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Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Manawatu Campus


Gain a professional qualification which integrates flight training with university study.

Massey University’s Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot) is a university qualification for career pilots. You will not just train to be a professional pilot, but to become a ‘flight deck manager’ with a university education and an in-depth understanding of the aviation industry.

Turn your passion into a career

Massey is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification. We are not only an internationally recognised pilot training facility but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry.

We will also introduce you to the critical ‘soft’ skills required of a professional aviator such as:

  • decision-making
  • communication
  • workload management
  • conflict resolution.
  • State-of the art aircraft and equipment

You’ll learn to fly in our fleet of technically advanced Diamond single engine and twin engine aircraft equipped with full digital avionics. We also have a state-of-the-art flight Diamond DA-42 flight simulator. Its 220-degree wraparound screen can match any airport in the world. Massey University was the first pilot training facility in New Zealand to install this new-generation simulator.

Electronic flight bags

Electronic flight bags (EFBs) are now almost standard for every major international air carrier. As a new Bachelor of Aviation (ATP) student you will be issued with an Apple iPad to be used as your EFB during your flight training.


A career as a pilot is exciting and highly sought-after.

The Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot) opens up opportunities to become airline pilots or any other potential career within the aviation industry.

Many graduates work as flight instructors in New Zealand or Australia, enabling them to build on their instructional techniques expertise which is a valuable skill for those who eventually decide to take up a role as an Airline Training Captain.

You may wish to progress to key management or training positions for an airline or with international bodies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) or the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Postgraduate study in aviation would be worth considering if you intend to follow this path.

Professional requirements

To become a pilot you will need to complete this qualification, comprising a total of 480 credits as outlined on this page.

At the completion of 360 credits in this qualification, you 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.

You will also need to complete:

  • 1500 hours of flight experience
  • a flight test in an aircraft of 5700kg or greater.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

To enter the Bachelor of Aviation programme, you must pass NCEA Level 3/Year 13 or equivalent in an ‘English-rich’ subject. These include one of the following: classical studies, English, geography, history, history of art, media studies, religious education (RE), business studies, biology, economics.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 (min 20 in Writing)
  • Paper-based TOEFL test (P) - minimum score of 575, TWE 4.5
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)

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