Professional Pilot with Type Rating, BSc

Faculty: Engineering
Academic discipline: Engineering Science
Qualification: Professional Pilot

Starting date: September

Language requirements: English IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Academic requirements: 12 years of education with grades 80% or above, or grades BBB at A level including mathematics and physics + entrance exam in mathematics and physics; health: valid Class 1 Medical Certificate (see on EASA website)
Duration: 7 semesters
ECTS credits: 210
Tuition Fee: 120,000 USD (full program with type rating)
One time fees: application fee 150 USD, entrance procedure fee 350 USD

Short description:
The main objective of the program is to provide applicants with knowledge and skills that enable the passing of the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) theoretical knowledge examination and CPL(A), ME/IR(A) skill tests of the Hungarian Aviation Authority by fulfilling all requirements of the Authority with out any further education. To train professionals who understand the aviation industry, are capable of working for aircraft operator companies as professional pilots, are aware of the tasks related to air operation, ground handling and air transportation can perform adequate compliance tasks and possess the knowledge related to the integrated ATP(A) training.

The program includes:
  • Theoretical part: 52 courses including several engineering and aeronautical subjects,
  • Practical part: 8 courses including 200 total hours (140 flight and 60 simulator hours) and type rating course (A320).

Our students acquire:
  • Bachelor’s degree,
  • CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence),
  • ME/IR (Multi-Engine/Instrument Rating),
  • MEP CR (Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating),
  • In addition:
    • ATPL theoretical knowledge exam certificate,
    • MCC (Multi-Crew Cooperation Training) course completion certificate,
    • NVFR licence endorsement,
    • UPRT (Upset Prevention and Recovery Training) licence endorsement,
    • Type-rating course completion certificate (A320).


Core modules:

  • Basic Science Module (Mathematics, Technical Mechanics, Engineering Physics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Informatics, Descriptive Geometry, Meteorology, Human performance and limitations)

  • Economy and Law Module (Economics for Engineers, Microeconomics, Management for Engineers, Basics of Quality Management, Environmental protection, Dangerous Goods, Flight Administration and Law, Aviation Law)

  • Engineering Module (Machine Elements, Materials Science, Manufacturing Processes, Electro-technics and Electronics, Measurements and Automatics, Industrial Safety, Sensors and Actuators, Mechatronics)

  • Aviation Engineering Module (Aircraft Technology, Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Knowledge (Airframe/Systems/Power Plants), Aircraft General Knowledge – Instrumentation)

  • Aviation Management and Administration Module (Crew Management, Rules of Aerodromes, Radiotelephony, Mass and Balance, Performance, Flight Planning and Monitoring, General Navigation, Radio Navigation, Operational Procedures, Communication)

Lecture, seminar: 40%
Practice: 60%



Operates  a research, training and service centre in support of air transportation, built on a Hungarian knowledge base and equipped with world-class tools and infrastructure enabling the creation of a high level of added value, in Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary, in the immediate vicinity of the local international airport.


Internship, practice: Professional Pilot BSc students have to complete three summer internships lasting three, four, and five weeks.

The Bulletin of the program can be found here.

You can also check our online brochure!

More information about the program can be found here.

Career prospects: Those who pursue this degree program will be able to fly an aircraft in civil aviation, hold a management position in a department (e.g. flight operations, ground operations, flight safety, or compliance manager) after further training and considerable amount of practice or manage flights as an instrument-rated commercial pilot (with commercial pilot licence/instrument rating, CPL/IR) in accordance with aviation regulations and rules of the air. The degree offers the opportunity to advance to master’s level study.


"“The professional pilot program at the University of Debrecen has been my biggest help in my long-awaited dream to become a commercial pilot. Thanks to the professional pilot program, I am on my way to prepare myself as a competent pilot both theoretically and practically, with my international peers and helpful instructors by my side. The path to become a pilot is full of challenges but from what I have experienced so far, if you are ready to be an ambitious and dedicated potential pilot, this program at the University of Debrecen will certainly be the wings for your dreams to fly." (Kim, Professional Pilot student from South Korea)


Are you considering applying for this program?

Check out some information about the Application and Admission process!

More info about Accommodation and Cost of living are also available on our website.

But if you still have any question, feel free to contact us!

You can also meet our Student Ambassadors, check their testimonials or even contact them in case of non-academic questions, eg. about student life.


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