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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.

Course Overview

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. The extra year is intended to give you the best possible preparation for success in achieving the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering qualification.

Key Information

  • Course length: 4 years, full-time
  • Start date: September 2019
  • Location: Dubai

Course Content

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

Develop your understanding of the concepts of Calculus. This foundation module will enable you to apply numerical skills and techniques to solve real-life mathematical and engineering problems.

Gain an understanding of basic mathematical principles. In this foundation module you will learn how to apply a range of basic mathematical techniques and solutions relevant to aviation.

In this module, you will gain an understanding of the basic concepts in the area of mechanical science including statics and dynamics, and fluids and thermodynamics. You’ll also be able to apply this knowledge in a controlled laboratory environment.

You will be given an introduction to aircraft development and design to identify the relationships between “historical” aircraft and modern day aircraft. You’ll be able to identify, manage and present information relating to the aircraft industry using a range of methods and software.

In this module, you will be introduced to aircraft structural components and gain a basic knowledge and understanding of aircraft terminology with relevance to various aircraft systems used to sustain flight.

This module had been designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of electrical science, so you can apply these principles to analyse basic electrical systems.

The Experimental Methods module will introduce you to the basic skills and concepts needed to understand calibration procedures and how to analyse and present experimental data. 

Teaching and Assessment Methods

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 test and exams. You will also undertake EASA Part-66 examinations that can count towards a professional qualification.

Career Opportunities

USW 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.

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Entry Requirements

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

How to Apply

You can apply to the University directly using the online application form. Simply create your own MyUSW account to begin your application today.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

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