What will I learn?
You will acquire a detailed understanding of the financial processes and procedures associated with the aviation finance sector including suitable risk assessment and aircraft valuation, relevant accounting and taxation issues, leasing developments and insurance applications, and legal implications. You will also develop the knowledge and skills (both professional and personal) necessary for a career in the aircraft and airline financing industry.
Graduates also gain:
A comprehensive understanding of the airline industry and the tools used by the industry globally as well as a critical awareness of the operation and functions of aircraft management, leasing and insurance.
The Economics of the Air Travel Market and the issues and risks associated with aircraft ownership, valuation, leasing and financing.
A range of entrepreneurial skills and a grasp of human, financial and technological capital management that will prepare graduates for work within a variety of different structures, from start-ups and SMEs through to large-scale multinational companies.
How will I benefit?
As the only Masters in Europe covering Aviation Finance, this programme offers an unrivalled level of specialisation in leasing and airline industry developments and significant career opportunities.
This course offers:
- A strong emphasis on the development of interpersonal skills, leadership and problem-solving, as well as tracking recent developments, ensuring that graduates are well-informed on the aviation industry and well-equipped to enter it.
- A summer term research project/internship option enables graduates to either deepen their conceptual understanding and analytical skills or put their learnings into immediate practice in the field
The one-year full-time and two-year part-time formats of this course comprise core modules covering many aspects of econometrics, finance management and asset assessment.
To complete the programme, students must complete eleven core modules. In the summer term students can complete a research project, two option modules or in a small number of cases, apply for a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity students have to go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers, to be selected.
|Autumn Trimester||Spring Trimester||Summer Trimester|
Pathway A: choose 2 from the list
Please be advised that option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change. Summer taught modules are delivered in blocks over one or two weeks.
Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.
The MSc Aviation Finance programme is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in the area of aviation finance. The programme aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and background to begin a career in aviation finance and progress quickly to leadership roles (Purpose).
The educational values of the programme are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to; appraise, evaluate and manage financial risk and return; make informed financial decisions under uncertainty; employ financial models to analyse the aviation industry: develop a deep understanding of the economic underpinnings of the aviation industry; appreciate the legal, regulatory, accounting and taxation aspects of aviation finance; develop the cultural, negotiation and organisational expertise to operate in a truly global business; and communicate effectively with peers (education and subject/discipline/professional values).
The learning environment combines theoretical knowledge with industry application. In many cases, the theory in lectures will be further enhanced by small group tutorials. Furthermore, industry leaders will contribute to the programme through guest lectures and invited seminars. An internship option is further integrated into the programme (the nature of the learning environment for students). The programme uses multiple teaching, learning and assessment approaches. Modules will incorporate presentations delivered by practitioners with significant appropriate industry expertise. Industry experts in the area of aviation finance also contribute to the design, delivery, and evolution of the curriculum. Assessment strategies include traditional exams, case study presentations and written reports. Group projects and presentations are also a key feature of this programme (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).
On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:
|Programme Goals||Programme Learning Outcomes|
|Programme Goal 1:
Subject Specific Knowledge: Our graduates will be current in their knowledge of the theory and practise behind the aviation finance and leasing industry, supported by a strong thought leadership and varied learning experience.
Articulate and explain current theory and practice underpinning aviation finance.
Analyse and model aspects of the aviation industry by drawing on a variety of frameworks, concepts and tools.
Critically assess the functional aspects of aviation finance and leasing.
|Programme Goal 2:
Critical and Analytical Judgement: Our graduates will be analytic and critical thinkers who will be able to make sound, socially responsible decisions.
Decompose a problem to first principles in order to develop a general solution.
Quantitatively assess the risk-return relationship underlying aviation finance.
Qualitatively assess the legal, economic and accounting frameworks underlying aviation finance.
|Programme Goal 3:
Communication: Our graduates will be effective communicators in aspects relating to aviation finance and aviation more generally.
Synthesise and summarise data, information and results from financial models and professionally communicate outcomes of the analysis & their recommendations to key stakeholders.
Select and use appropriate communication strategies (oral, written & visual) to effectively communicate to peers and effectively engage
Effectively negotiate contracts
|Programme Goal 4:
Ambition for Action and Contribution: Our graduates will be able to talk about, apply and act upon what they know and have the ambition and courage to collaborate, solve problems and contribute to business and society.
|Identify ways to add value in industry, drawing on the broad skills developed while undertaking the programme|
Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)
Being the first and only programme of this kind in Ireland, ICD is an innovative research-driven and theory-based intercultural intervention which aims to help you to stand out among the crowd by developing your Key 21st-century Skills. These skills are valued by companies, NGOs and governments around the world who operate internationally, together with national companies and organisations who employ and serve an increasing diverse population. The ICD programme, which is offered to all students at Smurfit, will strengthen your CV and give you an edge over graduates from other Business programmes in the global job market.
Global Leadership Programme (GLP)
Our Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of cocurricular activities i.e. development activities outside the modules you take on the Master's programme.
It's all about helping you become an impactful leader with a global mindset. This optional programme is designed to build your capacity for effective personal and organisational leadership. When it comes to seeking employment and attending job interviews, the GLP will help give you an edge over other similarly qualified candidates and will considerably strengthen your CV.