Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) (Top-up)


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by RMIT University. 

Founded in 1887, RMIT is one of Australia’s original educational institutions.

RMIT has a five-star QS ranking for excellence in higher education and is ranked 18th in the world and 3rd in Australia among universities less than 50 years old (2017-18 QS Top 50 Under 50 index).

RMIT University has been providing education in aerospace engineering and aviation for over 70 years. The programme offered in Singapore enables students to access the same content and quality of instruction they would receive in Melbourne. 

The successful completion of the programme will provide you with a broad, coherent body of knowledge and theory related to the global aviation industry.


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Course Start Date & End Date

2 intakes a year: January and July 

Next intake: 02-Jan-19

Direct Entry (15 modules):
2.5 years : 02-Jan-19 – 30-Jun-21

Non-direct Entry (19 modules - Require Prep modules):
3 years : 02-Jan-19 – 31-Dec-21


SIM Preparatory modules:
S$1,070.00 for 2 modules 

RMIT Preparatory modules:
S$5,035.42 for 2 modules 

RMIT Undergraduate programme:
S$37,765.65 for 15 modules, payable over 5 semesters 

Total course fee: S$43,871.07 (with 7% GST)

Fees quoted are valid for January 2019 intake only.

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships are available  

Razali Abdul Rahim

I am more confident when dealing with clients and airport authorities. When an aircraft experiences technical issues, I am able to understand the problems and communicate better.



Local applicants: From 18 Jul 2018 to 17 Oct 2018

Please refer to the Fees tab for application fees payable.

Flying high with a career in Aviation

The successful completion of the programme will provide you with a broad, coherent body of knowledge and theory related to the global aviation industry. The knowledge obtained enables you to critically review and analyse aspects of the aviation industry, such as:
  • Airline operations planning and management
  • Airline maintenance management and supervision
  • Airport landside/airside operations
  • Airport planning and management
  • Aviation safety management
  • Airline strategies, finance and traffic data
  • Concepts and applications of human factor in aviation
  • Technical and contemporary issues in the aviation industry (eg. systems, sustainability, environment etc.)

Further Education

Graduates are eligible for consideration for admission into postgraduate studies in Aviation at RMIT Melbourne as well as postgraduate programmes in many institutions.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme have obtained junior management and supervisory positions with air services providers, airlines and airport organisations located throughout the world. Graduates may also undertake further postgraduates studies in Aviation at RMIT University.

Programme Structure

This programme comprises of

4 Preparatory modules (6 months):

  • *BUS005 Managing People and Organisations
  • *BUS009 Business Statistics
  • ^**AERO2483 Introduction to Aviation
  • ^**AERO2484 Introduction to Aircraft 

15 Degree modules (2.5 years):

  • AERO2496 Airport/Airline Operations
  • AERO2487 Sustainable Aviation and the Environment
  • AERO2500 Human Factors in Aviation
  • OMGT2221 Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • AERO2498 Aviation Industry Environment
  • AERO2501 Aircraft Systems
  • AERO2495 Aviation Safety and Security Systems
  • AERO2486 Aircraft Maintenance Management
  • AERO2497 Airport Planning and Management
  • AERO2490 Airline Operations
  • AERO2492 Aviation Strategy in the Global Context
  • AERO2493 Aviation Project Management
  • ^AERO2488 Aviation Industry Project
  • AERO2585 Aircraft Airworthiness
  • AERO2489 Air Cargo Management and Operations

* Preparatory modules from the SIM Preparatory Course in Business (RMIT) programme  
** Preparatory modules from RMIT Aviation programme  
^ Modules delivered online  

Students who fail the exam of a Preparatory module at first attempt will be granted a supplementary exam or assessment. Should they fail the supplementary exam or assessment, they will be discontinued from the programme, and will have to re-apply to be re-admitted into the same programme.  

Capstone AERO2488 Aviation Industry Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake a project on a real-world aviation industry problem or issue and where students are able to apply critical thinking, judgment, problem-solving skills and industry knowledge. The project is supervised by an RMIT teaching faculty.  

The duration for students to complete the RMIT Aviation degree programme is 2.5 years, regardless of the number of exemptions granted.  

For details of the modules exemption and sequence of modules offering, click here.  

For module outlines, click here.

The above modules are subjected to changes by the University. 

Teaching Faculty

This programme is taught by faculty from RMIT University, as well as local academics and industry practitioners.

Delivery Mode

The mode of delivery is a blended mode of lectures on campus and online learning. Besides lectures, methods such as case study preparation, problem solving exercises, projects and self-managed learning activities are used to encourage flexible and independent learning

Session Timetable

For modules taught by RMIT teaching faculty, classes are conducted on an intensive mode: lectures are scheduled over 1 to 2 weeks consecutively.  

Modules delivered by local academics are run on a regular mode, with classes scheduled over 7 to 8 weeks, 1 to 2 times a week.

Lectures at SIM HQ are of 3 hours duration per session with 10-15 minutes break, and are scheduled on week nights (7.00pm - 10.00pm) or Saturday afternoon (12.00pm - 3.00pm / 3.30pm - 6.30pm).

Candidature Period

Maximum time to complete the programme:  
17 to 19 modules: 6 years  
14 to 16 modules: 5 to 5.5 years  
10 to 13 modules: 4 years   

Students who fail to complete the programme within the candidature period will not be entitled to refund. Those who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size to commence: 50 students.  

In the event that the minimum number is not met, the intake may not commence. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.

Entry Requirements

This is an advanced standing programme, and applicants with polytechnic diplomas approved by RMIT will be granted advanced standing and exemptions into the programme. Click here for the list of approved qualifications and exemptions. Other relevant qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If an applicant does not satisfy the university's minimum academic entry requirement, they may produce evidence of other equivalent qualifications or combination of qualifications and experience for assessment by RMIT University on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with the approved diplomas are required to complete the Preparatory modules depending on the advanced standing specified, before continuing with the remaining modules under the degree programme.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who have not achieved a minimum C in General Paper (AS/H1 Level) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2) or equivalent, must provide evidence of at least ONE of the following:

  • IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
  • TOEFL - Paper-Based = 580 (TWE 4.5);
  • TOEFL - internet-Based Test (iBT) = Overall score of 92, with minimum of 20 in all sections;
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) -  PTE(A) = 58 (no communication band less than 50);
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (up to 2014) = 58 no less than 'borderline' in each skill;
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (2015 onwards) = 176 with no less than 169 in any component;
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Plus, or equivalent;
  • Successful completion of a recognised approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English.  

Course fee

SIM Preparatory modules:
S$1,070.00 for 2 modules 

RMIT Preparatory modules:
S$5,035.42 for 2 modules 

RMIT Undergraduate programme:
S$37,765.65 for 15 modules, payable over 5 semesters

Total course fee: S$43,871.07* (with 7% GST) 

*This total course fee is based on 2 SIM Preparatory modules at S$535.00 per module, 2 RMIT Preparatory modules at S$2,517.71 per module and 15 degree modules at S$2,517.71 per module. The total may vary depending on the number of exemptions granted.
  • Fees quoted are valid for January 2019 intake only. 
  • The above fees exclude textbooks.
  • First semester fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent semester fees payable before commencement of semester.
  • Students who repeat a failed RMIT degree module must pay a repeat fee of S$2,517.71 per module. Not all modules will be offered every semester. 

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships are available

Exemption Eligibility

This is an advanced standing programme. Students who have met the entry criteria and have been selected for entry will be given 84 to 168 credit points (12 credit points per module) advance standing into the programme. 

Applicants with an approved polytechnic diploma will be granted additional exemptions.

For the list of exemptions approved by RMIT University, click here.


Lecturers & Teaching Modules

The average teacher student ratio is 1 : 24

Assessment & Exams

Assessment components vary from module to module. Students are normally assessed by continuous assessments in the form of mid-term class tests, individual and group assignments or projects, case studies, discussion and class presentations. 

Most modules have a final examination at the end of semester. The examinations are held from late April to early May for the semester commencing in January, and in late October to early November for the semester commencing in July.

The examinations are scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, in the morning and afternoon.

Academic Progress

Students are allowed to repeat a module once only. For advanced modules with pre-requisites, students are required to satisfactorily meet the pre-requisites before undertaking the modules.

Attendance Requirement

Part-time (local) students: 75%

Awards & Graduation

Students will be considered as eligible for the award of Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) when they have satisfactorily completed all academic requirements of the programme as detailed in the programme structure.

Awards are presented to students who have attained a set standard of achievement in the overall performance of the programme.

The degree can be awarded with Distinction based on the student’s academic performance.

A degree conferral ceremony is held in August or September each year in Singapore.