BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Our BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has been designed to meet the worldwide demand for specialist expertise in aircraft maintenance and overhaul. The course integrates EASA training into study modules and will give you real-life experience of maintenance practice to equip you with the knowledge and skills expected of a modern aerospace engineer.

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Key Information

  • Course length: 3 years, full-time
  • Start date: September 2019
  • Location: Dubai

The BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 aircraft maintenance licence fully embedded within the university modules. This allows you the opportunity to obtain this industry recognised qualification while studying for your degree. 


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. You will be required to attend approximately 27 hours per week during term time. The first year primarily covers theoretical aspects of aircraft engineering with some practical activities in avionics. Following your initial year, 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, governed by European Aviation Safety Agency rules and regulations. 

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Professionally-recognised courses

Our aircraft maintenance engineering courses are 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.

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

BCC - CDD to include Mathematics or a numerate subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

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 dubai@southwales.ac.uk.

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.

For detailed information on fees, funding and scholarships, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, visit our fees and scholarships page or contact us directly at dubai@southwales.ac.uk.

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.