Interested in Aviation?

Build your knowledge in airport and flight operations with SA's only tertiary Aviation degree at the University of South Australia. With worldwide demand for aviation experts growing1, we'll prepare you for a global career in aviation. UniSA has well above world-class research in Aviation2.

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 (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. 

 1Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014-2033

2Results in Engineering - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Key features

  • Study SA's only aviation degree.
  • 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.
  • Undertake flight training with our partner Flight Training Adelaide, at Parafield Airport next to our Mawson Lakes campus.

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.

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 #25, 2020 THE Young University Rankings. Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

UniSA offers the following Aviation degrees

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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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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)
Employment: Emirates Airlines

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Grant Price, Boeing 777 Captain

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
<br />Employment: 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)
Employment: Flight Training Adelaide
Role: Flight Instructor


Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
<br />Employment: 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)


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.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA- founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and innovation.*
*2020 QS Stars Ratings