Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


66 (plus 4 training credits)

Note: The exact number of credits depends on students' academic background.


Entry Scholarship

  • To recognise the outstanding academic performance of students, the department will grant entry scholarship with total amount up to HK$30,000 to eligible students admitted to the programme via Non-JUPAS local senior year admission.  Details can be found at   It is subject to change and will be announced on department website in due course.
Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aviation operations and systems field concerns the design and development, planning and scheduling, and implementation and control of various processes, operations and systems in aviation and related industries. Particular emphasis is given to the development of new processes, operations and systems and the reengineering of existing processes, operations and systems. This enables a better understanding of the complex problems and interrelationships of various aviation operations, and draws on specialised knowledge and skills in engineering, management and the social sciences to specify, optimise, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from such processes, operations and systems.


The overall aim of this programme is to produce professionals who are competent in the design, development, planning, scheduling, controlling, executing and managing aviation operations and systems, and related technologies. In this programme, students study the underpinning industrial engineering fundamentals and theory used in aviation operations and systems. As a consequence, graduates become competitive professionals in aviation operations and systems for the local and global aviation industry.



Programme Characteristics

Hong Kong needs to upgrade its manpower to meet the aviation industry’s prevailing and future demand, and to maintain its competitiveness in the rapidly changing world and highly competitive markets in the region. Only university graduates with profound aviation-related professional knowledge and diverse management skill-sets have the ability and adaptability to be successful in such an environment. This programme is designed from a multi-stakeholder perspective to cover the whole spectrum of the aviation industry, spanning the policy, management, operations, logistics and systems levels. Various units participated in developing the programme, including the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management. It offers a highly integrated, broad-based education aimed at producing degree-level aviation professionals to meet the high-level, diverse manpower needs of the aviation industry.


In the first year, students are required to take the Industrial Training subject “Integrated Aviation Systems Project”. This subject aims at developing their practical understanding of the common technological systems and processes found in aviation industry. Through undertaking hands-on projects, students are able to integrate their academic knowledge with practical skills in key engineering tasks, including problem identification, design, fabrication and evaluation.


In the final year, students can specialise in areas such as aircraft logistics, airline operations and revenue management, and inflight service management, through the selection of their Final Year Project and Electives, the latter of which are selected from a large pool of options.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme has been granted provisional accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK).



Graduates can find employment as planning engineers, systems engineers, aircraft project engineers, operations engineers, materials management officers, flight dispatch officers, client service executives, quality assurance engineers, passenger services officers, fleet technical engineers, aviation business analysts, inventory management analysts, cargo services coordinators, crew operations officers and revenue management officers.


General University Requirement (GUR) (minimum 9 credits)

Subjects are mandated by the University as part of the broad-based education of every student. Students are also expected to meet the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language and Communication Requirement (LCR). 


Core Subjects (3 subjects of 2 credits each, 13 subjects of 3 credits each, total 45 credits)

Professional Communication in English for Engineering Students (2 credits), Professional Communication in Chinese (2 credits), Warehousing Technologies and Operations (2 credits), Introduction to Aviation Management, Business Law, Total Quality Management, Applications of Operations Research in Aviation, Systems Modeling and Simulation, Aviation Safety and Security Management, Airport Management,  Fleet and Flight Management, Engineering Costing and Evaluation, Airport Logistics Engineering, Airline Strategy and Management, Society and the Engineer, Project Management.

* Subject to change upon programme reviews. For updated information, please visit programme website.


Elective Subjects (2 subjects of 3 credits each, total 6 credits)

Pilot Ground Theory, Inflight Service Management, Environmental Management in the Travel and Hospitality Industry, Data Management in Aviation Industries, Mobile Technologies for Logistics Systems, Green Legislation and Supply Chain Logistics, Aircraft Service Engineering and Logistics, Air Flight Operations Management, Quality Management, Airline Operations and Revenue Management, Information Systems for Logistics Management.


Individual Project (6 credits)


IC Training (4 credits)

Integrated Aviation Systems Project


Work-Integrated Education

Work-Integrated Education (WIE) is incorporated into the programme to ensure that students gain real-life work experience that is relevant to their study disciplines, and to enhance their all-round development. Each student must attain a minimum of one WIE training credit, i.e. complete at least 2 weeks/80 hours of full-time training, or the equivalent, before graduation.


Summer Placement

Summer placement opportunities may be provided to students to enable them to gain practical work experience.


Student Exchange Programme

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a student exchange programme with universities in countries such as the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland for one semester.

Credit Required for Graduation

66 (plus 4 training credits)

Note: The exact number of credits depends on students' academic background.

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Xu Min


Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline or equivalent qualifications.


In addition to academic results, applicants' potential for and interest in the programme, language and communication skills and learning attitude will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend selection interviews.


For further programme information, please contact:

ISE Enquiry (tel.: 2766 6611; email:

Student Message

The BSc (Hons) in Aviation Operations & Systems programme has provided me with the essential knowledge as well as practical experience for developing a career in the aviation industry.


Emphasis was put on the analytical examination of airline/airport operations, business strategies and decision making in addition to a holistic overview of the rapidly thriving industry. Apart from operation planning and service management, I was given insights into the technical aspects of aircraft engineering and airport logistics systems through completing an industrial integrated project. My perspective was broadened by lectures given by former airline executives, airport operators and air transport researchers.


I had an internship opportunity in Spain as a research assistant for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) project. I was able to apply my technical knowledge and start up my venture using computer programming and project management. Following my improvement in interpersonal skills and problem-solving skills through my two-month overseas exposure, I have become better at Spanish and UAS flying in courses offered by PolyU.


I have come to realise that countless opportunities reside in the aviation industry. The programme delivered a well-rounded learning experience that equipped me with the understanding and soft skills required to take on different aviation jobs.

Ha Timothy Promise

As one of the leading Bachelor degrees with a major in aviation, the BSc (Hons) in Aviation Operations & Systems has provided me with unique academic knowledge in both technical and management areas in the aviation industry. Airport management, fleet and flight management, aviation safety and security management are key areas of expertise for the aviation specialist. Most of the basic and specific knowledge is covered in this programme before you enter the industry. An integrated aviation systems course taught by experienced engineers and aviation management and operations courses taught by experienced former airline executives gave me insight into this complex industry.


PolyU has provided me with a great opportunity to work at the Airport Authority Hong Kong as a Summer Trainee responsible for studying big data, performing analyses and engaging in mobile applications. I feel that it was an enriching experience to be part of the internship programme, as I learned a lot of technical knowledge and gained valuable hands-on experience. I gained a much deeper understanding of the back-end operations of the airport, which broadened my horizons and enhanced my knowledge and working capacity in the airport.

Lo Tsz Hin

In this programme, I gained much practical and useful knowledge about the real aviation industry, especially the operation of an airline. Both hard and soft skills related to flight operations and systems were included, and some recent common software in the field was taught in the courses. All I have learned can equip me to become a well-rounded person and strengthen my skills for my future career.


I had an internship opportunity in Hong Kong Aviation Ground Services Limited as a Customer Services Officer in the Hong Kong Airlines Lounge for the development of the Employee Attendance Recording System (EAR) project. I not only used computer programming to tailor a feasible system for the company but also applied the knowledge I had learned in this programme, such as systems modelling and simulation. In addition, during the first summer semester, I went to Sichuan and mentored a local health ambassador. This was a meaningful and an unforgettable aspect of my campus life.

Mak Yuen Sum
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Programme Leaflet

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Interview Arrangement

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and test their language and communicate skills.

Date of Interview
Between October 2023 and March 2024

About 10-15 minutes

Individual interview via Skype or telephone
  • Suitable applicants will be invited to interviews.
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