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.
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 120 ECTS (i.e., equivalent to 60 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 60 ECTS (i.e. equivalent to 30 HKUST credits).
1st term at HKUST (18 HKUST credits / 36 ECTS)
Students are required to take at least 9 credits of foundation courses in the first term at HKUST, to fulfill the graduation requirement. The remaining credits can be taken from the foundation or elective courses. Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of MSc courses from outside the following course lists offered in School of Engineering.
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
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
-EEMT 5120 Operation/Production Management #
Courses offered by ENAC (France):
2nd term at ENAC (12 HKUST credits / 24 ECTS)
-Safety Management System
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.
# It will become foundation course with effect from 2017/18 Fall.
Facilities at HKUST and ENAC
Students at HKUST campus can enjoy library facilities, computer support and sports facilities at no extra cost. Upon graduation, students could also apply for related alumni services.
High level training facilities and resources can be found in ENAC associated with its multidisciplinary activities: ATC simulators, flight simulators, 135 aircrafts, laboratories for electronics, data processing, aerodynamics, language courses, etc.