This degree is a first in the UK and aims to respond to the growing interest in Islamic Finance, which is evidenced by a continuous increase in Islamic Banking services, Islamic Investment and other financial services based on Islamic principles.
The degree is taught jointly with INCEIF (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance), Kuala Lumpur and has many key benefits including:
- Available via two methods of delivery: 12 months including a period studying at INCEIF in Kuala Lumpur, and 9 months at Reading only which includes a compulsory research project
- Jointly taught with a respected university in Islamic Finance
- First degree in UK with Islamic material taught by Islamic specialists
- Professional qualification from INCEIF
- Opportunity to study in Kuala Lumpur for 3 months
The degree will not require any previous knowledge of Islamic Law or specific Islamic concepts but will address and explain the respective current issues within their overall Islamic economic and legal context.
Among the teaching staff are two leaders in the field of Islamic Finance: Professor Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim who is the Secretary-General of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and Simon Archer whose research focuses on Islamic financial institutions and is co-editor of the book Miller European Accounting and Islamic Finance: Innovation and Growth.
All students will qualify for exemptions from parts of the Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) qualification from INCEIF if they successfully pass the MSc programme.
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* Please note that due to increasing competition for places on our Masters programmes our entry requirements may change.
We operate a rolling admissions system and you are therefore advised to apply early in order to be sure of your place on our programmes. We experience high levels of demand, and it is possible we might have to close applications to some programmes once places are filled.
If English is not your first language, you may be required to take one of the following:
TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language): Overall score of 100 with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking
IELTS (British Council International English Language Test): Score of 6.5 overall with no component less than 6 when attending the 6-week pre-sessional English course offered by the University of Reading. Entry to this pre-sessional course with a score of 6.5 fulfils your English language requirement.
Please note that students not attending a Pre-Sessional course will need to pass IELTS with an overall score of 7 and no component less than 6.0. For more options please see the International Study and Language Website or email a member of the Postgraduate Admissions team.
For more details, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
|9 months full time studying at Reading only||12 months full-time including a period studying at INCEIF in Kuala Lumpur|
|Msc Investment Banking and Islamic Finance 2015/16||£21,250||£22,250|
|MSc Investment Banking and Islamic Finance 2016/17||£21,900||£22,900|
Fees are the same for both EU and overseas students. Please note there is a one-off £30 application fee (one charge regardless of how many courses you apply for). You can pay this by credit/debit card at this link (please contact us if you require details of alternative payment methods). Living expenses are in addition to the above fees. Overseas full-time participants can expect to spend approximately £9,400 on additional living expenses during the course of their studies. Home/EU full-time participants can expect to spend approximately £8,000 on additional living expenses during the course of their studies. Flexible participants can expect to spend approximately £5,000 during their part 2 studies. Please note that the living expenses detailed in the paragraph above are for study at the University of Reading, details of living expenses in Kuala Lumpur will be available in due course.
How to Apply
Full-Time MSc Applications
The ICMA Centre operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that prospective students can apply for our programmes throughout the year, however we do advise to apply early in the year. We aim to return a decision within 4-6 weeks of receiving your application.
Full-time applicants can apply online.
This programme is available via two methods of delivery:
1. With overseas study components at INCEIF. On this option, students will spend the three ordinary terms at Reading and then attend a fourth term (studying 20 credits) from June to August at INCEIF (the Global University in Islamic Finance) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At INCEIF students will also benefit from combinations of industry visits, a one day Capital Market Course by the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), and industry talks.
2. Full time in Reading. This option involves the completion of a compulsory Research Project (20 credits) in the Spring term and the programme is completed in 9 months, with graduation in July.
Full-time: 12 months (Students will be resident and under take full-time study in the UK and Malaysia)
Full-time: 9 months (Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK only)
Oct-Dec: Part 1 - ICMA Centre, University of Reading, UK
Jan: Part 1 Exams, Reading, UK
Jan - Apr: Part 2 - ICMA Centre, University of Reading, UK
May: Part 2 Exams, Reading, UK
Jun-Aug: Part 2 - INCEIF, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Aug: Part 2 Exams - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a £30 application fee (one charge regardless of how many courses you apply for). You can pay this by card at http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/netbanx-payments (please contact us if you require details of alternative payment methods).
Can I apply for more than one course?
Yes, you are welcome to apply for more than one course. Please also note that if we cannot offer you a place on your chosen course we may suggest a suitable alternative. If you wish to discuss which courses may best suit your career aspirations you are welcome to contact our careers team. You can find more details at http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/study/careers-and-graduate-destinations
Will I need to take an English test i.e. IELTS or TOEFL?
An English test may be required. You would be advised of this if we were to make you an offer. You would also be advised of Pre-Sessional courses available. English conditions are monitored by the Postgraduate Admissions office. If you have a question regarding English please contact email@example.com
I have a conditional offer but have not met my academic conditions. Can I keep my place on the course?
If your results are much lower than our requirements we may not be able to offer you a place. However, if you only missed out by a small amount we will ask the admissions team to review your results and make a decision. This will take a few days although we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Can I defer my place?
We usually allow deferrals for one year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to request a deferral.
Will I have to pay a deposit?
Yes, we require a non-refundable £1000 deposit within six weeks of receiving your offer recommendation. We advise waiting for your official offer (listing all conditions) before paying this. Please notify us when you have paid your deposit so that we do not send you any reminders.
What will I need to make an application?
You will need a card to pay the £30 fee (please contact us if you require alternative payment methods). The very least we need, aside from your completed application form and fee, is a current academic transcript. All other items can be set as conditions to be met at a later date (e.g. degree certificate, references etc).
Do you need references?
Yes, we require 2 references. If you have been out of education for longer than 5 years we are happy to accept professional references from a current manager/supervisor. When submitting your online application you will be asked to enter contact details for your referees. The application system will then send an automated request to your referees. Please note that if you have entered their personal email address (rather than professional), we will require the references to be uploaded on professional headed paper.
How many intakes do you have per year?
Our Full-Time courses only have one intake – September.
Will I need to take a GMAT?
We will need to assess your application to determine whether a GMAT is necessary. A GMAT condition tends to be applied when there is not sufficient evidence of a satisfactory level of numeracy or if candidates have been out of education for a significant period of time. We advise submitting an application as early as possible so that you have plenty of time to satisfy this condition if applied to your offer.
Are there any courses which do not have a quantitative requirement?
Yes, a GMAT is not required for the following courses:
- MSc Capital Markets, Regulation & Compliance
- MSc International Shipping & Finance
- MSc Investment Banking & Islamic Finance
Please note that we do not assign a GMAT condition for MSc Financial Engineering applications as we require a quantitative degree for admission.
What is the application deadline?
We have not set an absolute deadline yet but recommend applying before the end of June to ensure there is enough time to complete all administrative procedures.
How do I apply?
Please submit an online application at http://www.reading.ac.uk/Study/apply/pg-applicationform.aspx . You will be prompted to upload your documents.
How long will the decision take?
We aim to give you a decision within 5-10 working days. It can be shorter or longer than this depending on the time of year. Offers need to be confirmed by Postgraduate Admissions; this takes a further 2-3 weeks after we give you the offer recommendation.
You have recommended that I am made an offer but I have not received my official offer yet. Why is this?
It usually takes 2-3 weeks for Postgraduate Admissions to confirm an offer and give you further details of your conditions etc. We ask you to be patient during this time. However, if it has been longer than 3 weeks, please email us at email@example.com and we will follow it up for you. Before you do this please check the email has not gone to your SPAM folder.
Why have I been rejected?
The most common reason that we cannot offer a place is that the admissions team do not feel that you meet our entry requirements. If you wish to question this, you are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request feedback. We also reject applications if they are not completed within a certain time frame (usually 1-2 months) – we will send you reminders before this point.
How many students do you take?
Our student numbers vary year to year but we tend to have around 200-350 Postgraduate students and 50-60 Undergraduates. We also co-teach for degrees offered by other departments.
Does the ICMA Centre have a code for the TOEFL/GMAT exam?
The TOEFL code for the University of Reading is 0769 and our GMAT reference is SH0-BR-04
Can I pay my Tuition fee in instalments?
We can offer two instalments – half to be paid before the start of the course and half before the start of part 2.
Careers in Islamic Finance
IBIF graduates will benefit from a thorough understanding of Western banking practices allied to the principles of Islamic Finance. There is a growing demand from financial institutions worldwide for specialist professionals trained in the techniques of Islamic Finance. We expect our graduates will pursue rewarding careers with investment banks in a diverse range of fields, including corporate and project finance, specialist structured products and derivatives, trade finance, sales and trading.
In addition, they will be well-qualified to join specialist Islamic financial institutions, regulatory agencies, investment managers, consultancies and the finance divisions of multinational corporations.
For more information regarding graduate destinations, please visit www.icmacentre.ac.uk/careers.
Professional Development and Accreditation
Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP)
The degree covers the materials necessary to qualify for Part 1.
ICMA Fixed Income Certificate
To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.
Further information is available regarding exemptions in MScs and Professional Qualifications.