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Start Date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

434131 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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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 and research methods.



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 (Pilot).

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

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 (Pilot) degree or other aviation-related electives.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Aviation AERO 1022 4.5
Introduction to Aviation Management AERO 1024 4.5
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5
Aviation Law AERO 1014 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Aviation Practice AERO 1020 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)
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 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
Undergraduate Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Aviation Project 1 AERO 3013 4.5
Airport Management AERO 3017 4.5
Aviation Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Safety and Risk Management for Aviation Professionals AERO 3016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Aviation Strategic Management AERO 3018 4.5
Aviation Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Project Management: Principles and Strategies INFS 2022 4.5
Aviation Project 2 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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

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. In fact, we are one of Australia's leading universities for Engineering research (UniSA's Engineering research rated well above world-class - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)).

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

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

Careers to consider:

  • Air traffic management
  • General airport management
  • Cabin crew
  • Ground services and management
  • Australian Government and regulatory bodies
  • International regulatory bodies such as IATA and ICAO
  • Consultant in aviation, tourism, business management or transport sectors
  • Travel and tourism industry
  • Compliance and audit
  • Operations control and dispatching
  • Air cargo and logistics
  • Supply chain management in tourism, aviation or transport sectors
  • Business or management career in any sector

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

Industry facts


Employment for professionals in aviation is expected to increase by 1,100 by 2025

(Australian Industry and Skills Committee 2022)


Commercial air traffic is expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2024

(2022 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook)


By 2038, global air travel transport is forecasted to support 143 million jobs and contribute $6.3 trillion to the global economy

(Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders 2022)

How to apply

To apply for this degree, click on the button below.

If you’re still deciding, making note of the SATAC Code of the degree so that you can find it when you add it to your SATAC preferences.

The SATAC code for Bachelor of Aviation (Management) is: 434131

You can apply to SATAC via the button below.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Additional info

Students enrolled in this degree do not qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (LGAV), the University’s practical flying program.

Your program director

I’m an academic leading the UniSA’s aviation program. I teach courses and conduct research into aviation, especially on airlines and airports. My colleagues and I work on projects across all aspects in aviation, thereby enabling relevance and connections with the industry. Our aviation team comprises of experts in specific aviation sub-sectors such as flight operations, human factors, airport management and accident investigation. Both our industry collaboration and technical knowledge enable our coursework and materials to be distinctive in satisfying the needs of the ever-changing industry and ensuring academic excellence.

AsPr Paul Lee

Program Director

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AsPr Paul Lee

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)
Aircrew Planning & Training Coordinator | Cobham Aviation Services

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Sarah Houston

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)
Aircrew Planning & Training Coordinator | Cobham Aviation Services