world of possibilities to learners who want to pursue a career in travel, the airlines or the tourism business.”
I have been a tutor in Portobello Institute for 15 years and I am also programme manager for the Travel and Tourism department. I teach Airline Studies, Customer Service, Travel Agency Service Skills, Tourism Principles and Practice and Personal Development. My own journey in the Travel and Tourism industry has been wide-ranging, working in USIT, Failte Ireland and Aer Lingus. I have held positions in customer service, sales, marketing, recruitment and training. It was while working in Aer Lingus Training and Development that I discovered my true passion for teaching and education. My style of teaching is to engage and motivate each individual, encouraging them to become confident in their own skills and abilities. Classes are fun and involve groupwork, presentations and simulations of real-life scenarios. I want to instil a value in the importance of excellent customer service and I am constantly amazed at how much I learn from my students as we share our stories and experiences. My goal for each of them is to have the courage and self-belief to follow their dreams.
Your experience as a Programme Manager.
As programme manager it is so important to me that each learner is fully supported throughout their time in Portobello. Class sizes are small so each tutor can offer individual support with assignments and assessments. We place huge value on getting to know each student individually and we are acutely aware that from time to time they will have personal challenges in their lives. Part of my role as program manager is to support and encourage each student to stay on their learning journey. There are always options available so learners can be assured that the teaching team and I will work through finding a solution to each and every issue.
At Portobello we want to help students to achieve their goal of a career in the Travel and Tourism industry – we pride ourselves on creating new experiences for them by visiting tourist attractions such as EPIC, Viking Splash, Vaults.ie or The Guinness Storehouse. This also includes trips to Industry Expos, Airports, aircraft simulators and we have informative onsite and offsite guest lectures from industry professionals such as DAA, Aer Lingus, Tour Operators and Tourism organisations. Our tutors are a passionate team of industry professionals who constantly keep us up to date on industry developments. We have established links with many organisations, many of whom employ graduates of Portobello Institute. It is through these links that we have successfully placed students on work experience, internships and in full time-positions. It is always a great joy and personal pleasure to meet a past pupil whether it’s touring around Ireland, checking in at the airport or onboard a fight. We have graduates working with Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Emirates, Sky Handling, TUI, Club Travel, Fáilte Ireland, The Travel Department, Guinness Storehouse and the OPW.
- Train the Trainer QQI
- Higher Certificate in Travel and Tourism DIT
- Advanced Diploma IATA/UFTA
Research / Industry Participation:
- Involved in Programme validation projects in Portobello
- Worked on several customer experience projects in Aer Lingus
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.
Position: Leadership & Development Lecturer
I am currently lead facilitator and director of DFLeap consulting and have previously worked as a senior specialist in the area of management, leadership and communications with the IMI (Irish Management Institute). I have over 30 years’ experience in learning design, management, coaching and development. I’ve spent 15 years in a large multinational corporation and have 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 working 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 regular contributor to business and press publications.
Derek’s Teaching Philosophy
As adults we learn best by doing, I have an engaging style and supportive approach to learning. I mix theory with application to provide a real-life experience for students. I use a lot of experiential learning activities to help students unlock potential and really absorb the learning so that they can apply it directly to real life situations. I will provide a safe environment where you will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and reach new achievements.
From an Academic point I have designed, managed and delivered on programmes up to and including Level 9 Awards on the NFQ. I am a qualified dissertation and thesis supervisor and have helped students deliver business and academic research papers.
I have accredited awards in organisational behaviour, psychology, psychometrics, people management, training, e-learning, programming languages and engineering. I have completed the C.I.P.D (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) accredited Certificate in Training Practices (CTP). I have also completed John Townsend’s Master Trainer programme and is a licensed NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) master practitioner.
- MSc Organisational Behaviour
- MA Psychology
- BA People Management
- Level A and B Psychometrics
- CiPD Certificate in Training Practice
- Sports Psychology
- Master Trainer Program
Research/ Industry Participation
Derek has conducted and publish research across a number of sectors, he is a published author and regular contributor to business press and journals. Derek has published a number of books including his popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and is a regular contributor to business and press publications.
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 .”
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. )
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” (Benjamin Franklin). Obtaining knowledge gives a lifetime of benefit, especially when that knowledge is related to your day to day work.”
Position: Financial Management Lecturer
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and have held a number of senior management roles since then in sectors as diverse as transport, healthcare and IT. I co-founded a software company and was head of finance for that company from incorporation, through international growth and onto a multi-million dollar trade sale to a US based multinational corporation.
Kevin’s Teaching Philosophy
Its important students understand the “why” behind what they learn. When you understand the “why”, you will always know the “how”. Finance in particular, is an area of management practice that is full of terminology. Understanding why this terminology is used will make it much more understandable when you come across it in your own management career. A qualification should be more than a piece of paper, it should be a set of skills you can use for life. Understanding finance, especially areas such as budgeting and discounted cash flow is an essential skill for any Facilities Manager.
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. There is a seminar held at the commencement of each module. Attendance is not mandatory. The seminars are designed to support students understand the requirements of the learning outcomes, the expectations of the assessment and meet their tutor for the module.
This masters programme is delivered over three academic semesters.
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.
Webinars & Tutor Support
The tutorial webinars are held at the start of each module and are designed to guide and support you throughout the module. These webinars lay out the module for you and the content you will cover. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will be encouraged to connect with fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance. 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 to blended learning and is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced early years practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.
How will I be assessed?
The assessments for this Masters degree are broadly assignment based. Assessments vary from practice based assignments to operational plans and reflective essays, all seeking to combine up to date and relevant theory with scenario-based learning and practical implementation.
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
Hi! I am Brandon McLean, the Director of Enrolment here at the Portobello Institute. Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I oversee the team that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you.
How long are you working in Portobello?
I have been with the Portobello Institute for over two years now.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student that 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.
What inspires you about working in education?
Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
How do I apply?
Entry to this Masters programme is by direct application to Portobello Institute.
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.
Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 30% payable upon acceptance of an offer of a place. Balance to be paid in 10 instalment payments due on 1st of month commencing the month after the course starts. Exam body registration fees are included in the Easy Payment Plan.
Includes one off instalment fee of €395.00. Payments scheduled every 1 month(s).
- €687.75 due on 1st October 2021.
- €687.75 due on 1st November 2021.
- €687.75 due on 1st December 2021.
- €687.75 due on 1st January 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st February 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st March 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st April 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st May 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st June 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st July 2022.