The MPhil Aviation provides students with a qualification that combines research training with a substantial coursework component.

The program requires student to undertake 1.5 - 2 years of supervised research which includes between 18 and 24 Units of Credit of advanced coursework. It is a requirement of the award that all coursework is completed within the first year of enrolment and must be passed at first attempt.

The MPhil Aviation is an alternate to BAv Honours for students:

  • Returning to study after a period away (e.g., in the workforce), or
  • Domestic and international who would like to obtain experience and qualification in conducting research, or
  • Who have limited background or knowledge in aviation and would like to pursue a career in this area.

Students will choose a research project from aviation-related disciplines that include operations, safety, management, economics, and tourism. A supervisor with specialist knowledge in the discipline will be appointed to guide and mentor each student. In addition, each student will receive a tailored plan outlining the specific courses required to be completed for the award. The plan will take into considerations the student's background, academic achievements and aspirations.

Entry requirements 

The minimum requirement for admission to a Master of Philosophy is:

  • an appropriate UNSW Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline at a level specified by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC); or 
  • an equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution as determined by the Faculty HDC

The minimum requirement for UNSW Scholarship with admission to a Master of Philosophy is:

  • a four year Bachelor's degree with Honours Class I from an Australian institution or equivalent research qualification experience. This qualification must be in a field relevant to the proposed area of research.

English requirements

All applicants must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission: UNSW English Language Requirements.


The costs associated with enrolment in a research higher degree program vary depending on whether you are a domestic or international candidate. Learn more about the fees and costs associated with your preferred higher degree research program at Fees and Costs

How to apply

  • Find out the minimum eligibility requirements for research degrees offered at UNSW.

  • Applicants who are interested, please email your CV, academic transcripts and research descriptions/proposals to:

    and cc

    Applicants who have their own research topics/projects will need to find a potential supervisor within the School. The supervisors show their areas of expertise. Please email the potential supervisor your research proposal, CV and academic transcripts.

  • Once the research project is agreed by both the applicant and the supervisor, the supervisor will advise the applicant to submit a formal admission application. All research degree applicants must apply online. All applicants should check and be aware of the application due dates.

Degree type

Postgraduate Research


1.5 - 2 years (full time)

4 years (part time)

Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Summer Term

Program code


Plan code


Delivery mode

Research, Face-to-face (includes blended)

Minimum Units of Credit


Scholarship opportunities

We assist postgraduate researchers with a range of prestigious scholarships with annual stipends, living allowances, tuition fee costs, travel scholarships and supplements. Our scholarships support both current and new postgraduate research candidates.