Professional Pilot, BSc

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

Starting date: September

Language requirements: English IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Academic minimum requirements: 12 years of education with grades 80% or above, or grades BBB at A level including mathematics and physics health: before enrollment: valid Class 1 Medical Certificate (see on EASA website)
Entrance exam: Written tests in mathematics and physics, oral online exam in mathematics and physics + oral motivation interview on aviation.
Duration: 7 semesters
ECTS credits: 210
Tuition Fee: 35,000 USD/year
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 Integrated ATP(A) course with a total of 200 hours (140 flight and 60 simulator hours) and Type Rating course or Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation course (more than 50 hours in Airbus A320 simulators).

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) course completion certificate and logbook endorsement,
    • Type-rating course completion certificate or APS MCC (Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation Training) course completion certificate (both trainings are conducted in Airbus A320 environment).


Core modules:

  • Basics of Natural Sciences (Mathematics, Technical Mechanics, Engineering Physics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Informatics, Descriptive Geometry, Meteorology, Human performance and limitations)
  • Economics and Humanities (Economics for Engineers, Microeconomics, Management for Engineers, Quality and Technical Management, Environmental protection, Dangerous Goods, Aviation Terminology)
  • Professional Compulsory Subjects (Informatics for Engineers, Aircraft Technology, Mechanical Machines and Machine Elements, Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies, Technique of Measurement, Environment, Health and Safety, Ergonomics (Basics of EHS), Mechatronic Devices (Sensors, Actuators, Motors), Basics of Aviation, Aircraft General Knowledge (Airframe, Systems, Power Plants and Instrumentation), Air Law, Human Performance, Meteorology, General Navigation, Radio Navigation, Communications)
  • Field-specific Vocational Subjects (Mass and Balance, Performance, Flight Planning and Monitoring, Operational Procedures)
  • Modules (Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation course including Jet Orientation training; Type Rating course)
Lecture, seminar: 40%
Practice: 60%


PHARMAFLIGHT Aviation Academy Ltd.

The outsourced department of University of Debrecen called Aviation Engineering is located in PHARMAFLIGHT International Science and Service Center, right next to Debrecen International Airport. PHARMAFLIGHT Aviation Academy Ltd. ATO (Approved Training Organization) is an EASA approved training organization that complies with European Union legislation. Students complete the training on a Cessna 172, Tecnam P2008JC and P2006T aircraft together with FNPT II and FFS simulators.



Our aim is to train professionals who are capable of working for aviation companies as professional pilots, who understand aviation, traffic, air operation and ground handling assignments and tasks. During their studies, pilot candidates will acquire the requirements for ATP(A) (Airline Transport Pilot) integrated training and, upon successful completion of the course, will receive a CPL / IR license with ATPL theory credit and will take apart on a A320 type rating course or Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation course too.




Internship, practice: Professional Pilot BSc students have to complete three summer internships lasting 8 weeks each.

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)


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