BA (Hons) International Tourism and Airline Management

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Unique in Scotland, this course provides a strategic understanding of international tourism and airline management that could literally lead to a high flying career.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

With more and more travellers taking advantage of affordable airfares and jetting off to international destinations, there’s never been a better time to train for a tourism and airline-related career. 

This comprehensive course will open your eyes to the range of job opportunities offered by this growing sector.

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.


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.

This course contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.

What you study

Below is an indication of the modules you may study. These will be supplemented by choices from a course-specific option pool.

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.

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

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 Maths and 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 grades 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.

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350