PhD in Aviation

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Program Description

Ph.D. in Aviation (jointly organized with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, US)

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The Ph.D. in Aviation is designed to prepare you with cognitive research skills necessary to solve acute problems facing the field of aviation and advance the discipline. Through the Ph.D. programme, you will get a chance to pursue the discipline in a diverse, intellectually versatile and multi-disciplinary environment.

The Singapore Aviation Academy, in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, offers this programme primarily online with the inclusion of 3 6-day residencies. This way, you can continue working while pursuing your degree. The Ph.D. programme is open to aviation professionals who include flight crew members, air traffic controllers, industry technical representatives, aviation educators, government employees and others wishing to advance their knowledge and enhance their careers.

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

You are expected to take 2 courses per term, 3 terms a year (i.e. 6 courses per year).

The programme's 60 credit hours (not including research) consist of:

  • 4 research method courses of 3 credits each (12 credit hours in total)
  • 8 courses of 3 credits each making up 1 of 3 specializations (24 credit hours in total)
  • At least 3 residency courses of 2 credits each (6 credit hours in total)
  • At least 6 dissertation courses (i.e. research methods and dissertation preparation techniques) of 3 credits each (18 credit hours in total)

SPECIALISATION

You have the option to pursue studies in 1 of 3 specializations:

  • Aviation Safety and Human Factors
  • Operations
  • Inter-disciplinary

Aviation Safety and Human Factors

This specialization will focus on managing risk culture through control of known and yet-to-be-discovered techniques and safety applications.

Operations

This specialization will focus on the work that emphasizes research capabilities in a global marketplace while considering industry trends and innovations.

Inter-disciplinary

If you have a broader interest in aviation, this specialization offers a cross-disciplinary approach to aviation where you work with an advisor to build a curriculum appropriate for a student's educational needs.

In addition to completing all other required coursework, you must complete 4 courses from Group B and 4 from Group C.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must meet 1 of the following 2 conditions:

  • Possess a Bachelor's and a Master's degree, 1 of which must be in an aviation-related field such as aeronautical science, aviation technology, aviation management, professional pilot, aviation maintenance, aviation electronics, aviation safety, and aeronautics; or
  • Possess a Bachelor's and Master's degree in non-aviation disciplines, supplemented by at least 1 year of full-time-equivalent service in the aviation industry as a professional pilot, maintenance manager, air traffic controller, or other professional aviation position.

Language Requirements:

If English is not your primary language, you must:

  • Take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and attain a minimum score of 6.0; or
  • Attain a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper-based) or 105 (Internet-based).

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly to Embry-Riddle by the testing agency.

Last updated February 2018

About the School

The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), established in 1958, is the internationally-recognised training arm of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. It offers a wide range of operational and manage ... Read More

The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), established in 1958, is the internationally-recognised training arm of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. It offers a wide range of operational and management programmes that benchmark international standards and best practices to meet the training needs of the global aviation community. SAA is an ICAO Regional Training Centre of Excellence, ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre, ICAO-endorsed Government Safety Inspector Training Centre and ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Full Member. Read less
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