Published on May 16th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


International Business with Aviation Studies at CIT

Irish Cork Institute of Technology School of Business (CIT) has announced they are now taking applications from commercial pilots for their two year online Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business with Aviation Studies for the academic year 2019/2020.

The BA in International Business with Aviation was designed and created specifically for commercial pilots in conjunction with the aviation industry including considerable input from major airlines and the Atlantic Flight Training Academy based in Cork. Through a process called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), this BA recognises the extensive learning involved in becoming a pilot to a commercial level. The RPL process values comprehensive prior learning and through rigorous and quality-assured means, the programme equates this to years 1 and 2 of a 4 year degree.

As many pilots lack opportunities to gain degrees due to their nature of their work so online learning is a key enabler that makes this course accessible to pilots worldwide. Progression within airlines can be dependent on having a degree and this programme opens up numerous roles in the aviation industry to graduates. “In effect it will allow for the development of captains of business beyond the cockpit, while adding more value within it”. Dr Pio Fenton, Head of Marketing & International Business at CIT.

More details can be found for this programme here.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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