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Doctor of Philosophy in Aviation Management


The PhD programme in Aviation Management is designed to develop professionals with a deep understanding of aviation management. The programme equips students with advanced knowledge through rigorous research, enabling them to contribute to industry innovation and provide leadership in the field. The PhD programme offers students a solid foundation in subject-specific knowledge and provides training for doctoral researchers through a variety of modules and research workshops. A supervisory team comprising experienced researchers offers diverse perspectives and expertise to support students, complemented by a community of peers and learning hub facilities provided at Emirates Aviation University (EAU).

Programme key features:

  • Comprehensive researcher development training.
  • Robust support system provided by trained PhD supervisors.
  • Cumulative submission of thesis components over time.
  • Opportunity to publish research.

Why enrol on this programme?

EAU is the Middle East’s leading educational institution for aeronautical engineering, aviation management, business management, and aviation safety and security studies. The university offers an experienced faculty, a multinational student body, and a purpose-built campus in the heart of Dubai, ensuring a vibrant learning environment.

PhD students in Aviation Management will collaborate with distinguished faculty proficient in business and aviation management, bringing expertise from top academic institutions and industries worldwide. EAU's faculty commitment to research, in collaboration with academic institutions, government organizations, and industry, provides an ideal environment for candidates to acquire cutting-edge knowledge and develop their research interests.

Candidates will receive excellent supervision and access to a full range of research workshops and resources, supporting their development as postgraduate researchers.


The PhD in Aviation Management is accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.

Career Prospects

Completion of the PhD in Aviation Management programme presents valuable career opportunities for individuals at different stages of their professional journey. For those seeking to enter the aviation industry or advance their careers, the programme equips them with advanced skills and qualifications. Employers highly value the comprehensive understanding and skills gained from this programme, making graduates valuable contributors across academia, research, regulation, and management.

Duration and Delivery:

Duration Mode of Delivery
Full-Time: Four years Face to face

The PhD consists of 540 credits, distributed as below:

Module Type Module Code Module Title Credits (CATS)

Research Methods Module

EAP01RE Research Methods 40

Subject Specific Modules








International Business and Global Strategy in Aviation

Technology and Innovation in Aviation

Global Operations in Aviation

International Leadership in Aviation

Logistics Operations in Aviation

Sustainable Aviation

Choose One Elective







Elective Modules




Airport and Airline Operations

Global Alliances in Aviation

Regional and Global Marketing Perspectives in Aviation





EAP01DI Doctoral Internship [3 months] 0



Total Credits


On successful completion of the programme, a Postgraduate Researcher should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, cognitive, practical and transferable skills, as outlined below:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • KU1 -Make a significant and original contribution to a specialised field of enquiry worthy of publication.
  • KU2 -Command highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and/or research skills including recognised theories, processes, analytical methods and uses of empirical evidence related to research.
  • KU3 -Propose, discuss, critically evaluate and defend such knowledge and scholarship with peers and explain the function and contexts in which specialist and advanced level research occurs.
  • KU4 -Debate the philosophy and research methodology, including design and management of projects and ethics, of research.

Cognitive (thinking) Skills

  • CS1 - Create and interpret new knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or an area of professional practice.
  • CS2 - Identify relevant research theories, methods or techniques, to undertake a large independent research project and critically evaluate the outcome
  • CS3 - Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems from documentation, practical activity, case studies, observations and sets of data.
  • CS4 - Synthesise ideas, theories or arguments and formulate research questions and research design.

Practical Skills

  • PS1 - Reflect, investigate, and apply knowledge which supports the research and programme of study.
  • PS2 - Apply and develop appropriate techniques and methodologies applicable to research and advanced scholarship.
  • PS3 - Communicate and work effectively to persuade and influence others.

Transferable Skills

  • TS1 -Written and oral communication and defence of ideas and arguments.
  • TS2 -Interpersonal skills including teamwork and problem-solving.
  • TS3 -Management and leadership skills including time management and project management conflict resolution.
  • TS4 -The ability to work independently dealing with complex and unpredictable situations in professional or equivalent environments.
  • TS5 -Research and analytical skills, including numerical and statistical skills where appropriate to manipulate and present data.
  • TS6 – The ability to select, justify and apply appropriate research and decision-making techniques relevant to the research and programme of study.
Minimum Admission Requirements Proficiency Requirements
  • A recognised Master’s degree in a discipline appropriate to the doctoral programme with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
  • The Master’s degree should be in aviation management, business, or a closely related discipline.
  • Applicants with a degree obtained outside the UAE must submit an equivalency of their degree issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

The following minimum test scores are acceptable for non-native speakers:

  • EmSAT score of (1400)
  • TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT, 79 iBT)
  • IELTS academic score of (6.0)

or their equivalents on other standardized national or internationally recognized tests approved by the Ministry of Education in the UAE

You will need to submit the following documents to

  • Research proposal (maximum of 3,000 words or 6 pages). The research area must be suitable for supervision by EAU faculty.
  • A letter of interest.
  • Master's qualifications and transcripts in English.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable).
  • A curriculum vitae (cv)
  • Two supporting references are to be submitted by the referees, with at least one being academic.

Admission Interview

  • After the initial application review, candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability and academic potential.
Mode of Study Registration Fee* Tuition Fees (AED)**
Full-Time AED 2,625 76,125 per year 


**Tuition Fees inclusive of VAT 5%