Bachelor of Aviation Management

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From the ground to the sky – and back again

If you have a passion for, and are interested in, the broader picture of the aviation business, this degree is for you.

What is it like?

The Bachelor of Aviation Management (BAvMan) is a dedicated aviation qualification which will introduce you various aspects of the exciting aviation industry. If you have a passion for aviation, you enjoy working with other people, you are interested in working towards a management role in a global business, then this degree is for you.

You will gain an understanding of the human factors in aviation, airline strategic management, and airport operational management as well as have the opportunity to undertake an internship course (aviation practicum).

If you are already employed in the aviation industry the BAvMan qualification also provides a route to improve your skills and knowledge to further your career in aviation.

Turn your passion into a career

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification. We are an internationally-recognised flight training facility, but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry.

Topics include aviation human factors, aviation security issues, airlines strategic management and legal issues in aviation. These topics will expand the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

Skills that employers seek

Careers in the aviation industry are highly-competitive. The unique composition of our aviation management degree will give you a point of difference - an in-depth understanding of the aviation industry. You will emerge with an internationally-recognised qualification that gives you the skills that employers seek.

This degree is suitable if you are wanting to enter the aviation industry, or if you are already in the industry but wish to gain a tertiary qualification to help your career path. Note some professional aviation qualifications may be eligible for cross-credit into the degree.

Massey’s BAvMan Graduates can be found in all of New Zealand‘s major airports, as well as in the aviation support sector, in aviation regulatory bodies and working in airlines around the world.

Internationally-recognised qualification

Your qualification is internationally recognised, and accredited by the key New Zealand aviation authorities.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Massey University's Aviation Management programmes to master’s level are also available to international students via distance study mode through our partnership with Singapore Aviation Academy.

Singapore Avaition Academy

A good fit if you:

  • Are fascinated by airports, airlines and ‘all things aviation’
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Are attracted to working in a global industry with international opportunities
  • Want an exciting and challenging role where every day is different
Lisa Pohl
Bachelor of Aviation Management
Graduated in 2018
HNZ Flight Operations Team

“Studying towards my Bachelor of Aviation Management was the best decision I have made. It has the right balance between a management degree and specific aviation-related topics, such as human factors and aircraft incident and accident investigation…”

Massey has the perfect program for aircraft enthusiasts, making it the best starting point in New Zealand to begin your career in aviation.

Aviation has been my passion since the year 2000, when I got the opportunity to visit the cockpit on the way from Frankfurt to Dakar, Senegal. Seeing the sun set over the Sahara was incredible and so began my obsession with airplanes.

I spent the first two semesters on the Manawatū campus surrounded by like-minded people, which was a great experience.  For the remainder of my degree I studied by distance and started working for an Offshore Oil & Gas helicopter company in sunny Nelson.

HNZ New Zealand Limited provides helicopter services supporting the Offshore Oil and Gas industry, Mining and Search and Rescue (SAR) at bases in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Antarctica and across Australia.  I work in the HNZ Flight Operations team, where I spend most of my time sending our pilots, engineers and management team around the globe to our various bases. As my experience develops, I will be involved with the

  • setup of new bases
  • liaising with simulator providers in Europe and Malaysia for pilots regarding currency training and type ratings; and
  • with the implementations of FRMS within our operation.

I encourage anyone with an interest in aviation to take any opportunity that may present itself and to not be afraid to show your passion for the industry.

Careers

With a BAvMan degree you will have access to a wide range of career options in aviation-related industries. Potential employers include:

  • SITA - the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology
  • Menzies Aviation - a global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo handling services (in 31 countries with over 19,000 staff!)
  • Airways New Zealand
  • New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority - regulates civil aviation in New Zealand
  • Airlines and airports

These companies will be interested in your knowledge of aviation and management - a perfect combination in roles such as airfield officer, terminal duty managers, retail and terminal operations management, compliance, air accident investigation, customer service, sales and marketing and much more.

Internships

Massey University offers an active internship programme for the Bachelor of Aviation Management. This 12-week programme enables you to combine your university study with work in an area of the aviation industry. You get real-world experience working in a company, where you can see how you can apply the things you’ve learnt during your study and gain valuable industry contacts to help your future career.

Tasman Cargo Airlines

Tasman Cargo Airlines supports DHL Express on the New Zealand/Australia route and also operates charter flights. The airline hosted two students from Massey on their twelve week internship programme in 2018/2019.

“Both students demonstrated a very high level of maturity and understanding of the needs of the business and made a worthwhile and positive contribution to the operation during their time with the airline. TCA would welcome a further intake of interns in the future and as a means of supporting and promoting both the students and the aviation industry in New Zealand.”

Gerry Bray. Auckland Manager,Tasman Cargo

Meet our interns

Sam Rawlings Sam Rawlings – Tasman Cargo Airlines
“The internship helped improve my knowledge of front line / airline operations and also helped me make valuable contacts within the wider aviation industry. It was a great opportunity to practically apply the knowledge and learning I had gained to date in the Bachelor of Aviation Management degree.”

Sadie Kim Sadie Kim – Tasman Cargo Airlines
“Several of my university courses had direct relevance to my internship duties at Tasman Cargo. The understanding of the industry structure, regulations, and key institutions I gained from my courses enabled me to adapt to the environment quickly and to have discussions about the industry with other professionals. A major highlight was the opportunity to travel to the Tasman Cargo Sydney base with the Captain, and Flight Officer – it was one of the best days of my life!

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