The School of Aviation is proud to offer two postgraduate programs specifically designed for aviation industry professionals.

  • Master of Aviation Management (Program Code 8741)
  • Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management (Program Code 5741)

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The postgraduate programs are offered through distance education and so are suitable for students who are unable to attend weekly sessions at the university. These programs are targeted towards professionals and managers who work in aviation related environments, and who wish to enhance their knowledge of aviation management.

The programs are developed with industry input and aim to provide managers and professionals with the skills and knowledge to be effective in a contemporary Aviation environment. They draw upon a range of current and diverse fields within the aviation industry, and are based upon academic foundations. The flexibility of distance education studies ensures the opportunity to combine core aviation courses with other disciplines, thus catering for the particular needs of individuals.

Each program requires students to complete a set number of courses (commonly known as subjects). These courses are delivered through the University’s eLearning website called Moodle. Students are required to access the website to download the course manual. The course manuals are written by experts from various backgrounds within the aviation industry and a cross section of academic disciplines at UNSW. Each manual has been developed to guide the learner in the most effective and efficient way. As new concepts are introduced, practical exercises are provided so that skills are developed which can be applied immediately in the workplace.

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Master of Aviation Management (Program Code 8741)

The Master of Aviation Management (MAvMgmt) is designed for professionals who have a University degree and relevant industry experience. Applicants who do not hold a University degree but have years of professional experience may be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management .

The MAvMgmt is offered entirely through distance education. The online courses are delivered through the University’s eLearning website, Moodle. Students do not need to attend any on-campus activities.

Students need to successfully complete 96 Units of Credit (UoC) including a 6 UoC Aviation Research Project course (AVIA5020) to graduate with the degree. The program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Students with full-time employment are recommended to undertake a part-time study load.

Students with appropriate education and/or professional experience may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 48 UoC. See below Entry Requirements and Advanced Standing for more details.

Entry Requirements and Advanced Standing

The minimum direct entry requirement to the MAvMgmt is a 3 year undergraduate Bachelor's degree.

Students with appropriate education and/or professional experience may be eligible for advanced standing up to 48 UoC. Please refer to the table below:

Group
Entry Criteria
Max Advanced Standing (UoC)
Total UoC required to complete at UNSW
Total UoC
accumulated
to graduate MAvMgmt
Degree
Industry Experience (years)
1
Bachelor of Aviation (Honours)
N/A
48
48
96
Bachelor of Aviation
min 2
Bachelor in
Cognate Area
min 2
Bachelor in
Non-Cognate Area
min 5
2
Bachelor of Aviation
min 0.5
36
60
96
Bachelor in
Cognate Area
min 0.5
Bachelor in
Non-Cognate Area
min 2
3
Bachelor in
Non-Cognate Area
min 0.5
24
72
96
4
Bachelor in
Non-Cognate Area
0
0
96
96

Cognate degrees include those from any of the following disciplines:

  • Aviation
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Commerce

Examples of industry experience:

  • Advanced flying training (e.g. any holder of Command Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Licence or Air Transport Pilot Licence)
  • Air traffic controller
  • Airport operations specialist
  • Airport compliance personnel
  • Airport/aviation consultant
  • Aviation legal practitioner
  • Airline captain, first officer, second officer or line pilot
  • Business strategy analyst
  • Defence force personnel
  • Flying instructor
  • Flight attendant
  • Flight scheduler
  • Human factors analyst
  • Licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, aircraft technician
  • Managerial role
  • Marketing and sales personnel
  • Network planner
  • Police and fire fighters
  • Research analyst
  • Revenue analyst
  • Flight dispatcher and load controller
  • Flight safety operations and risk management personnel

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience not listed may apply for admission to this program. This is in accordance with UNSW Policy and Procedure on Recognition Of Prior Learning. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry for this program. This may be evidenced by qualification certificates, records of assessment activities relating to course or program learning outcomes, examples of experience from the workplace, community, or other contexts which demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge or competencies, membership (or eligibility for membership) of professional organisations which require attainment of certain qualifications, or testimonials of skills, knowledge or competencies from workplace supervisors. Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Academic Coordinator for the Program.

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Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management (Program Code 5741)

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management (GradDipAvMgmt) is designed for students who do not hold a University degree but have at least 1 year of relevant industry experience. It is also a pathway for those without a first degree to gain an opportunity to become eligible for entry to the Master of Aviation Management.

The GradDipAvMgmt is offered entirely through distance education. The online courses are delivered through the University’s eLearning website, Moodle. Students do not need to attend any on-campus activities.

Students need to complete 48 Units of Credit (UoC) to satisfy the requirements of the program. The program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Students with full-time employment are recommended to undertake a part-time study load.
Students with relevant professional experience may be eligible for advanced standing up to 24 UoC.

Students who successfully complete 48 UoC of the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management with a Credit average (≥65%) may articulate into the Master of Aviation Management. Students must then complete an additional 48 UoC for the Master of Aviation Management and meet all other program requirements. Please refer to the Articulation Pathway diagram here.

Entry Requirements and Advanced Standing

The minimum entry requirement for the GradDipAvMgmt is one year of professional experience. Examples of relevant experience can be found above.

Students with relevant professional experience may be eligible for advanced standing up to 24 UoC. Please refer to the table below:

 Group
Entry Criteria
Max Advanced Standing (UoC)
Total UoC required to complete at UNSW
Total UoC
Accumulated
to Graduate
Degree
Industry Experience (years)
1
None
Min 5
24
24
48
2
None
Min 2
or completed
advanced flying experience to ATPL#
12
36
 
 
48
 
3
None
Min 1
0
48
48

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Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management (Program Code 7449)

The Graduate Certificate does not accept new enrolments from 2014 as it is now an exit qualification only. New students will enter either the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management (Program 5741) or the Master of Aviation Management (Program 8741), depending on whether they possess a prior tertiary degree, and can choose to graduate with the Graduate Certificate upon completion of at least 24 Units of Credit of postgraduate AVIA courses.

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Articulation Pathway from GradDipAvMgmt to MAvMgmt

Students who successfully complete 48 UoC of the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management with a Credit average (≥65%) can articulate into the Master of Aviation Management.

Students who choose to articulate to the Masters will not receive the award of the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management.

Articulated students can graduate with the Master of Aviation Management upon completion of another 48 UoC including the research project – AVIA5020. Please refer to the below diagram for the articulation pathway.

Articulation Pathway GradDip to Master of Aviation Management
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Structure of Postgraduate Programs

The postgraduate programs offered by UNSW Aviation are conducted entirely by distance-learning. Study materials are made available to the students through a Learning and Teaching website called Moodle. Students maintain contact with the School via electronic mail and/or telephone.

International applicants - postgraduate Aviation programs are offered via distance education, a placement in the program DOES NOT support an application for a Student Visa in Australia.

Semesters

Each academic year consists of two semesters - Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (July).

Semester 1 and 2 comprises of 15 weeks:

  • 12 weeks of Teaching Week
  • 1 week of Mid-Semester Break
  • 1 week of Study Week
  • 1 week to accommodate exams.

Enrolment is compulsory for S1 and S2. Students must enrolled in at least one course per semester. However, there may be reasons that students may wish to put off studying for a while. Program Leave is available for up to 2 semesters (i.e. one academic year) only.

Courses (commonly known as subjects)

A list of postgraduate courses can be found here. Each semester, a selected number of courses from the pool are offered for students to choose from.

Units of Credit (UoC)

The weight or load of a course is referred to as Units of Credit (UoC).
Each course offered by the School is worth 6 UoC. A 6 UoC course has 12 study units. A full-time load is considered to be 24 UoC per semester.

Program UoC Requirements

In order to complete a program, a student will need to have successfully completed the minimum UoC required; being:

  • Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management – 48 UoC
  • Master in Aviation Management – 96 UoC including 6 UoC of AVIA5020
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Available Courses (commonly known as subjects)

  1. AVIA5001 Law and Regulations in Aviation (6 UoC)
  2. AVIA5003 Aviation and Security (6 UoC)
  3. AVIA5004 Aviation Safety & Accident Prevention (6 UoC)
  4. AVIA5005 Airline Operational Management (6 UoC)
  5. AVIA5006 Airport Planning (6 UoC)
  6. AVIA5007 Airport Operations Management (6 UoC)
  7. AVIA5008 Air Traffic Management (6 UoC)
  8. AVIA5009 Airline Corporate Management (6 UoC)
  9. AVIA5015 Safety Management Systems (6 UoC)
  10. AVIA5017 Human Factors in Transportation Safety (6 UoC)^
  11. AVIA5018 Aviation Human Factors (6 UoC)^
  12. AVIA5020 Aviation Research Project (6 UoC)*
  13. AVIA5022 Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques (6 UoC)ø
  14. AVIA5024 Flight Deck Operations for Advanced Transport Aircraft (6 UoC)
  15. AVIA5030 Aviation, Tourism and Sustainable Development (6 UoC)
  16. AVIA5032 Quantitative Analysis in Aviation Economics (6 UoC)
  17. AVIA5035 Air Transport: Economic Management and Policy (6 UoC)
  18. AVIA5037 Airline Operations and Delay Management (6 UoC)#
  19. AVIA5039 Airworthiness for Transport Category Aircraft (6 UoC)
  20. AVIA9101 Safety Risk Management: Human Performance (6 UoC)
  21. AVIA9201 Safety Risk Management: Physical Hazards (6 UoC)

NOTE:
^ Students who completed AVIA5017 are excluded from undertaking AVIA5018 and vice versa.
* AVIA5020 is a compulsory course for students enrolled in the MScTech (Aviation) & MAvMgmt programs. It’s recommended to undertake this course in the final semester of studies.
ø Students are recommended to complete AVIA5015/AVIA5314 prior to undertaking AVIA5022. Students enrolling in AVIA5022 without AVIA5015/AVIA5314 should hold advanced knowledge of SMS.
# AVIA5037 Airline Operations and Delay Management has the prerequisite of AVIA5032 Quantitative Analysis in Aviation Economics effectively from S1, 2018.

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Semesters & Dates

Semester 1, 2017

6 Units of Credit AVIA courses run for 12 Teaching Weeks commencing on 6th March (Week 2 of Semester).
Study Week starts 5th to 8th June
Exam Week starts 9th to 16th June
The application deadline for S1 new students is 31st January 2017.

These are the courses (commonly known as subjects) offered: (Units of Credit per course are as stated)

AVIA5001 - Law & Regulations in Aviation (6 UoC)
AVIA5005 - Airline Operational Management (6 UoC)
AVIA5007 - Airport Operations Management (6 UoC)
AVIA5008 - Air Traffic Management (6 UoC)
AVIA5009 - Airline Corporate Management (6 UoC)
AVIA5015 - Safety Management Systems (6 UoC)
AVIA5020 - Aviation Research Project (6 UoC)*
AVIA5035 - Airport Economics, Management & Policy (6 UoC)
AVIA5037 - Airline Operations and Delay Management (6 UoC)
AVIA5039 - Airworthiness for Transport Category Aircraft (6 UoC)
AVIA9101 - Safety Risk Management: Human Performance (6 UoC)

Semester 2, 2017

6 Units of Credit AVIA courses run for 12 Teaching Weeks commencing on 31st July (Week 2 of Semester).
Study Week starts 30th October to 2nd November.
Exam Week starts 3rd to 10th November.

The application deadline for S2 new students is 15th June 2017.

These are the courses (commonly known as subjects) offered:

AVIA5003 - Aviation & Security (6 UoC)
AVIA5004 - Aviation Safety & Accident Prevention (6 UoC)
AVIA5006 - Airport Planning (6 UoC)
AVIA5018 - Aviation Human Factors (6 UoC)^
AVIA5020 - Aviation Research Project (6 UoC)*
AVIA5022 - Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques (6 UoC)ø
AVIA5024 - Flight Deck Operations for Advanced Transport Aircraft (6 UoC)
AVIA5030 - Aviation & Tourism: Economic & Geographic Perspective (6 UoC)
AVIA5032 - Quantitative Analysis in Aviation Economics (6 UoC)
AVIA9201 - Safety Risk Management: Physical Hazards (6 UoC)

NOTE:
^Students who completed AVIA5017 are excluded from undertaking AVIA5018 and vice versa.
*AVIA5020 is a compulsory course for students enrolled in the MScTech (Aviation) & MAvMgmt programs. It’s recommended to undertake this course in the final semester of studies.
ø Students are recommended to complete AVIA5015/AVIA5314 prior to undertaking AVIA5022. Students enrolling in AVIA5022 without AVIA5015/AVIA5314 should hold advanced knowledge of SMS.

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How to Apply

A) For a Degree/Award Program - GradDipAvMgmt and MAvMgmt

Online Application (AUD$100):


  1. Submit an online application here. Applications close on: 31st January for Semester 1, and 15th June for Semester 2.

  2. Please indicate on application if you are seeking credit/advanced standing based on previous degree and/or work experience.

  3. Applicants are to submit the following supporting documents online for assessment of entry:

    • CV

    • Evidence of relevant industry experience and years of service e.g. letters from workplace supervisors or HR department, licences and logbooks

    • Evidence of completion of UG degree e.g. original/certified testamur (applicable to MAvMgmt applicants only)

    • Original/certified academic transcript (applicable to MAvMgmt applicants only)

    • Any other supporting documentation requested by UNSW Admissions Office

  4. UNSW Admissions Office may require you to post a certified copy of the above documentation. If requested, please mail the documents to:
    UNSW Admissions Office
    The University of New South Wales
    Sydney NSW 2052 Australia

The application will be assessed upon receiving the above supporting documentation. You should hear the outcome of your application within six weeks of the application. If you don’t, please contact UNSW Admissions Office and select "Postgraduate".

English Requirements - All applicants, whether local or international, for admission to any UNSW program delivered either in Australia or overseas, who do not have an assessable qualification undertaken and assessed in English, must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. English requirements for prospective students can be found at the UNSW English Requirements Policy website.


B) For Non-Award Enrolment - Non-Award enrolment refers to any enrolments in courses (commonly knows as subjects) or a sequence of courses which do not lead to or count towards a formal award of the University of New South Wales. Application information for Non-Award studies can be found here.

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Fees

For all information on fees and fee payment, please click here.

Fees for the postgraduate programs in aviation are controlled by the UNSW Planning office and are based on the cost per unit of credit. The fee structure for domestic full fee-paying student can be found here. Tuition fees for international students can be found here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Bachelors degree to get into the postgraduate coursework studies?
No. We look for an appropriate mix of relevant experience and academic achievement. This may include a Bachelors degree, but this is not necessarily so. Each application is assessed on its merits by the Head of School against a set of entry criteria. While you will need a Bachelor degree for direct entry to the Masters, you can enter the GradDip with industry experience, then articulate into the Masters degree later if progress is satisfactory.

Do I need to attend the UNSW campus?
No, the PG Coursework programs are delivered through Distance Education. The programs can be taken anywhere in the world, so long as you have a computer and internet facilities! The study materials are accessible via an online e-learning website. Examinations are also conducted via the e-learning website. Many resources are available electronically through UNSW Library. Students can register themselves as an Off-campus User with UNSW Library where additional services are provided.

Is the Masters full-time or part-time?
Either. How many courses you take is up to you. This is to allow you to tailor the program to your personal circumstances. To be a full-time student you need to be enrolled in at least 18 UoC per semester. However it is strongly recommended that students with full-time employment should study part-time. Most of our part-time students are enrolled in only 6 UoC per semester.

Can I get advanced standing/transfer of credit/exemptions towards the Masters?
Yes, students with appropriate education and/or professional experience may be eligible for advanced standing. At time of application, please provide certified/original copy of the transcripts, evidence of completion of undergraduate degree and evidence of professional experience for assessment of advanced standing.

Can I tailor the program to my needs?
Definitely. You can choose from a range of courses from the aviation course list to specialise in a particular field. The research project (AVIA5020) also allows you the opportunity to research an area of particular interest or importance to you.

How will I meet other students and staff?
The postgraduate coursework programs are supported through the use of a learning and teaching website. This helps to facilitate discussion and allow the most up-to-date information to be disseminated by both the facilitator and the students.

How much will the Masters program cost me?
For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the UNSW Fees website.

For eligible students, the Commonwealth Government has introduced the FEE-HELP (formerly PELS) scheme to help meet the cost of your tuition fees. The scheme will operate under a similar system to HECS and you will pay off your debt through the same process with the ATO.

FEE-HELP is available to commencing students who are either Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents with a humanitarian visa, and continuing students who meet the requirements listed as those on the UNSW FEE-HELP information webpage.

Further information regarding FEE-HELP is also available from the Australian Tax Office.

Can I study the program in Australia?
The postgraduate program in coursework is done entirely by distance learning. This means that students can undertake the program from anywhere in the world, however being in the program DOES NOT entitle an international student to apply for a Student Visa in order to study in Australia.

What are the technical/home computing requirements?
All postgraduate programs are delivered through a Teaching and Learning system called Moodle. It is essential that all students have regular access to email as well as the Internet to enable access to course notes, latest news, students online accounts and administration matters. It is desirable that applicants have access to a computer with standard programs such as MS Excel, MS Word and Acrobat Reader.

To run Moodle effectively, students should, as a minimum, use the system components listed at http://teaching.unsw.edu.au/moodle-students-system-requirements. If not, Moodle may still work, but some functionality may be lost.

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More Information about Postgraduate Programs

If you need any more information about the Postgraduate Aviation Programs, please feel free to contact:

Mrs Jamie Lim - Postgraduate Programs Coordinator
Tel: +61 2 9385 6767 (internationally) or 02 9385 6767 (within Australia)
Fax: +61 2 9385 6637 (internationally) or 02 9385 6637 (within Australia)
E-mail: aviam@unsw.edu.au
Address: Room 205, Level 2, Old Main Building, School of Aviation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

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Higher Research Degrees in Aviation

In addition to the taught Masters program (MAvMgmt), the School of Aviation is proud to offer the research degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Science (MSc) by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for exceptional students at the postgraduate level in areas relating to aviation. The degrees are offered full time (and by special arrangement part-time) and will take up to one and half years (MPhil), two years (MSc) or four years (PhD) to complete (full time). A higher research degree requires the student to focus on a major research project under the supervision of one or two academic supervisors.

More information about the Higher Research Degrees can be found HERE.

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