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Course Title
DCU Business School

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

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management

  • CAO CodeDC117
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 463
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€5,922
  • Non EU Fees€14,000
About fees & requirements

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.

Why do this course?

  • 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

Student Voice

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.

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

About the course

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.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


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.

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

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC 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. 

Transfer Applications

While transfer applications are welcomed from holders of qualifications in Business Studies or related subjects for admission to first year of this course, 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.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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.

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

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

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Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €5,922 €14,000