Aviation Leasing & Finance

(Postgraduate, Specialist Diploma, Level 9 (NFQ)

The Specialist Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance is the first level 9 University-accredited programme in Ireland tailored for the Aviation Leasing sector. The programme is industry-led and was established in September 2014, in partnership with the Aviation Finance Finuas Network.

Students gain invaluable leasing and aviation sector knowledge and insights via modules taught by industry experts in addition to highly-regarded teaching from UL academics. The programme has consistently received excellent feedback from students.

To facilitate working professionals, programme delivery is part-time blended-learning and is dual-location (UL campus and city-centre Dublin). The Specialist Diploma runs over one academic year from September to May and is a minor award at masters level (30 ECTS at level 9).

Applicants should have a primary degree with relevant work experience and be working or interested in working in the area of aviation leasing and finance.

Graduates of this postgraduate programme will develop a sound knowledge of the key aspects of aviation leasing and finance in order to maximise the inherent talent and expertise in this field. Students will be exposed to a self-learning environment that will expand their critical thinking, analytical skills and ethical values. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the key disciplines of accounting, leasing, finance, risk management and aviation legal issues, as they apply to aviation leasing and finance.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a primary degree and be working or interested in working in the area of aviation leasing and finance.

An honours level degree at a 2.2 standard
Normally 3 to 5 years' experience in the aviation and related industries.

The recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning as per university policy will be applied to this course.

UL's PRL policy will be applied to this course. The course board may at its discretion accept a level lower qualification with stronger evidence of prior learning and experience. Entry is decided on a case by case basis.


1 Year Part Time Blended

The course runs over one academic year, and is approximately one third of a masters.

In keeping with the University of Limerick's approach to programmes for those in employment the delivery mechanism for this programme will be by blended learning with 8 on-campus days in the Autumn semester, 4 in the Spring semester, , supported with online learning and tutor support.

Further enquiries

• For further information please contact Management Development Unit at or 061 202142

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester

• Air Transportation Characteristics
• Aircraft Leasing
• Corporate Airline Finance

Spring Semester

• Integrated Risk Management
• Fleet Planning
• Legal Aspects of Aviation Leasing & Finance


Programme Title:
Specialist Diploma in Aviation Leasing & Finance

Award Type and Level
Minor award at Masters level 9 giving 30 Credits on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Assessment method

Assessment will be a combination of continuous assessment based on an application of the material to an organisational context and a written end of term exam.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Course fee

Fees: €6,286 per student.

On a limited basis, partial funding is available to eligible member companies of Aviation Finance Finuas Network, once prospective students meet the eligibility criteria set out for this programme. For details contact Linda Barron 061 423622

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