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Bachelor of Aviation Air Transport Pilot (Aeroplane Option)

Massey University
3 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Palmerston North
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Program description

Become part of a new generation of pilots

Learn how to fly in Massey’s state-of the art training fleet, while gaining a qualification that employers seek.

What is it Like?

Massey's Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot) is a university undergraduate qualification intended for career pilots. It will not just train you to be a competent 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 University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification. We are an internationally-recognized pilot training facility, but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry. We will introduce you to the critical ‘soft’ skills required of a professional aviator such as:

  • Decision-making
  • Communication
  • Workload management
  • Conflict resolution

These will expand the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

Skills that employers seek

A career as a pilot is exciting and highly sought-after. Our aviation degree will give you a point of difference - an in-depth understanding of the industry, and an internationally-recognised qualification. We will teach you the skills that employers seek.

In addition to the scenario-based flight training methodology, a special feature of the flight training programme is multi-crew training. This is designed to prepare you for functioning as flight crew members in air carrier operations. The Airline Bridging Course module at the end of the flight training phase is unique to the Bachelor of Aviation programme.


This programme is ISO-9001-2008 certified and holds the unique distinction of holding an Equivalence Approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. This means if you obtain your professional pilot's licence through Massey School of Aviation you can (if selected by Air NZ) enrol in the Air New Zealand "Airline Induction Course"- successful completion of which will place you in a "pool" of preferred pilots for induction by Air New Zealand.

It has ISO 9001-2008 certification and holds an Equivalence Approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. That means your examination results are accepted in lieu of CAA examinations, and flight examiners from the School are approved for conducting flight tests for issue of licences.


If you study the Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot), your preferred career will no doubt be as a pilot. Gaining this degree will also open other doors for other potential careers within the aviation industry.

At a later stage you may wish to progress to key management or training positions within an airline or with international bodies such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). At this stage postgraduate study would be useful.

  • Flying for national and international carriers
  • Continuing with postgraduate study in aviation management.

Majors (Aeroplane Option) - ATP

This is a 480-credit major (four-year equivalent) but delivered over a minimum of three years. Parts 1,2, 3 and 4 (a total of 360 credits) are taught in calendar year blocks of 180 credits each year. At the completion of Part 4 students 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.

Admission requirements

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 optimise success in the degree it is highly recommended that students have passed Mathematics (Calculus), and Physics at Year 13 or equivalent. Students must also pass an ‘English- rich’ subject at Year 13 or equivalent. ‘English-rich’ subjects include Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies, R.E. 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 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test score of minimum 575, TWE 4.5

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Massey University

Massey University is one of New Zealand's largest universities with more than 34,000 students studying across three vibrant campuses. We welcome more than 4,400 international students from more than 100 countries each year. We also have a growing number of...

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