The first two years of the Aviation Management course provide a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation industry, and the technical aspects of piloting. The DCU is recognized as a Registered Training Facility (RTF) by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for the theoretical knowledge required to acquire the Private Pilot License (PPL). The flight element of the PPL is the responsibility of the student.
The third year of the course begins with a four- to six-month INTRA job in an aviation-related environment.
The second half of the third year is made up of specialized business and aviation modules.
In the fourth year, the course is divided into three streams. You can choose to stay at DCU and study additional modules in management and aviation. Or you can apply to the Irish Aviation Authority training program for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCO). Or you may choose to undergo integrated flight training at an approved Flight Training Organization with a view to qualifying as a commercial pilot (Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)) *;
Currently DCU approved flight training organizations include:
- National Flight Center (Leixlip, Co Kildare)
- Atlantic Flight Training Academy (Cork Airport)
- Flight Training Europe (Jerez, Spain)
- Oxford Aviation Academy (Oxford, UK)
- Airline logistics and management
- Aviation lease
- International airlines
- National Airlines
- Business operations
- Flight operations
- Labor relations
- Public relations
Aviation is a high-tech, dynamic and competitive industry operating on a global stage. Both aviation management professionals and airline pilots need specialized skills in aviation management, and career options within the industry are diverse.