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University Programme in Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety

Even though technology, safety measures and accident prevention are developing constantly, accidents and close to collision events are increasing. This is due to the significant increase in national and global air traffic. The master's programme Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety at TU Graz is unique in Austria. In this programme, internationally renowned experts share their knowledge of aviation technology, electronics, environmental conditions and human factors in aviation. Participants learn how to reconstruct all types of aviation accidents so that they can use research results to develop improved preventative measures.

Content

  • Accident reconstruction (for courts, insurance companies and aviation safety officers)
  • Accident research
  • Aircraft development
  • Aircraft safety
  • Cockpit teamwork
  • Aircraft performance calculation
  • Route planning on the ground and in the air
  • Accident documentation
  • Accident mechanics
  • Aviation technology
  • Biomechanics
  • Electronics
  • Basic law
  • Traffic policy basics
  • Basic psychology

Target Groups

  • Experts in air accident investigation who complete international tasks according to international aviation agreements.
  • Safety representatives in air transport companies and public authorities
  • Teaching staff in diverse types of aeronautical training
  • Staff at air traffic control units
  • Pilots
  • Aircraft engineers
  • Employees of air traffic control
  • Aircraft maintenance specialists

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed bachelor, master or diploma degree in a technical subject or in the natural sciences (university, university of applied sciences)

    or
  2. University entrance qualifications (e.g. secondary school leaving certificate, vocational matriculation certificate, including foreign equivalents), successfully completed pre-module in mathematics and one of the following qualifications:
    a. ATPL airline transport pilot licence + 500 flight hours
    b. CPL commercial pilot licence + 700 flight hours
    c. Air traffic controller training (ATCO) + 3 years of relevant professional experience

    or
  3. Graduates of the following degree programmes can also be admitted to the programme if they successfully complete the pre-module in mathematics before the start of the programme.
    a. Completed law degree
    b. Completed medical degree
    c. Completed economics degree

    or
  4. Graduates of degree programmes comparable with those stated in 3 can apply to be admitted to the programme as long as they can prove a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in aviation and have completed the pre-module in mathematics.
Source: Maksim Samasiuk – Fotolia.com

Dates and Deadlines

  • Next start date: by request
  • Application deadline: by request

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 4 semesters plus master's thesis
  • Final degree: Master of Engineering – Aviation Safety (MEng AS)
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Language of instruction: German or English –  depending on the needs of the participants
  • Registration fee: € 4.125,- per semester (VAT free)
    This fee does not include travel, lodging or food expenses.
    Possible subsidies and details
  • Place of study: online and at TU Graz
  • Curriculum (in German)


 

 

 

Structure of the Degree Programme

Lessons are taught according to the “Blended Learning” approach.

The courses are divided into several blocks. Exams are held straight after the courses. Distance learning elements make studying easier for working students and international students.

Pre-Module in Mathematics

  • Dates: no dates at this time
  • Scope: 40 teaching units, each lasting 45 minutes
  • Lecturer: ROSENMANN Amnon
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Registration fee: € 950
  • To register, please send an email to: office.vsinoSpam@tugraz.at

Requirements for successful completion of the pre-module are:

  • Full attendance
  • Frequent participation
  • Punctual submission of course tasks

 

 

Source: Jory Konstantinov
Hermann Steffan,
programme director
and head of the Vehicle Safety Institute at the TU Graz

After the master’s programme Traffic Accident Research had been successfully established, we were approached by specialists from the aviation industry and asked whether we could offer a similar training course for them. In 2014, the university course "Traffic Accident Research - Aviation Safety" was offered for the first time and – also for this programme – internationally well-known lecturers were obtained.

Career Options and Qualifications

After successfully completing the programme, graduates will be able to reconstruct all types of air accidents and use research results to develop improved preventative measures.

Areas of application:

  • Accident analysis for air accidents
  • Safety assessments
  • Development of safety measures
  • Training of pilots
  • Development of new safety strategies
Joachim J. Janezic, Source: Sissi Furgler
Joachim J. Janezic, lawyer and director of the Institute for Austrian and International Aviation Law, started programme in 2014

The university programme communicates a broad range of high level knowledge, which is taught by internationally recognised experts. It is the only programme of its kind in Austria. I have already profited greatly from this programme and I very much recommend it to anyone who works in aviation accidents or flight safety.

This master’s programme at TU Graz is right for you if you

  • are interested in flight safety
  • want to contribute to improving flight safety
  • want to participate in aircraft accident commissions
  • are looking for competent training with excellent teachers who have many years of experience
  • are looking for a part-time programme, after completion of which you are awarded with a globally recognised title from a renowned university.

 

Application

Information will be announced here as soon as the exact start date has been arranged.

Let us know if you are interested in the programme!

Contact Us

Institut für Fahrzeugsicherheit
Inffeldgasse
23/I
8010 Graz
Map
www.vsi.tugraz.at

Programme Administration
Michael PLANK
DI MEng
Phone.: +43 (0)316/873-30301
office.vsinoSpam@tugraz.at

Programme Director
Hermann STEFFAN
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.techn.
Phone.: +43 (0)316/873-30301
h.steffannoSpam@tugraz.at

Teaching Staff

Staying up to date

  1. We will let you know if further information about the programme or the start date is available.