The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying is designed for graduates who want a career as an airline pilot. This program is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. 

This Diploma provides the ground and simulator training which is required by airlines prior to type endorsement. 

The core training includes multi-crew coordination and aeroplane systems skills required for a pilot to operate an airline category aeroplane. 

A Range of Aviation Courses 

Students also complete four related aviation postgraduate theory courses, selecting from subject areas including: 

  • Safety Management Systems 
  • Aviation Human Factors 
  • Accident Investigation Techniques 
  • Airworthiness for Transport Category Aircraft 
  • Flight Deck Operations.  

Flexible Study Options 

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Flying takes the equivalent of one-year of full-time study, and may be undertaken on a part-time basis.  

The core courses require full-time attendance for six weeks each at the Flying Operations Unit, Bankstown Airport. 

Learn From the Best in the Aviation Industry 

UNSW is the highest ranked university offering aviation degrees, flight training and aviation research. Our flying training programs produce high-quality pilots who are also future leaders and managers.   

This graduate diploma is designed with industry input. You’ll receive a solid academic and theoretical grounding in aviation management and safety.  Our qualifications are recognised throughout the world as being of superior academic quality and industry relevance.  

Our team is made up of professionals from an impressive range of backgrounds, encompassing academics that are both current and recently-retired industry experts.  


  • Aviation Flying  

Your Career  

Through the Qantas-Link, UNSW Aviation has exciting links within the industry, providing great opportunities for current and future students.  

A majority of students in this program are already working within the aviation industry.   

Current students of the postgraduate programs include employees of:  

  • Qantas  
  • Airservices Australia  
  • Rex  
  • RAAF  
  • Army  
  • Sydney Airport Corporation  
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority within Australia.  

International postgraduate students include employees of:  

  • Singapore Airlines  
  • Silk Air  
  • Cathay Pacific  
  • Dragon Air  
  • Emirates  
  • Royal Singapore Air Force  
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Macau  
  • Viva Air. 

 What Our Students Say 

“Having the best possible flight training is very important at the start of your career because it prepares you to handle future challenges with more confidence. The higher than average standards UNSW places on its students and instructors, leads to superior quality pilots and respected industry professionals.” 

- Dan Boland, Aviation (flying) alumnus  

Find Out More 

You can find more information about this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.