The core taught units provide an in-depth academic, practical skills and applications in Islamic finance. The optional units enable students to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding in area of their interest. Students will also have an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of a specific issue relevant to Islamic finance in their project report where they need to demonstrate mastering of practical skills of Islamic finance and entrepreneurship.
Each unit draws on the practical experience of experts from the field to complement the theoretical components of the units offered. Guest lecturers share their experiences from the field to develop appreciation of Islamic finance and business in the real world.
Mentoring is an integral part of the programme. At the beginning of the programme, students will meet your mentor, who will provide one-to-one guidance for the duration of the programme.
Mentors are experienced academics and entrepreneurs with a wide range of expertise in many Islamic financial industries. Mentors are a point of consistency throughout the full duration of the programme.
The project report will be students’ most significant programme-specific endeavour to put their entrepreneurial knowledge into practice. This 6,000-7,000-word report requires a comprehensive analysis of a business opportunity; in most cases, this will be the student’s venture.
This programme is approved and credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
The programme comprises 120 credits at SCQF level 11.
The programme is delivered full-time (six-month period) comprising two semesters.
Part-time basis (one-year) and block delivery will also be available.
|Academic requirements||An honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent.
In addition, professional experience will be also recognised for enrolment in the course.
|Work experience||Not required, however professional experience will be recognised for enrolment in the course|
English language requirements
International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to ensure that they have an IELTS test from a UKVI approved test centre.
Applicants would need to have achieved an average score of 6.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
Full entry requirements can be found here
The programme aims to provide a high-quality professional level study that comprises three inter-related elements:
The programme is comprised of compulsory and optional units.
|Unit||SCQF level||Credits||Compulsory/ optional||Start date|
|Islamic Moral Economy and Finance||11||20||Compulsory||September|
|Theoretical and Practical Entrepreneurship||11||20||Compulsory||September|
|Research Skills and Project Report||11||20||Compulsory||September|
|Raising Finance: Islamic Financial Models and Institutions||11||20||Optional||January|
|Managing and Assessing Growth and Constraints in Small Businesses||11||20||Optional||January|
|Sustainability and Ethics||11||20||Optional||January|
The Executive Diploma in Islamic Finance & Entrepreneurship is beneficial for those who are seeking to work and advance their professional careers in the Islamic financial industry or they are looking to start their own business based on value principles of Islamic moral economy. This programme provides a strong practical basis for Islamic economics, commercial law and Islamic financial instruments. Those completing the course will be able to seek employment opportunities in the finance and banking sectors including Islamic insurance, financial regulation, and the investment arena, as well as for becoming entrepreneurs.
The College provides a conducive environment for its learners and staff in terms of facilities. More importantly, the College promotes multiculturalism as encapsulated in its vision and philosophy. The College is also situated near the city centre of Dundee close to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as well as the Dundee College.