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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.



Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Aviation - BAv

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

Discipline Specific Core of 108 UOC:
1. 78 UOC of core courses in Aviation (Management) (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
2. 30 UOC of Aviation (Management) Electives

Breadth Component of 36 UOC:
1. 24 UOC of Free Electives. These courses can be taken from any Faculty of the University.
2. 12 UOC General Education courses. Please see the rules regarding General Education below. 

Please click the Sample Programs link below to view a typical enrolment pattern for this program.

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Course Information Rule

GEN# courses cannot count towards the free elective component, or towards science core courses or science electives in the program. Any exceptions to these rules must be approved by the Associate Dean (Academic Programs) or nominee.

Sample Programs

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Recognition of Prior Learning

University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Definition of 'Science' courses

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Science Handbook Rules and Editions

Students must follow the program rules and requirements in the UNSW Handbook published in the year they commence their studies with the Faculty of Science.

Students who transfer from another UNSW Faculty into Science (for example, from a Bachelor of Arts into a Bachelor of Science) must follow the program rules and requirements in the UNSW Handbook published in the year of their transfer.

Students, who are readmitted to UNSW after a period of unapproved absence or deferment, or after exclusion, must satisfy the program rules in the Handbook published in the year of their readmission. In addition, these students may be subject to restrictions on which courses taken at UNSW may be counted on their return. In some cases, students returning from an unapproved absence may be required to repeat courses. See the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Advanced Standing section below for more details. Students who take approved leave or deferment will follow the Handbook for the year of their original commencement unless otherwise approved by the Associate Dean (Academic Programs). 

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.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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