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Professional Diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance

Course Description

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, there is an increasing need among scholars of economics and those working in the field to identify and understand what Islamic economics is and how it can contribute to the western system of finance and multiculturalism. This, of course, poses the questions ‘What is the difference between the concept of “Islamic economics and finance” and that of pure “economics and finance”?’ and ‘Is “Islamic economics and finance” capable of contributing to a secular society?’ The four compulsory units of this programme meet the requirements of those who wish to improve their understanding of key Islamic economics, finance and banking concepts and practices that may have significant impact on their work. The programme is available on a part-time or full-time basis, and can also be offered intensively.

This programme is approved and credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Programme Aims

To provide an opportunity for students to acquire critical knowledge and training in Islamic economics, finance and banking.
To train employers/executives in banking, insurance and commercial sectors who wish to specialise in Islamic economics, finance and banking, with an opportunity to explore Arabic language (with specific focus) or Islamic studies which will assist them in expanding this area of the banking and finance industry.
To provide an opportunity for fresh graduates in related disciplines to specialise their knowledge in the area of Islamic economics and finance with the added option of Islamic studies.

Programme Elements

The programme is comprised of four compulsory units:

Islamic Economics and Finance will enable students to identify and understand the concepts and practices of Islamic economics and finance in conjunction with the definition and practical implementation of the western model of economics and finance. From a broader perspective, this unit will also enable students to understand Islamic financial engineering and liquidity management within the capital market context.

Islamic Commercial Law is designed to enable students to understand the sources, concepts and principles of Islamic law (Shari’ah), and its application in commercial transactions. This unit will enable students to analyse the main rulings of Islamic commercial law, including the prohibitions of interest, excessive uncertainty, and their rationale. From a broader perspective, it will enable students to comprehend the legal concepts underlying Islamic insurance products.

Applied Islamic Banking and Insurance will enable students to apply the core concepts of Islamic finance in an Islamic banking and insurance operation, to review and assess the commercial performance of Islamic financial institutions according to underlying Islamic principles, and critically compare the ideal concepts and practical implementation in Islamic and western banking and insurance.

Islamic Accounting and Auditing is designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of accounting for Islamic financial services, to enable students to analytically apply Islamic accounting principles and the related accounting regulatory framework into the context of business and social transactions in Islamic financial services, and review and assess the financial reporting and performance of Islamic financial institutions.

Visit the Professional Diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance page on the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education website for more details!

Student Profiles

Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and applicants must have a full-time offer of a place to study a full-time programme at the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education.If awarded, full bursaries cover the tuition fees, plus a monthly stipend. Partial bursaries may also be available.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must have an unconditional offer of a place to study a full-time programme at the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education to be considered for a bursary.

Application Procedure

Please apply though the College's website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Any one of the following:UK 2.2 Bachelor’s degree or equivalentPostgraduate DiplomaGraduate DiplomaGraduate CertificateThe qualifications should be equivalent to at least the Framework for Higher Education Level 6 or the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 9 and can be in any subject area. However, qualifications in social sciences, cultural studies and religious studies are preferable.

Course Fees

£1000 for Home/EU and £1,500 for Overseas students

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