University of South Australia (UniSA)

Graduate Diploma in Aviation (LGAN)

University of South Australia (UniSA)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00121B

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation makes the dream of becoming a pilot a reality, and develops the skills and knowledge to work as a first officer in a multi crew aircraft, or as a pilot in command of most single engine operations. It is a highly disciplined, technical flight training program taught at Parafield Airport and is delivered by the professional flight instructors at Flight Training Adelaide, the industry partner. The qualification equips students with the skills, knowledge and competence to sit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) exams for a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Command Instrument Rating (CIR). These are professional qualifications recognised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. This degree is studied alongside the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot).


  • 36 units
  • 7 courses taken concurrently with courses from the Bachelor of Aviation.


  • Aviation

Standard entry requirements

Applicants are required to have an offer for entry into the Bachelor of Aviation (LBAN). An offer of entry into the Graduate Diploma in Aviation will be made when additional requirements are met. Applicants are selected by a formal interview, a flight aptitude test, and an assessment of Aviation English Proficiency.

Study pathways

Students must complete the Bachelor of Aviation program in order to be eligible to graduate from the Graduate Diploma in Aviation. If a student ceases to be enrolled in the Bachelor's program they will be withdrawn from the Graduate Diploma.

Further information

The cost of the flight aptitude test is $268. Before commencing flight training, students must obtain a Class I Medical Certificate (Class II will be considered if Class I held in the last 3 years) and before enrolling in Advanced Flying, students must hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC). The university works with Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) to deliver flight training. FTA has a fleet of aircraft that necessitate some physical restrictions and training is provisional upon an assessment by FTA's Chief Pilot that students are able to operate aircraft controls in a safe manner.

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