Islamic Finance MSc Progression Route
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January 2021 to September 2021


8 months




Top-up Courses
CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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Candidates who have successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance (ADIF) qualification will be eligible to enrol on this MSc Islamic Finance degree. The Islamic Finance content will have been studied as part of the ADIF qualification so this Progression Route degree focuses on the conventional finance content required for an MSc qualification.

The course will consist of 4.5 weeks intensive face-to-face teaching in addition to remote study.

Course detail

The programme will be taught intensively over a period of four and a half weeks with four modules being delivered over a one week period, and one over two days, for which students would have to travel to the UK and study at Coventry University’s Coventry campus.

This course has been developed in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance


The first delivery of modules will be in January 2021 during which you will complete the following modules:

Corporate Finance (5 days)

This module examines and critiques key corporate finance issues, including financial management, risk and return, corporate financing and asset pricing, capital structure and payout policy. The module takes an international perspective and explores both theoretical models and empirical evidence.

Governance, Accountability and Ethics (5 days)

This module aims to provide students with a framework to examine the key issues in corporate governance. These include underlying corporate governance theory and associated reporting and regulation, the role of monitors and issues of independence and ethics. It also develops students’ ability to critically appraise relevant academic literature and current issues and integrate and synthesise topics in order to participate in current debates and suggest potential insights for development.

Global Professional Development (2 days)

The programme incorporates a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited module, Global Professional Development. Students who successfully complete the module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting.

The aim of this module is for students to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts. The module will involve students working together across disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors solve internal issues and how different sectors can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields. International, cultural and ethical issues will underpin the practical and theoretical developments in the module coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. The module will engage the students in wide-ranging debates and problem solving exercises using examples from real-life issues.

You will return in May 2021 to study the following modules as shown below:

Quantitative Methods (5 days)

This module covers some of the quantitative techniques commonly used by financial analysts, economists, accountants as well as individual investors. The aim is to give students the basic grounding in econometric methods used in the analysis of quantitative data. The module will primarily focus on the statistical techniques of estimation, hypothesis testing and modelling using economic and financial data in which they will learn about economic software.

Behavioural Finance (5 days)

This module teaches students about how psychological and sociological factors influence financial decision-making. The module will enable them to identify possible biases in investment analysis and portfolio management arising from cognitive, affective and social influences.


In addition to the above modules, students will have to complete a dissertation remotely and will be allocated a supervisor who will provide support and guidance throughout the research and writing process.

Successful completion of the above modules will enable students to qualify for an MSc in Islamic Finance awarded by Coventry University.

For further details about this top-up course, please direct enquires to Dr Aqsa Aziz, Course Director.


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Please note this course is only open to candidates holding the Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance.