Business Administration (Aviation) MBA

What is special about this course?

Are you an experienced professional looking to progress to higher leadership and management roles?

The MBA Business Administration (Aviation) is part of a brand new suite of MBAs, designed to provide leadership and management skills across the areas of Aviation, Environment, Executive and Resilience.

The University of the Highlands and Islands MBA suite has been developed using insight from employers on skills necessary for executives operating in a challenging global environment, an environment where striving for growth and opportunity is based on ethical behaviour, appreciation of diversity and ability to adapt to the demands of a fast-changing world.

The programme will develop your theoretical knowledge, practical wisdom, strategic managerial and personal skills essential for successful career enhancement in organisations with a global outlook. Our MBA programmes aim to provide you with the comprehensive knowledge, skillset and understanding required to enable you to become a senior manager or to enhance career progression to a higher level.

The programme is distinguished by its emphasis on ethical and responsible leadership and management, with a focus on developing executive excellence for the global future. Embracing innovation, entrepreneurship and technology, our MBA suite builds on 4 underlying pillars and key values:

  • Ethical awareness
  • Cultural readiness
  • Future readiness
  • Identifying growth and opportunity

Special features

  • The course is delivered online for maximum flexibility
  • Develop reflective learning skills based on your experience and peer-to-peer exchange, facilitated through the MBA hub
  • Participate in a wider dialogue via the MBA hub, between fellow students, business partners, local community and academic colleagues
  • An online induction programme will provide support and information, as well as an initial opportunity to interact and network via the hub

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree, normally at 2:1 and not less than 2:2, or international equivalent
  • There is no barrier to entry based on the subject studied to degree level
  • Other professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • International students whose first language is not English must also meet the language competency standards as detailed on the International page of the website
  • It is desirable that you have some post-study work experience
  • You will be asked to give us academic references before you can enrol and, where appropriate, provide employer references
  • You may be asked to undertake a short piece of assessment work

MBA

You will study 5 core modules:

  • Responsible leadership and management in the global environment
  • Research for business
  • Growth and opportunity through innovation
  • Change for sustainable futures
  • Masters research project

You will also study 2 option modules from the following:

  • Operations management OR Supply chain management
  • Aviation crisis and active safety management OR Airport infrastructure and ground operations

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You can choose to study online, either full-time or part-time, and will undertake tutor supported study, learning entirely via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Alternatively, an on-site option is available at our Perth College UHI campus. International students coming to the UK must study full time, on-campus, with an appropriate visa. You will study via a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and seminars, plus online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 18 months
  • Part-time (structured): minimum of 2.5 years (3 years if completing the research project over 2 semesters)
  • Part-time (unstructured): minimum of 3.5 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Online study (all students)

MBA 180 credits2020-212021-22
Full-time £6,000 £6,500
Structured part-time (per 60 credits) £2,000 £2,166
Unstructured part-time (per 20 credit module) £667 £722

On campus study (for a provisional January 2022 start)

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), studying this course on-campus the following fee applies:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Level2021-22
MBA £9,900

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or otherwise assessed as international for fee purposes, studying this course in-campus, the following fee applies:

Level2021-22
MBA £13,800

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

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

Online study is open to students anywhere in the world. International students on-campus will require Student Route visa sponsorship.

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

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The MBA Business Administration (Aviation) is a bespoke course, tailored to your individual needs. It will equip you with critical skills and analytic competencies enabling you to continue with your chosen professional or academic developments.

Can I progress into further study?

The MBA Business Administration (Aviation) provides excellent preparation and training for further advanced study in many areas of research. As such, you may wish to pursue a PhD or professional Doctorate studies within your chosen field.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

This particular course appealed to me as it allowed me to build on my previous business degree and combine it with 24 years' practical business experience in several different
industries, primarily aviation.

I hope it will enhance career opportunities for me to work within the aviation sector again
or start my own consultancy. The online learning is great and so flexible that it allows me to work my full-time job around my study. You are never too old to continue learning and challenging yourself. 

Julie Cromarty is studying on the MBA Aviation

Apply for Business Administration (Aviation) MBA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.