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Bachelor of Aviation

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

University Admission

Everyone who intends to study at Massey University has to show that they are eligible to enrol. To be eligible you must hold a recognised entrance qualification.

Please upload a curriculum vitae (CV) including academic and work history.

To optimise success in the degree it is highly recommended that students have passed Mathematics (Calculus), and Physics at NCEA Level 3/Year 13 or equivalent. Students must also pass an ‘English- rich’ subject at NCEA Level 3/Year 13 or equivalent.  ‘English-rich’ subjects include Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies, R.E. Business Studies, Biology, Economics.


As a Flight Training Partner with the Air NZ Aviation Institute, it is now a requirement that all prospective students complete the ADAPT pilot pre-screening tool in the first instance. This test can be accessed on the ServiceIQ website.

Candidates should forward their results directly to the School of Aviation as soon as they receive them. Candidates are required to meet a satisfactory standard in this test in order to be invited to the subsequent stage of the School of Aviation selection process.

Selection Board - Pilot Aptitude Assessments

To gain an understanding of what it is like to fly in a small aircraft, all candidates residing in New Zealand are required to have taken at least one trial ("experience") flight before their selection board appointment is confirmed. Trial flights experiences can be flexible (eg taken at any New Zealand flight training organisation), with pilot friends, or at the annual Massey University Aviation Open Day.

To ensure students can have a reasonable expectation of satisfactorily completing this degree, they must meet further selection requirements including:

  • Pilot Aptitude tests including a flight simulator aptitude test and Physics test
  • A selection interview
  • Writing tasks: including an English language competency test and Math assessment

Selection boards for candidates applying to commence in January are held in early December immediately after NCEA examinations. Selection boards for candidates applying to commence in July are held in the last week of May. Prospective students will be advised of the dates.

Students invited to appear for Stage Two of the selection process must appear in person at the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

NZCAA Class One Medical Certificate

Candidates who do not already hold a NZCAA Class One Medical Certificate must have booked their medical appointments (with both an approved medical examiner and optometrist) for their Class One Medical Certificate for no later than one week after selection. See below for further details about Medical Certificates. Confirmation of medical appointment booking must be provided before a selection appointment will be confirmed.

If you have a NZCAA Class One Medical Certificate please upload a copy with your enrolment.

All candidates must obtain a NZCAA Class One Medical Certificate before being confirmed into the Bachelor of Aviation. Information on Medical Certificates is available on the NZCAA webpage:

Important Note

In accordance with the Civil Aviation Act 1990, Section 9, once enrolled in this programme students will be required to apply for a 'Fit and Proper Person' assessment. This requires students to provide an up to date 'Criminal Convictions' report and obtain an 'Offence History' report from Land Transport NZ & from any other country resided in over the last 5 years. Candidates are required to declare any traffic or criminal offences at selection so approval can be sought if required. Note: Applicants will be made aware that a conviction for drunk driving (or other serious or serial offending) whilst on the course breaches the 'Fit and Proper Person' criteria, and their training will be terminated.

Are there any circumstances in your past personal or professional life that might make you unsuited for licensing or registration at the completion of your study? If so, please upload a summary of these circumstances. This information will be confidential to those staff assessing your qualification.

Do you have any short or long term disability, including learning disability, or health issue?
If you do, please upload a summary of what these are, how they are being managed and any support you believe you may need during your study/training. Your responses are confidential to University staff processing your application.

Application deadlines for the Air Transport Pilot Programme


January commencement

July commencement


Domestic students

International students

Domestic students

International students

Apply online

Due 1 November

Due 1 October

Due 1 May

Due 1 April

ADAPT test

Due 5 November

Due 5 October

Due 1 May

Due 1 April

Selection Board

Early December

Early November

Early June

Early May

NZCAA Class One Medical Certificate

Due start of January

Due start of July

University Entrance

NCEA results published early January. ICE and IB results also released in January

Evidence of UE status must be submitted no later than 30 June




For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Aviation structure

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


There are two intake cohorts per year in this programme. Students starting in January 2020 will be referred to as Massey 74 and students starting in July 2020 will be referred to as Massey 75. The course structure is below. Please note all courses in Year 1 and 2 (Parts 1-4) are all compulsory except where indicated. There are two options for consideration in Year 3.

Years 1 & 2

Part 1 (75 credits)

190.104 Principles of Navigation I
190.107 Improving Human Performance
190.112 Introduction to Flying II
190.113 Aviation Meteorology 1
190.114 Aircraft Systems 1

Part 2 (60 credits)

190.120 Aeronautical Legislation
190.123 Aircraft Systems 2
190.124 Aircraft Performance
190.154 Principles of Navigation II

Part 3 (75 credits)

190.201 Aircraft Systems 3
190.203 Air Traffic Control / Aviation law
190.204 Flight Planning and Advanced Navigation (Part 1)
190.205 Crew Resource Management
190.206 Aerodynamics 1

Part 4 (75 credits)

190.221 Climatology
190.237 Heavy Aircraft Performance
190.254 Flight Planning & Advanced Navigation (Part 2)
190.351 Aircraft Systems 4
190.356 Aerodynamics 2

Air Transport Pilot Subject Courses (30 credits)

190.121 Aviation Meteorology 2
190.164 Aeroscience

Aviation Management Subject Courses (30 credits)

190.116 Introduction to Management in Aviation
190.220 Managing Airline Systems

15 credits selected from:

190.308 Airport Operational Management
190.313 Advanced Aviation Human factors
190.314 Legal Issues in Aviation
190.317 Evaluation Methods in Aviation
190.327 Managing Cultures in Aviation
190.340 Contemporary Issues in Aviation Security

Year 3

Bachelor of Aviation options

Option one: Flight Instruction (Aeroplane) (120 credits) (by selection only)

190.282 Introduction to Flight Instruction
190.285 Aerobatic Aircraft Handling
190.288 Advanced Aircraft Handling
190.301 Flight Instruction Human Factors
190.315 Flight Instruction Fundamentals 1
190.335 Flight Instruction 


Option Two: Aviation Business Management (120 credits)

120 credits of elective courses as approved by the Chief Executive Officer.

At least 60 credits including 190.288 must be selected from the 190 prefix (Aviation) and up to 60 credits may be selected from the following prefixes: Accountancy Human Resource Management Business Finance Management Dispute Resolution Business Law Marketing Information Systems Economics Business Communication

At least 30 credits must be at the 300-level.


Majors or endorsements

There is currently one major available in the degree.

Air Transport Pilot

(Aeroplane Option) - ATP

This is a 480-credit major (four-year equivalent) but delivered over a minimum of three years.  At the completion of 360 credits students will have met the requirements for the award of a New Zealand Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Multi-Engine and Instrument Rating, plus hold credits for all New Zealand Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theory examinations. NZCAA require 1500 hours of flight experience and a flight test in an aircraft of 5700Kg or greater before the ATPL can be issued.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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