Air Traffic Management BSc (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

The BSc Honours Air Traffic Management programme is devised to produce highly motivated, innovative and creative graduates to meet the increasing need for air traffic operations and management professionals within the broad air transport sector of the aviation industry.

The programme is especially designed to appeal to licensed Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) to provide educational progression and development in a range of worthwhile careers within the sector. Individual learning modules within the BSc (Hons) programme will also provide Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for employed ATCOs throughout their career development. To meet these diverse needs, the programme is as flexible and accessible as possible to satisfy the qualification requirements, while integrating with workplace development opportunities.

The programme is devised to integrate with learner’s employment in the air traffic control sector of aviation. Such an environment will provide workplace learning and assessment opportunities that represent real-life activities. Consequently, the programme will have links with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), in the civil and military sectors.

Special features

  • Two-year programme for progression to BSc (Hons) completion for learners who meet the entry requirements
  • Predominantly online learning and support
  • Work-based mentor support may be available
  • Twice a year, online learning complemented with a two-day campus-based residential seminar and group work activity event
  • Programme runs on a traditional two-semester schedule with built-in flexibility to meet student needs.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants need to be in employment and hold a civilian ATCO license or an equivalent certification for military personnel. 
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - BSc

Core modules are:

  • Safety and Security of Air Traffic Operations
  • Airline Operations and Management
  • Airport and Aerodrome Operations and Management
  • Air Transport Project Management
  • Air Traffic Operations Management
  • Quality and Safety Systems for Aviation

Year 2 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Aviation Crisis Management
  • Sustainable Management of Air Traffic Operations
  • Airspace Management
  • Management of Risk in Aviation (option)
  • Global Aviation Business Environment and Society (option)
  • Air Traffic Management Project (dissertation)

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to manage workplace commitments and study from home.
  • Campus-based residential events will be held at regional centres.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 4 years/8 semesters @ 300 learning hours per semester

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, studying this degree, the following fees apply:

Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £4,500
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £1,500

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed. 

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £5,520
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £1,840

This course is not available for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the BSc (Hons) Air Traffic Management course, you might like to consider moving into management careers in the Air Traffic Management sector of the aviation industry or even management opportunities within the broader aviation operations industry.  Potential career pathways may include:

  • Air Traffic Control Manager
  • Aviation Operations Management
  • Aviation Project Manager
  • Safety Manager
  • Quality Manager

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Air Traffic Management you may progress to the MBA Aviation and MSc Air Transport Operations and Management.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

"The BSc in Air Traffic Management represents an excellent opportunity for air traffic control officers to obtain a qualification that has real relevance to the profession and will in time become the benchmark for management-level positions."

Pat Nolan,
General Manager Air Traffic Services - Highlands and Islands Airports

Apply for Air Traffic Management BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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