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
  • Optional campus visits can be arranged for additional support and guidance
  • 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
  • Global Aviation Business Environment and Society
  • 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
  • Optional campus visits can be arranged for additional support and guidance

How long will my course last?

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

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


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

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

The Scottish/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2020

Rest of UK students without a term-time address in Scotland

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) without a term-time address in Scotland, i.e. studying from their home country, or assessed as RUK fee status, the following fees apply:

Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £3,060 £3,060
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £1,020 £1,020

This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £3,520 £3,540
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £1,170 £1,180

All fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.


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 Business Administration (Aviation) or other relevant masters degree.

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