UNSW Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) educates and train pilots to the highest commercial standards. In this degree, you’ll learn the core science behind aviation and gain your flying licence – ready to take on global opportunities within the Aviation sector. 

The three-year full-time degree prepares students for a career in the flying or managerial sectors of the aviation industry. This includes working as a single pilot, flight instructor or as part of a multi-crew team in an airline.  

Realise Your Dream of Being a Pilot 

Studying with UNSW Aviation, you’ll learn the science of aviation as well as gaining your flying licence. In addition to theoretical studies, you will have up to 200 hours of flight training and approximately 30 hours of simulator training from our Flying Operations Unit at Bankstown Airport. 

You will enrol in the Professional Pilot Program, which covers flight training and tests to a minimum of Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Instrument Rating - Multi-Engine Aeroplane and Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theory.  

Additionally, UNSW Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) provides academic courses in aviation management to prepare you for the operational aspects of the industry. 

Study With the Best 

UNSW is the highest-ranked university in the world offering Aviation as a specific discipline. UNSW Aviation is uniquely placed to train graduates ready to take on opportunities in this exciting and growing industry. 

We are the only university in Australia to deliver flying training under our own Air Operators Certificate, with a precise syllabus approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).  

Students with Australian passports have the opportunity to become a Qantaslink approved student, accessing mentoring throughout their training by Qantaslink personnel - a fast track to consideration for airline employment.   

Your Career 

UNSW qualified pilots find exciting careers in commuter flying for regional and international airlines, corporate jet flying, helicopter flying and aerial survey work.   

Recent graduates have built careers at: 

  • Qantas 
  • RAAF 
  • British Airways 
  • Virgin Australia 
  • Cathay Pacific 
  • Sydney Airport Corporation 
  • Singapore Airlines.  


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 – UNSW Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) graduate, Hong Kong Airlines – A320 First Officer 


Find Out More 

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