Aviation (Management) - 3981

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 429520

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Aviation (Major)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Aviation is offered by the Faculty of Science with input from the Business School.

The aim of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to prepare for a career in the aviation industry. Program 3981 is a Managerial stream which prepares students more specifically for careers in the managerial sector of the aviation industry. A Flying stream, which incorporates flight training, is also available - please refer to program 3980 in this Online Handbook.

Both streams consist of core courses selected from the Faculties offering the program together with a range of options. The Managerial stream offers a selection of courses designed to provide students with a broad base of knowledge in managing the operational aspects of the aviation industry.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

This program aims to prepare students for a career in the managerial sector of the aviation industry. More specifically, at the end of the program, students should have acquired all of the following learning outcomes:
  1. Graduates will have developed effective oral and written communication skills;
  2. Graduates will have developed information and digital literacy;
  3. Graduates will display skills relevant to teamwork and leadership;
  4. Graduates will have a thorough understanding of ethical practice in aviation management and commercial contexts;
  5. Graduates will be capable of understanding aviation management as a stand-alone discipline and in its interdisciplinary context;
  6. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to collect, analyse and evaluate information in relation to key issues in the aviation industry;
  7. Graduates will be capable of both independent and collaborative work.

Program Structure

Single Degree Program Structure

Students must complete a minimum of 144 units of credit for the award of a Bachelor of Aviation (Management). This 144 UoC is comprised of the following:

Total of 144 UoC
Discipline Specific Core of 108 UoC
78 UoC of core courses in Aviation (Management) (stages 1, 2 & 3)
30 UoC of Aviation (Management) Electives
Breadth Component of 36 UOC
24 UoC of Free Electives: these courses can be taken from any Faculty of the University
12 UoC General Education courses: these courses cannot be Science courses.

Stage 1
Choose 6 UOC from the following Stage 1 Aviation Management electives:
  • Free Elective (6 UOC)

Stage 2
Choose 12 UOC from the following Stage 2 electives:
  • Free Electives (12 UOC)
  • General Education (6 UOC)

Stage 3
Choose 12 UOC from the following Stage 3 electives:
  • Free Elective (6 UOC)
  • General Education (6 UOC)

Academic Rules

    1. Students enrolled in this program must complete 144 units of credit.

    2. Students must follow the program of study as described in this Handbook, including core (compulsory) courses and electives as specified. The Program Authority, or nominee must approve any variation to the program.

    3. A maximum of 60 units of credit of level I courses can be taken throughout the entire program, excluding any GEN*#### or other mainstream level I courses taken to fulfil the 12 UoC General Education requirement.

    4. Students must follow the UNSW rules for General Education. Any course defined as a 'Science' course in Table 1 cannot be taken as General Education. Courses with identifying codes GEN# can only be used to fulfil the General Education requirement of the program. GEN# courses cannot count towards the free elective component, or towards science core courses or science electives in the program. GENS courses cannot count towards this program. Any exceptions to these rules must be approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or nominee.

Table 1: Definition of Science Courses

 Aviation  AVIA
 Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences  BEES, BIOS, CLIM, ENVS, GEOS, MSCI
 Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  BABS, BIOC, BIOT, INOV, MICR
 Chemistry  CHEM
 Computer Science  COMP
 Data Science  DATA
 Food Science  FOOD
 Materials Science and Engineering  MATS
 Mathematics and Statistics  MATH
 Medical Sciences  ANAT, NEUR, PATH, PHAR, PHSL, SOMS
 Psychology  PSYC
 Physics  PHYS
 Optometry and Vision Science  OPTM, VISN
 Science Faculty  SCIF

    5. Students are expected to take lower stage courses in preference to higher stage courses in order to complete lower stage program requirements as soon as possible.

Dual Awards

When students take Aviation (Management) in combination with another degree as a dual award, 96 UOC of discipline specific core must be completed as follows:
  • 78 UOC of core Aviation courses as described above
  • 18 UOC of Aviation Management electives (12 UOC at Stage 2 and 6UOC at Stage 3)
When Aviation (Management) is taken as a dual award with a Bachelor of Commerce, the following rules also apply:
  1. ECON1203 and MATH1041 are excluded courses and core courses in both programs. Students must take ECON1203 for their Commerce program and this will be counted towards satisfying the requirements to take MATH1041 in the Aviation program;
  2. MGMT2721 is an elective in the Aviation (Management) program and an elective in the Commerce program. Where students choose to take this course in either program it may also be used towards meeting the elective requirements of the other program. However, students completing a Management or Human Resource Management major in the Bachelor of Commerce are excluded from taking MGMT2721 and therefore cannot take MGMT2721 as an elective in the Aviation (Management) program. These students will need to choose an alternative course to meet the stage 2 elective requirements in the Aviation (Management) program.
  3. Where the requirements for the two programs are completed in less than 192 units of credit due to overlapping courses, students may satisfy the remaining units of credit from those offered by the Business School or the courses listed as electives for the Bachelor of Aviation (Management).


Students can take Honours by enrolling into the 4500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) program and completing the requirements of the Aviation (Honours) stream.

Graduate Diploma in Flying (5536)

The School of Aviation offers a one year full-time 5536 Graduate Diploma in Flying program designed to meet the needs of graduates with an ambition toward a career as a pilot. It allows professional flying training students to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Command Instrument Rating Multi-Engine (CIR-ME), as well as undertake academic studies covering the theoretical issues, using Fee-Help.

To gain entry to this program, students must:
  1. Have completed a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) undergraduate degree at UNSW or equivalent, or
  2. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of 1 year FTE of the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at UNSW or equivalent, and
  3. Hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate, and
  4. Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and
  5. Attend an interview with Head, School of Aviation or nominee to ascertain suitability with regards to motivation and background.
For more information regarding this program, contact the School of Aviation.

Note: Students taking the Aviation (Management) program as a dual award with a Bachelor of Commerce (i.e. enrolled in 3835) cannot enrol in 5536 Graduate Diploma (Flying) concurrently with their undergraduate studies due to timetabling constraints. Dual award students interested in pursuing flight training through the Graduate Diploma are advised to complete their undergraduate studies before applying for 5536 Graduate Diploma in Flying, or transfer to the single award 3981 Aviation (Management) and apply for 5536 Graduate Diploma in Flying.

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must satisfy the University's General Education requirements. For further information, please refer to General Education in the Table of Contents (see left hand side of this page).

Academic Rules

See the Academic Rules outlined above.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Award with Distinction

The Faculty of Science will award a Pass degree with Distinction to students who obtain a minimum WAM of 75 across their program and complete at least 72 units of credit at UNSW. Distinction awards will not be issued to students who continue to enrol in an honours program.

Faculty of Science Rules

The Faculty of Science has some rules that relate to all students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty in relation to recognition for prior learning, general education, course exclusions, study load, and cross-institutional study. All students should read the information contained on the Faculty General Rules and Requirements page in this Handbook.

Related Program(s)

3980 Aviation (Flying)

Area(s) of Specialisation