BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Including Foundation Year)

If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our three-year Honours degree, or if you want to gain more confidence in higher level work, you could undertake our degree with a foundation year. The foundation year focuses on the study of aerospace mechanics and aircraft anatomy in order to provide a good numerical background that will support you throughout the remainder of the degree.

Our aircraft maintenance engineering course is recognised by aviation law, as detailed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and gives you access to real aircraft experience. 


Key Information

  • Course length: 4 years | Full-time
  • Start date: September 2020
  • Location: Dubai

Following your initial foundation year, you will progress onto the modules studied as part of the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Honours degree. You will study the following modules:

Foundation year: Aircraft maintenance engineering

The Foundation year focuses on the study of aerospace mechanics and aircraft anatomy in order to provide a good numerical background that will support you throughout the remainder of the degree. 

  • Foundations of mathematics - 20 credits
  • Applications of mathematical skills - 20 credits
  • Collaboration in engineering - 40 credits
  • Foundation engineering principles - 20 credits
  • English for engineering - 20 credits (optional)
  • Introduction to aircraft maintenance academic studies - 20 credits (optional)

Year one: Aircraft maintenance engineering degree

In your first year, you will study the principles of engineering and the EASA B1.1 basic knowledge modular structure in greater depth. You'll study the basic laws and theories of electrical and electronic fundamentals, aircraft materials, aerodynamics, physics, analytical methods, and professional practice. 

  • Analytical methods for engineers - 20 credits
  • Aerospace mechanics - 20 credits
  • Electronic fundamentals for maintenance engineers - 20 credits
  • Aerospace materials and hardware - 20 credits
  • Electrical fundamentals for maintenance engineers - 20 credits
  • Professional engineering techniques - 20 credits

Year two: Aircraft maintenance engineering degree

In your second year, you will enhance your knowledge of propellors, maintenance practice, instrumentation systems and human factors, and hone practical and workshop skills. You will also study engineering management and issues surrounding the aircraft maintenance industry.

  • Maintenance practice for B1 licence - 40 credits
  • Aircraft instrumentation systems - 20 credits
  • Managing human factors - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of business engineering and management - 20 credits
  • Maintenance and repair of aircraft propeller systems - 20 credits 

Year three: Aircraft maintenance engineering degree

In your third year, you will study aircraft structures and systems, gas turbine engines. aviation legislation, and complete an individual project.

  • Aero-structures, aerodynamics and systems - 40 credits
  • Aerospace turbine propulsion systems - 20 credits
  • Aviation legislation - 20 credits
  • Individual project - 40 credits

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, practical activities and directed study in our impressive facilities at Dubai South Business Park. Following the initial foundation year, you will be required to attend approximately 27 hours per week during term time. The second year primarily covers theoretical aspects of aircraft engineering with some practical activities in avionics. The third and fourth year of study is more mixed with practical activities such as working on the aircraft, carrying out mechanical repairs in the workshop and. using composite materials. 

Assessments include written assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. You will also undertake EASA Part-66 examinations the can count towards a professional qualification. 


Professionally-recognised degrees 

Our aircraft maintenance engineering course is recognised by aviation law, as detailed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and gives you access to real aircraft experience. 

We have integrated the industry-standard aircraft maintenance qualification 'EASA Part 66' into our degrees. On completion of the required EASA training, you'll be able to apply for a full EASA Part 66 and GCAA Aircraft Maintenance engineering licence in just two years, which usually requires five years' professional experience*. 

*EASA Part 66 Licence: Complete all three years of the degree, attain 90% attendance of the EASA elements, pass EASA modules at 75%, complete 360 hours of approved practical training (additional costs may apply and are at the discretion of your Part 145 host organisation) and you'll be able to apply for an EASA Part 66 Licence after two years' experience. Otherwise, you will need five years' experience.

There may be an additional cost for the practical training depending on the maintenance organisation. Once the criteria above have been successfully met, you will be eligible for a three-year reduction in your professional experience requirement for an EASA Part-66 Licence.

If you do not meet all of the above criteria for the accelerated route, you will transfer to the non-accelerated route and will need five years’ professional experience in order to apply for an EASA Part-66 Licence.

Facilities fit for industry

The University has approved Maintenance Training Organisation status in the UK and Dubai. This mean that all on-campus practical workshops and laboratory spaces are treated as a live aircraft environment and uphold the same commercial aviation quality that you would expect in the industry worldwide. 

Training facilities at our campus include mechanical principles laboratories, sheet metal working soundproofed riveting areas, and composite-based equipment to produce sample materials. Dedicated laboratory space for practical electronic tasks and avionics systems are also a key feature of providing hands-on experience for our students.

You will also have access to a student library, which includes breakout rooms, a social space where you can meet your classmates and relax between lectures, and numerous seminar and teaching rooms alongside our specialist workshops.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer


International Offer

We welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Other entry requirements can be found on the international students website

Note: Not all course offers relevant to the University's UK campuses are available in Dubai. Any enquiries regarding admission to courses in Dubai can be directed to

Finance and funding are important factors when choosing where and whether to study. At the University of South Wales, we offer specialist support and advice to help you make sense of it all. 

Find out how to pay your tuition fees and the payment structure.

Scholarships are available for self-funding students.

September 2019 - August 2020 Fees

  • Tuition fee: AED 78,459
  • Scholarship: AED 7,655

Amount to be paid: AED 70,804 (inc. VAT)

For detailed information on scholarships, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, visit our fees and scholarships page or contact us directly at

The University of South Wales Dubai is located at the heart of an emerging global hub for the aviation industry, so you will be ideally placed for employment opportunities within Dubai South. You could gain employment across the world with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi operators, flying schools, the armed forces and commercial long-haul flights. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft, or you may choose sub-contract work.