4 reasons Toulouse, France is a great place to start your career in aerospace

4 reasons Toulouse, France is a great place to start your career in aerospace

By Chloe Lane

Updated February 21, 2023 Updated February 21

If a dynamic career in the aerospace industry sounds appealing, you might want to consider studying in Toulouse.

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The aerospace industry offers some of the most interesting and varied careers for graduates today. Working in the aerospace industry might see you designing and developing aircraft, satellites, spacecraft or missiles.

If a dynamic career in the aerospace industry sounds appealing, you might want to consider studying in Toulouse.

Located in the south-west of France, Toulouse is not only one of France’s best student cities, it also offers a wealth of job prospects for those looking to work in the aerospace and mobility industry. In fact, this city, the fourth largest in France, is often referred to as the European capital for aerospace.

Here are just four reasons why Toulouse is the perfect place to start your career in aerospace.

With more than 500 aerospace companies, Toulouse is the European capital city for aerospace

Toulouse is a dynamic business, cultural and educational centre, home to hundreds of international companies. Among these are a cluster of more than 500 aerospace engineering companies and research centres. Here you’ll find three of the biggest aircraft manufacturers: Airbus, ATR and Daher, as well as a huge, diverse supply chain. 

Toulouse also houses two of Europe’s largest satellite integrators: Airbus Defence & Space and Thales Alenia Space. In addition, the French Space Agency, the French Space Force & Air Command and NATO space excellence centre are located here. In fact, the city is home to a quarter of all space jobs in Europe with many companies working in the NewSpace sector.

This area of Toulouse is also known for its Aerospace Valley – a private-public incubator which looks towards high-tech business initiatives in the aerospace industry such as AI, self-driving vehicles, drones and Urban Air Mobility.

You’ll be following in the footsteps of current industry leaders

If you choose to study an aerospace-related degree in Toulouse, you will be following in the footsteps of successful leaders in the industry. 

TBS Education offers the MSc Aerospace Management and has more than two decades of experience training aerospace students and preparing them for managerial positions in aeronautics, space and airline industries.

For students looking to specialise in space, TBS Education is adding a new space track to the MSc Aerospace Management in the frame of Universeh (European Space University for Earth and Humanity). This is a unique opportunity to learn how to work in the space industry at both an international and multidisciplinary level.

Alumni of the MSc Aerospace Management at TBS Education are currently working everywhere in the world, including France, with some of the best - and most profitable – businesses and promising start-ups.

Toulouse’s universities have decades of experience teaching students about aerospace

If you’re looking to learn about aerospace from the world’s experts, there’s nowhere better to study than Toulouse. 

As a founding member of Aerospace Valley, TBS Education is fully immersed in the aerospace and mobility ecosystem. Over the past 20 years, TBS Education increased the number of dedicated training courses it offers and helps students build the skills they’ll need to thrive in the industry. The school has opened its own TBS Aerospace Centre of Excellence in 2019. 

In the MSc Aerospace Management at TBS Education, you’ll learn about management and business in the full value chain of aeronautics and space, from design to aircraft and space systems delivery, including services and operations.

The master’s has received the CGE quality award, a national accreditation for the top business schools in France – a symbol of the programme’s high quality of teaching. The CGE label also gives international students the opportunity to stay on and work in France after graduating.

You’ll contribute to the new thrilling challenges of aerospace with hands-on learning

Aerospace is continuously evolving and changing, so the way it is taught must change with it. To be successful in the industry, graduates will need to develop the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed to approach future challenges in a sustainable, energy-efficient way. 

TBS Education is constantly looking for ways to review and improve its teaching to prepare students for the future of aerospace. 

The university’s MSc Aerospace Management, for example, invites aerospace senior professionals to share their expertise and encourage students involved in hands-on activities, notably through real consulting missions for aerospace companies, such as Airbus, ATR, Safran, Thales and Liebherr; or active participation to conferences, such as USAIRE and Royal Aeronautical Society – Toulouse Branch. 

Students will learn through classwork, case studies, group projects, role playing games, field studies and workshops. There will be a chance to demonstrate your knowledge in a dissertation and practice your skills in an optional professional internship.

This article was originally published in February 2023 .

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A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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