After the successful opening of the University of South Wales (USW) Dubai in September, admissions are now open for the University’s BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering top-up course, to be offered at its Dubai South campus from February 2019.

The internationally recognised degree allows professionals to convert technical training into a UK academic qualification in just one year full-time, through a block delivery top-up course. This block-mode format will enable practicing professionals to study whilst working.

Ideal for individuals who have already obtained an EASA certification, HND or other qualification, the programme builds on existing knowledge of aircraft maintenance to give official recognition of technical understanding and skills.

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

Professor Julie Lydon, University of South Wales Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University has a reputation for innovative programme delivery that meets both the professional and personal needs of its students.  Our Aircraft Maintenance Engineering block mode top-up degree programme certainly achieves that by enabling students to further their studies whilst continuing to develop their careers in the workplace.  It’s a win-win for the employee and the employer.”

The purpose-built 3,000 square metre facility at Dubai South has state of the art learning and teaching space over two storeys, including an EASA/GCAA accredited workshop with an aircraft and CFM56-3 jet engine, mechanical principles laboratories and soundproofed maintenance areas. Dedicated laboratory space for practical tasks and avionics systems are also a key feature that will provide hands-on practical experience for students, and composite-based equipment to produce sample materials. The tooling has been provided through a strategic partnership with Snap-on Tools Industrial.

Potential students have the opportunity to tour the campus, speak to lecturers and find out more about funding, scholarships and the application process at the campus Open Days, to be held from Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th December 2018, and on Wednesday 9th January 2019.

For more information about the new top up programme, please click here or visit to find out more about the University of South Wales Dubai campus and programmes.


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With more than 30,000 students from 120 countries, the University of South Wales (USW) is a major player in UK Higher Education and has long been renowned for engineering teaching and innovation. With roots firmly placed in the industrial heritage of South Wales, the University has been producing top engineers and industry-ready graduates for more than a century.

The University of South Wales Dubai is the first international branch campus to be launched by USW, and offers renowned aircraft maintenance engineering degrees. Based in Dubai South’s Business Park alongside Al Maktoum International Airport, the University’s new campus will provide a centre for excellence to develop engineering talent.

The University of South Wales Dubai offers a fantastic learning experience that combines academic study with practical industry training using state-of-the-art facilities, in a region surrounded by key industry leaders and graduate opportunities. 

© Press Release 2018


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