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

Course Details

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8 - Please see for further information
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Four Years
+353 (0) 1
700 5265

Take your knowledge to new heights and gain the skills for a successful career in Aviation. Become a pilot, air traffic controller or take up exciting management roles in the aviation sector



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This exciting course gives you the opportunity to be part of the global aviation sector. If you’re interested in being an air traffic controller, or a pilot, or if you want to be a leader in other areas of aviation management, this programme is for you.

In addition to a general management education, the course provides you with specialist knowledge in all areas of aviation and qualifies you for careers in demanding positions in this growing industry sector.



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Katie Walsh

From a young age, I have always been interested in travelling and the world of aviation.

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Stephen Kennedy

Hello Prospective DCU students, my name is Stephen Kennedy and I am a graduate of the BSc Aviation Management/ Aviation Pilot Studies Pilot Studies.

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Dr Cathal Guiomard

Since 2010, over 200 students have graduated from the AMPS degree programme to work in various parts of the aviation industry, reflecting industry satisfaction with the DCU programme and

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Careers & Further Options

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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.

Air Traffic Control
Aviation Management
Airline Pilot
Business Operations
Employee Relations
Flight Operations
Public Relations

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector. DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path. Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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

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.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.

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No Entry Path

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.

Course Structure

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  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Innovation for Enterprise
  •  Accounting
  • Aviation Sector and Flying Theory 1
  •  Aviation Policy
  • Economics
  • Foundations for Aviation Studies
  • Airport Operations
  • Business Analytics | Mathematics 


  • Operations Management
  • Airline Structures and Standards
  • Airline Economics and Finance
  • Aviation Sector and Flying Theory 2
  • Sustainable Aviation
  • Financial Management
  • HR Management
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • The Innovators Toolkit
  • Critical Thinking for Business


  • Advanced Operational Modelling 
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Aviation Business Management
  • Aircraft Leasing
  • Cargo Operations

INTRA (Aviation Industry)

In your final year, the course is divided into three streams. Some students will 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))*.

A second stream will choose to seek training as air traffic controllers (for instance at the Irish Aviation Authority).

The final stream will choose to follow more specialist studies in aviation management here in DCU. Note that while all students who pass their third year DCU exams will qualify to proceed to their final years of study, if you seek a piloting or ATCO career you will also need to pass a selection process to be admitted to a pilot training college or ATCO training.


  • Pilot Studies Specialism (BSc in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies) Flight Training Organisation (FTO)
  • Ground School – Theory
  • FTO - Frozen ATPL
  • Pilot Study Reflections


  • Air Traffic Controller Specialism (BSc in Aviation Management with ATCO Studies) ATCO Training Organisation
  • On-the-job Training
  • Rating Training
  • Controller Study Reflections


  • Aviation Studies specialism (BSc in Aviation Management) Aviation Industry Project
  • Business Strategy
  • Contingency Management for Aviation
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Fleet Planning
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Financial Instruments and Strategies
  • Employer Relations

View the current course structure 


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

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

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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


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

No Entry Path

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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