Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Air Transport

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Air Transport

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Air Transport
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Online
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator David Zammit Mangion
Delivered by Institute of Aerospace Technologies
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Air Transport is a part-time, fully on-line programme for professional pilots licensed to fly turbine powered aircraft who seek to develop or strengthen their career path through formal university education and qualification. It is offered jointly with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is part of a dual degree programme that will also award students a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics. Students will be enrolled with both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide and the University of Malta and will graduate from both universities with the two awards. Click here for further details on the Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics.

Combining the strengths of the American and European tertiary education systems, the dual degree programme provides students with a deeper scientific understanding of the technology that underpins air transport whilst developing their skills in leadership and management. Students will also learn the legal and business principles behind the business models adopted in the air transport industry.

The dual degree programme recognises the training undertaken by professional pilots as prior learning and awards credits towards the award of the two degrees. It specifically builds on the knowledge gained in this training to provide the student with a broader and deeper education that is of direct relevance and provides the edge to the professional pilot, both in the air and on the ground, whether in the cockpit, on the ramp or in the office environment.
The programme structure and delivery is specifically tailored for the combined needs of the professional pilot and airline industry, allowing students to continue working as professional pilots whilst studying at their own pace and to immediately apply the learning outcomes at their place of work to the benefit of their organisation.

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The Course shall be open to professional air transport pilots who are licensed to fly turbine powered aircraft who:

(a) satisfy the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admissions Regulations, and are in possession of a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level in Physics or a comparable qualification or

(b) are applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Institute Admissions Committee and the University Admissions Board that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (C.V.).

The Board may require applicants in terms of paragraph (b) to follow and pass a number of additional study-units to make up for the missing requirements. Such study-units will be offered to applicants against a fee.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Tuition fees for academic year 2020/21 amount to Eur 8,000. Fees may be revised for subsequent academic years.

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Tuition fees for academic year 2020/21 amount to Eur 8,000. Fees may be revised for subsequent academic years.
By the end of the programme students will be able to:

• Apply the scientific and technical knowledge gained in the programme when trouble-shooting and making decisions;
• Manage cockpit resources more efficiently;
• Apply the knowledge in automation and human factors acquired in the programme to interact with automation in the cockpit more effectively;
• Identify and assess potential failure paths in flight;
• Describe the systems, processes and procedures that are in place to reduce the risk of accident and ensure safety in flight;
• Apply mathematical techniques to data for scientific interpretation;
• Conduct research independently and communicate the results effectively to different audiences;
• Relate technical attributes to business interests;
• Apply business skills in decision-making;
• Adopt a systematic approach in investigation and analysis;
• Identify trends that will shape the air transport industry;
• Manage projects efficiently;
• Communicate effectively in the working environment;
• Apply multidisciplinary knowledge and soft skills in leadership.
The course is intended for professional pilots licensed to fly turbine powered aircraft who are seeking to enhance their professional career with a formal university education.

It is also intended for commercial pilots who are planning for or have had a career change and wish to enhance their knowledge and skills for their new career.
The dual degree award from internationally recognised universities will enhance career opportunities to professional pilots, providing the edge in the progress of their flying career, such as in promotion to command and other senior roles. It also offers graduates a greater opportunity of securing office-related appointments that may include management, safety, regulatory, planning, technical and business roles.

The award also provides a perfect platform for the graduate to further specialise in the sector of air transport at master’s and doctoral levels.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 1 June 2021

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