Aviation Technology and Management BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2016 start


If you would like to develop specialist aviation engineering, technical and management skills without taking commercial pilot ground training, this course will equip you with the skills required for a career in management and operations in the aviation industry.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake ten hours of flight training at private pilot level while learning how to manage and finance activities in the aviation industry. You’ll also gain a strong science and engineering base with modules on topics like aviation engineering materials and aircraft safety.

You’ll benefit from specialist input throughout the course through the involvement of professional pilots and senior managers from the aviation industry. Bringing working knowledge of advanced communications and navigation systems, management techniques and strategic thinking, these contributions complement the knowledge base provided by the course.

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to our engine laboratories and state-of-the-art flight simulators, including an Airbus A320 airliner cockpit simulator.

Course content

You’ll be introduced to the key science and engineering principles that underlie aviation studies in Year 1, when you’ll also develop the theoretical knowledge you need for the private pilot’s licence (PPL) – you can meet the CAA’s ground exam requirements as part of your studies. During this year and the following summer you can also spend ten hours in the air, working towards your PPL.

Optional modules will also give you the chance to explore related areas such as process chemistry, management or the broader context of surface and air transport in an evolving economy and society.

In Year 2 you’ll learn more about how airlines and airports operate and the practical challenges that arise from commercial, technical, regulatory and political constraints. You’ll also gain an understanding of finance and project management in the context of the aviation industry, considering issues such as price and cost analysis and developing the management skills you’ll need in your future career.

In your final year you’ll learn more about vital issues of safety and reliability in aviation, as well as the health and security issues that affect different elements of the industry. You’ll also deepen your understanding of aerodynamics, aircraft design and construction, and work on a team technology project to apply your knowledge to a specific problem in aviation.


Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

Find out more about our Projects

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Technical Skills and Applications 20 credits
  • Aviation Engineering Materials 10 credits
  • Theoretical Knowledge for the Private Pilots Licence 20 credits
  • Aviation Engineering Science 20 credits
  • Introduction to Aviation 20 credits
  • Mathematical Techniques 1 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Foundation Mathematics 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Process Chemistry 10 credits
  • Foundation Engineering Physics 10 credits
  • Introduction to Management 10 credits
  • Introduction to Surface and Air Transport 10 credits
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Aircraft 1 20 credits
  • Aviation Project Management and Finance 20 credits
  • Aviation Health and Safety 20 credits
  • Airline and Airport Operations 20 credits
  • Aviation Management Project 20 credits
  • Mathematical Techniques 2 20 credits
Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Aircraft 2 20 credits
  • Aviation Safety and Reliability 30 credits
  • Aviation Technology Team Project 30 credits
  • Aviation Futures 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Aviation Technology and Management BSc in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll study among academics who are leaders in their field – staff have conducted research for organisations such as NASA, the US Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force. Our research leads directly into our teaching, meaning you’ll hear about the very latest developments in your studies.

You’ll benefit from our integrated style of teaching and learning, using methods such as lab classes, project work, lectures, tutorials, example classes and group activities, allowing you to gain first-hand experience of applying your knowledge to real-life situations. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated member of staff as personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. You will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.


Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.

Flying skills are assessed formally in line with civil aviation practices and requirements. We give individual feedback so you can improve your skills.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics or Physics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

  • BTEC

    D*DD including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics or Physics.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 overall (18 higher), including 5 points at higher level in Mathematics or Physics.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    A1A1A2A2A2A2 including Mathematics and English.

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AAAAA overall (AAA at advanced level including Mathematics or Physics).

  • Other Qualifications

    Advanced Diploma: A with an appropriate amount of Mathematics or Physics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualificationsto enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. Wehave formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of LeedsInternational Foundation Year (IFY)

- NorthernConsortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- StudyGroup Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation yearprovider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualificationis suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Next steps

Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a practical engineering activity, followed by a school and campus tour. The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will also include a group interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

The School of Chemical and Process Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships

Career opportunities

The course will equip you with the necessary skills required for a career in management and operations in the aviation industries. If you already hold the PPL, it will help to enhance your employability and credentials.

Graduates have gone on to work as flight planners, air traffic controllers, flight data analysts and aircraft brokers among many other roles. They’ve secured employment at organisations such as Teeside Airport, Air Canada, NATS, Marshalls, Air Tanker, Eastern Airways, Eurocontrol, Rolls-Royce North America, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Philipp Aviation Consulting and the armed forces.

Careers Support

You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Find out more about careers support and employability

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

Find out more about work placements

Flight training

This course offers you the chance to undertake flight training at private pilot level, provided by a flying school at an airfield near Leeds.

Private Pilot Training

Your course fees include ten hours of private pilot flight training over Year 1 and the following summer, including aircraft hire, flight instructor fees, flying club membership and ground transport between campus and the training location. Private Pilot Licence (PPL) theory and ground examinations are included in Year 1.

If you’re considered ready to fly solo, you’ll need to produce a valid UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Class 2 medical certificate to complete your training – we can facilitate you taking the required medical examination if you haven’t already done so.