Department of Engineering


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Key subject areas

Aircraft construction

In the Master’s degree programme in Aviation you will learn about different aspects of aircraft construction with a focus on the application of fibre-composite and hybrid materials. You will apply your knowledge of the various different materials used in aircraft construction to lightweight construction and manufacturability of the complete aircraft. This subject area is rounded off with a course on the topic of certification and approval. On completion of this key subject area, you will be in the position to apply your technical knowledge directly at an aircraft or system manufacturer.

Aircraft systems

We provide you with in-depth knowledge of the complex systems that have become indispensable for today’s aircraft. This ranges from jet engines and combustion engines to avionics and flight control systems. Key elements include data buses, computer systems and flight control systems, which process sensor data and calculate control commands for electro-hydraulic or electro-mechanical actuators. You will learn about all the necessary systems and elements as well as their detailed functions.

Aviation management

In the field of aviation management you will acquire business administration skills – especially the knowledge relevant for flight operations. Your know-how about the special features of the aerospace industry will enable you to work in aerospace companies in the areas of development, production, maintenance and training. You will also be made familiar with the management of airlines and airports as well as topics of modern air-traffic management. The entire programme contents will be communicated in English, since the aerospace industry operates internationally.

What specialisations are available?

Aeronautical engineering

Calculation, design and simulation are the main elements in the construction of aeroplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Building on a Bachelor’s programme in an engineering subject, you will expand and deepen your knowledge of aeronautical engineering. In the first and second semester you will be able to choose specific technical courses from the lists of elective subjects and thus set your own individual focus. In addition, collaborating in the student JOANNEUM AERONAUTICS team offers you the opportunity to work on the construction of an aircraft with others and to extend your technical knowledge.

Aviation management

Despite the strong emphasis on the technical aspects of aeronautics, the programme also gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of aviation management. To do this you will have to choose business courses in the first and second semesters. You can further specialise as part of the internship and Master’s thesis. If you choose this area of focus, you will gain a skills profile similar to an industrial engineer.

Research & Development

In the first two semesters you can also participate in the current research activities of our Institute as part of our elective subjects. You can thus acquire additional scientific methods and skills and, after the first semester, you will be able to work on demanding tasks in the aviation sector. This is an ideal preparation to start a career in companies working primarily in the field of research and development.

Study mode, self-study and attendance

Study mode

During the semester, courses usually take place from Monday to Friday. Occasional courses on Saturdays are exceptions and are announced in good time. E-learning units are also planned into a number of courses. Courses in the fourth semester are held as a block.


Engaging and familiarising yourself with technical course contents requires a comparatively high level of time and effort. Self-study always depends on students’ commitment and ambition.


There is compulsory attendance in all courses of FH JOANNEUM. As a rule students are allowed to miss 20% of the units in each course per semester. If you miss more than 20%, you will fail the course and won’t be able to sit the first examination. The head of degree programme has the final decision about the consequences of absence as well as exceptions to compulsory attendance.