All EPMA activities have ended
European Postgraduate Master in Aeronautical Engineering
Part time study programme
Joint European master programme
Awards joint/double master degree
Funded by European Commission
Agreement Number: 2006-2324/001-001
Project Number: 29782-IC-1-2005-1-DE-ERASMUS-PROGUC-1
Summary of Final Report
15 short courses have been prepared
that cover important aspects of aeronautical engineering.
The topics of these short courses are highly relevant to the needs in the field; many of them are traditionally not
covered in a normal aeronautical engineering degree.
9 short courses have been running at least one time. "High Performance Fibre
Reinforced Composite Materials" did run 3 times, "Aircraft Design" 5 times and "Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering" (the
introductory module to EPMA) did run even 13 times.
- The short courses are bound into a master programme. The
curriculum has been developed
has been prepared - but was not ordered in the end.
Products are the publications
and various web pages. Key publication is
EPMA - European Postgraduate Master in Aeronautical Engineering.
(First CEAS European Air and Space Conference, Berlin, 10 - 13 September 2007).
In: DGLR: Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrt Kongress.
Bonn : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt, 2007. -
Paper: CEAS-2007-279, CD, ISSN 0700-4083
About 360 students / engineers from industry participated in the short courses.
They found relevant information for their tasks in industry.
Academics from HAW Hamburg, KHBO and UB1 got to know each other much better.
In addition lecturers from industry and from new member states (HU, RO) got involved.
Publications, presentations, displays/posters
at conferences and fairs, flyers, web pages.
EPMA Conclusions and Recommendations
A master programme that is intended to run commercially (here: 8400 € per student)
can not be initiated solely on the enthusiasm of a single professor
carrying the financial risk of some of the modules himself for the next years to come.
Lessons learnt would be:
- Make sure the university and the department has the master programme as a strategic goal and does not just
tolerate the activity.
- Make sure the university is carrying the financial risk of the programme and is compensating your effort.
- Make sure the university is willing and capable to do the administration of the programme and the enrollment of
- Make sure the international partners are willing to put real effort (sweat) into the programme. EU programmes
have seen too many who come to meetings and listen, go home and come to the next meeting to listen again.
- Make sure the university structure and legislation in the other countries allows and supports a joint master
- Make sure you gain big local industry as strategic partner for the programme, signing a contract with the
university to send a number of students (from their workforce) regularly on the programme. This helps you to
cover your fixed costs.
- Be prepared to spend big money on advertising in various media of the science community (here e.g. "Flight