Bachelor of Aviation Management


  • 3-year degree with entry in February, June or September, comprising academic courses in aviation operational management, and safety. An Honours year is possible.
  • Aims to develop future senior managers in the aviation industry.
  • Academic courses delivered by a combination of academic experts and experienced industry professionals.
  • Available for Local and International Students
  • Top half of graduates achieve premium positions. Read the latest industry update.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Flying may be taken concurrently by Australian citizens and residents, for a 4-year double qualification program.

The official description of the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) program is available on-line in the Handbook.

    UNSW Code: 3981
    UAC Code: 429520

    This information sheet is more descriptive, but the official version in the Handbook takes precedence if there is any uncertainty in interpretation.

    The BAv (Management) is a 3-year full time degree intended to produce future aviation managers, who understand both the core theoretical foundations of aviation operational management, and their practical application in a work environment. The course content covers the broad sweep of aviation, and is not limited to airline management.

    The Management degree includes a wide range of aviation management courses which have been developed in consultation with the industry. Aviation management covers a wide range of areas, and courses aim to develop skills including critical thinking and decision making in topics including airline marketing, aviation safety, aviation security, corporate planning, fleet planning, schedule planning, flight operations, air traffic management, aircraft engineering and airport management.

    Students are exposed to current aviation topics and often work in teams to solve contemporary air transport problems. Learning exercises range from operating a startup airline in a management simulation to exploring the cognitive abilities of humans in the fast developing environment of aviation.

    Graduates of the Management degree have a broad education that provides a solid base for pursuing a career in aviation. Many graduates have enjoyed the flexibility to grow their careers through various roles in airlines and related industries. The degree is designed to prepare graduates for employment in international and regional airlines of all sizes. Other prospective employers include airports, government agencies such as the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Air Services Australia, tourism authorities, freight forwarders, and airport ground handling companies. Students looking more widely are well prepared to join consulting firms, IT firms, and air safety authorities.

    Throughout the degree, students are encouraged to undertake industry-based scholarships and internship programs. These programs provide students a valuable opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, determine their career interests and significantly enhance their employment prospects upon graduation.

    The UNSW Aviation program is constantly evolving in response to the needs of the aviation industry and students. Aviation requires many disciplines and skills and is increasingly looking to people who have appropriate tertiary qualifications and the personal qualities needed for a career in the dynamic environment of the aviation industry. The Bachelor of Aviation (Management) aims to produce aviation professionals of this calibre.


    Entry Requirements (for 2021)

    • Australian students, an ATAR of 80,
    • International UNSW Foundation Studies, 7 Points with C+ in English, IB: 27 points.
    • Entry requirements for those with other qualifications are available on request.


    Academic Program

    This comprises of a set of compulsory courses plus electives. The academic program comprises course in aviation management, and aviation safety as well as core courses in enabling mathematics and management. Course topics include:

    • Fundamentals of Aviation
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Microeconomics
    • Introduction to Human Factors
    • Aviation Transport Economics
    • Airline Financial Analysis & Decision Support
    • Aviation Law & Regulations
    • Airline Marketing Strategies
    • Air Transport: Economics & the Environment
    • Introduction to Airborne Drone Management
    • Advanced Law and Regulation in Aviation
    • Regional & General Aviation
    • Aviation Operations Research
    • Aviation Security & Airport Management
    • Macroeconomics
    • Baggage Handling System Design, Technology & Operations
    • Airline Management
    • Aviation Safety & Resource Management
    • Simulator Applications & Air Traffic Management
    • Aviation & Sustainable Tourism
    • Airline Resource Management
    • Aviation Research Methods
    • Workplace Safety

    Read more about the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) curriculum.


    Financial Arrangements

    Local (Australian) students pay academic fees known as HECS, which may be loaned from the Australian Government. International students pay academic fees according to a different structure.



    Course classes are not repeated, and the class schedule is set centrally. Students will need to make themselves available for study at any times during the core hours of 0900 to 2000 Monday to Friday.



    As well as being certified by UNSW, the courses offered are overseen in general by an Industry Advisory Committee. The IAC comprises senior members of the Aviation Industry who provide strategic guidance concerning the most relevant course topics useful for employment.


    Assessment (Academic)

    Students will need to satisfactorily complete 144 Units of Credit, comprised of courses as listed in the handbook.


    The Concurrent Graduate Diploma in Flying (UNSW Program 5536)

    Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens with special Australian residency visas may concurrently study for the Graduate Diploma in Flying. This will enable them to also achieve professional flying qualifications. The concurrent BAv (Management) – Grad Dip (Flying) programs take 4 years to complete. Read more information about the Graduate Diploma in Flying.


    Streamlined Visa Process

    There is a Streamlined Visa Process for International Applicants to UNSW programs. UNSW Australia is pleased to announce its partnership with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in the Streamlined Visa Process (SVP) introduced in March, 2012. The SVP greatly benefits international students by streamlining the documentation required for a student visa application and greatly hastens the visa application process for the vast majority of all inbound international students to UNSW. Please visit UNSW International for further information on this process.


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