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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 36,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Develop a global career in aviation management.
  • Build your knowledge in airport and flight operations.
  • Focus on aviation law, airline finance, operations management and safety.
  • Gain fundamental knowledge in aviation practice, aviation management, aviation safety, human factors, aviation law, airline finance and airline operations.
  • Benefit from close links to industry with coursework and materials aligned directly to industry needs and best practice.
  • Broaden your studies with courses in professional and technical communication, leadership an research methods.



With worldwide demand for aviation experts growing1, UniSA will build your knowledge in airport and flight operations and prepare you for a global career in aviation management.

This degree focuses on airline and airport management, aviation finance and marketing, safety management, and aviation law in Australia and internationally.

UniSA works in close partnership with industry so you will learn from leaders in the field of aviation.

If you are interested in becoming a pilot, see the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight).

1 Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014-2033

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will commence your studies with an introduction to aviation, aviation management and safety. There are also courses in professional and technical communication, and human factors. You’ll even have the chance to spend a semester flying in our simulators to understand the pilot side of aviation.

As your studies progress you will explore aviation law, finance, economics and marketing; airline operations management; airport, project and strategic management; and risk and safety systems. You’ll also study leadership, and communications and research methods.

You will study one elective from any of the University of South Australia electives, and one from the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight) degree or other aviation-related electives.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5
Introduction to Aviation AERO 1022 4.5
Aviation Practice AERO 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Introduction to Aviation Management AERO 1024 4.5
Introduction to Aviation Safety AERO 1025 4.5
Human Factors 1 AERO 1017 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Aviation Law AERO 1014 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Aviation Marketing AERO 2060 4.5
Human Factors 2 AERO 2053 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Airline Finance AERO 2057 4.5
Aviation Economics AERO 2059 4.5
Airline Operations Management AERO 2058 4.5
University Elective Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Risk and Safety Management Systems AERO 3016 4.5
Airport Management AERO 3017 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Communications and Research Methods AERO 3013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Aviation Strategic Management AERO 3018 4.5
Organisational Leadership BUSS 3050 4.5
Project Management: Principles and Strategies INFS 2022 4.5
Aviation Project AERO 3012 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • practical tasks and tests
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • an industry-relevant project
  • an oral or online presentation

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Aviation (Management)

Why this Degree

The aviation industry is growing steadily and it is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Employers seek qualified aviation professionals with excellent skills and an all-round understanding of the industry complexities.

You will learn the very latest in aviation theory from academics, industry experts and flight instructors, plus you’ll get hands-on, practical experience and real-world assignments.

This degree prepares you for a management role in the aviation industry in Australia or overseas. You’ll develop a sound professional understanding of the industry and its associated environment. Your skills in organisational, regulatory, safety, technical and business management will make you adaptable and highly employable.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide. These extensive industry connections give us a truly competitive edge – our students get real-world skills and connections. We emphasise hands-on, practical knowledge. For example, you will use brand new airline simulation software to design a fully-functioning airline that responds to real-world demands and constraints.

UniSA has a strong focus on aviation research and we have developed partnerships and new technologies for industry.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Over the next 20 years, IATA (the International Air Transport Association) forecasts that passenger air travel will double. Routes to, from and within the Asia-Pacific 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.

Careers to consider:

  • manager airport services/operation manager: oversee day-to-day operations airports, responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of safety, security and customer service
  • maintenance and safety specialist: responsible for programs and projects that ensure aircraft or workplace health and safety, including implementing WHS strategies, training employees and investigating incidents
  • air traffic controller: directing and monitoring air traffic (both on the ground and in the sky), coordinating flight schedules, overseeing stringent safety protocols and aircraft communication

1IATA Press Release No.59, 18 October 2016

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Aviation at UniSA.
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Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I’m an academic in UniSA’s aviation program, I teach courses and conduct research into aviation safety, specifically in standardisation and multiculturalism. My colleagues and I work on projects in aviation safety with airlines and airports, so we maintain a close connection to industry. This really helps us to be certain that the coursework and materials we provide students satisfy the needs of industry and represent academic excellence.

Dr Steve Leib

Program Director

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Dr Steve Leib

Program Director


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What others are saying

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)

I've gone from being a police officer in the USA, to working in aviation. I believe in trying everything, and pursuing things you're truly interested in. I've always had a love of planes and a desire to get in the air, so my degree was the perfect fit.

Sarah Houston

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)
Employment: Cobham Aviation Services
Role: Aircrew Planning & Training Coordinator

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Sarah Houston

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)
<br />Employment: Cobham Aviation Services