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Executive Education 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 are delivering an exclusive course to aviation professionals in both the UK and the UAE.  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.

The following qualification is also available as an exit award:

  • Graduate Diploma – Executive Aviation Management

Obtain a PgDip in Aviation Management by completing 6 modules of the Executive MBA in Aviation Management programme.

Why enrol on this programme?

The course aims to develop your business and management skills to enable you to apply strategic thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be used in complex and changing environments within the aviation industry.  You will be able to apply the theory, knowledge and understanding of business and business processes to the aviation industry. You will be empowered and enabled to make improvements in business and management practice within the aviation industry.  The Executive MBA will allow you the opportunity to step back from your operational role and benefit from interaction with other senior managers within the aviation sector, allowing you time to explore current ideas and latest thinking in the aviation industry.  Apart from the 4 day taught modules, you 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. You will also benefit from guest lecturers and presentations from industry professionals providing insight into the latest industry practices.  In Coventry, UK you 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 you 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. 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

Programme Delivery

The course will be delivered on a part-time basis, in four-day blocks per module, held every two months. Modules span the weekend to facilitate minimum disruption for participants in full-time employment.  Programme duration is a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of four years.  Half of the programme, (3 modules) will be delivered in Dubai, UAE which has witnessed extensive growth in both airline passenger numbers, cargo volumes and airport infrastructure development over the last decade. The classes will be held at Emirates Aviation University, International Academic City.  The other half of the programme, (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.


The MBA Aviation Management  (Executive) award is conferred by Emirates Aviation University and Coventry University, UK and recognised by the National Qualifications Authority – UAE.

Student Intake

There are two intakes per academic year: January & July.

Career Prospects

The MBA Aviation Management (Executive) will equip you with knowledge and skills to prepare you for career development within your existing job role or for the possibility of career advancement or a change in career direction.

Indicative Study Schedule

Month Module
January Airport Operations
March  Global Issues in the Airline Industry
May  Organisational Behaviour and HRM
July  Airline Finance, Economics and Strategy
September Executive Leadership and Decision Making
November Innovation and Change
January - June MBA Industry Based Project

The above schedule is subject to change


Applicants are expected to have 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
  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ management experience
  • a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level
  • 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.

Application Fee* Registration Fee* Tuition Fees (AED)
200 2,300 120,000 full programme


*Tuition Fees inclusive of VAT 5%

How to Apply?

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