MSc Investment Banking and Islamic Finance

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.

INCEIF LogoThe 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.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree
Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution*.
Degree Discipline
Any discipline – no quantitative requirement.
GMAT
No requirement.

* 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.

English requirements

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.

Contact

For more details, contact: admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk

Fees

Fees 2014-15

Full-time
Msc Investment Banking and Islamic Finance (12 month option incl. Malaysia) £21,000
MSc Investment Banking and Islamic Finance (9 month UK only option) £20,000

Fees are the same for both EU and overseas students.

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.

Learning Options

Learning Options

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 2013: Part 1 - ICMA Centre, University of Reading, UK
Jan 2014: Part 1 Exams, Reading, UK
Jan - Apr 2014: Part 2 - ICMA Centre, University of Reading, UK
May 2014: Part 2 Exams, Reading, UK
Jun-Aug 2014: Part 2 - INCEIF, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Aug 2014: Part 2 Exams - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

FAQs

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 pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk

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 admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk 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 admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk 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 admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk 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. 

Additional information

Careers

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

Professional Development

ICMA International Fixed Income and Derivatives (IFID) Certificate

Students who successfully complete this degree including the module International Securities Markets will be granted this certificate.

Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP)

The degree covers the materials necessary to qualify for Part 1.

Further information is available regarding exemptions in MScs and Professional Qualifications.

Module listing and descriptions

NB. All our Masters degrees comprise a total of 180 credits: 80 credits at Part One and 100 credits at Part Two. Please note that module titles or content may vary each year.

Part 1 Modules

Part 1 Modules

Financial Markets

Module convenors: Dr Alfonso Dufour  | Professor Brian Scott-Quinn  | 20 credits

Provides knowledge of global financial markets, the importance of liquidity, the distinction between exchange versus OTC markets, primary and secondary markets and the role of intermediaries in their various forms. Participants will gain an understanding of: international stock and bond markets, repo markets (for borrowing/lending on a secured basis); an introduction to foreign exchange and money markets, and to futures markets (which are developed in more detail in optional Part 2 modules); finally specific markets for commodity and energy are studied in more detail. Outline content
  • General introduction to world financial markets
  • Liquidity, the distinction between exchange versus OTC markets and the role of intermediaries in their various forms
  • Short-term debt securities issued by government and corporations
  • Classification of bonds according to issuer: government, agencies, corporate and municipa
  • Comparison of bond markets in major countries and a description of the main intermediaries and their role
  • Foreign exchange market, quotation conventions, types of brokers, central banks? policies
  • Primary and secondary stock markets
  • Futures markets
  • Commodities markets
  • Energy markets.
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Securities, Futures and Options

Module convenors: Mr Rohit Sonika  | Mr Yeqin Zeng  | 20 credits

Introduces techniques for analysing and valuing different classes of risky assets. It also develops ways of optimally selecting portfolios of such assets and develops models of how these portfolios may be priced in financial markets. The techniques introduced in this module are widely applied in other elements of the programme. The module includes simulated trading sessions in our state of the art dealing rooms, where participants are introduced to real world pricing and trading strategies (INVEST sessions).

Outline Content: Financial assets and investing in securities markets; Investors and their objectives; Risk and capital allocation; Optimal portfolio selection; Capital asset pricing model; Single index and multifactor models; Arbitrage pricing theory; Derivative securities and the no-arbitrage principle; Forwards and Futures contracts; Simple hedging; Options basic properties and trading strategies.

Fixed Income and Equity Investments

Module convenor: Dr George Alexandridis20 credits

Fixed Income and Equity Investments deals with the valuation of fixed income and equity securities. The module focuses on the basic characteristics of each security and the strategies used for approximating their fundamental value and assessing their risk. Its primary aim is to discuss how certain characteristics and relationships can affect the value of fixed income and equity securities and how can they be exploited to form optimal investment strategies. The analytical techniques introduced in this module are widely applied in other elements of the programme.

Outline Content: An introduction to securities,  Applying time-value-of-money (TVM) and probability theory to value financial instruments,  Bond prices and yields, Introduction to default risk, Term Structure of Interest Rates, Interest rate risk, Active Bond Management,  Economic and Industry analysis, Financial Statement Analysis, Equity Valuation, Behavioural Finance and Technical analysis   *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

The Principles of Islamic Commercial Jurisprudence and the Nominate Contracts

Module convenor: Volker Nienhaus10 credits

Provides students with the opportunity to study the juristic basis of Islamic finance, and the nominate contracts that are set out in Islamic commercial jurisprudence (the Fiqh al Muamalat). Students will develop an understanding of the principles of Islamic jurisprudence and its nominate contracts, and how these are applied in Shari’ah compliant financial products and services.
Outline content:
  • The origins of Islamic commercial jurisprudence
  • Prohibitions to be respected in order for Islamic contracts to be valid:
  • Avoidance of riba (pure return on money), maysir (speculation), and gharar (uncertainty or ambiguity of subject matter)
  • The frequently used nominate contracts
  • Overview of Islamic financial products and their basis in nominate contracts (see Module 255)
  • Shari’ah governance of Islamic financial institutions
  • The IFSB Guidelines on Shari’ah governance
*Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Introductory Quantitative Methods for Finance

Module convenor: Dr Ogonna Nneji10 credits

The objective of the module is to give students an introduction to econometrics so that they might understand the analytical techniques used in the finance research literature. Via case studies and computer modelling exercises, students then learn how to apply these techniques to real data. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of the techniques in the global financial markets.

Outline Content: Simple linear regression, Hypothesis testing, Multiple regression: the Classical Linear Regression Model (CLRM), Violations of the CLRM assumptions and diagnosis  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Part 2 - Reading

Part 2 Modules (Compulsory)

Corporate Finance

Module convenor: Dr Carol Padgett20 credits

The objective of the module is to introduce students to the main financial decisions taken by companies, examining how those decisions influence the market's valuation of companies. Outline content: The corporate form and initial public offerings, Valuation: management and measurement of value, Capital budgeting: decisions on fixed assets, Treasury function 1: working capital management and risk management, Treasury function 2: new issues, Treasury function 3: capital structure continued, Dividend policy: dividends and share repurchases, Mergers and acquisitions, De-mergers and leveraged transactions, Bankruptcy. *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Design, Implementation and Risk Aspects of Islamic Financial Products and Services

Module convenor: Professor Simon Archer20 credits

Provides students with the opportunity to study the application of Shari'ah principles and nominate contracts in the design of financial products and services that are Shari'ah compliant, as well as the risk characteristics of these products and services, with particular reference to Islamic banks and insurance (Takaful) undertakings. Outline content:
  • Review of Shari'ah principles - Fiqh al Muamalat
  • Islamic banking products and their basis in nominate contracts - Islamic financing (asset side)
  • Islamic banking products and their basis in nominate contracts - Islamic funds mobilisation (liabilities & capital side)
  • Islamic securities (sukuk)
  • Risk management and capital adequacy aspects
  • Islamic insurance (Takaful):  its basic principles and basis in Fiqh al Muamalat
  • Takaful basic principles and basis in Fiqh al Muamalat
  • Supervisory and regulatory considerations
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

The Financial Analysis of Islamic Financial Institutions

Module convenor: Professor Simon Archer10 credits

The module provides students with the knowledge required to analyse financial information on Islamic banks and insurance undertakings. Students will develop the skills enabling them to make judgements regarding the financial position and performance of Islamic banks and insurance companies.
Outline content:
  1. The financial statements of Islamic banks and insurance undertakings
  2. The differences between these and those of conventional banks and insurers
  3. Financial reporting issues and standards
  4. Evaluating profitability and solvency
  5. Valuation techniques for Islamic banks
*Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Islamic Capital Markets

Module convenor: INCEIF Faculty10 credits

This course critically examines the nature and theory of Islamic capital markets and the structure of capital market instruments. Topics include the historical development of Islamic capital markets and its role in economic development, Islamic capital market infrastructure, Islamic equities, types of sukuk structures, shari?ah screening process based on DJIM, FTSE GIIS and Malaysia's Securities Commission, Islamic Unit Trusts, Islamic REITs, and Islamic ETF. This course also cover topic on issuing Islamic securities. By the end of this module a student should be able to:
  • List the principles on which the Islamic Financial market operates
  • Critically examine various structures of the Islamic bond (sukuk) market
  • Critically examine the Islamic equity market.
  • Critically examine the screening methodologies and guidelines issued by DJIM, FTSE GIIS, and Malaysia’s Securities Commission.
  • Evaluate he Islamic financial instruments issued by corporations in raising capital
  • Evaluate the Islamic capital market instruments under various Shariah jurisdictions.
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Plus a choice of one of the following modules.

Choice of 40 credits from:

Essentials of Financial Engineering

Module convenor: Dr Konstantina Kappou10 credits

This module provides an introduction to the basic techniques employed in Financial Engineering; from replication of cash flows, to asset valuation under no-arbitrage assumptions and the law of one price. Students will understand how these methods can be applied to design securities with desired payoff characteristics. They will be able to evaluate complex securities by means of reverse engineering and be aware of possible problems when these methods are applied to real world situations.  Outline content: Introduction to Financial Engineering, cash flow engineering, basic financial products, interest and forward rates, no-arbitrage and the law of one price; Pricing and hedging by replication, major interest rate (IR) swap structures, IR swaps, currency forwards and cross currencies FX-swaps, options; Structured products, introduction and evaluation; Dynamic strategies for hedging and principal protection; Credit markets: CDS engineering, credit indices and CDO's. *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes. *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

International Securities Markets

10 credits

International Securities Markets applies general valuation risk assessment methods to: fixed income securities, derivatives and markets. It describes the basic characteristics of each fixed-income security, cash and underlying, and develops practical strategies for finding its value and assessing its risk. It also considers how the markets for these securities are related and begins the task of showing how these relationships can be exploited for trading or investment. The analytical techniques introduced in this module are very applied to allow the successful candidate to apply directly to industry the more theoretical market valuation and risk models learned in other core modules taken in the first term.

Outline Content: Fixed income Analysis, Rates Trading and Hedging I, Rates Trading and Hedging II, Credit Analysis and Products I, Credit Analysis and Products II   *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Real Estate Finance

Module convenor: Dr Gianluca Marcato10 credits

The module will enable students to interpret the main principles of corporate finance with an appropriate emphasis on real estate. It will also allow students to recognise the strategic importance of real estate to corporate financial decision making. By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
  • Develop skills in the estimation and evaluation of alternative approaches to capital budgeting decisions;
  • Critically compare and contrast alternative methods of financing core projects;
  • Understand the importance of real estate to corporate strategic financial decisions;
  • Value real options and understand how they can be applied in a real estate context.
Outline content
  • The reporting of real estate in company accounts
  • Performance of real estate companies assessed through accounting numbers and ratios
  • Comparison of valuation methods used in finance and in property
  • Traditional methods of property appraisal and development
  • Review of Capital Budgeting techniques applicable to real estate investment and development applications
  • Principles underlying decisions about capital structure, debt and equity financing, Project vs. company funding, application to real estate lease or buy decision (financial and accounting issues)
  • Real estate financial decisions with applications of real options
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Mortgage Backed Securities

Module convenor: Professor S Stevenson10 credits

This module introduces students to the core characteristics and features of the mortgage backed security market. The course considers the structure of MBS vehicles, whilst modelling issues relating to prepayments, MBS/CMO pricing and risk measurement are also examined. The growth and issues arising with the subprime market are considered in depth, while the module also examines the structure of the Commercial Mortgage Backed Security market. On the successful completion of the module students will be able to:
  • Understand the structure of the mortgage market and the role of it and the underlying property market in the MBS market;
  • Critically analyse the underlying cash flows in MBS’, understanding how they impact upon the securities;
  • Model prepayment and interest rate behaviour;
  • Develop skills in analysing the pricing mechanisms of Mortgage Backed Securities;
  • Understand the key determinants in the growth of the subprime market and the causes and consequences of the subsequent crisis;
  • Enhance understanding of the distinct nature of the CMBS market and how it differs from the Residential market.
Outline content
  • Introduction to the Residential Mortgage Market
  • Residential Mortgage Backed Securities
  • Collateralised Mortgage Obligations
  • Pricing of Mortgage Backed Securities
  • The Subprime Mortgage and MBS Markets
  • Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Topics in Financial Regulation

Module convenor: Miss Deepa Govindarajan20 credits

This module provides an overview of the purpose and operation of financial regulation, and the consequences of financial sector reform for different markets, including those of the students’ home country. The module aims to deliver a broad insight into the key challenges for financial regulation particularly in the light of changes to the financial architecture in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007. *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Alternative and Responsible Investments

Module convenor: Dr Andreas Hoepner20 credits

This module provides students with a profound knowledge about the underlying principles, the strategies and the professional practices of alternative investment approaches. The module equips students with analytical skills relevant to alternative investment approaches (e.g. the performance evaluation of hedge funds). The objective of this course is to give students an introduction to the academic research literature on alternative investment approaches and equip students in the relevant research skills needed to investigate alternative investment approaches and in the accurate and systematic collection of original data. The module will guide students towards a critical assessment of current key concepts and practical applications within alternative investments and towards the development of a small product within an alternative investment markets (e.g. an index). This module will foster students’ enthusiasm about alternative investments by encouraging them to pursue advanced personal analyses of the area beyond classroom requirements

Commodity Derivatives

Module convenor: Dr Konstantina Kappou10 credits

 This module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the commodity derivatives markets. It examines the aspects of pricing and trading physical derivatives, with emphasis on the energy and shipping (freight) sectors. The course is designed using real-life trading examples, stimulating students, who wish to follow a sales and trading career,  to approach derivatives pricing from first principles. Outline Content: Introduction to Commodity Markets (History and Evolution, Energy Products, Base Metals, Soft Commodities), Main Market Players and the Forward Curve (Basis Risk, Commodity Futures and Options, Exchanges and OTC markets), Pricing of Commodity Derivatives (Swaps, Options and Structured Trades), The Oil Market and its Mechanisms (OPEC and DOE, Crude Supply and Demand, Inventories, Crude Products and Crack Spreads, Refineries and Margins, Main Energy Derivatives strategies), The Freight Market and its Mechanisms (The Baltic Exchange and the Shipping Industry, Forward Freight Agreements, Trading Freight Derivatives) *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes. *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Corporate Governance and Accountability

Module convenor: Dr Carol Padgett20 credits

The objective of the module is to introduce students to the concept of corporate governance, to explain how governance varies around the world and to explore the potential and actual relationships between corporate governance and performance. By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
  • Appreciate how a range of internal and external governance mechanisms may substitute for one another
  • Compare governance regimes around the world
  • Understand the issues involved in empirical testing of the relationship between governance and performance
  Outline content
  • Internal and external governance mechanisms
  • Shareholders
  • Stakeholders
  • The board of directors
  • Remuneration
  • The market for corporate control
  • Regulation
  • Communication and financial transparency
  • Governance in emerging markets
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Topics in Financial Regulation

Module convenor: Miss Deepa Govindarajan20 credits

This module provides an overview of the purpose and operation of financial regulation, and the consequences of financial sector reform for different markets, including those of the students’ home country. The module aims to deliver a broad insight into the key challenges for financial regulation particularly in the light of changes to the financial architecture in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007. *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Behavioural Finance

Module convenor: Professor Chris Brooks10 credits

Financial theories have traditionally assumed that rational, risk-averse investors trade in efficient and free-flowing asset markets. Academic research and practitioner experience have cast doubt on this paradigm, instead proposing that investors may not be utility- maximisers, and that there may be impediments to the functioning of markets. This module will describe recent developments in the application of principles drawn from psychology to financial issues.

Part 2 - Kuala Lumpur

Part 2 Modules at Kuala Lumpur

Compulsory for students visiting Kuala Lumpur

Islamic Economics

Module convenor: INCEIF Faculty10 credits

Provides students with a critical understanding of Islamic economy by considering the implications of the application of Shariah law for the economic and financial systems, drawing upon Islamic principles and the philosophy developed by Muslim thinkers. Students will be able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of how theory underpins the ethical basis of Islamic finance. Outline content
  • An Overview Of Islamic And Conventional Economics And Finance Theories
  • Economic Doctrines of Islam
  • Islamic Economic System
  • Wealth Creation and Mobilization
  • Role of Government in the Economy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Behaviour of Producer or Entrepreneur
  • Risks and Returns
  • Islamic Business Ethics
  • Money from Islamic Perspective
  • Economic Thoughts of Muslim Thinkers
  *Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

Wealth Planning and Management

Module convenor: INCEIF Faculty10 credits

Introduces students to the best ways of managing, investing and distributing wealth in accordance with the Islamic laws. This module also discusses the issues related to wealth planning such as tax matters, relevant institutions and the code of conduct for professionals involved in this industry. Students will be able to compare the similarities and differences between conventional and Islamic wealth management concepts. Outline content
  • Wealth Creation and Mobilisation from Conventional and Islamic Perspectives
  • Nature and Scope of Wealth Planning
  • Wealth Allocation Process
  • Investment in Real Estate
  • Investment in Securities
  • Insurance and Takaful Scheme
  • Estate Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Taxation Planning and Management
  • Issues Related to Wealth Planning and Management
*Please note this module may not be available on all programmes

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