European Postgraduate Master in Aeronautical Engineering (EPMA)
EPMA is a new joint European postgraduate master programme for part time
students. It awards a joint/double master degree. Partners in the programme are: Hochschule
für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, Katholieke Hogeschool Brugge - Oostende (KHBO) and
Université Bordeaux 1 (UB1). The programme responds to a European shortage of highly qualified
human resources in the field of aeronautical engineering by pooling transnational expertise in
those specialised fields of aeronautical engineering that are crucial to today's aeronautical development
activities. Academia's and industry's expertise are combined in teaching to deliver
the best of both worlds to students. This provides an international dimension for students.
Target group are graduates with an aeronautical engineering (or related)
degree who are working in the aeronautical industry. The participants have a minimum of 4
years of academic training (or equivalent credits) and some years of relevant industrial experience.
The development of EPMA is funded by the EU:
Agreement Number: 2006-2324/001-001; Project Number: 29782-IC-1-2005-1-DE-ERASMUS-PROGUC-1
List of Short Courses Offered Now
List of Previous Short Courses.
Practical Information on EPMA
The recognition of a module (worth 4 ECTS)
has a work load of 100 hours (1 ECTS = 25 hours of work load) consisting of:
The ratio between self study time and project work is not necessarily the same on each
EPMA module. 10 EPMA modules have to be taken. This yields 40 ECTS.
- short course with a minimum of 30 hours (1 week = 5 days with 6 hours per day)
- self study time preceding the short course: 20 hours
- project work after the short course: 50 hours
The thesis accounts for another 20 ECTS. The thesis has a work load of about 500 hours.
The full EPMA programme hence consists of 60 ECTS equal to one year of full time studies.
As EPMA is a part time programme, it will probably require a minimum of 3 years in order to finish with a degree.
ECTS credits are collected at HAW Hamburg. HAW Hamburg issues a transcript of records if needed.
HAW Hamburg awards the joint EPMA degree together with a
for all students who fulfil the EPMA requirements. The EPMA programme also offers a double
- In addition to the joint EPMA degree, students can get a second degree from UB1 if they
write a thesis supervised at UB1 on a subject from its area of specialization.
- In addition to the joint EPMA degree, students can get a postgraduate certificate
from KHBO if they write a thesis supervised at KHBO on a subject that is from the
specialist area of aeronautical engineering at KHBO.
The partners have agreed to offer EPMA modules respectively short courses as shown in the following document (preliminary information):
List of EPMA Short Courses
Publications and Presentations on EPMA
EPMA Paper for CEAS 2007
EPMA Presentation for CEAS 2007 on 07-09-13
EPMA Presentation in Mexico during July 2007
EPMA Presentation for EWADE2007 on 07-05-31
Curriculum Development - Information for EPMA Partners
Last modified: 18 November 2007
AUTHOR: Prof. Dr. Scholz
Prof. Dr. Scholz
Aircraft Design and Systems Group (AERO)
Department of Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences