The Graduate Diploma in Flying is a one-year program designed to meet the needs of graduates wanting a career as a professional pilot. It covers the necessary training and assessment for your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR), as well as academic study of the underpinning theory, delivered via four courses in Flying Operations. You will learn the technical interdisciplinary knowledge required to successfully operate an aeroplane.All classes and training take place at the Flight Operations Unit at Bankstown Airport, starting with a Flight Screening course commencing in September. You can take the Graduate Diploma in Flying as a standalone program, or concurrent with the Bachelor of Aviation (Management).

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Why choose this degree?

If you intend to get your Commercial Pilot Licence in Sydney, this program allows you to take it concurrently with your study in aviation management. Eighty per cent of our graduates are employed as pilots.

Who should choose this degree?

Students who intend to begin their training as a pilot will choose this program, allowing them to proceed to scenic small-plane piloting, search and rescue, or further accreditation toward becoming an airline pilot.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Pilot
  • Flying Instructor
  • Cabin Crew Manager
  • Fleet Planner
  • Flight Crew Scheduler
  • Airfreight Manager
  • Airport Planner
  • Aviation Safety Manager

Entry requirements

To gain entry to this program, students must:

  1. Have completed a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) undergraduate degree at UNSW or equivalent, or an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a cognate discipline, or
  2. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of 1 year FTE of the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) or Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) program at UNSW or equivalent, and
  3. Have satisfactorily completed Flight Screening conducted at the UNSW Flying Operations Unit, and
  4. Hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate
  5. Hold an Australian Aviation Security Identification Card
  6. Be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

Note: A cognate discipline is one commonly used as background in managing flying operations. Cognate disciplines include engineering, physical science, mathematics, psychology or business.

How to apply

Submit an internal application to School of Aviation. Selected applicants are invited to Flight Screening. At completion of Flight Screening, applicants must submit admission application through our Apply Online portal. The Apply Online portal is open for this program from November to January only. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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