BSc Aviation Management

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BSc Aviation Management


This four-year degree has been designed in response to a request from the aviation industry for its long term benefit. In particular, the degree has been designed for those who plan to enter the world of aviation whether as a commercial pilot or as a manager. A sound foundation in business management principles as they affect the aviation industry is of significant importance to ongoing success in this challenging industry.


The Objectives of the BSc in Aviation Management/ BSc in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies are: (i) To develop knowledge of business-related modules, foundational mathematics, science, technology and the application of IT in communications in an aviation/airline setting (ii) To develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theories and operational characteristics pertaining to a business environment in an aviation/airline setting (iii) To develop appropriate professional skills such as management, negotiation, problem-solving, independent and critical thinking, being accountable, excellent communication and presentation skills, required for an aviation/airline setting (iv) To develop an ability to exercise appropriate judgment and facilitate informed decisions on complex management, technical and functional areas (v) To provide an understanding of the importance of systems thinking in an aviation context (vi) For pilot studies; the necessary skills, aptitude and competency to pilot a commercial aircraft (vii) To create awareness of relevant organisations, industries and regulatory bodies within the sector (viii) To provide an understanding of ethical standards and the importance of his/her role in society.

Programme Outline

Relevant Work Experience through DCU’s work experience programme INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) is a central feature of education at DCU and an integral part of many undergraduate and some postgraduate degree programmes. Students from the BSc. in Aviation Management/ BSc. in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies programme are required to complete a minimum of 4 months INTRA placement at the start of their third academic year and are available to start from June onwards. The second half of third year comprises specialist business modules including International Service Management, business ethics, aviation business management and aviation safety management. In the fourth year, the programme divides into two streams: some students will opt to pursue training at an approved Flight Training Organisation with a view to qualifying as a commercial pilot (Airline Transport Pilot Licence – ATPL); others will choose to follow more specialist studies in aviation management here in DCU.

Work Areas

  • Business/Flight Operations

  • Airport Planning and Airport Design

  • Aviation Management

  • Crew Planning/Allocation

  • Marketing and PR

  • Fleet Planning

  • Data Analysis

  • Regulatory Affairs and Standards

  • Revenue Management

  • Commercial Airline Pilot (for those who specialise in this area)

INTRA Internship

Students complete a minimum 4 month INTRA work placement in year 3.


Course Modules

  • Business Mathematics 1
  • IT Skills and Software Tools for Managers
  • Foundations for Aviation Studies
  • The Aviation Sector and Flying Theory 1


  • Management Accounting for Decision Making
  • Financial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Introduction to Law
  • The Aviation Sector and Flying Theory 2
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Psychology in Organisations
  • Business Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Business Law
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management
  • The Airline Industry; Structure, Standards and Strategies 1


  • Applied Market Research
  • Communications
  •  Business Information Systems
  •  Airport Operations Management
  • The Airline Industry; Structure, Standards and Strategies 2
  • Emissions Markets and Aviation
  • Organisation Theory and Practice
  • Organisational Psychology
  • International Service Management
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Aviation Business Management
  • Aviation Safety Management


                   INTRA (Compulsory)
  • Pilot Studies Specialism (BSc in Aviation Management with Pilot studies)
  • Flight Training Organisation (FTO) Ground School – Theory
  • Flight Training Organisation (FTO) Frozen ATPL
  • Reflective Learning


  • Aviation Studies Specialism (BS. in Aviation Management)
  • Strategic Management
  • Aviation Industry Project
  • Contingency Management for Aviation
  • E-commerce
  • Information Systems Management
  • Aspects of Employment Law
  • Supply Chain Management
  •  Services
  •  Marketing

If you would be interested in hiring from this programme, please get in touch.


INTRA Coordinator Email Address   Contact Number 
Fiona Deane   01-7008877