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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Aerospace








Second Cycle

Level 7

3 Semesters

Full-time (by Research)


This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Masters by Research in Aerospace is intended for candidates who have a keen interest in aerospace technology and who seek to strengthen their career path by following an MQF level 7 programme. The programme gives the candidate the opportunity to master his/her knowledge in a particular research topic in the field of aerospace.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of aerospace research, topics vary and include but are not limited to: Safety-critical surveillance system design, and design of auxiliary systems, flight deck displays, flight operations, trajectory optimisation, air traffic management, energy recovery systems, taxiing operations, UAV’s and remotely piloted aircraft systems. Candidates are encouraged to come up with their own research proposals, which can be researched further under the guidance of IAT staff.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the programme the student will be able to:

- Identify a research problem and discuss its importance and consequences;
- Develop a comprehension of multivariate or multifaceted approach of the research problem;
- Develop a literature review to establish existing approaches to solve the problem, develop a critical analysis of the literature and demonstrate awareness of the advances in the field;
- Identify a gap in the knowledge of and propose a solution to the problem identified;
- Develop models or experiments to investigate the problem further;
- Compare research results against a benchmark and demonstrate awareness of the limitations in the techniques applied;
- Demonstrate skills in time management, data handling, academic writing and presentation.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The international demand for employees who are specialised in aerospace is growing significantly. This is also expected to reflect in the national demand. The skills, knowledge and knowhow developed in the masters by research programme is of direct relevance to the overall aerospace sector. Therefore the degree will provide value to graduates seeking employment in areas ranging from airline operations, air vehicle design or aircraft maintenance. The student will also develop the academic, technical and professional skills that will enable him/her to further his/her studies in the field at a doctoral level.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is intended for candidates in possession of a first degree related to Engineering Science, (or any other field which the board of studies deem suitable), and who seek to strengthen their career path in an aerospace related field.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree in Engineering or Science, or in any other area of study which the Board considers as appropriate, obtained with a Second Class honours or Category II classification, obtained in the ten years previous to registration for the Course.

Applicants may be asked to demonstrate competence in those skills required by the nature of the proposed research via an extended interview and the submission of appropriate documentation,
provided that, in appropriate cases, the Board may require students admitted to the Course to follow and pass supplementary study-units to which a maximum of 12 ECTS credits are assigned, in addition to the programme of study.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than ten years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted provided that they produce sufficient proof of their competence to follow the Course with profit.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

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



Last Updated: 17 December 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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IAT Timetables



Institute of Aerospace Technologies Timetables

Meeting with Latécoère and ONERA

The Institute of Aerospace Technologies recently had a workshop with representatives from Latécoère and ONERA. Latécoère is a French aircraft company which works closely with the major aircraft manufacturers (such as Airbus and Boeing) and airlines and specialises in areas including avionics racks, test benches, harnesses and sensors. On the other hand, ONERA is the French aeronautics, space and defense research lab. The IAT has worked with both of these entities in past research projects, including ALICIA.

Delegation from Okinawa, Japan

The Institute of Aerospace Technologies (IAT) at the University of Malta recently had a meeting with a delegation from Okinawa, Japan.


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