Aviation Management

MBA (Aviation Management)

Choosing the Aviation Management specialised modules as part of the Brunel MBA can help students have a more informed output into senior management decision making or consultancy within the industry. Learning on the programme is deeply rooted in the Aviation industry and informed by extensive cutting-edge aviation research.

The MBA (Aviation Management) award is designed for professionals working for airlines, airports authorities and supply and support services within the aviation sector such as engineers, logistics, catering, cargo, energy, safety, security, IT and travel and tourism. It is supported by our proximity to the world’s busiest passenger hub at Heathrow, Brunel’s growing reputations in aerospace and environmental research, and our close links with the aviation industry.

How it works

Students pursuing the MBA (Aviation Management) award will follow the prescribed pathway:

  • Core modules: Corporate and Business Finance, Strategic Marketing Management, Leading People and Managing Organisations, Corporate and Competitive Strategy, International Business
  • Aviation Management Electives: Airline Management, Economics and Ethics (Elective Module) and Airport Operations Management (Elective Module)
  • Business Project in Aviation

Specialist Aviation Electives

Airport Operations Management

This module will enable you to compare and evaluate different models for the successful management of an airport, with an enhanced appreciation of the role that economic, environmental, safety and security factors play, and how airport design can influence the process.

  • Airport management, organisation and structure
  • Airport strategic planning process
  • Airport development planning
  • Airport economics and business strategy development
  • Airport cost and revenue structure
  • Terminal Management and passenger processing
  • Airport operations and surrounding environment (including Corporate Social Responsibility)

Disclaimer: Please note that elective modules are subject to minimum enrolments of 10 students.

Airline Management Economics and Ethics

Through an introduction to the underlying principles of airline management, this will give you a deeper understanding of the economics, customer relationship dynamics and marketing strategies involved in running a successful airline business. It also considers the professional ethics demanded of the industry, both within and by society at large.

  • Principles of airline company management structures (including Corporate Governance)
  • Economics of national and international airline businesses
  • Employment of professional ethics in the airline industry (including Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Air transportation safety procedures
  • Airline marketing planning and strategies
  • Customer service management and planning
  • Environmental factors in Aviation Management
  • Managing and planning for change in the airline industry

Disclaimer: Please note that elective modules are subject to minimum enrolments of 10 students.


Professor Amir Sharif, the MBA Director, who has himself worked in aerospace, says:
"We have a lot of interest from the far East, and from regional aviation bodies, airlines and consultants. There is definitely an appetite for management development in this industry"


Disclaimer: Please note that elective modules are subject to minimum enrolments of 10 students

Page last updated: Friday 28 October 2016