Course Details

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 Date
5th February 2022
Level 9 Masters Degree
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
1 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 – Starts Feb ’22 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.

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.

  • Leading, Managing & Developing People

    This module aims to provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management that they will need whatever the degree of specialism they choose within their careers in HRM/HRD. It seeks to familiarise learners with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to HRM and HRD practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered as is research which highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice. In addition the module introduces the major aims of HRM and HRD and explores how these are achieved in practice in different types of organisations. The module covers the CIPD module Leading, Managing and Developing People together with some of the content of CIPD’s HRM in Context (Contextualising Management).

    This module also addresses many of the skills areas required by CIPD in its module Developing Skills for Business Leadership, including encouraging learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. Thus, the module is also concerned with developing understanding and skills in a number of areas that constitute effectiveness in management, and specifically the management of self and of others. In addition it seeks to help learners to develop and improve a range of definable skills which are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership in particular. These include thinking and decision-making skills and a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work. Digital literacy is addressed in an integrated manner throughout the module.

    Finally, the module seeks to help learners make the most of their formal programmes of study with the inclusion of key post-graduate level study-skills and aids students in exploring the connection and the implications for – and applications in – professional practice through continuing professional development and personal development planning.

  • Strategic Operations Management for Airlines & Airports

    The focus of this module is to develop the capabilities and knowledge to enable graduates to contribute to the strategic and operational direction of airlines and airports. Specific themes covered include exploring strategic operations management within an increasingly turbulent aviation environment; aviation competition, business diversification, managing change and safety/emergency management.

  • Aviation Governance & Regulation

    This module is designed to give the learner knowledge and understanding of  national and international aviation policy, governance and regulation.  Covered during this module is the system of rules governing the operation of international air transport including the Convention on International Civil Aviation (commonly referred to as the Chicago Convention).The Convention and its nineteen detailed annexes remain the rule-book for international air transport and are fundamental to governance and regulation of the aviation industry..

    Learners gain knowledge of the evolving EU regulatory agenda and how it extends to all areas of aviation. Also covered are other EU and international organisations and the role they play in the development of the EU and international regulatory agendas in aviation. These include The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with responsibility for proposing and monitoring the implementation of EU safety rules and regulations and EUROCONTROL.

    Given the global context, many of the decisions that affect aviation, an understanding of the development of policy and regulation at an international level is a key outcome from this module.

  • Strategy, Leadership & Innovation for Aviation Managers

    This core module supports the development of the learner through their engagement with Leadership and Strategic Management theory and further develops their on-going leadership skills through the application of theory to practice. It will also prepare and develop them for an organisational leadership and/or management role. Key features of the module are an emphasis on effectiveness in a leadership role together with doing this in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The module draws on a wide-range of academic research and professional experience. It introduces core leadership and strategic management concepts and encourages students to develop a critical, analytical approach to solving work-based leadership/ management issues. Students will develop an awareness of different theoretical perspectives so that the complexity of managerial work is explored rigorously. The module explores a range of strategic and operational perspectives through academic research and an examination of work-based issues. It encourages students to adopt a reflective approach on current practice and critique academic theory in relation to their future leadership and management development. This module contains a strong experiential learning approach.

    This module aims to stimulate the student’s critical awareness and application of key leadership and strategic management theories to their own practice and develop their ability to evaluate current practice in the light of relevant academic theories. It is expected that students will develop an increased awareness of the impact and influence of leaders and their own leadership development.

    This module also introduces the student to an understanding of the role of commercial planning in a digital age as critical to profitable airline operations. Air routes are the life blood of airlines and assessing catchment areas and aircraft operations to satisfy demand is absolutely critical to airline and airport development.

  • Finance & Forecasting Methods for Airline & Airport Operations

    This module introduces the vital appreciation of the management of airline costs as a key management skill for commercial airline managers. The airline industry in particular is highly volatile because of the complex costs of production of the service and is subject to violent external shocks on a regular basis. A sound financial strategy is therefore vital to airline survival and the module introduces techniques and tools to assess the steps to take for long term profitability.

    The module takes an in-depth look at factors affecting costs, revenues and profitability at both airlines and airports and the ramifications of any such changes. Attention will also be given to forecasting for

    The module aims are therefore 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.

  • Environmental Economics & Investment for Aviation Industry

    This module will address the critical issue of how current thinking on sustainability will impact on Aviation businesses and organisation. The need to create more sustainable organisations and businesses is fundamental to current and future organisational development strategies, and it is necessary for students to understand the growing influence of environmental economics and the sustainability agenda on the aviation industry. This influence takes on many forms, from government policies and international agreements to measuring the impacts of organisational practices on the ecology and communities. It is clear that in the future, organisations, businesses, communities and individuals will be expected to understand and take responsibility for their economic, environmental and social impacts. This module will examine the current and future challenges, it will equip students with knowledge to deal with the challenge of creating sustainable forms of business that operate within ecological and socio-economic limits.

    It will explore 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. This is an important area of increasing scrutiny for airlines and airports.

  • Research Methods for Aviation Management

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the skills needed for planning, organisation and practice of research in management. 

    By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    – utilise available resources effectively: ability to work autonomously, find and use learning resources, manage time effectively, use computer based skills (word processing, mathematical, statistical, referencing, presentation);
    – apply advanced statistical hypothesis testing tools;
    – manage the project process: from proposal to publication;
    – work collaboratively with others: building inter-disciplinary relationships;
    – be a morally responsible researcher: an appreciation of the wider academic community and the ability to take an ethically sound stance when considering the potential impact of research on others;
    – communicate effectively: being able to communicate knowledge both orally and in a visual format, to demonstrate interactive and group skills; to write in a scientific manner and designated format; to demonstrate written and statistical literacies appropriate to sub-discipline. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Formulate a novel research proposal at the forefront of their academic discipline.
    2. Comprehensively understand ethical processes and procedures when undertaking research involving human subjects.
    3. Identify, employ and critically evaluate a range of statistical skills and techniques, showing a comprehensive understanding of their use, applicability and faults.
    4. Demonstrate critical scientific writing skills.
    5. Evaluate the routes of publication for research output in the student’s sub-discipline and the wider research community. 
  • Business Research Project for Aviation Sector

    This module builds on the module entitled Research Methods for Aviation Management, where students will have identified a suitable topic for research and produced a research proposal.

    Students will demonstrate an understanding the sector and the significance of issues within it via high level analysis, assimilation and interpretation of key information and statistics.

    Students are expected, via independent research, to develop an awareness of the importance of rigorous investigative techniques, standards of data collection and analysis in business decision making.

    Students are to produce a project based, consultative post-graduate report and a summary of the research undertaken. Both documents should be to a professional standard and suitable for both an academic and business audience.

    1. To undertake, with the necessary supervision, an independent, project based consultative report based on an agreed proposal. This should be an investigation into an organisational or sector issue with the aim of making strategically sound recommendations for the future of the organisation or sector.
    2. To foster a critical awareness and deep understanding of an aviation topic and to combine knowledge and analysis acquired in core MSc modules to explore that topic fully
    3. To enable students to communicate the purpose, method, findings and recommendations of the research in an accessible, engaging and professional manner both as a report and in summary form

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Joanne Power

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.”

About Joanne

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.

Why Portobello?

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, 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.

Derek Fox

Position: Leadership & Development Lecturer

About Derek 

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.

Qualifications Held

  • 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.

Dermot Hardy

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

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. )


Kevin Murray

“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

About Kevin

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.


  • BBS
  • MA
  • FCA


How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

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.

Course Structure

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.


Semester 1 & 2

Semester 1 runs from 05/02/22 – 07/05/22.

Assessments take place between 23/05/22 – 27/05/22.

Semester 2 runs from 01/10/22 – 19/01/23.

Assessments take place between 23/01/23 – 27/01/23 .

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10am – 4pm.

Webinars are recorded so you may review at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Dates are subject to change

Semester 3

Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 04/02/23 – 27/05/23

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Webinars are recorded so you may review at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

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.

Career prospects

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

Your Consultant

Brandon McLean

About Brandon

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?

Absolutely exhilarated!

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How do I apply?

Entry to this Masters programme is by direct application to Portobello Institute.


Without a Leaving Certificate

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.


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


Course Price

Per academic year.


Exam Body Reg. Fee

Per academic year - due at start of academic year.


Full Payment

Total amount payable.


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.

Deposit + 10 Instalments

Deposit payment (€2,947.50), followed by 10 scheduled payments every 1 month(s). Includes one off instalment fee of €395.00.

  • €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.
  • €687.75 due on 1st August 2022.
  • €687.75 due on 1st September 2022.
  • €687.75 due on 1st October 2022.
  • €687.75 due on 1st November 2022.
  • €687.75 due on 1st December 2022.