MBA Master of Business Administration (Islamic Finance)

An MBA in Islamic Finance is an ideal way to advance your career in this huge and growing part of the economy. Focusing on good practice in management and commerce, the course aims to prepare you for progress into senior positions in organisations that operate according to Islamic principles.

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MBA Master of Business Administration (Islamic Finance)

Course details

Islamic finance is one of the fastest growing sectors in the financial world, estimated to be worth over US$1.5 trillion. This postgraduate qualification offers a suite of contemporary modules designed to prepare those with previous management or business experience for work in this dynamic sector.

Whatever area of industry or commerce you currently work in, this MBA course will assist you in gaining essential skills to work in Islamic finance. In addition, the programme aims to provide a critical understanding of the problems and challenges facing enterprises and organisations and equip you with the analytical and critical faculties to identify potential innovative solutions. These qualities are highly sought by prestigious international employers.

The course will cover how to evaluate and develop good practice in key areas of business management and in the commercial development of general and Islamic finance products and services. You’ll have the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to work effectively, independently and as part of a team.

  • Start date: 29/01/2018 24/09/2018 or 28/01/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MBA
  • Duration: 18 Months

Course highlights:

  • This MBA course offers you the chance to join a well-established postgraduate community engaged in preparing themselves for a career in executive management in the Islamic Finance Sector.
  • Teaching and supervision is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced and well-qualified staff drawn from the Centre of Islamic Finance and the Institute of Management at the University of Bolton.
  • The University’s excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use.
  • You’ll be given access to a research and study skills module which will assist in your studies.
  • Guest lecturers from the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) will be held on the need for holistic approaches to strategy, risks, key stakeholder interests and financial performance.

Key features:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of strategic management and Islamic Finance issues in a global business environment.
  • The course aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the methodologies and concepts of Islamic Law and the application of legal principals within Islamic business transactions.
  • Teaching is conducted by a highly-dedicated team with specialist knowledge in Islamic Law and Banking.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing students to prepare work at home and also ensuring that in-class learning is highly interactive.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 29/01/2018 24/09/2018 or 28/01/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MBA
  • Duration: 18 Months

You should have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and a UK Honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

We’ll consider your application if you don’t possess the above qualifications but have substantial managerial experience.

If English isn't your first language you'll also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you don't have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent) by applying for our English Foundation Programme.

You'll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

When applying you must include a reference from your current employer. The reference should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and give a breakdown of your job content and roles and responsibilities.

Your application form will need to be accompanied by a reflective overview of the managerial responsibilities you have undertaken to date.

Career opportunities

This postgraduate qualification is designed to help you develop the knowledge required to work in the growing and sophisticated Islamic Finance sector, including a more in depth look at the industry, products, performance and risk management issues.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain skills in being effective, in working independently and as part of a team, while critically evaluating and developing good practice in key areas of business management and in the planning and management of general, commercial and Islamic Finance products and services.

Islamic finance has developed into a solid industry that complements conventional banking. The Islamic market demands a specific expertise that combines solid financial knowledge with that of Islamic finance. A deeper knowledge of Islamic finance can improve the competitiveness of MBA students on the international financial market stage.

What can I do with this qualification?

On completing the programme, you’ll be qualified to pursue a career in wide range of management roles in the Islamic Finance Sector or regulatory agencies, and in the public, private and voluntary sectors. A wide range of employers – financial institutions, technology companies, blue-chip companies and SMEs – recruit MBA Islamic Finance graduates. The universal appeal stems from the MBA's focus on collective business principles.

A MBA in Islamic Finance is also highly respected around the world, so if you're interested in a global business career then it could be beneficial, particularly as qualifications from UK business schools are so well regarded. It can also help you to specialise in your current sector, or a new industry that you want to move into. If you want to continue your study then you could opt for a research degree (MPhil, DBA or PhD).

Alternative career options

  • Supply chain
  • Product management
  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Law
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Financial management
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching and education
  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Advertising
  • Risk and insurance
  • Purchasing
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Global investment

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the MBA Islamic Finance programme you may apply for membership to the Chartered Management Institute. Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available at www.managers.org.uk

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or ku.ca1516396053.notl1516396053ob@se1516396053iriuq1516396053neMDS1516396053 for more information

How to apply

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or ku.ca1516396053.notl1516396053ob@sn1516396053oissi1516396053mda1516396053

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email ku.ca1516396053.notl1516396053ob@la1516396053noita1516396053nretn1516396053i1516396053

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Islamic Business Transaction Law
  • Islamic Finance and Investment
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Dissertation (Islamic Finance)
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Sales Management and Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods

Teaching, learning and assessment

As well as lectures, seminars and tutorials, your learning will benefit from guest speakers, case studies and visits. As well as short periods spent with a tutor, you’ll spend a lot of time in guided independent study. This involves, for example, engaging in general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments.

The University of Bolton Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports your learning, with course materials and links to key resources available online. The VLE will also allow you to engage in other learning activities and take part in discussions remotely.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to make sure you achieve the overall aims of the programme, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as being a way to assess your achievement, assessment also helps you to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses. The assessments you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories, formative and summative. Formative assessments don’t contribute to your overall module grade, but they are a part of the learning strategy for a module and you are required to complete them. Summative assessments do contribute to your overall module grade. You’ll also receive feedback on these assessments, so you’ll know what you have done well and where you can improve. Many different forms of assessment are used. The major ones being coursework (usually essays), reports/case studies, oral presentations, examinations, research proposal, and the dissertation.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Written exams (7%), Coursework (57%), Practical exams (36%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Scheduled learning and teaching activities (15%), Guided independent study (85%)

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Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    29/01/2018 24/09/2018 or 28/01/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Intake year:
    2018-19
  • Award:
    MBA
  • Duration:
    18 Months