Air Transport and Logistics Management BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

People are traveling more often and further for leisure and business pursuits and the demand for air transport of both passengers and goods is increasing. The globalisation of supply chains challenges land-based transport infrastructure, resulting in the need for global air freight. This course is the first to link the general principles of airline and airport management to the discipline of logistics management and recognises the need for graduates who have a full understanding of the role of the aviation sector in supply chain management. The course will give you the opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills required for an exciting and challenging career in airlines, air freight, freight forwarders, express couriers and general logistics and supply chain management. We have established a large number of industry contacts such as Monarch airlines, DHL and Caterpillar who provides us with some great guest lectures, enable site visits and most importantly provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Here's what current Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain Management student Mark has to say about his course.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

The course introduces you to the practicalities of air transport, economics and business statistics and the principles of logistics and marketing with the option to study languages. These areas are developed further in Year 2 alongside management and enterprise skills. There is an optional paid placement in Year 3 followed by the final year, during which you are encouraged to develop your own area of special interest.

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Air Transport

This module gives you an overview of the different players in air transport (e.g. airlines, airports, air traffic control, airline catering). Furthermore it helps provide you with the fundamental concepts of air law, government policy and environmental aspects of air transport. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research in groups on different airlines and present them to your peers.

Commercial Management

This module introduces you to financial and commercial management, helping to build your understanding of this vital area of business management and helping to support you in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of financial statements and how these are used to appraise the performance of a business and you’ll explore the use of information for business control and management decision making.

Principles of Logistics

This module provides a fundamental understanding of the key aspects of logistics and supply chain management. It focuses on the identification of the relationships between logistics activities and looks at how changing business conditions have impacted on the development of the sector. The principles underpinning effective management of material flows are analysed with specific regard to inventory and distribution management and their role in creating customer satisfaction. The application of information technology and the need to comply with increasing environmental regulations will also be considered.

Business Skills

This module will help you to develop your professional and personal skills with an emphasis on employability and enterprise. Lectures, workshops and tutorials will help you to develop and practice your reading, writing, presentation, teamwork and research skills. ICT skills will be enhanced through the delivery of workshops and competence testing. Data analysis and statistical techniques will be used to show how these tools are vital in performing the tasks required within industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the ability to choose, use and manage appropriate mathematical, statistical and ICT systems and techniques to produce and disseminate meaningful management information. The module incorporates elements of PDP and self-evaluation. A weekend residential field trip in the first term will focus on team-building skills.

Economics and Marketing

One half of the module provides an introduction to the principles of micro-economics. You’ll particularly focus on applications in logistics, supply chain management, air transport and transport. The other half of the module introduces key principles of strategic and operational marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the underlying concepts and theories underpinning marketing practice and its application in the sectors mentioned above.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

Fundamentals of Tourism

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and principles relating to the study of tourism and the tourist industry. The nature of tourism will be explored through an analysis of definitions, trends, market characteristics, determinants and motivations, product development, and an outline of the main industry sectors. The development of tourism will be analysed in the context of its history, macro-environment and the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that it imparts. Principles of sustainable tourism development will be introduced.

Transport: Challenges and Issues

This introductory module provides a perspective on a wide range of policy-related topics focusing in the transportation of people (primarily) and the transportation of goods (secondarily). It provides a foundation for more in-depth study at later stages.

Organisations and People

The module will introduce you to the characteristics of organisations and explore how they operate and what influences them. The structures, operations and management aspects of organisations will be analysed. The specific behaviour of people at work will also be examined in order to understand their motivations. Whilst some of the theories of management styles will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on developing your personal skills with regard to key business activities.


Year 2

Core modules:

Physical Logistics Management

This module focuses on the physical logistics elements of the supply chain, considering material handling, storage and freight transportation and the associated management of these activities. In addition to examining the benefits and operation of alternative modes of transport.

Planning Techniques for Logistics and Transport Operations

This module introduces a range of practical and analytical planning techniques used within the logistics industry. Basic techniques used to solve logistics problems will be explained in lectures whilst more complex issues are addressed in computing tutorials. You’ll become familiar with the use of industry specific software in the area of linear programming, planning, inventory control, forecasting and simulation in logistics.

Human Resource Management and the Workplace

This module is designed to generate increased confidence when entering and working in the workplace. The module offers you the opportunity to stimulate your learning through a series of employability workshops relating to topics such as CVs, covering letters, application forms, interviews and assessment centres and will introduce you to a wide range of transferable skills. Human Resource Management & Development will be introduced and the module will demonstrate how this contributes to organisational success in a rapidly changing environment. The module will identify key HRM issues, practices and procedures.

Airline and Airports Operations and Planning

This module provides an analysis of the major elements of airline and airport operations (e.g. airline scheduling, airport passenger operations) and will be relevant to you if you intend to work in the airline or airport sector. It will help give you a broader view of the airlines’ and airports’ operational environment and procedure.

Air Cargo Management

This module explains the issues of air cargo management. The main emphasis is on air cargo but also more general cargo topics (3rd party contracts, rail and road cargo) are covered as these are also important for people working in the air cargo business. In the module you’ll have the opportunity to look at trends in air cargo.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

The Travel and Tourism Industry

This module analyses the structure, operation and organisation of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors of the tourism industry. This will include tour operators, travel intermediaries, accommodation providers, tourist attractions, tourist organisations and non-air transport providers. The activities, macro-environment, legal and regulatory requirements and products of all sectors will be analysed through the use of relevant case studies.

Passenger Transport Management

The focus of this module is on the day-to-day operational and strategic management of passenger transport including urban, interurban and rural public transport operations (heavy rail, light rail, bus, coach, mobility-sharing schemes) and private transport. It should help contribute to your understanding of passenger transport cost considerations as well as aspects of transport demand and revenue management. This is relevant to those of you who intend to work in the passenger transport and tourism industries in the private and public sector. The module draws on relevant concepts supported by examples and practical issues emerging from different companies in the sector.

Project Quality Management

This module introduces you to the various models & frameworks, tools & techniques and underlying principles of the quality movement and project management. Case material relevant to manufacturing and service industries is introduced and provides experience of practical application, including the use of software (MS Project) for project planning and control.


Year 3 - optional placement year

The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Final year

Core modules:

Strategic Supply Chain Management

This module evaluates the role of logistics and supply chain management in helping to achieve the strategic objectives of an organisation. You’ll explore how managing strategically across the entire supply chain can help an organisation to achieve and maintain its competitive edge in terms of market share and / or profitability. You’ll have the opportunity to diagnose problems within supply chains and to demonstrate your grasp of how different supply chain strategies can positively impact the performance of the firm.


The aim of this module is to help develop your skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular problem. In the early stages of project development, lectures provide guidance in various important aspects of project formulation and development, such as choice of appropriate methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and data analysis. For the remainder of the module, emphasis is placed on individual study, supported by regular personal supervision.

Strategic Management for Airlines and Airports

This module examines the different strategic management approaches that may be adopted in air transport and logistics. It mainly focuses on strategy formulation and strategy implementation, which can help support you in analysing globalisation and the competitive environment in which the air transport and logistics industries operate. It features those aspects which have particular relevance and application to those of you who intend working for airlines, airports, and other related air transport and logistics sectors. More specifically, case studies are used to combine theoretical aspects with practical issues in the airline and airport sectors.

Airline and Airports Economics and Marketing

This module comprises the major components of airline and airport economics and marketing and is relevant to those of you who are hoping to obtain management positions in the airline or airport sector. Specifically it seeks to help equip you with the key skills and knowledge of airline/airport cost and revenue inputs in order to make sound managerial decisions. Practical cases and examples are developed throughout the module to support theoretical understanding.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

Transport Economics and Policy

This module aims to provide you with the necessary tools and in-depth knowledge that will give you the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of contemporary transport issues. These are analysed and set primarily within a policy and economics context suitable for the level of study. The module builds upon concepts developed in year one and two.

Retail and Manufacturing Logistics

This module examines the role of logistics in supporting the retail industry and providing a basis for competitive advantage. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure of the retailing industry and the increased pressures being placed on suppliers and distributors. Retail network structures are analysed recognising the impact of globalisation and the growth in e-retailing on the total supply chain.

Sustainable Tourism

This module critically examines the concept of sustainability and its application to the tourist industry. It investigates some of the cost and benefits of tourism development in terms of its impacts on host communities and environments and analyses the ways in which sustainable principles have been applied within the industry. Planning for tourism at local, regional, national and international level will be appraised in terms of the application of these principles through a range of case studies.


Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School's Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service' for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included companies such as DHL, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Airbus Helicopters, Coca Cola Midi, General Electric, CrossCountry Trains, NATS.

Career opportunities

85% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. *

Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Project Logistics Co-ordinator, Logistics Graduate, Air Import Export Co-ordinator, Tender Management, Project Co-ordinator, graduate Manager, Junior Operations Manager and Air Freight Co-ordinator in organisations including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air Charter Services, Cathay Pacific Airways. Jet 2, PD Portcentric Logistics, Airbus Group, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Cummins Inc, Clipper Logistics Group Ltd, NHS Bradford District Care Trust and UPS Supply Chain Solutions.*

*Source: DLHE survey and LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, role play, case studies, case projects, site visits and fieldwork trips. You can also take part in innovative industry based projects and will have the opportunity to present work to a professional audience. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, case studies, in-class tests, reports, essays and case study analysis.

20.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.

Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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