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Interested in Aviation?

With worldwide demand for aviation experts growing1, the University of South Australia will build your knowledge in airport and flight operations and prepare you for a global career in aviation.

We offer two specialisations – Pilot or Aviation Management. In the Bachelor of Aviation (Management), you will develop the knowledge and skills for a successful career in aviation management, airline administration, and airport or flight operations. The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight) is structured so you can complete flight training at the same time as this specialised undergraduate degree.

Flight training can start from the first year of your bachelor degree through private flying lessons.

Through postgraduate studies in organisational safety management or human factors you can investigate the impact of safety in today’s business environment, and gain advanced knowledge in the development of expert safety management systems.

 1Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014-2033

Key features

  • Prepare for a global career in the aviation industry, with steady growth and increased demand for commercial airline pilots and technicians predicted over the next 20 years1.
  • Build your knowledge in airport and flight operations with South Australia’s only degrees in aviation.
  • We were the first in Australasia to offer a tertiary qualification in aviation.
  • Develop fundamental knowledge in aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, and aircraft power plants and systems.
  • Access flight simulators and work with the latest industry software.
  • Focus on the interaction between humans and the socio-technical systems in which they work with postgraduate study in human factors.

1Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014 - 2033

Why UniSA?

We emphasise hands-on, practical knowledge. For example, through our connection with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) information service you can submit flight plans and access the latest aerodrome alerts and weather forecasts.

Private flying lessons are available through Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) who deliver quality flight training to our aviation students. FTA teaches from The University of South Australia’s Parafield Airport hangar, located near our Mawson Lakes campus.

Our postgraduate qualifications in organisational safety and human factors are taught by experienced academics and industry experts using the latest teaching tools. You’ll learn the most current workplace safety methods and be able to transfer those skills to any industry.

UniSA offers 6 Aviation degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Over the next 20 years, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts that passenger air travel will double. Routes to, from and within the Asia-Pacific region will see an extra 1.8 billion annual passengers by 2035 – the second highest global growth rate1.

This growth should have a flow on effect on other careers in the field of aviation, making it a very exciting time to be launching a career in this vibrant industry.

 1 IATA Press Release No.59, 18 October 2016

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university; our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We also have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Bachelor of Aviation and Graduate Diploma in Aviation graduate Alexi Currie discusses her experience of studying at the University of South Australia.

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What others are saying

With a curiosity into how things work mechanically and aerodynamically, I decided to study Aviation at UniSA. This degree left many doors open for me, as to whether I wanted to be a pilot, airport manager, air traffic controller or even do something a little left field like mechanics or engineering. 

Xander Redhead

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)

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Xander Redhead

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)

For any student considering an aviation industry based career, I would strongly recommend this UniSA degree and the social life that you gain with it. Make sure to take advantage of the Aviation Student Association (ASO) club. This has allowed myself and many of my peers to meet with a vast range of companies such as Qantas, REX, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Airservices Adelaide control tower and many more. You'll gain so much exposure to the industry and network with the staff who are potentially going to hire you in the future!

Be active within UniSA's online career hub where you can take extra workshops on: how to network, leadership, emotional intelligence, and a huge list of other valuable and employable skills that can set you apart from the rest.

Kim Clarke

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)


Kim Clarke

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017