International Business with Aviation Studies (BA Honours)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:


  • Application Closing Date:

    5th September 2022

Course Summary

The two-year programme recognises the learning involved in becoming a pilot and builds upon it with two years of study of business topics that may be valuable in career progression and mobility. The programme content is focused on broad business principles and issues with a slant on international business. The modules on the programme are very structured and are delivered by experienced lecturers who are conscious that a pilot’s working life is challenging. The programme is delivered fully online.

Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a frozen ATPL and associated training
  • Submission of an appropriate Entry Learning Portfolio*
  • Applicants will be expected to have an IELTS of 6.0 for English language proficiency (or ICAO 4.0 or higher) where deemed necessary by the Head of Department

*The Entry Learning Portfolio will capture the formal and informal learning of the applicant in a short portfolio that will be focused on assessing each student’s ability to cope with the type of learning associated with a Level 8 programme. This is submitted with your initial application. For a more detailed overview of The Learning Portfolio please review the ‘Apply’ section. The Entry Learning Portfolio will include:

  • Documentary evidence of qualifications including a full copy of ATPL
  • Extended CV
  • Reflective piece (1,000 words reflecting on your learning/career development to date)
  • Short essay (500 words on one of the following topics; The future of the Aviation Industry, The challenges of low-cost aviation sector, Managing People in the Aviation Industry).


Marketing and International Business

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that fees quoted relate to the academic year 2022-2023 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

For more information on fees, please visit fees/students


Total Course fee: €7,000 (the fee can be paid in six instalments)

Duration and Delivery

Two years. All classes are delivered fully online and all interactions with MTU are online. Classes are delivered at different times during the day and evening. Given the nature of a pilot’s work, there is no set time that suits all. All material is recorded and available for review immediately after a class has occurred.

Two modules per week for 12 week blocks (approx. 6 hours of lectures/content/contact in total per week)

Semester 1 & 4: January – May (break for Easter)
Semester 2 & 5: June - August
Semester 3 & 6: September – December (break for Christmas)



What do I need to apply?

  • An EASA (or equivalent) ATPL. You will also be asked after applying to complete a short learning portfolio with some details of your career. Documentary evidence of the ATPL will be needed.

When do classes run?

  • A full schedule will be available in January for the semester ahead but classes are scheduled at various times during the day. The schedule will vary from semester to semester. We use random times during the day, as given the nature of a pilot’s work, there is no set time that suits all. All material is recorded and available for review immediately after a class has occurred.

Do I need to attend classes in Cork?

  • No, never. All classes are online and all interactions with MTU are online.

Are there any textbooks that we need to purchase?

  • No. Any reading material that is required will be available via MTU's online library, readily available online or provided by the lecturer.

Is there any funding available?

  • This varies from semester to semester. Applicants will be advised of any funding options available to them once funding options are confirmed.

Are there any additional fees or costs throughout the programme?

  • No, the only fee is the total cost of €7,000. There are no additional fees or charges unless late payment penalties are applied.

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.

I can be quite busy at certain times during the year – how flexible is the programme?

  • We have designed it with flexibility in mind so there is some leeway with deadlines. At the start of each semester a schedule is published which will help you plan. Where you have particular difficulties around certain deadlines we can offer some support.

Do I need to do group work? Tell me more about the assessments.

  • There is very limited group work on this programme. The majority of assessments will be individual with some group assessments. There are no terminal examinations.  All the assessments have a real world flavour. We try to make them as practical as possible. There is some detail on the assessments in brochure. Some of the skills you need to develop to do the assessments will be developed as the programme progresses.

Is the programme mainly focused on Aviation?

  • No, the focus is on general business principles with a slant on international business. We do intend to talk about some case studies from the Aviation sector but we want students to have a broader perspective than that. Your experience in the aviation industry will be useful.

How busy would I be overall if I did this programme?

  • Any undertaking like this takes time. There would be an expectation each week to stay on top of material, to read notes and to work on assignments. This tends to increase as the semester progresses but generally should be manageable.  We will give some support around time management and this, coupled with your own discipline, should be enough to help you manage the workload. Everyone learns at different rates - but you should expect to put in  approx. 10 hours per week (on average) on top of classes.  Many students learn on a part-time basis at MTU and we have designed the programme to reflect what we have found to be manageable based on our experience.

Is it possible to complete the course in less time? 

  • Generally we discourage this as from our experience the workload of two 10credit modules per semester is already significant for students to manage with their already busy lives. Apart from the six hours of contact lecture time per week, there is additional study time needed along with the time required to complete the continuous assessments. However given the current situation and the face that many applicants may be on reduced/zero work hours there will be an option in Semester 1 to take one additional module.

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.



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Beyond the roles within the aviation industry graduates of this programme would find employment in other industries given the skillset developed in this programme. Given the significant level of advanced business learning that the students will have undertaken the programme prepares students for a variety of roles. Coupled with their life skills and competences, graduates of this programme will be attractive in the jobs market.

The following roles within various sectors would be well within grasp:

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Operational Staff
  • Purchasers/Buyers
  • Business Development Representatives
  • Project Managers
  • New Product Development
  • Marketing
  • Operations Team Supervision and Management
  • Service Managers
  • Business Planning
  • International Selling
  • Recruitment
  • Business Analyst

How to Apply

To apply, you need to follow the apply link and the first step is to provide some basic details. You will also need to upload a complete Entry Learning Portfolio (please see details below). The purpose of this portfolio is to help assess your application to the BA (Honours) in International Business with Aviation Studies.

There are two aspects to this: Firstly we need to determine that you have a Frozen ATPL. Secondly, we want to ensure that you have the interest, ability and commitment to complete the programme. You will therefore need to provide evidence of your ATPL and your CV. The CV needs to overview your career to date. You need to submit a full copy of the licence showing what type of licence it is, including the remarks and ratings pages. In addition you will need to complete 1,000 words as a reflection piece on your learning to date (in whatever field is relevant). Details on this are below. 


To conclude, within your application you need to include following to have completed The Entry Learning Portfolio:

  • CV (overview of your career to date)
  • ATPL – copy (licence in full including remarks and ratings pages)
  • Reflection piece (1,000 words)*
  • Short essay (500 words on one of the following topics; The future of the Aviation Industry, The challenges of low-cost aviation sector, Managing People in the Aviation Industry).


*Reflection Piece

You will need to write a reflection totalling approximately 1000 words on your learning and career development to date. The journal type entry should address some or all of the following questions.

  • What has been the biggest challenge of your career to date?
  • What aspect of your career is the most fulfilling?
  • If you could change one aspect of your career/job what would it be?
  • Do you enjoy learning new things within your job/role?
  • What value to do you place on your input to your organisation.
  • What types of things do you enjoy learning about?
  • What approach do you take to learning new things?

The above questions are there as guidance for your thought process, you do not necessarily need to answer each one separately. Please feel free to expand beyond this once you are exploring your learning/career to date. It is best to give this some thought but not to overthink it.  Remember it is just 1,000 words in total.


Online application is open for course beginning in September.

  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €550 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.


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