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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

Degree overview

  • Develop broad expertise in aviation management, safety and operations, airline finance and airport management.
  • The University of South Australia is in Asia’s top two per cent for innovation.1
  • Our highly-skilled graduates are ready to meet the growing global demand in aviation2.
  • Our research profile is envied by many older universities – we have researchers working on more than 500 international collaborations across 45 countries.

1 Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities 2016
2 IATA Press Release No.59, 18 October 2016



This degree is for students living and studying in Hong Kong. It is managed by Hong Kong Baptist University in collaboration with the University of South Australia.

Global tourism and travel continues to grow and that growth is strongest in the Asia-Pacific region1. Hong Kong – the gateway to China and a global financial hub – is a logical place to study aviation and to launch your career.

The University of South Australia was the first in Australasia to offer degree qualifications in aviation, and we have worked in close partnership with this industry for many years. Working with some of the aviation industry’s most experienced people, you will learn from academics and industry experts. They will teach you the very latest in aviation theory. This degree focuses on aviation management, safety and law; airline finance and operations; and airport management.

There is one annual intake in September, and the degree is delivered over three study periods. Students are generally expected to complete degree requirements in 12 months. Students may attend a graduation ceremony or presentation of awards ceremony in Adelaide or Hong Kong. The Hong Kong ceremony can be attended in the November following the standard expected completion date.

1 IATA Press Release No.59, 18 October 2016

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.

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.

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 Performance & Limitations in Aviation 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
Humans in Aviation: People, Systems and Safety AERO 2053 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Foundations of Airline Finance AERO 2057 4.5
Aviation Economics AERO 2059 4.5
Airline Operations Management AERO 2058 4.5
University Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Project Management: Principles and Strategies INFS 2022 4.5
Airport Management AERO 3017 4.5
Organisational Leadership BUSS 3050 4.5
Aviation Project 1 AERO 3013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Aviation Strategic Management AERO 3018 4.5
Elective 1 4.5
Safety and Risk Management for Aviation Professionals AERO 3016 4.5
Aviation Project 2 AERO 3012 4.5



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

  • case studies, reports and critical analyses
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • an industry-relevant project
  • group projects or presentation

Why Bachelor of Aviation (Management) - HKBU

Why this Degree

Global tourism is in a cycle of ongoing growth. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts 7.2 billion passengers will travel by air in 2035 – nearly double the air travellers from 20161.

Along with the obvious need for pilots and ground staff, employers will also require experts in the growing field of workplace health and safety systems. As more people travel and the industry becomes more sophisticated, staff with a broad range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge will become valuable assets. 

This degree prepares you for a management role in the global aviation industry. You will 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.

This degree utilises a combination of different learning techniques. You will attend on-campus seminars and workshops and will be supported by an online environment. You will be supported by a dedicated team of academic and support staff, and you will become part of a community of other professional, like-minded students.

1 IATA Press Release No.59, 18 October 2016

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: oversee day-to-day operations airports, responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of safety, security and customer service
  • maintenance and safety specialists: 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

1 IATA Press Release No.59, 18 October 2016

How to apply

Please contact the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Your study experience and support

At present there are over 6,300 full-time students and approximately 8,200 part-time students enrolled in degrees at various levels from certificates, diplomas, higher/professional diplomas, as well as associate degrees and higher degrees. In addition to offering degrees awarded by the Hong Kong Baptist University, HKBU's School of Continuing Education (SCE) has also provided various degrees collaboratively with different overseas institutions since 1985.

You will benefit from the modern facilities and be taught by academics who are experts in their field.

Student services

Student services

We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • a dedicated website for Hong Kong students
  • access to Hong Kong Baptist University Main Library, and the School of Continuing Education resource library
  • access to UniSA on-line library database
  • medical and dental benefits (HKBU)
  • academic counselling (HKBU and UniSA)
  • access to online academic workshops
  • dedicated myUniSA site for Hong Kong students

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

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