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

Overview

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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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

N893

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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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.

Lead Academics

Anna Leask is Professor of Tourism Management and a key member of the Tourism and Languages Subject Group in the Business School. Her teaching and research interests combine and lie principally in the areas of visitor attraction management, heritage tourism and destination management. She has co-edited several textbooks including Managing Visitor Attractions (2008) and Managing World Heritage Sites (2006) and contributed to several key tourism textbooks. She is on the Editorial Board for four international tourism journals and has been actively involved in the Scientific Committees for many international conferences in Europe and USA. She has published in key academic journals such as Tourism Management, International Journal of Tourism Research and Current Issues in Tourism, in addition to publishing a range of case studies, articles and practitioner papers.

Anna’s recent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching delivery has been in Edinburgh, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore. She has also been involved in the preparation and delivery of the Scottish Enterprise Destination Leaders’ Programme and the Executive Development Programme for Experience Industry Professionals (Singapore) CPD course. Recent research has focused on how visitor attractions and hotels can engage with Generation Y visitors and employees, with primary research being conducted in the UK, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Anna is a Fellow of the Tourism Society and of the Higher Education Academy. Anna is a Visiting Professor at Wakayama University, Japan.

Dr Ross Tinsley is a Tourism Lecturer and Programme Leader Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently interested in the identity and evolution of counter culture festivals and the role of spirituality within such events. He has also researched and published on small tourism businesses and destination development within developing country contexts. His PhD investigated networking between small tourism businesses and its contribution to destination development. His current work centres on the evolution of the Beltane Fire Festival, of which he was a past performer.

Craig Wight is an Associate Professor with responsibility for research and income generation and teaching and learning enhancement at Edinburgh Napier University. He has led and delivered a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level with the thrust of these covering strategic management, research methods, and market intelligence creation and usage in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Craig is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is research-active, having authored and co-authored a number of publications on tourism and heritage management in journals and books. He has also undertaken a wealth of tourism, hospitality, leisure and cultural research and consultancy for a range of national and international clients within the public, private and voluntary sector

Dr Dina Anastasiadou is the leading authority in EU tourism policy and has published extensively on the impact of regional trading organisations on international tourism development. She has undertaken research projects on cross border collaboration in tourism in Southern Africa, tourism marketing technologies and community engagement in events. Her main research interests lay in tourism policy, governance, stakeholder engagement and organisational structures in tourism. She is currently involved in comparative research in destination management organisational structures in Scotland and Denmark.

Ellis Urquhart Ellis is a lecturer in the Tourism & Languages Subject Group of Edinburgh Napier University's Business School. He is a former graduate of the institution, completing his BA (Hons) in Tourism & Airline Management in 2013. He was then selected as one of Edinburgh Napier’s 50th Anniversary Scholars to begin doctoral research within the Tourism School. His research is focused on the role of interactive technologies in Scottish visitor attractions and specifically, how these contribute to a co-creative visitor experience.

His additional research interests include: heritage management; e-tourism and technological innovation; augmented/virtual reality in tourism; airport/airline experiences; and qualitative methodologies in tourism, hospitality and events. 

  • 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

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Disclaimer

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 both Standard and 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

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC

National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC

National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

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

New Grading System:

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

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit).

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

Grade 4 in SL English.

SL Maths recommended.

European Baccalaureate

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

Grade 6 in English.

Maths recommended.

Scottish HNC

Other HNC subjects may be considered for year 1 entry where a B in the graded unit is achieved.

Minimum year 2

HNC

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

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC

A Level

BBB

Minimum year 3

HND

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

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 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £12,845 £13,360
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.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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With the number of tourist ventures and operations in and near the city, you’ll have plenty of options for part-time work, placements and employment after graduation. This well regarded degree is the perfect entry to what is a rapidly growing industry, and can lead to a wide variety of careers in:

• Destination development
• Visitor services management
• Operations management
• Tour operations
• Airlines
• Airports
• Public sector organisations
• Retail
• Hospitality.

The course also gives you the grounding you need to progress to further study, such as a Masters degree in a specialist tourism area.

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