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 Date8th October 2022
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.
A flexible study option to balance work, study and life
This Masters degree is designed to offer a level 9 qualification for those coming from a broad spectrum of degree programmes, such as business, finance and engineering. The blended learning delivery mode is a flexible study option for those seeking to fit learning around work and family. There is access to extensive learning resources and support materials through our virtual learning environment that enables students to choose the time and place most suited for them to study.
Cultivate strategic thinking
Cultivating strategic thinking is a core theme and the programme is taught from this perspective. Tutors are experienced industry leaders, ensuring the relevance of the content to the aviation sector. Graduates can immediately implement their learning and make a positive impact to the success of their working environment.
Advance your career
This MSc programme will benefit your personal development as well as your professional career putting you in a strong position for career progression in this sector. During this post graduate qualification, you will advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice giving you a platform for you to progress your career.
Build your career with a strong network of connections
Building a strong network of connections is essential as you advance your career to senior level. Portobello Institute has an established network of connections and we offer our students the opportunity to engage with those connections through live and online events run annually. You’ll have the opportunity to visit major international airlines, airports and commercial aircraft manufacturers. Our partnership with London Met, as one of the leading universities in aviation studies, gives our students the opportunity to visit a number of leading aviation companies, such as Boeing and Bombardier. Owing to established links with the industry, we often welcome visiting lecturers from airlines, airports, maintenance organisations, consultancy organisations and aircraft manufacturers.
You’ll be encouraged to obtain Royal Aeronautical Society membership and engage with the Society’s regular lectures and events throughout your studies.
We also have links with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which is a professionally focused partner for the aviation sector. Membership of CILT will be strongly encouraged.
Combine working full-time with study from anywhere
These modules have been designed by Portobello Institute for blended online learning so you can study from anywhere and in your own time. This online blended learning option gives mature students and those working or training full-time, the opportunity to access this masters degree qualification from anywhere in the world.
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 performance analysis, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:
- Accelerated programme completing your qualification in twelve months, 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.
- Professional Body Recognition – access membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
- 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.
- Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
- 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?
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 (London Met). This is mapped to the National Framework of Qualifications and is equivalent to a level 9 post graduate qualification.
Students are registered as postgraduate students of London Metropolitan University and will receive a student card confirming their student status.
You are eligible to obtain Royal Aeronautical Society membership and engage with the Society’s regular lectures and events throughout your studies.
Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which is a professionally focused partner for the aviation sector is also open to you and is strongly encouraged.
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 October ’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.
MSc Aviation Management Course
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?
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.
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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.”
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“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
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"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. 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
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 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.
Deposit + 10 Instalments
- €687.75 due on 1st October 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st November 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st December 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st January 2023.
- €687.75 due on 1st February 2023.
- €687.75 due on 1st March 2023.
- €687.75 due on 1st April 2023.
- €687.75 due on 1st May 2023.
- €687.75 due on 1st June 2023.
- €687.75 due on 1st July 2023.