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Islamic Banking and Finance

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - International Finance, Accounting and Economics

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • Gain the essential skills required to work in Islamic banking, one of the fastest-growing sectors in the financial world
  • Strengthen your knowledge with modules focused on Islamic banking and ethical banking practices
  • Put management theory into real practice with an exciting Industry Collaboration Project
  • Part-time study option
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

You will gain the necessary skills and knowledge required to work in this growing and sophisticated banking and finance sector. Against a background of ethical finance and sustainability, you will look at understanding, applying and critically assessing modern corporate governance, modern capital structure theory, its relevance to the structure of contemporary business environments and how this impacts the returns achieved by investing in modern firms.

In light of the recent financial crisis, you will look at the critical role played by complex financial instruments in the management of risk and the need for financial engineering skills. You will also develop your skills in financial analysis to forecast future investment opportunities and devise strategies to minimise the risks associated with equity valuation and issuance of equity in different sectors of the economy. This programme will prepare you to sit the CFA exams.

On completion of your programme you will be able to effectively perform relevant ethical banking and finance tasks, including specific requirements of Islamic banking, financial products and services.

You will also learn to be effective, working independently and as part of a team, while critically evaluating and developing good practice in the planning and management of general, commercial and Islamic banking and financial products and services.

I attended the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) 2017 along with our Module Leader. The forum is a response to the growing interest in collaboration and convergence across the sphere of ethical finance.

Just a few years after the Financial Crisis, ethical finance is on track to developing its global value proposition. There is a unique opportunity for ethical finance players in developed markets to connect with the Islamic/faith-based financial sector which enjoys a strong foothold in Muslim-majority emerging markets.

Ma’asoom Mahmood, MSc Islamic Banking and Finance, 2017-18

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks.  During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

Semester 1    

In this module, you will critically assess modern corporate governance in light of the recent financial crisis and review the ethical issues in running modern firms. You will also critically assess modern capital structure theory, the risks and opportunities involved in mergers and acquisitions and        the limitations and applications of statistical methods in finance.
Through this module you will critically evaluate the limitations and alternative forms of quantifiable risk and devise strategies to mitigate risk in using financial engineering instruments.

Semester 2    

Through Ethical and Islamic Financial Markets you will learn to understand and apply the general principles of ethical and sustainable finance. You will gain a critical understanding of Islamic financial markets and banking practices in promoting the concepts of ethics, justice and fairness. This module        prepares you with appropriate tools of analysis to understand the mechanics of Islamic financial instruments and their roles in promoting efficiency in the Islamic financial markets. You will also examine ethical finance practices and develop an understanding of contemporary research issues.
This module involves the evaluation of the theoretical basis of modern equity valuation and the concepts behind financial reporting. You will examine the impact of market and accounting based factors on the performance of firm equity value and devise strategies to minimise the risks associated with        equity valuation.

Semester 3    

Industry Collaboration Project (ICP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree and gives you the opportunity to examine an issue that is important to an organisation. The Industry Collaboration Project offers four different options: a Work Placement, a three month Internship, the applied Dissertation and, from September 2019, the Entrepreneurship path. You will be allocated a supervisor to mentor you through your chosen project and receive support wherever necessary from the Salford Business School Employability Team. For all options students are encouraged to address a real organisational issue, and to disseminate their work to a wider audience, meaning that you can create real impact through your Industry Collaboration Project.

The Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. Your work placement will be assessed primarily through the production of a project proposal and an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio.
The Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas. Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue. Through your project, you will apply your theoretical knowledge in the development of solutions to the identified issue, produce a project proposal and finally an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio.
An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem. You will create an initial research proposal then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation for assessment.The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.
Please note, this option is available from September 2019
Through this option, along with applying your theoretical knowledge from the taught elements of the programme, you will develop the transferable skills and qualities required for entrepreneurial behaviour and work on your own innovative business idea. You will reflect on business opportunities, challenges and strategies with the aim of establishing a new businesses, or incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into the management of an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path will be assessed through the development of an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management .

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. Please search for English in Course Finder.

Suitable For

This course is ideal for graduates who want to establish a career in finance or banking while gaining a detailed understanding of the scope and significance of the key principles of Islamic economic laws and financial activities.

Applicant profile

You may come from the fields of economics, finance, accounting, mathematics or business studies, or have relevant work experience. We are also interested in scholars from wider social sciences who want to build a new set of skills and knowledge in this culturally-diverse sector. We are specifically looking for students who want to develop an understanding and career in this emerging banking sector, the corporate sector or financial industries.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,550
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section

Teaching

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used.  Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years.

Employability

On completion of the course you will be well-prepared to find opportunities with banking and finance organisations which are developing their Islamic banking capabilities.

This is a relatively new and emerging banking industry in the West, characterised by the necessity for in-depth knowledge of banking, along with a detailed knowledge of the complexities of banking in the Islamic financial sector.

This course is an ideal choice if you are interested in a career in financial institutions, management consulting, or government bodies. You will have an excellent opportunity to secure a rewarding role in Islamic banking and finance in business or consulting. It also prepares you for academic research in Islamic banking and finance.

On completing the course you will be qualified to pursue a career with Islamic financial Institutions and regulatory agencies, and also with multinational investment banks as experts in their fields. Modern employers pay a high premium for graduates with expertise in this growing field, and you stand to significantly enhance your earnings in this high-demand sector.

Our graduates have gone on to join leading Islamic banking institutions in both the UK and internationally in regions including the Gulf States. There are also opportunities to join consultancy and service providers, insurance firms, and the academic community.

Potential job roles include:

  • Product and Services Development Manager
  • Islamic Banking Advisor
  • Islamic Banking Finance Manager
  • Dealer – Islamic Banking
  • Islamic Banking Relationship Manager

Career Prospects

You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, working in areas including brand management, marketing communications, social media marketing and heritage marketing.

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors. Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment worldwide with leading companies including:

  • Central Bank of Oman
  • Ecobank
  • Association of British Credit Unions
  • Burberry

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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