Higher Diploma in Aviation

Higher Diploma in Aviation

Course information

Course title Higher Diploma in Aviation
Course code UHDAVIPTD
Postnominal H.Dip.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 4 Semesters + 2 Summer Periods
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator David Zammit Mangion
Delivered by Institute of Aerospace Technologies
The Higher Diploma in Aviation is intended for ab-initio and professional pilots who seek to develop or strengthen their career path by following an MQF Level 5 University programme that will provide them with an excellent balance between theoretical understanding and technical insight into the operational environment of the modern pilot. This approach will afford students a deeper insight into their profession, allowing them to take better decisions in the field whilst also giving them a competitive advantage in their career.

Delivered by experts in their respective fields, the course will provide an introduction to the fundamental engineering principles associated with aviation and then builds on this to address, with the academic rigour of a higher diploma, the technical and operational aspects associated with flying. It is intended to complement the ground instruction and flying training provided by flying schools leading to EASA Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) or equivalent, providing a more professional understanding and insight into the technical and operational matters associated with flying modern large transport aircraft. Running on a part-time day-course basis over two years, it can be followed by student pilots in parallel with their pilot training courses as well as by licenced pilots who are already flying operationally.

Topics covered include fundamentals of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering, mathematics and statistics, theory of flight, principles of aircraft structures and design, avionics and aircraft communication systems, air traffic management, navigation, automation and human factors in the cockpit. Credit will be given to students for the ground and flying training that they will have covered externally during their studies leading to EASA ATPL, MPL or equivalent.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall, apart from satisfying the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admissions Regulations, be in possession of a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level at Grade C or better in Physics.

If not already in possession of an EASA/FAA-issued Air Transport Pilot License, applicants must be enrolled on a pilot training course leading to such a qualification, or equivalent, within six months of the start of the Course.

If applicants have other qualifications considered to be sufficient, they may be exempted by the University Admissions Board, on the advice of the Institute Admissions Committee, from the whole or part of these special course requirements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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.

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

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 16,200
Annual Tuition Fees: Eur 8,100
By the end of the programme the student will be able to:

• Explain the fundamental scientific and engineering principles behind aircraft and their systems;
• Explain the fundamental phenomena associated with powered flight;
• Work out theoretical performance calculations relating to fixed wing aircraft;
• Explain the principles and operational processes of air traffic management, the challenges it faces to cope with a continual increase in global air traffic and the emerging technologies intended to mitigate these challenges;
• Explain the fundamental phenomena relating to radio communication systems;
• Describe the theory and principles of operation of various aircraft avionics systems;
• Explain the merits of different aircraft configurations and describe the design of standard aircraft structures;
• Describe the role of the pilot and automation in the modern cockpit and discuss human factors and human-machine interaction issues on the flight deck;
• Assess potential failure paths in flight and describe the systems, processes and procedures that are in place to reduce the risk of accidents and ensure flight safety.
The course is intended for ab-initio and student pilots who are enrolled for a pilot course leading to an EASA ATPL, MPL or equivalent, and for pilots who are already in possession of such licences and seeking to enhance their professional career.
Formal University education in the field of direct relevance to the aviator will provide graduates of the Higher Diploma in Aviation with a deeper understanding of the theoretical and operational aspects associated with their profession, thus giving them an edge in their portfolio in a competitive environment.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 23 September 2020

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