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Bachelor of Aviation**

The Bachelor of Aviation program enables graduates to undertake non-flying careers in aviation. Graduates acquire the skills and knowledge for a professional career in key areas including aerodynamics, aircraft power plants and systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, computer controlled flight management systems, flight operation technology, fatigue and crew resource management, air operations dispatch, traffic control and airport management. This program offers great flexibility in the final year with opportunities to specialize in areas of interest through aviation projects and research programs. 

Alongside their Bachelor studies, students seeking a career as a commercial pilot can gain the flying experience necessary to complete the requirements for licencing with CASA as well as further skills and knowledge in aviation through the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (LGCV).

**Prior to 2013 this program was called the Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Aviation.)

Important Information
This program exceeds the knowledge requirements of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the issue of a Commercial or Air Transport Pilot Licence. For students wishing to obtain a commercial pilot's licence please visit casa.gov.au to learn more about the medical requirements and conditions that may apply.

Medical examination

Students will be required to pass a medical examination as a pre-requisite for flight training.

Dress requirements

Students are expected to wear the Academy’s standard uniform at all times while attending the University, in particular whenever they are rostered for duty.

International applicants

International applicants are advised to check with their local Aviation Authority to ensure that the standards applied by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for civil aviation flight training and licensing to fly within Australia, are recognised by the local Aviation Authority as being equivalent to local licensing requirements.

Adult entry

If you are over 18 and have not been to University before, you may qualify for special entry into our Aviation program by sitting the two-hour Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). More information about the STAT test can be found here.


Graduate Diploma in Aviation (Postgraduate)

The University of South Australia is the only university in the state that offers an aviation degree as a tertiary qualification. It is one of only two Australian universities to operate its own flying academy, with a fleet of 10 modern aircraft including three recently-acquired Cessna 172SPs. The academy has links with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) information service, enabling students to submit flight plans and access the latest aerodrome alerts and weather forecasts. The academy’s instructors are highly skilled industry practitioners.

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation is technically orientated to training UniSA’s Aviation students to obtain a commercial pilot licence and multi-engine command instrument rating, both of which are professional qualifications recognised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Students use state-of-the-art equipment including glass panel aircraft and a modern simulator, as well as software tools similar to those currently used by the aviation industry. Eligible students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Aviation may also choose to defer their tuition fees through a FEE-HELP loan under the Federal (Australian) Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Enrolment is subject to Program Director approval. This program is not available to international students.

Medical examination

Students will be required to pass a medical examination as a pre-requisite for flight training.

Dress requirements

Students are expected to wear the Academy’s standard uniform at all times while attending the University, in particular whenever they are rostered for duty.

International applicants

International applicants are advised to check with their local Aviation Authority to ensure that the standards applied by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for civil aviation flight training and licensing to fly within Australia, are recognised by the local Aviation Authority as being equivalent to local licensing requirements.

Adult entry

If you are over 18 and have not been to University before, you may qualify for special entry into our Aviation program by sitting the two-hour Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). More information about the STAT test can be found here.


Human Factors and Safety Management Systems

Human Factors is a multi-disciplinary applied science, which integrates the fields of psychology, engineering, ergonomics, management and industrial design. Human Factors is primarily concerned with the interaction between human and the socio-technical systems in which we work. Specialists work in a wide-range of industries including aviation, transportation, healthcare, mining and defence and play critical roles in enhancing safety and productivity. 

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