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Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Air Transport Pilot for your Bachelor of Aviation at Massey

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:



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 Bachelor of Aviation in Air Transport Pilot is a good fit if you:

have well-developed leadership qualities

enjoy mathematics and physics

want a degree - not just a ‘licence to fly’.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

This programme is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Bachelor of Aviation, 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, and economics.

We highly recommend that you have passed Mathematics (Calculus) and Physics at NCEA Level 3/Year 13 or equivalent.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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