Executives in aeronautical industry must have technical knowledge, managerial skills and a thorough understanding of the regulatory context associated with air transport. This multidisciplinary system creates major challenges that call for improvements of their capabilities and skills in developing and managing effectively and efficiently their respective domains.
In order to respond to these challenges, MSc program in International Air Transport Operations Management (IATOM) is developed. It is jointly offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of HKUST, in partnership with Ecole Nationale de l´Aviation Civile (ENAC), which is currently the largest aeronautical university in Europe and the only aviation-oriented university in France offering a wide and complete panel of aeronautics-oriented degree bearing programs and continuing & professional education programs, serving the aeronautical world, and particularly the air transport sector.
Upon graduation, each student shall receive a joint institutional Master of Science in International Air Transport Operations Management (MSc IATOM) degree certificate from ENAC and HKUST. Since the IATOM degree is accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education, a separate certificate recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education will be issued by ENAC.
This is an exempted program under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance in Hong Kong. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualifications to which this program may lead.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering/ Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering / Engineering Management / Materials Science and Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Civil Engineering/ Environmental Engineering/ Industrial Engineering, or a related field from a recognized university or tertiary institution. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other non-engineering disciplines must have relevant working experience in the air transport industry or aviation related fields.
The target students for this MSc are degree graduates from Aeronautical Engineering/ Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering / Engineering Management / Materials Science and Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Civil Engineering/ Environmental Engineering/ Industrial Engineering, or a related field, and working professionals in industry, government or other institutions. Fresh graduates who have good academic record are also our targets.
Master of Science in International Air Transport Operations Management aims to equip those who want to enter the positions for versatile managers, air transport professional or to enhance the knowledge of those who have already been working in the sector.
This program combines the technical, economic and managerial skills that are specific to air transport which will improve and enhance the capabilities of students supporting engineering work for the aeronautics and air transport. It will allow students to get exposure to the various core aspects of air transport and how they are integrated with the technology development in the real world.
In order to graduate with the 2-year MSc(IATOM) degree, each student has to complete total of 126 ECTS (i.e., equivalent to 63 HKUST credits), including the 30 ECTS (i.e., equivalent to 15 HKUST credits) of internship.
Students are required to complete the first term at HKUST in Hong Kong (HK), the second and third terms at ENAC in Toulouse (TLS), France, and then a 6-month internship in the air transport industry in the last term. In order to start the third term at ENAC, each student has to complete 66 ECTS (i.e. equivalent to 33 HKUST credits).
Foundation Courses (HKUST):
AESF 5210 Fluid Dynamics
AESF 5310 Advanced Aerodynamics
AESF 5320 Advanced Aircraft Structures
AESF 5330 Advanced Aircraft Design
AESF 5340 Aircraft Flight Dynamics
AESF 5350 Aircraft Propulsion
AESF 6950 Aeronautical Independent Project
EEMT 5220 Six Sigma Quality Management or EEMT 5120 Operation/Production Management
Elective Courses (HKUST):
AESF 5050 Fracture Behavior of Polymers
AESF 5311 Robotics: Mechanics and Control
AESF 5360 Advanced Flow Instability
AESF 5370 Composites and Nanocomposites
AESF 5380 Computational Fluid Dynamics
AESF 5390 Computational Aeroacoustics
AESF 5410 Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials
AESF 5930 Finite Element Methods
AESF 6910 Special Topics
Courses offered by ENAC (France):
2nd term at ENAC (15 HKUST credits / 30 ECTS)
Safety Management System
One elective course from the following:
- Aeronautical meteorology
- Certification of Propulsion systems
3rd term at ENAC (15 HKUST credits / 30 ECTS)
Aircraft Performances Optimization – Specialization
Flight Control System
Maintenance Management and Engineering
Airspace Organization and ATM
Marketing, Customer Support and Fleet Management
Human Resources Management
Fleet Planning and Crew Management
Courses are offered subject to needs and availability.
4th term Internship
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