GD201 - Graduate Diploma in Aviation

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Plan: GD201 - Graduate Diploma in Aviation
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Aviation
Award abbreviation: GradDipAvn
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full time
Location: City campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031599
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

Individuals undertaking this program will in many cases be practitioners in any of a diverse range of sectors of the Aviation industry who are about to or have been promoted to various levels of management. You have identified a need to upgrade your skills and knowledge to enhance your continued transition from technical functional to managerial responsibilities within an industry specific context. In order to upgrade your skills and knowledge this Program aims to integrate the skills required to analyse and implement creative solutions, enhance leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and to develop reflective practitioners who are able to achieve results in an industry characterised by global competition, and driven by rapidly changing market forces.

The program is structured with a core spanning the breadth of the aviation industry, and offers specialisations in a number of high level aspects, including airworthiness, transportation and logistics, unmanned aircraft systems, analytics or business. The minor studies offered in the program take into account developments in the Aviation industry sectors, pursuing the objectives of equipping you with a deeper and updated knowledge of your own sector while exposing you to the issues faced by complementary sectors.

Graduates of the program will be highly suited for a range of operational management and planning roles in the aviation industry. These include management-level roles in areas such as:

  • airline operations planning and management
  • airline maintenance management and supervision
  • airport landside operations
  • airport airside operations
  • airport planning and management
  • aviation safety management

This program can be completed either on-campus (face-to-face mode) or fully online (internet mode), as all core courses and sufficient option courses will be offered in both modes of delivery.

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Articulation and pathways

Postgraduate aviation studies are offered at Masters and Graduate Diploma levels. On completion of GD201 Graduate Diploma in Aviation you can articulate to the final year (full time) of MC264 Master of Science (Aviation). 

If you have a Graduate Certificate of another RMIT postgraduate program, you will be considered for advanced standing for this program with course exemption to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

Entry into this program is through MC264 Master of Science (Aviation). This normally requires a relevant undergraduate degree. Students may exit the program with a Graduate Diploma in Aviation after completion of the six core and two minor option courses listed in this program guide.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Graduate Diploma in Aviation is not accredited, although it has been developed to align with the Engineers Australia accreditation framework. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Aviation may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. More details on membership of Engineers Australia can be found here.

Industry Links
The School of Engineering has expanding Australian and international links with the aviation industry. Key stakeholders in this industry participated in the original development of this program, and industry is playing a continuing role in ensuring that it remains relevant and that graduates have strong career paths.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it.

All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic and print resources such as books, journals, newspapers, streaming media and past exam papers. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments, or you can work through Library subject guides and web based tutorials, or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

Computers for study are available at every Library site and wireless access is available if you are working from a laptop or mobile device.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Aviation journals are well represented in the database, for more informaton, please visit

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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