Graduate Diploma in Aviation (Aviation Studies)

Overview

Take your career to the next level

Build on your previous degree or aviation industry experience. This programme enables you to wrap a university qualification around your hard-won and hands-on aviation background.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

This eight-course programme acknowledges and recognises that having significant aviation experience has real value.

You may have an interest in the aviation industry. Or you are already working in this area. If so and you do not already have an aviation-related qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Aviation is the stepping stone to take you to the next level.

If you already hold an undergraduate degree this programme enables you to study another discipline without completing a full second bachelor’s degree.

Flexibility

The Aviation Studies major is particularly useful for those who may be working while studying. It is available part time and/or by distance.

Turn your passion for aviation into a qualification

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification, while gaining a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry. 

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation draws on existing courses from the Bachelor of Aviation Management, giving an insight into the full undergraduate degree.

Careers and further study

Careers

The graduate diploma is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

Potential employers include:

  • SITA – the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology
  • AirBiz – an international aviation consultancy
  • Swissport- a Fixed Base Operator specialising in ground services and cargo handling
  • Tasman Cargo – provider of airfreight,cargo, and charter services between Nz,Australia and the South West Pacific.
  • Menzies Aviation – a logistics specialist serving the airline industry
  • Airways New Zealand
  • MPI- Biosecurity
  • Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
  • Airlines and airports.

Further study

After successfully completing this qualification, you can progress to complete the full Bachelor of Aviation Management degree.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Aviation  (Aviation Studies) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, or
  • have demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

From the Schedule to the Graduate Diploma from one endorsement

 

Ensure that overall you also have:

  • Not more than 45 credits at 200 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

 

Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses

30 credits
190216 Aviation Human Factors 15
190220 Managing Airline Systems 15
90 credits
190207 Aviation Psychology 15
190210 Aviation Safety Management 15
190211 Aviation Strategic Management 15
190215 Heavy Aeroplane Performance 15
190222 Basic Air Safety Investigation 15
190224 Environmental Impacts of Aviation 15
190225 Introduction to Research Methods in Aviation 15
190240 Air Power 15
190249 Aircraft Maintenance Management 30
190302 Check and Training for Airlines 15
190306 Airline Strategic Management 15
190307 Airport Planning 15
190308 Airport Operational Management 15
190309 Design of Airways and Air Traffic Systems 15
190313 Advanced Aviation Human Factors 15
190314 Legal Issues in Aviation 15
190317 Evaluation Methods in Aviation 15
190318 Air Transport Economics 15
190320 Heavy Aeroplane Performance II 15
190321 Air Accident and Incident Investigation 15
190327 Managing Cultures in Aviation 15
190340 Contemporary Issues in Aviation Security 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • are already working in aviation and would like a relevant tertiary qualification
  • have a relevant degree or professional work experience and now wish to add an aviation qualification to your portfolio.

Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. You can go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

There is a webpage with information on changes that took place in 2020, which may affect you if you are a current BSc student.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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