Interested in Aviation?

The University of South Australia will build your knowledge in airport and flight operations and prepare you for a global career in aviation. UniSA has well above world-class research in Aviation1.

We offer two specialisations – Pilot or Aviation Management. In the Bachelor of Aviation (Management), you will develop the knowledge and skills for a 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.

1Results in Engineering - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Key features

  • Build your knowledge in airport and flight operations with South Australia’s longest running degree 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.

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.

UniSA offers the following 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

Within the next 20 years, it is predicted there will be a demand of 837,000 new personnel required in the Asia-Pacific region. Although the aviation industry is currently experiencing a downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term need remains robust with anticipation of growth to the sector in coming years.1

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.

1Boeing 20-year Pilot, Technician and Cabin Crew Outlook 2020 - 2039

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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Study at UniSA

Sam Rogers talks about his experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot) and Graduate Diploma in Aviation, where he completed flight training at UniSA's Aviation Academy.

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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)

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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:

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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.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

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