Business School

Aviation Management/Aviation Management with Pilot Studies/Aviation Management with Air Traffic Controller Studies

aviation management
CAO Code:
DC117
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
484
Duration
Four Years
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Whether you’re planning an aviation career as a manager or as a commercial pilot, a foundation in the business management principles of the industry is key to success in this challenging and rapidly changing sector.

 

It’s well recognised that, in the near future, the aviation industry will require increased numbers of new pilots and other trained specialist staff to operate the expanding global air fleet.

 

The first three years of the course provide a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation sector, technical aspects of piloting and industry relevant work experience. In the fourth year, the course divides into two streams. Some students will opt to enter flight training to qualify as a commercial pilot; others will choose to enter the IAA's air traffic controller (ATCO) training programme. The remainder will remain in DCU to follow additional management and aviation modules.

The course equipped me with skills such as teamwork, problem solving, excellent communication skills and strong analytical skills. I developed a broad understanding of the aviation industry, which made me attractive to employers recruiting within the industry.

The first two years of the Aviation Management course provide a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation sector and technical aspects of piloting. DCU is recognised as a Registered Training Facility (RTF) by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for the theoretical knowledge needed to acquire the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). The Flying element of the PPL is the responsibilty of the student.

 

The third year of the course begins with a four- to six-month INTRA work placement in a related aviation setting.

 

The second half of third year is comprised of both specialist business and aviation modules.

 

In the fourth year, the course divides into three streams. You may choose to stay in DCU and study additional modules in management and aviation. Or you may apply to the Irish Aviation Authority's training programme for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCO). Or you may opt to pursue integrated flight training at an approved Flight Training Organisation with a view to qualifying as a commercial pilot (Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL))*;

 

Flight Training Organisations currently approved by DCU include:

 

Other European ATO's can also be considered by DCU, providing they are both IAA & ERSA approved. Please note that UK pilot schools may not be EASA approved now that the UK has left the EU. DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates.

DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates
First university degree in Ireland to combine management studies with the option to train as a commercial pilot
Designed in consultation with major aviation industry employers, including major Irish airlines
Gives you a broad insight into all aspects of the structures, operations and management of the aviation industry
Opportunity to gain relevant work experience through aviation industry placement
Choice of final year specialisms (Pilot studies or Aviation Management) offers you flexibility
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

 

Katie Walsh, Safety and Compliance Officer at Stobart Air (Aer Lingus Regional)

The course equipped me with skills such as teamwork, problem solving, excellent communication skills and strong analytical skills. I developed a broad understanding of the aviation industry, which made me attractive to employers recruiting within the industry.

Career Areas
Airline Logistics and Management
Aviation Leasing
International Airlines
National Airlines
Career Prospects
Business Operations
Logistics
Flight Operations
Employee Relations
Public Relations

Aviation is a high-tech, dynamic and competitive industry operating in a global arena. Both aviation management professionals and airline pilots need specialist aviation management skills, and career options within the industry are diverse.

Career Tags
Airline Pilot
Aviation Management
Business Operations
Employee Relations
Flight Operations
Logistics
Marketing
Public Relations

Requirements

Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics.

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics.

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

There is no advanced entry path into second year.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee
€14,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

No Advanced Entry Route

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie