Interested in Aviation?

Build your knowledge in airport and flight operations with SA's longest running Aviation degree at the University of South Australia. 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 (Pilot) is structured so you can complete flight training at the same time as this specialised undergraduate degree.

Flight training commences while you're still studying your bachelor degree through the Graduate Diploma in Aviation. It is taught by UniSA’s partner, Flight Training Adelaide. 

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.
  • Undertake flight training with our partner Flight Training Adelaide, at Parafield Airport next to our Mawson Lakes campus.

 

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.

Our partnership with Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) draws on mutual experience and expertise to 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 is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities*, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

UNSTOPPABLE ® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. *Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50 Ranked #45, 2021 THE Young University Rankings

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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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)

Bachelor of Aviation is for individuals looking at pursuing Aviation as a profession, and so you will be equipped with skills that will enable you to lead and motivate a team, manage threats and errors in your everyday operation and learn about your own performance and limitations. You will gain a rock solid foundation from many experienced people to build an exciting career.

Grant Price, Boeing 777 Captain

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Emirates Airlines

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Grant Price, Boeing 777 Captain

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Emirates Airlines

Before my instructor sent me on my first solo flight, I was feeling quite nervous, but knowing that I was in control of the aircraft, with no one sitting beside me, was an experience I’ll never forget. Watching yourself grow as a professional pilot is truly an amazing feeling.

Alexi Currie

Graduate Diploma in Aviation

Alexi Currie

Alexi Currie

Graduate Diploma in Aviation

UniSA was the obvious choice because it was one of the few universities in Australia – and the only in the state – to
offer an aviation degree. As someone who is fascinated by airplanes, I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering the mysteries of the aviation industry.

Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Flight Instructor | Flight Training Adelaide

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Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Flight Instructor | Flight Training Adelaide

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 2017-19 – 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 innovation.*
*2020 QS Stars Ratings