BSc (Honours) - Global Business & Pilot Studies
The role of a pilot is dynamic, managing systems and people in an environment characterised by multiple variables. The application of skills that are developed during this degree programme will enhance the abilities of graduates and result in a well informed and capable pilot.
This programme enables prospective pilots to gain a level 8 honours degree together with their flight training. This structure allows the student to experience college for one year at MTU, Bishopstown Campus, Cork before progressing to our training partner Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) to complete their flight training, after which students will complete year four online through MTU Cork whilst working as a pilot.
This format enables students to commence flight training after just one year and be ready to seek employment within just three years. Students will have the benefit of being able to experience college life and develop social and interpersonal skills together with a solid understanding of global business before undertaking flight training at AFTA.
Throughout the four years, students will be registered MTU students and as such will have complete access to MTU facilities, societies, clubs, and sporting groups.
MTU and AFTA have partnered to offer prospective pilots the opportunity to complete a degree as part of their flight training, the first offering of its kind in Ireland that enables students to commence flying after just one year at MTU Cork. AFTA is the largest flight training school in Ireland and is one of the most highly regarded in Europe, with a proven track record over more than 25 years, throughout which time they have built strong industry links with some of the worlds leading airlines.
Located at Cork International Airport with a satellite base at Waterford Airport, students will benefit from training at airports that have all the latest instrument facilities including GPS approaches. AFTA operates one of Europe’s most modern and youngest fleet of aircraft including Cessna 172s, Diamond DA42 Twin Stars, Piper PA34 Senecas, T67 Slingsby and a Bellanca BL8 Super Decathalon. Their simulator fleet consists of a FNPTII Piper Seneca simulator, Diamond DA42 simulator and a Boeing 737 NG simulator. Their onsite aircraft maintenance facility ensures the fleet is always meticulously maintained, maximising safety and minimising training delays.
Process of becoming a pilot
Becoming a pilot is a significant undertaking, involving an intensive practical flight training programme, theoretical exams and simulator training. The process of flight training is broken into a number of different modules, including basic training to a PPL level, night rating, the sitting of fourteen Air Transport Pilots Licence exams, advanced flight training for a Commercial Pilots Licence, Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, culminating in the completion of a Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation course (APS MCC) carried out in a Boeing 737 Next Generation simulator and Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (aUPRT). Upon completion of this flight training programme at AFTA, students are qualified commercial pilots and are ready to seek employment with an airline.
Process of gaining a degree
Ordinarily, in order to achieve a level 8 honours degree a student would be required to undertake four years in a college or university. This programme recognizes the two years of flight training as being equivalent to years two and three of this degree programme. This means that students are only required to complete two years of college, the last of which is completely online, along with two years of flight training to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Global Business and Pilot Studies. One of the key benefits 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.