Next start date

Autumn 2018*


February, June and October

Study options

1 year
full-time, weekdays



Islamic finance, also known as participant banking, is booming — the total market is projected to grow to more than $1.6 trillion by 2020*. The rapid expansion means suitably qualified management professionals are in high demand. The MBA (Islamic Finance) at GSM London is designed to develop innovative, forward-thinking professionals invaluable to organisations operating within this fast-moving sector.

Why study our MBA (Islamic Finance) Degree?

Our multidisciplinary MBA (Islamic Finance) programme provides you with a good grounding in core organi-sational functions, set within the context of Islamic banking. This will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to perform a wide range of leadership roles — whether you’re an energy contractor brokering deals that satisfy shariah law or an in-house analyst for a participant banking institution. If you are interested in technologies and digital strategy you also have the opportunity to contribute to the digitalisation of the Islamic Finance sector which is lagging behind conventional banking in this area.

Real-world expertise
This MBA has been developed with input from industry professionals and experts, experienced academics and alumni, enabling our graduates to make an impact in the sector. Dr Samir Alamad, Head of Sharia Compliance & Product Development, Al Rayan Bank, is one of the external advisors to our MBA: “It was great to see an MBA programme which incorporates building skills and expertise in Islamic Finance, focusing on the impact of Sharia compliance on emergent areas within finance and banking and the impact on the financial services industry.”

Innovative programme delivery
The programme encourages you to draw on your managerial experiences and enhance your leadership approach in this industry. Distinctive modules on Risk Management and Islamic Capital Markets — subjects not always covered by Islamic Finance programmes – ensure continued relevance and open up career opportunities within these specific areas.

Awarded by University of Plymouth
Your MBA is awarded by University of Plymouth, a top UK university aged under 50 according to the Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2017. An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your MBA.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The MBA programme can be broken down into the following stages:

Stage 1

  • Islamic Finance and Banking
  • Management and Business Research
  • 21st Century Globalisation (Islamic Finance)

Stage 2

  • Human Factor
  • Islamic Capital Markets and Marketing
  • Islamic Risk Management

Stage 3

  • Dissertation or Consultancy Project
  • Plus one elective (subject to demand):
    • Emerging Business and Technologies
    • Islamic Financial Law
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues

See full MBA (Islamic Finance) programme specs

Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

To start on Level 7, applicants require a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted)

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the course, you will need an IELTS minimum score of 6.5, 5.5 in all four components. Please refer to this guide (opens in a new tab) for all accepted English language qualifications.

Work experience is considered as part of the application process, but is not essential. Candidates with non-standard qualifications will be invited to attend for interview.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 5 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


UK/EU student fees

£9,000 per year 

International student fee

£11,700 per year 

Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

*We have applied for designation for this programme from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support. Visit the HEFCE website for more information.

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the MBA (Islamic Finance), please email or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7800.