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Specialise in Aviation Studies for your Graduate Diploma in Aviation at Massey
This eight-course qualification 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 qualification enables you to study another discipline without completing a full second bachelor’s degree.
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.
After successfully completing this qualification, you can progress to complete the full Bachelor of Aviation Management degree.
A Graduate Diploma in Aviation in Aviation Studies is 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.
If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
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.
In some cases the qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 190216 Aviation Human Factors credits 15
The course provides an overview of the basic concepts of human factors in aviation, human performance, and issues relating to judgement and decision-making in this high risk environment. Communication and other aspects of social psychology in various aviation environment are also explored.View full course details
Course code: 190220 Managing Airline Systems credits 15
An examination of the management of airline organisations.View full course details
Course code: 190207 Aviation Psychology credits 15
A detailed consideration of the application of psychological principles to flight deck performance, including a range of topics from psycho-physiology to perceptual and cognitive processes.View full course details
Course code: 190210 Aviation Safety Management credits 15
To provide a comprehensive understanding of safety management in civil flight operations environments, particularly relating to international standards and recommended practices prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the design and implementation of safety management systems in aviation.View full course details
Course code: 190211 Aviation Strategic Management credits 15
An examination of the strategic management processes employed in the aviation industry, and how the business environment shapes strategy formulation and implementation in the aviation industry.View full course details
Course code: 190215 Heavy Aeroplane Performance credits 15
An analysis of fundamental performance considerations and compliance requirements for CAR Part 121 "A" performance aeroplanes, focussing on the relationship between aircraft performance and flight planning in an airline context.View full course details
Course code: 190222 Basic Air Safety Investigation credits 15
The aim of this course is to give students an insight to aircraft accident investigation. The course will also benefit those who need to understand the investigation process, such as managers of airlines and regulatory authorities. The course covers the basic requirements and procedures involved in air safety investigation.View full course details
Course code: 190224 Environmental Impacts of Aviation credits 15
Advanced study of the environment of aviation, the impacts of aviation on the environment and the methods for reducing the impacts.View full course details
Course code: 190225 Introduction to Research Methods in Aviation credits 15
An introduction to the theories and methods of research in the aviation industry. A range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies is explored, and various techniques for aviation research are examined.View full course details
Course code: 190240 Air Power credits 15
This course provides an examination of military air power, its characteristics, history and development, including some selected air campaigns and use of Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS).View full course details
Course code: 190249 Aircraft Maintenance Management credits 30
An examination of knowledge appropriate to the management of an aircraft maintenance organisation.View full course details
Course code: 190302 Check and Training for Airlines credits 15
This course is designed for experienced pilots wishing to develop their knowledge in airline check and training concepts.View full course details
Course code: 190306 Airline Strategic Management credits 15
A review of the current state of strategic management in the airline industry. The approach is both multidisciplinary in focus and international in scope. Attention will be focused on the Asia-Pacific region, as the potential location of the world's largest aviation market.View full course details
Course code: 190307 Airport Planning credits 15
A study of demographic, environmental and economic considerations which apply to the design and evaluation of airport facilities.View full course details
Course code: 190308 Airport Operational Management credits 15
An examination of the management of airport systems, such as air-side and land-side facilities, technical and support services which contribute to the operational effectiveness of modern airports. The course will further examine the relationship between airport authorities and the local community.View full course details
Course code: 190309 Design of Airways and Air Traffic Systems credits 15
An examination of air traffic and air navigational systems and the principles which apply to their operational infrastructure, including the development of visual and instrument flight procedures.View full course details
Course code: 190313 Advanced Aviation Human Factors credits 15
This course explores the role of human behaviour and physiological limitations in aviation, how they fit with complex systems, and how behaviour and systems may be modified to improve safety.View full course details
Course code: 190314 Legal Issues in Aviation credits 15
General principles of law as applied in the context of the airline transport industry. The course will focus on the application of law to flight crew, airline operations and civil aviation authorities in terms of both international conventions and treaties and of national legislation and law. Issues such as contractual and tortious liability will be considered.View full course details
Course code: 190317 Evaluation Methods in Aviation credits 15
The identification, development and analysis of tests and measures in aviation aptitude, achievement and licensing evaluation.View full course details
Course code: 190318 Air Transport Economics credits 15
This course covers economic aspects of air transport and airline operations and provides insights into the methods employed to manage and evaluate the economic viability of these operations.View full course details
Course code: 190320 Heavy Aeroplane Performance II credits 15
An analysis of operational performance considerations in normal, abnormal and emergency situations including the management of aircraft performance in extreme environmental conditions. The course will focus on operations in an airline environment.View full course details
Course code: 190321 Air Accident and Incident Investigation credits 15
The processes and procedures for the conduct of air accident and incident investigations are examined. Investigative techniques as they may apply to aircraft structures, power-plants, maintenance and factors in the operational environment are covered with attention also given to the human performance aspect of investigations. Issues of determining probable cause and methods of effecting safety recommendations are explored.View full course details
Course code: 190327 Managing Cultures in Aviation credits 15
A critical evaluation of theory and practice of management of cultures in aviation, incorporating: (a) an exploration of theoretical and practical aspects of cultural diversity and its effect on aviation industry in the global business environment; and (b) an assessment and management of international, national, and organisational cultural dimensions and their shaping influence in various aspects of aviation operation.View full course details
Course code: 190340 Contemporary Issues in Aviation Security credits 15
This course explores aviation security with a particular emphasis on terrorism. Students explore key incidents, areas at risk, and the legislation and practical means by which risks are managed. The trade off between an erosion of civil liberties and increased security will be explored, as will the reasons why risks will always remain.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
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 qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Can't meet the entry requirements?
If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Fees and scholarships
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
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 air freight, cargo, and charter services between NZ, Australia and the Southwest Pacific.
- Menzies Aviation – a logistics specialist serving the airline industry
- Airways New Zealand
- MPI- Biosecurity
- Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
- Airlines and airports.