BA (Hons) International Tourism & Airline Management

Undergraduate, Full-time

International Tourism & Airline Management BA (Hons)

The main lecturer on this course was previously a BA airline pilot


International travel has never been easier than it is today – Edinburgh being the busiest airport in Scotland, so why not take the opportunity to learn from professionals who have worked in the industry and train for a tourism and airline-related career.

With this being a growth sector, there are a wide range of job opportunities available in the tourism and airline sectors.

Designed to equip you with the essential skills you’ll need for a career in tourism or a related industry, the course options allow you to focus on areas of which are of particular interest to you.

Strong industry links with local airports such as Edinburgh Airport provide guest lecturers and open up work-related opportunities, for example in summer positions and live projects.

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4 years

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Course details

You'll learn about practically every aspect of international tourism and airline management, delivery, development and design; from policy and planning to international tourism and visitor attraction management. The course combines theory and practice and includes specialist studies in tourism transport, airport management and the global aviation industry.

A feature of this course is the Airline Management online simulation, which enables you to run a virtual airline, pulling together your learning from the whole course.

International tourism and airline management requires the ability to look outwards, understand the situation and capitalise on opportunities. Your studies will focus on this, developing a management perspective that is relevant in today's global business environment.

A wealth of experience gained from involvement in a thriving local tourism scene, and an international presence on campus, mean that you'll graduate with a realistic understanding of tourism and airline management locally and internationally.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Assessments are a mix of course work and assessments.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    There is an option to study abroad as part of this programme.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to International Hospitality, Tourism and Events
  • Intercultural and Organisational Management
  • Marketing 1
  • Accounting for Business
  • The Global Tourism Industry
  • One option

Year 2

  • Airport Management
  • Introduction to HRM
  • Transport for Tourism
  • Visitor Attraction Management
  • Market Research and Communications
  • One option

Year 3

  • International Tourism Policy and Planning
  • Global Service Management
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Global Airline Industry
  • Two options

Year 4

  • Leadership, Innovation and Technology for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Airline Strategy and Marketing
  • Airline Management
  • Dissertation
  • One option



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


Pass HNC Tourism or Travel and Tourism with grade B at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


Minimum year 3


Pass HND Tourism or Travel and Tourism with grade B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU n/a £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) n/a £9,250
Overseas n/a £12,845
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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As a tourism graduate from Edinburgh Napier University with additional airline management knowledge, you'll be well placed to progress within the industry, whether your career aspirations are local or international.

Previous graduates have moved on to management roles in sectors and organisations including:

  • Inbound and outbound tour operators
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Destination development
  • Cultural services management
  • Operations management
  • Public sector organisations
  • Retail
  • Hospitality.
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