Global Business and Pilot Studies
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1st July 2022
4 years (8 semesters)
This is an ab-initio programme that provides embedded pilot training as part of a level 8 degree. This programme will see students study on campus for one year, undertake pilot training for a further two years, and then complete the final year of study online while working.
- Complete the Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects with a minimum result of H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
- Successfully complete an assessment by our Approved Training Organisation partner (Atlantic Flight Training Academy). This may involve a simulator assessment, an interview and a medical assessment. For more information on this, please visit https://afta.ie/how-to-become-a-pilot/
Note there is a substantial non-standard cost associated with completing this programme as the aviation aspect of the programme is not covered by Government supports. This must be considered by all applicants.
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Munster Technological University (MTU), Bishopstown Campus, Cork, and Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) Cork Airport.
Students will be registered students of MTU and have full access to MTU’s facilities (e.g. library, study spaces, gyms, clubs, societies, etc). MTU is located less than 10 minutes’ drive from AFTA.
Year 1: €3,007 payable to MTU.
Years 2 & 3: €82,500* payable to AFTA, plus €357 to MTU.
Year 4: €3,500 payable to MTU.
*This amount is payable to AFTA for the integrated flight training programme. Please refer to www.afta.ie for a summary of included and excluded costs) Agreed instalment plans are available.
Additional costs may be incurred during the process of flight training such as:
- Online CUT-E assessment €60 and AFTA assessment fee: €300.
- Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Initial Medical: €650
- Renewal of EASA Class 1 Medical: €250
- Type-Rating: <€30,000 (employer dependant)
- ATPL theory exams and licence fees: Approximately €2,000
(Prices correct as of September 2022)
For prospective pilots, the ability to complete flight training together with an honours degree provides the student with a unique opportunity to take a blended approach to becoming a professional pilot.
The benefit of being able to experience life on campus enables students to develop social and interpersonal skills. The final year of the programme affords students the opportunity to complete their third level studies whilst working as a pilot through the delivery of exclusively online lectures tailored for actively working aviation professionals.
Upon completion of year 1 at MTU Bishopstown Campus, students then progress to years 2 and 3 at AFTA, Cork Airport. This practical phase integrates the student into the commercial aviation industry at an early stage in their training and allows the student to develop their professional competencies within an aviation context.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to apply?
- Successfully complete an assessment by our Approved Training Organisation partner (Atlantic Flight Training Academy). This may involve a simulator assessment, an interview and a medical assessment.
- Complete the Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects with a minimum results ofH5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Do I need to attend classes in Cork?
Classes for year 1 are completed on the MTU Bishopstown campus, Cork
Years 2 & 3 will be completed at AFTA, Cork Airport.
Year 4 is delivered online.
Is this award internationally recognised?
- Yes. All MTU awards are mapped to the National Framework of Qualifications which in turn is mapped to the European Framework for Qualifications. This allows for mutual recognition and through that world-wide validity. Both NFQ and EFQ are legislation-based entities.
- Upon complete of studies at AFTA each cadet will have attained a fATPL, consisting of a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) and Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and will have completed an APS MCC course and aUPRT training.
Is the programme mainly focused on aviation?
The key benefit of this programme is undertaking a programme that trains you as a pilot while also developing your business skills. Years 1 and 4 are mainly business and years 2 and 3 are mainly aviation.
When I commence flight training at AFTA, am I still considered an MTU student?
Yes, enrolled students will be registered MTU students throughout the programme. This will confer access to all of MTU’s facilities.
MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
This pathway enables students to gain a broad understanding of commercial and operational considerations of a business environment with some emphasis on that of an airline environment. Decision making and teamwork skills are enhanced during these stages which lend themselves to increasing the abilities of the student and creating a better equipped pilot. The competencies developed during this programme will help put students in a position whereby they can progress their professional aviation careers in an industry that is multi-faceted and where transferable skills are invaluable.
Graduates of this level 8 honours degree may be eligible to apply for post-graduate programmes at MTU.