If you’re looking to take the next step in your career with a professional industry-linked qualification, the Master of Aviation Management will set you on the path to success. Network with a broad range of aviation professionals, expand your knowledge on aviation issues and accelerate your career.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Fully online
Award
Master of Aviation Management
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
2 Year(s)

Overview

Enhance your professional knowledge and gain a competitive edge in the aviation industry with the Master of Aviation Management. This program is designed for students who have a university degree and relevant industry experience. It will equip you with essential skills and knowledge in the fields of science, engineering, interpersonal relations, the environment and management. You’ll explore law and regulations, safety and security, airline and airport management, technical operations and aviation economics.

Key features

  • Research experience
    In your final term, you’ll complete a research project, which draws together everything you’ve learned during the program. The project will provide you with practical skills in research relevant to the applied aviation environment. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to take initiative and use your imagination to solve problems in the industry.
  • Wide range of career opportunities
    Launch your career in aviation management or enhance your current role with industry knowledge. We have students from non-aviation backgrounds, such as law or finance, who chose this degree to either gain entry into the industry or work with aviation organisations. Personnel with technical skills, such as engineers and pilots, can enhance their knowledge of management and commercial issues. If you have a business background, this degree will help you understand airline strategy and technical issues, which impact aviation operations.
  • Flexible and interactive online environment
    Choose courses in any order that suits your interests and study part-time or full-time in any term depending on your other commitments. This program is delivered via distance using the university’s eLearning system. Each course has its own facilitator who is responsible for interacting with students and enabling students to interact with one another. The course facilitator leads discussion groups, ensures participation in web-supported activities, advises students on where to source research materials and responds to questions relating to the course and assignments.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Join a top 50 global university
UNSW is ranked 44th in the world.* UNSW Aviation operates as a school within the Faculty of Science. It’s the only stand-alone university aviation school in Australia. We’re focused on combining leading research, world-class facilities and practical teaching to create graduates that are ready to take on global opportunities within the aviation sector.

Learn from expert educators
Our industry facilitators bring a wealth of aviation experience, while our academic staff regularly engage with regulatory authorities, industry bodies and research collaborators. Our courses are written and coordinated by experts with substantial industry experience, have rigorous academic standards and are designed to guide student learning. UNSW Aviation educators come directly from leadership roles in industry, having held senior management positions with Qantas, Airservices Australia, CASA, ATSB and the Federal Airports Corporation. 

Gain industry-relevant knowledge and experience
This program was developed in consultation with the Australian aviation industry to produce graduates who will advance to positions of management and influence. Our courses are regularly reviewed to ensure quality and relevance. Our teaching staff refer to academic readings, case studies and relate examples from their own professional experiences. Where possible, assignments relate to workplace situations – as such, many of the tasks undertaken in courses may be later used in the workplace, reinforcing the theory and benefiting both yourself and your employer. Throughout the degree, you’ll also be encouraged to undertake industry-based scholarships and internships. These programs provide valuable opportunities to consolidate knowledge, determine career interests and significantly enhance employment prospects upon graduation. 

*QS World University Rankings 2021

 

Program Code
8741
CRICOS Code
N/A
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
116

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Entry requirements

For entry into this program, you must have a three-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree. There are four different entry groups – the group you belong to will depend on the discipline of your undergraduate degree and years of industry experience (if applicable). If you have more than half a year of relevant professional experience you may be eligible for advanced standing into the program which will shorten the duration of your studies

Entry group one

This group may be eligible for 48 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation (Honours) with no industry experience
  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum two years' industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum two years' industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum five years' industry experience

Entry group two

This group may be eligible for 36 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum 0.5 years industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum 0.5 years industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum two years' industry experience

Entry group three

This group may be eligible for 24 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum 0.5 years industry experience

Entry group four

This group is not eligible for any advanced standing. This group includes:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with no industry experience

Cognate degrees

Any degrees from any of the following disciplines:

  • aviation
  • science
  • engineering
  • psychology
  • management
  • economics
  • commerce.

Examples of industry experience

Your industry experience could be (but not limited to) any of the following:

  • advanced flying training (e.g. any holder of command instrument rating, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence)
  • air traffic controller
  • airport operations specialist
  • airport compliance personnel
  • airport/aviation consultant
  • aviation legal practitioner
  • airline captain, first officer, second officer or line pilot
  • business strategy analyst
  • defence force personnel
  • flying instructor
  • flight attendant
  • flight scheduler
  • human factors analyst
  • licensed aircraft maintenance engineer
  • aircraft technician
  • managerial role
  • marketing and sales personnel
  • network planner
  • police and fire fighters
  • research analyst
  • revenue analyst
  • flight dispatcher and load controller
  • flight safety operations
  • risk management personnel.

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.

For entry into this program, you must have a three-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree. There are four different entry groups – the group you belong to will depend on the discipline of your undergraduate degree and years of industry experience (if applicable). If you have more than half a year of relevant professional experience you may be eligible for advanced standing into the program which will shorten the duration of your studies

Entry group one

This group may be eligible for 48 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation (Honours) with no industry experience
  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum two years of industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum two years of industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum five years of industry experience

Entry group two

This group may be eligible for 36 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum 0.5 years of industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum 0.5 years of industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum two years of industry experience

Entry group three

This group may be eligible for 24 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum 0.5 years of industry experience

Entry group four

This group is not eligible for any advanced standing. This group includes:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with no industry experience

Cognate degrees

Any degrees from any of the following disciplines:

  • aviation
  • science
  • engineering
  • psychology
  • management
  • economics
  • commerce.

Examples of industry experience

Your industry experience could be (but not limited to) any of the following:

  • advanced flying training (e.g. any holder of command instrument rating, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence)
  • air traffic controller
  • airport operations specialist
  • airport compliance personnel
  • airport/aviation consultant
  • aviation legal practitioner
  • airline captain, first officer, second officer or line pilot
  • business strategy analyst
  • defence force personnel
  • flying instructor
  • flight attendant
  • flight scheduler
  • human factors analyst
  • licensed aircraft maintenance engineer
  • aircraft technician
  • managerial role
  • marketing and sales personnel
  • network planner
  • police and fire fighters
  • research analyst
  • revenue analyst
  • flight dispatcher and load controller
  • flight safety operations
  • risk management personnel.

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 English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do 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.

Program structure

The Master of Aviation Management is comprised of 16 courses which cover:

  • law and regulations
  • safety and security
  • airline and airport management
  • technical operations
  • aviation economics.

It also includes a research project taken in your final term under the guidance of a supervisor on an aviation topic of your choice. You may choose courses in any order that suits your interests and may study part-time or full-time in any term depending on your other commitments.

Full program structure

The Master of Aviation Management can be completed in two years of full-time study or four years part-time. The program is made up of 16 courses total, including 15 elective courses and one aviation research project.

Elective courses

You will need to complete 15 elective courses out of the list below.

Articulation

The graduate diploma provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Aviation Management. After completing the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management, you’ll only need to complete a further 48 units of credit including a research project to complete the master’s degree.

Future careers

Australia has one of the most highly developed aviation industries in the world. It’s home to some of the best global airlines and has significant hubs for airlines based in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Aviation management is a broad and dynamic field. It offers a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as: 

  • airline marketing
  • flight operations management
  • aviation economics
  • aviation law and regulations
  • aviation safety
  • aviation security
  • corporate planning
  • fleet planning
  • schedule planning
  • flight operations
  • air traffic management
  • aircraft engineering
  • airport management.

Aviation management graduates are hired by airlines and related organisations such as airports, government agencies, tourism authorities, freight forwarders and airport ground handling companies. If you look even more widely you can also join consulting firms, IT firms and air safety authorities.

UNSW Aviation produces graduates of the highest calibre, whose qualifications are recognised throughout the world. Our graduates work across a range of Australian and international organisations including Qantas, Airservices Australia, Rex, the Defence Forces, Sydney Airport, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Emirates, to name a few.

Graham Stevenson
“The range of subjects gave me the opportunity to specialise in certain topics, while gaining more general knowledge in other aviation disciplines. Aviation is such a varied field and my master's degree was able to give me a good grounding in so many areas of the industry. "

Graham Stevenson

Etihad Airways

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. 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 and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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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
$32,880*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$66,000*

*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.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$39,600*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$79,680*

*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.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

Rosina Helbig
“Being a pilot, there is so much more that I can offer than flying a plane. My master’s degree has made me a more competitive candidate, knowing that I can also work in the administration side of aviation."

Rosina Helbig

First Officer

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