Ireland’s aerospace and aviation industry sector is rapidly expanding. Its worth over €4.1bn to the Irish economy, and there are more than 250 companies actively involved in the aerospace, aviation and space sectors in Ireland, providing employment for approximately 42,000 full-time workers (Enterprise Ireland report).

MSc Management Aviation Leadership alumnus Noel Hiney









Noel Hiney, MSc Management (Aviation Leadership) 2017 graduate, looks back on what he has gained from the programme:

Having spent most of my career in financial services strategy and policy roles, I am very pleased to have chosen DCU’s MSc in Management (Aviation Leadership) programme as my introduction and entry-point to the aviation industry. The course has provided me with a speedy and substantial exposure to this sector. Modules were relevant and timely, and my fellow students were professionals from organisations along the aviation value chain.

My research project afforded me the opportunity to explore a certain part of the industry (in my case, airports) in a very detailed manner. This combination resulted in a very rich academic experience, with contemporary and lively discussion a feature of every class I attended. Being part of the programme has also provided me with access to a valuable and growing aviation network of industry professionals, which has already proven beneficial as I pursue further activities in the sector.”


The MSc in Management (Aviation Leadership) is a specialist postgraduate programme designed to provide participants with aviation knowledge in all key aviation sectors combined with an education in strategic management. The teaching faculty possess academic expertise and a wealth of industry experience, with many having backgrounds across all branches of the industry – airlines, airports, ATC and regulatory offices.

The programme’s Guest Lecture series exposes students to leading aviation managers’ views of the important current issues in aviation and the challenges facing senior aviation managers.

Teaching takes place two days per month over eight months and the MSc programme lasts two years. Apply now at this link or email Course Chair Cathal Guiomard at



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