Learn at your own pace with the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying, which can be taken full or part time. During your coursework, you'll cover the Multi-Crew-Coordination and Aeroplane Systems training required to operate an airline-category aeroplane.
 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying
Commencing Terms
Summer Term, Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying is designed to meet the needs of anyone seeking a career as an airline pilot. This program provides you with the ground and simulator training required by airlines for pilots prior to type endorsement. The core training involves concepts and practices of Multi-Crew-Coordination and the training in Aeroplane Systems required for you to operate an airline-category aeroplane as a pilot.

This graduate diploma also includes four related aviation postgraduate theory courses. You will learn about aviation safety management systems, human factors, accident investigation techniques, airworthiness for transport category aircraft and flight deck ops. The duration of this one-year program depends on the pattern of attendance, which can be full-time or part-time; it is one year if studied full time but can be undertaken on a part-time basis. It is one year if studied full-time but can be undertaken on a part-time basis. (AVIF5915 and AVIF5916 requires full time attendance for six weeks each at the Flying Operations Unit, Bankstown Airport. For more detailed schedule, please contact Rodney Hyde – r.hyde@unsw.edu.au )

This program is only available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. 

Why study at UNSW?

Standards
UNSW holds an Air Operators Certificate for flying training issued under CASR Parts 141/142. Safety and quality of training are of first priority. All training is managed by the University’s Head of Operations and in accordance with a precise syllabus approved by CASA. Flight training includes ongoing monitoring of students and instructors’ proficiency, with the student progression being dependent on the attainment of specific achievement levels at the end of each phase.

Training facilities
The UNSW Flying Operations Unit is based at Bankstown Airport, and operates Diamond DA40 and Piper PA44 training aeroplanes, fitted with the Garmin G1000 flight display/navigation systems. The FOU also operates a FRASCA flight training device fitted with the Garmin G1000 systems, as well as a Pacific Simulators PS4.5 FTD for Multi-Crew Coordination training and an Aerosim flat panel systems trainer for the DASH-8 Q400.

 

Program Code
5545
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
10

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Entry requirements

For entry into this program you must have/provide all of the following:

  • Commercial Pilot Licence and a Command Instrument Rating (Multi-Engine), ATPL theory subjects
  • be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • provide a CV
  • attend an interview with Head of School or Nominee to ascertain background and motivation (if not QantasLink approved)

Note: This course is available for CPL and instrument rating holders with a pass in all theory components of the Air Transport Pilot Licence – no prior degree is required.

Advanced Standing
Applicants who have completed the following cognate degrees will be given 12 UoC advanced standing toward the 24 UoC of required AVIA courses.

  • Bachelor of Aviation (Management or Flying)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical or Aerospace)

Additionally, applicants who have completed the Multi-Crew Coordination (MCC) training in AVIA3014 of the BAvFlying will be given 12 UoC advanced standing for AVIF5915 Multi Crew Coordination course.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

This program provides the ground and simulator training which is required for pilots by airlines prior to type endorsement. The core training includes the concepts and practices of Multi-Crew-Coordination, and training in Aeroplane Systems required for a pilot to operate an airline category aeroplane as a pilot. In addition to specific training as above, award of the Diploma will require satisfactory completion of four related aviation postgraduate theory courses. The student also needs to understand core aspects of the theory of aviation safety, and this will be acquired through studying existing additional School of Aviation postgraduate courses.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes are:

  • Graduates will be equipped with a breadth and depth of generic, disciplinary and specific knowledge and skills which can be applied to a range of complex contexts associated with operating an airline category aeroplane safely as a pilot.
  • Graduates will have developed an understanding of enquiry-based learning and demonstrate analytical skills.
  • Graduates will have developed a level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the areas of aviation safety and pilot performance.

Program structure

  • This program requires the satisfactory completion of 48 Units of Credit (UoC), comprised of two compulsory training courses – full-time attendance required
  • AVIF5916 Aeroplane Systems (12 UoC) – full-time attendance required

Each of which is available for enrolment Terms 1, 2 and 3, and 24 UoC of Graduate level Aviation courses, chosen from:

  • AVIA5015 Safety Management Systems (6 UOC)
  • AVIA5018 Aviation Human Factors (6 UOC)
  • AVIA5022 Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques (6 UOC)
  • AVIA5024 Flight Deck Ops for Advanced Transport Aircraft (6 UOC)
  • AVIA5039 Airworthiness for Transport Category Aircraft (6 UOC)

Note: Courses AVIA5015, AVIA5018, AVIA5022, AVIA5024 and AVIA5039 are offered in distance mode. AVIF5915 and AVIF5916 require attendance in Sydney.

Assessment 
The duration of this program depends on which pattern of attendance option is selected. Assessment for AVIF5915 and AVIF5916 will include practical assessments of capability on the simulation equipment used for training as well as academic knowledge.

Future careers

  • Airline Pilot
  • Flying Instructor
  • General Aviation Pilot
  • Flight Crew Manager

Further articulation into the Master of Aviation Management (Program 8741)
Students completing the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying will be granted 48 UoC toward the Master of Aviation Management (MAvMgmt) Program 8741, and will then need to undertake another 48 UoC to be awarded the master’s degree.

Airline partnerships
At this stage enrolment in this program does not give any official advantage to applicants seeking later appointment as a pilot in any airline. However, completion of the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying indicates an ongoing motivation for a career as a pilot, and provides a greater depth of background, which overall may provide a competitive edge to Direct Entry pilot applicants of any airlines.

How to apply

  • Submit an admission application online at: applyonline.unsw.edu.au
  • Provide your CV, and Proof of completion of UG Degree and transcript (if applicable) and attach these to the online application.
  • Complete a separate Internal Application for the GradDip Adv Flying and return it to the School of Aviation.
  • The School of Aviation will contact you for an interview when we receive both your admission and interview applications.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$46,920*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$46,920*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (6 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

A FEE-HELP loan scheme is available to eligible students to assist with the payment of these fees up to the combined HELP loan limit which is $108,232 in 2021. Please note, this program is NOT eligible for the higher combined HELP loan limit which applies to the GradDipFlying. 

The fees indicated below are for each postgraduate AVIF and AVIA course in 2021. Fees are based on a cost per Unit of Credit (UoC) of AUD$ 1,270 for AVIF courses and AUD $685 for AVIA courses. For further information, please visit the UNSW Fees and Payment website.

AVIF compulsory course AVIA elective course

AUD $15,240

($1,270 x 12 UoC)

AUD $4,110

($685 x 6 UoC)

 

Students are charged tuition fees for each of the courses enrolled in the program. The current fee rates can be viewed at UNSW Science for Domestic Full Fee-Paying table. Note the rate charged for ‘AVIF’ courses, i.e. AVIF5915 and AVIF5916, is different to ‘AVIA’ courses due to the intense one-on-one training in simulators delivered as part of the AVIF course curriculum.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$50,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$50,280*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

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