Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Science Program in International Air Transport Operations Management
Award Title

Master of Science in International Air Transport Operations Management 
(Joint degree by Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile and HKUST)

Program Short Name


Mode of Study


Normative Program Duration

2 years

Program Fee


New students admitted with credit transfer are also required to pay the full program fee. Students who take additional courses or need to retake any courses are required to pay additional fee.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof David LAM, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in International Air Transport Operations Management is jointly offered by the School of Engineering of HKUST and Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) in Toulouse, France. The program aims to equip those who want to enter the positions for versatile managers and air transport professional, or to enhance the knowledge of those who have already been working in the sector.

The 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 enables 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.

Upon graduation, students shall be awarded a joint Master of Science degree in International Air Transport Operations Management by HKUST and ENAC. A separate certificate recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education will also be issued by ENAC.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply mathematics, mechanics, and/or control principles, and a knowledge of materials and structures, to ensure safe and efficient flight operations;
  2. Analyze existing aeronautical engineering problems in depth;
  3. Design and operate complex systems from a conceptual design perspective;
  4. Identify and explain the aircraft safety system through the design principles;
  5. Identify and explain the main aspects of the aircraft maintenance management and explain how the maintenance is certified;
  6. Explain the operational and economic constraints associated to aircraft operations;
  7. Describe and explain the major issues and challenges facing international air transport operations management;
  8. Distinguish between the elements and processes of certification, airworthiness and operational control;
  9. Explain the basic fundamentals of human resources management, taking into account the peculiarities of air transport;
  10. Analyze and provide possible solutions to problems related to the flight planning and crew management in all their aspects (technical, regulatory, human); and
  11. Explain technical, regulatory and legal concepts and practices to members of the air transport industry through individual written communications.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    63 credits (126 ECTs) 

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Credit transfer may be granted to students in recognition of studies completed successfully elsewhere. Application must be made to the program office within the first term after admission. All credit transfer must be approved by the Program Director and are subject to the normal university, school, and program requirement on credit transfer.

  3. 1st Term at HKUST  

    18 credits (36 ECTs)

    Students are required to take at least 9 credits of foundation courses. The remaining credits can be taken from the foundation or elective courses.

    Foundation Courses

AESF 5210
AESF 5310
AESF 5320
AESF 5330
AESF 5340
AESF 5350
AESF 5890
AESF 6950
EEMT 5120
orEEMT 5220


Elective Courses

AESF 5050
AESF 5311
AESF 5360
AESF 5370
AESF 5380
AESF 5390
AESF 5410
AESF 5930
AESF 6910


Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of courses from outside the above lists.

  1. 2nd Term at ENAC

15 credits (30 ECTs)

  • Design Principles

  • Production Process

  • Operator's Responsibilities

  • MRO Constraints

  • Manufacturer's Role

  • Safety Management System

  • Social Sciences

  • One elective course from the following:

    • Helicopters

    • Aeronautical Meteorology

    • Certification of Propulsion Systems

In order to start the 3rd term, a student has to complete 33 credits / 66 ECTs.


  1. 3rd Term at ENAC

15 credits (30 ECTs)

  • Aircraft Performances Optimization - Specialization
  • Flight Control System
  • Maintenance Management and Engineering
  • Airspace Organization and ATM
  • Airline Strategy
  • Marketing, Customer Support and Fleet Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Fleet Planning and Crew Management
  • Social Sciences
  1. 4th Term

15 credits (30 ECTs)

Students are required to take up a 6-month internship in the air transport industry.

  1. Remarks

  • All courses will be taught in English.

  • Students failing to meet the cumulative grade average (CGA) requirement of 2.850 or above for courses taken at HKUST are required to repeat or substitute the course(s) at HKUST at a per-credit fee.

  • Students failing to meet the graduation grade average (GGA) requirement of 12 (of a 20-point scale) or above for courses taken at ENAC are required to repeat or substitute the course(s) at ENAC at a per-credit fee.

Last update: 15 January 2019

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • 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 area; or

  • (i) A bachelor’s degree in other non-engineering disciplines and (ii) relevant work experience in the air transport industry or aviation related fields