Executive MBA in Aviation Management


Today’s aviation industry needs dynamic and sound management to meet the challenges it faces. So Coventry University and Emirates Aviation University will be delivering an exclusive course to aviation professionals in both the UK and the UAE from January 2017. Graduates will be awarded a dual MBA in Aviation Management (Executive) from these two high profile institutions.

The course explores the nature and implications of challenges within aviation. Professionals will develop the skills and mindset needed to meet these challenges. And they will gain key leadership and strategic management skills they will need in future executive careers.

Leading academics will deliver an exclusive blend of modules, with an international view enhanced by studying in both the UK and the UAE. An Executive MBA will help managers already in the industry, or those wishing to join from outside, accelerate their careers. It is also the ideal way for pilots, engineers and other aviation professionals to move into a management role.

Course content and delivery has been tailored to fit the lives of busy professionals. Four days of intensive short block teaching, followed by supported study, means maximum learning and minimum disruption. Graduates round off the course with a 6 month industry based Masters Dissertation, showcasing the skills and knowledge they have learned in the first 12 months.

Why enrol on this programme?

The course aims to develop those working in the aviation industry who will be able to apply the following business and management skills to:

  • Develop critical strategic thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be used in complex and changing environments within the aviation industry.
  • Apply the theory, knowledge and understanding of business and business processes to the aviation industry.
  • Empower and enable professionals to make improvements in business and management practice within the aviation industry.

The Executive MBA will allow professionals the opportunity to step back from their operational roles and benefit from interaction with other senior managers within the aviation sector, allowing them time to explore current ideas and latest thinking in the aviation industry.

The first 3 modules of the programme will be delivered in Dubai, which has witnessed extensive growth in both airline passenger numbers, cargo volumes and airport infrastructure development over the last decade.

The last 3 modules will be delivered in Coventry University, which has been awarded University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2015) and Modern University of the year from 2014 to 2016.

Apart from the 4 day taught modules, professionals enrolled in the programme will get the opportunity for organised visits to relevant aviation related organisations in Dubai such as Dubai International Airport the new Al Maktoum International Airport, Emirates Airline, Emirates SkyCargo, Dnata (Emirates Ground Handling Division) and Emirates Flight Catering.

Professionals enrolled on the programme will also benefit from guest lecturers and presentations from industry professionals providing insight into the latest industry practices.

In Coventry, UK professionals will have the opportunity for organised visits to a range of relevant organisations within the aviation sector.

Dual site delivery will provide an added dimension to this programme, allowing professionals to gain an insight into the operation and management of established and developing aviation sectors.

The Executive MBA includes a unique combination of aviation related modules and general management modules which are contextualized within the aviation industry.

The programme is targeted at professionals within the industry. The taught element can be completed within a compressed time frame of 12 months.

Career prospects

The award carries recognition from the industry through its association with Emirates Aviation University.

The programme is designed to develop strategic managerial skills necessary to meet the challenges currently facing the aviation industry today. As such it is an ideal route for professionals already working in the aviation industry who wish to broaden their skills.

It is also relevant to professionals in other disciplines, keen to develop their understanding of business and management within a complex environment, and who may be seeking a transfer to a managerial position within the aviation industry.

You will have the opportunity to gain international experience both through the content of your course and through the course being delivered at Coventry in the UK and Dubai in UAE.


Part time for 12 months, plus an industry based Masters Dissertation,starting from January 2017.

Course outline

The course structure has 6 modules, worth 20 credits each, and an industry based Masters Dissertation worth 60 credits. Learning on individual modules is supported primarily by a Module Leader with associated module teams.

  • Airport Operations:

    The module views airports as complex systems aimed at delivering a service to passengers and air freight. The main operational procedures for handling air cargo and passenger throughput in airport terminals are presented. The module also explores how physical characteristics impose constraints on aircrafts, the services provided to airlines, to passengers in the terminal buildings and to air cargo companies. Professional will be introduced to the design and management problems relating to these facilities.

  • Global Issues in the Airline Industry:

    This module provides professional the opportunity to explore a wide range of topical issues that affect the operation and management of an airline and the development of the industry as a whole. These include advances in technology, human factors, political and environmental issues. Guest lectures by experts that include industry-based specialists form the basis of the teaching element of this module. Professionals are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of particular topics covered in the module through an in-depth research study, on which they are assessed.

  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources Management:

    This module provides a thorough grounding in the theories of organisations, the processes of organisational designing and the practice of human resource management. The first part of the module concentrates on the concepts of organizational structure and behaviour. The second part reviews the changing nature of the employment relationship and critically evaluates the contribution of HRM to organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Airline Strategy, Finance and Economics:

    This module comprehensively develops professionals’ understanding of the strategic, financial, and economic aspects of airlines. It comprehensively examines their strategies, analyses their environments, determines how they may improve, and how they may grow and develop. It examines the demand for airlines together with their costs, revenues, pricing, and investigates key strategic, financial, and economic trends, problems, and developments for airlines.

  • Innovation & Change:

    This module aims to identify the beliefs, attitudes and values of people as both individuals and within an organisational context, and reflects on how these shape behaviours and perceptions of others. It will assess the prevailing leadership styles within organisations and the effects on performance, motivation and levels of commitment to values and goals. It will also aim to draw on the concepts of creativity and innovation and the conditions and processes required to encourage them, to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement in organisations and to explain the rationale for choice in the context of organisational objectives.

  • Executive Leadership & Decision Making:

    This module gives professionals an introduction to the key concepts, theories and current issues in executive leadership and decision making with a contextualisation to the aviation industry. Professionals will study a range of different perspectives on leadership including competency models, followership and transformational leadership and will consider how these relate to the leader’s role in organisational strategy development, cross-cultural communication and corporate social responsibility. The module will also aim to provide professionals with an understanding of the complexities of decision-making, problem solving and how decisions can be improved.

  • Industry Based Masters Dissertation:

    A Dissertation is also required to complete the course. To support work on your Dissertation, you are assigned a personal supervisor who communicates with you regularly to provide guidance

    The dissertation includes a study of research methods and gives professionals the opportunity to enact a piece of individual problem-solving research of a strategic nature, thereby demonstrating their competence in applying the concepts and skills acquired during the taught part of the programme.

How will this course be taught?

Teaching will be managed by academic partners in Dubai in the UAE, and in Coventry in the UK. Professionals will need to attend modules at both locations to complete the course. Teaching is delivered in an intensive 4 day block, followed by individual study and submission of coursework.

Delivered at Emirates Aviation University in the UAE

  • Airport Operations (26th to 29th January 2017)
  • Global Issues in the Airline Industry (30th March to 2nd April 2017)
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources Management (25th to 28th May 2017)

Delivered at Coventry University in the UK

  • Airline Strategy, Finance and Economics (20th to 23rd July 2017)
  • Executive Leadership & Decision Making (14th to 17th September 2017)
  • Innovation & Change (9th to 12th November 2017)

Dissertation work

  • Industry based Masters Dissertation (4th January to 4th July 2018)


Assessment on your course will be a mixture of coursework assignments and formal examinations which will vary depending on the module. In addition to written tasks, you may be required to present to others so that you have the opportunity to improve and enhance your professional communication skills. Coursework can be individual, or in set groups to help widen your team and networking skills.

You will be advised of the assessment criteria prior to the commencement of the course.

Teaching Contact Hours

Teaching will be delivered in an intense short block. A typical 20 credit module consists of approximately 200 hours of study time. This is typically made up of:

  • 25 - 30 contact hours
  • 4 - 8 hours guest speaker / aviation related organisational visits
  • 162 hours of independent study

These times may vary dependent on course

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have at least one of the following:

  • An honours degree in any subject, with a minimum of second class or an equivalent bachelor degree, and a minimum CGPA of 2.5
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level
  • A lower qualification with at least five years’ significant and relevant experience working at a professional level

Applicants are also expected to:

  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ management experience
  • Have a letter of recommendation from their current employer
  • Have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent if their first language is not English
  • Comply with the rules and regulations of both partners

Applications are welcomed from Commercial Pilots and Licensed Engineers with 5 or more years working experience in the industry. These applicants are eligible to apply on the basis of their professional status. All applications will need to be approved by the Emirates Aviation University MBA Committee.

For professional advice on entry requirements, please contact EAU Postgraduate Admissions Department on +971 46050109 / +971 46050104 or e-mail: eau.pg@emirates.com


Application Fee* Registration Fee* Tuition Fees
N/A AED 2,500 AED 120,000


How to Apply

Applications must be made online using Emirates Aviation University online application. You will be contacted by our admissions team after you apply online. Your application will be reviewed by the Executive MBA committee and we will get back to you by 15th December 2016 with a decision on whether your application has been successful. If you would like to make a pre-application, or enquire through Coventry University instead, please email Robert Wilson at progression.apu@coventry.ac.uk

Important Dates

  • 29th November 2016 is the deadline for acceptance of applications for admission to the programme
  • 15th December 2016 is the date for notifying candidates of their acceptance onto the programme
  • 26th January 2017 is the date for the programme induction and commencement of the first module

For information on how to apply for a course at Emirates Aviation University, see our Admissions Guide.

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