Islamic Finance and Banking
Islamic Finance and Banking

MA in Finance and Investment (Islamic Finance and Banking)

Enter this increasingly crucial area equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out vital Islamic financial operations.

Many countries have recently seen a rise in demand for Islamic banking services, causing the sector to experience international expansion. This programme ensures you are up-to-date with the latest changes and equipped for success in this rapidly developing field.

You will cover essentials such as the differences between Islamic and traditional banks, as well as how bank accounts work under Sharia principles. On top of this, the syllabus explores the key activities of Islamic banks and trends in Islamic portfolio management.

Qualification: MA in Finance and Investment
Duration*: Online 18-36 months (100% online)
Start dates*:

April, July & October

Campus available*: Online
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  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent – any subject area
  • English Levels 5.5 IELTS (5.5.in all bands) – or equivalent*
  • No work experience required, but is considered an asset

Students who fail to meet academic requirements can be assessed on their relevant work experience (5 years management experience minimum for mature study route)

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STAGESMODULES
Stage I Business and Financial Analysis (15 credits)
Corporate Finance (15 credits)
Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets (15 credits)
Research Methods
Stage II Fundamentals of Islamic Finance (15 credits)
Islamic Banking Operations (15 credits)
Islamic Portfolio Management (15 credits)
Research Methods
Stage III Online Dissertation and Research Methods (30 credits)

The MA in Finance and Investment programme has been designed by London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) and is validated and awarded by the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO.

Specialisation Modules

FUNDAMENTALS OF ISLAMIC FINANCE

Financial institutions have developed a vast range of Islamic financial products designed to serve this fast growing market. You will distinguish between a traditional and an Islamic bank, and explore the operation of bank accounts under Sharia conditions.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse principles and trends in Islamic banking.
  • Critically evaluate the key differences between Islamic and conventional banking.
  • Analyse the current application of Islamic finance principles by a selected global banking organisation, and make recommendations for the improvement of these practices.
  • Examine the economic benefits of various banking systems.
  • Identify and assess the range of roles, skills and responsibilities necessary for effective corporate governance in Islamic banking.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.

ISLAMIC BANKING OPERATIONS

This module provides an introduction to the conventional banking system before dealing with the key operations of Islamic banks.  It also explores co-operation between conventional and Islamic financial institutions. It also deals with the Islamic financial markets, scope and instruments, the concepts of venture capital, investment funds, unit trusts, securitisation and Sukuk in accordance with Islamic principles.

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Identify and analyse principles and trends in Islamic portfolio management.
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between the Islamic banking operations.
  • Analyse the current approach to Islamic portfolio investment in a selected organisation, and make recommendations for the improvement of current practices.
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of investing in a portfolio in the Islamic world.
  • Identify and assess the range of skills and responsibilities needed for the effective management of a portfolio in Islamic finance.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.

ISLAMIC PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

This module enables you to analyse and evaluate specialised portfolio selections in a particular context (such as the Islamic investment market). It will also help you understand the links between existing theory and new practice.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Identify as well as analyse principles and trends in Islamic portfolio management.
  • Critically evaluate the key differences between the Islamic securities market and the conventional securities market.
  • Analyse the current approach to Islamic portfolio investment in a selected organisation and make recommendations for the improvement of current practices.
  • Examine the economic benefits of investing in a portfolio in the Islamic world.
  • Identify and assess the range of roles and skills needed for the effective management of an Islamic finance portfolio.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.

**All specialisations are subject to student demand

Core Modules

Detailed information about the core modules can be found on the MA in Finance and Investment Programme Structure page.

Career Direction

Typical employers in this field include leading investment banks, as well as other organisations that carry out Islamic banking services. You can pursue a career as a Business and Product Development Manager, Islamic Banking Advisor, Islamic Banking Finance Manager or Banking Relationship Manager.

Our expert advisors and global corporate partners are on-hand to help you make the right decisions for your career.

Important Information, Terms & Conditions

*Please note that not all study modes/campuses/intake combinations are possible within the programme offered. The programme runs based on student demand. Please contact your student advisor for more information.

 

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COURSE VALIDATED BY

“The programme was designed with a global approach and focused on finance in an international environment”

Sumit Ahuja
Equities Derivatives Analyst, Citi Group
MA in Finance and Investment Graduate
India