Management - Aviation Leadership

The MSc in Management (Aviation Leadership) is a specialist postgraduate programme designed to provide participants with aviation knowledge in all key aviation sectors combined with an education in strategic management.

The teaching faculty possess academic expertise and a wealth of industry experience, with many having backgrounds across all branches of the industry - airlines, airports, ATC and regulatory offices.

The programme's Guest Lecture series exposes students to leading aviation managers' views of the important current issues in aviation and the challenges facing senior aviation managers.

The objectives of the programme are to provide graduates with the knowledge to:

•An understanding of the complex coordination needed of the various components of airport operations

•The important leadership and management competencies required to plan and execute an aviation industry strategy

•An understanding of the characteristics, the requirements and the legal aspects of aviation organisations

•The skills needed to undertake business analysis and strategic thinking

•The ability to lead and initiate professional and research activity independently or as part of an aviation management team

•An ability to take a leading role in the future development of the aviation industry


Dublin City University is a comparatively young but ambitious institution that has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, its research and its industry partnerships at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School's reputation as being Ireland's most innovative business school.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

The quality of our teaching, our small class sizes, our high levels of industry engagement make us stand out, and have been recognized by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools.

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.

Entry requirements


General Entry Requirements

•Candidates should hold an honours primary degree (H2.1) or an equivalent professional qualification; combined with 3 years of work experience in the aviation industry.

•Recent graduates (with less than 3 years relevant work experience or with work experience in a different industry) who have the equivalent of first class honours degree will be considered.

•If an applicant does not hold a primary degree, but has sufficient and relevant working experience (more than 5 years in the aviation industry), a special case for acceptance may be submitted.

•Applicants who have not yet finished their degree are not eligible to apply.

•International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.


I year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression


With the ever increasing emphasis on delivering excellence in aviation, there will be important roles for talented and qualified individuals. The aviation industry is expanding in Ireland and internationally. Students of the programme have been drawn from management and senior management mainly in the aviation industry and will be seeking to accelerate their careers after graduation.

Further enquiries
+353 (01) 7006394

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2019.

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