Engineering Technology degrees within UNSW Canberra provide outstanding technology education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force and encourage excellence through contributions to the engineering profession, industry and community. The BTech (Av) program is based on core engineering subjects, however specialist components of the BTech (Av) program focus on the interface between technology, individuals and organisations in the aviation industry. The aim is to provide the student with a deep understanding of the various technological and human systems that contribute to the safe and efficient operation of aircraft. A key element in this program is the focus on the role of people as key components in a technologically advanced and complex aviation system. There is particular emphasis on the role of human operators (e.g. pilots, air combat officers and air traffic controllers) in aviation infrastructure and safety management systems. Other courses such as aerodynamics and aircraft systems often incorporate problem-based learning informed by academic research and industrial practice. Electives and a final semester project enable students to pursue particular interests both within and outside the specialist discipline.

Entry Requirements:

Australian Year 12 studies or equivalent tertiary or overseas qualifications. Assumed subject knowledge is Advanced Mathematics and Physics. Trainee Officers must be selected by the Australian Defence Force.


The BTech (Av) program is grounded in foundation science and engineering therefore some first year courses are common to aerospace and mechanical engineering streams. In second and third year the program diverges into an aviation specialist stream.

Subjects you can Study:

Technology - aviation

Further information:

In addition to lodging a UAC application, Trainee Officers must complete a Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) process. Applicants must apply to DFR via or by telephone 13 19 01.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra No info No Full time 3 years
UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is a campus of UNSW Australia, located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

Working at the intersection of a leading university and a military academy, UNSW excels in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research students across arts, business, engineering, IT and science.

Undergraduate programs are tailored to educate trainee officers and midshipmen in the Australian Defence Force.

Undergraduate engineering programs, along with post graduate and doctoral research programs, are open to the general community as well as Defence personnel.

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