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Cardiff Met students set to fly high thanks to new aviation degree

News |14 June 2022

Cardiff Metropolitan University is working with a major airport and a renowned global university to launch a new world-class aviation management degree.

Starting in September 2022, the BA (Hons) Aviation Management programme is a dedicated aviation qualification, delivered in conjunction with expert staff at Cardiff Airport (CWL) and Florida-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.

Students on the three-year, full-time course will study the latest aviation management theories, systems and practices to ensure meaningful employment in the industry.

The BA (Hons) Aviation Management degree will see students graduate not only with an industry-specific degree but also with the Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills provided by Cardiff Met EDGE, an approach to curriculum delivery at Cardiff Met that ensures graduates have the vital skills and experience in today’s exceptionally competitive employment market.

The course, which is currently accepting applications via UCAS, will provide an unparalleled understanding of all aspects of aviation law, aviation strategic management, aerospace safety, airline management and employment issues relating to the industry.

Cardiff Met students will benefit from a close working relationship with the experienced staff at Cardiff Airport. Work experience modules will enable students to take part in focused work placements in a variety of areas and there will also be opportunities to create bespoke research projects based on personal and academic areas of curiosity. In addition, the close relationship with Cardiff Airport is expected to create CWL-generated research and consultancy proposals which can be readily addressed by students on the course.

The relationship with a range of aviation and aerospace experts at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide will have a huge benefit for Cardiff Met students. Embry-Riddle – Worldwide teaches over 22,000 students online at more than 110 campuses – offering Cardiff Met students the opportunity to engage and collaborate with students across the world.

Like all other programmes at Cardiff Met, the BA (Hons) Aviation Management will also have a strong focus on employability, with networking opportunities existing with both Cardiff Airport and Embry-Riddle and students receiving support from Cardiff School of Management’s employability team.

Cara Aitchison, Spencer Birns, Vaughan Gething and Nancy Tran-Horne
From left: VC Prof Cara Aitchison, CEO of Cardiff Airport, Spencer Birns, Welsh Gov Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething and Executive Director, International Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Nancy Tran-Horne

Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething said:

“I’m delighted the Welsh Government has been able to play an instrumental role in bringing this prestigious degree to Wales.

“We have a world-class Aviation and Aerospace sector here, and this exciting study programme will further enhance that reputation.

“It will also help develop management talent for the sector, supporting the ambitions of our Young Person’s Guarantee in providing avenues into high-value employment.”

President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Met, Professor Cara Aitchison said:

“Cardiff Met delivers a wide range of the highest-quality undergraduate degrees in an environment that offers small class sizes, high levels of class contact and extensive industry contact and support enabling students to achieve their full potential. We are delighted to work alongside Cardiff Airport and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide to add the BA (Hons) Aviation Management degree to our extensive portfolio of courses that respond to student demand and employer need and which lead to meaningful graduate employment.”

Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport, Spencer Birns said:

“We are very excited to be part of this unique programme. At Cardiff Airport, we firmly believe that investing in future talent is the best way to develop our teams and learn from partnerships with a long-term approach. This new degree programme helps to further enhance Wales as a go-to destination for Aviation and Aerospace studies. With the new Aviation Management degree now available in Cardiff, we look forward to helping many students through the partnership.”

Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, Dr. John R. Watret said:

“This opportunity to partner with Cardiff Met and Cardiff Airport provides a unique platform to engage students who are actively working toward careers in aviation management. The combined knowledge between our three entities will provide these students with a clear path to success and, moreover, a greater opportunity to positively impact the aviation and aerospace industry.”

Vice Chancellor of Campus Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, – Worldwide, William Muldoon, added:

“This unique academic partnership provides exciting educational and skill-enhancing opportunities to the people and workforce of Wales, reinforcing its credentials as a premiere aviation and aerospace centre of excellence.”