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Master of Aviation (MAVN) - MAv

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Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1.5 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Aviation ; Graduate Diploma of Aviation

To: Doctor of Philosophy

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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Program aims

The Master of Aviation aims to provide graduates with specialised cognitive skills and technical knowledge, which enables them to independently analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in an aviation context. The program also provides opportunities to apply established theories to a range of contexts whilst planning and executing a substantial research-based project within the aviation industry.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the Master of Aviation, students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the underlying principles and concepts of applied elements in the aviation industry

  2. apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and ethical decision-making in a professional aviation context

  3. synthesise and critically review established theoretical frameworks with supporting evidence to provide solutions to real-world aviation problems

  4. develop and apply the skills required for management of teams, working in teams and working with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in the aviation environment

  5. select research methodologies appropriate to the aviation context and conduct a range of professional research activities including communication of the results of such research in an ethical manner

  6. formulate and exercise management and leadership skills in practical and training situations within the aviation industry.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of aviation, management and/or psychology, or equivalent

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


For candidates who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) from a recognised institution, outside the disciplines stated above, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Aviation provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Aviation. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible for entry into the Master of Aviation provided they meet any other entry requirements.

Candidates with a Graduate Certificate (AQF level 8) or higher may apply for entry into the Master of Aviation. Eligibility for entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Master of Aviation consists of 12 courses, each of one unit, comprising seven core courses and five specialisation approved courses.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of six years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Aviation Human Factors specialisation core courses: 
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation 
AVN5105 Introduction to Aviation Research^ 
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation 
AVN8102 Applied Human Factors in Aviation 
AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (part A)^
AVN8105 Aviation Research Project (part B)~ 
MGT8037 Team Leadership 
Aviation Management specialisation core courses 
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation 
AVN5105 Introduction to Aviation Research^ 
AVN5101 Aviation Management 
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation 
AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (part A)^ 
AVN8105 Aviation Research Project (part B)~ 
MGT8037 Team Leadership 

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.
~This course will be offered from 2020.

Specific specialisations

In this section:

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Aviation Human Factors

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Select five courses from the following Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved courses: 
AVN8101 Managing Operations in Aviation 
AVN5104 International Aviation Systems^ 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2 
AVN5101 Aviation Management  
AVN5103 Human Factors Training in Aviation 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.

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Aviation Management

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Select five courses from the following Aviation Management specialisation approved courses: 
AVN8101 Managing Operations in Aviation 
AVN5104 International Aviation Systems ^ 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2 
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
AVN5103 Human Factors Training in Aviation 
AVN8102 Applied Human Factors in Aviation 
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in the Master of Aviation may be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements of that program:

  • A student who successfully completes eight units may, upon application, exit with a Graduate Diploma of Aviation, provided the student has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation.

  • A student who successfully completes four units may, upon application, exit with a Graduate Certificate of Aviation, provided the student has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation.


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Credit

Claims for credit for previous study should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a program. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with USQ policy. Credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ.

Credit may be granted on the basis of equivalent courses undertaken at postgraduate level. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course passed was taken at least at Masters or equivalent level

  • the course was passed within 5 years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)

  • the course passed is equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Aviation

  • where the student has taken out an award from a recognised tertiary institution and is claiming credit on the basis of courses completed to meet the requirements of that program, the maximum credit on the basis of such courses shall be no greater than six courses for the Master of Aviation

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the University of Southern Queensland


Note: Where credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as the credit, for example, where the maximum of 50 percent credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be reduced by one-half.

Recommended enrolment patterns

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Aviation Human Factors specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation11
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course11
MGT8037 Team Leadership12
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation12
AVN5105 Introduction to Aviation Research^21
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course21
AVN8102 Applied Human Factors in Aviation22
AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (part A)^22
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course31
AVN8105 Aviation Research Project (part B)~31
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course32
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course32

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.
~This course will be offered from 2020.

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Aviation Management specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation11
Aviation Management specialisation approved course11
AVN5101 Aviation Management12
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation12
Aviation Management specialisation approved course21
AVN5105 Introduction to Aviation Research^21
Aviation Management specialisation approved course22
AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (part A)^22
Aviation Management specialisation approved course31
AVN8105 Aviation Research Project (part B)~31
MGT8037 Team Leadership32
Aviation Management specialisation approved course32

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.
~This course will be offered from 2020.