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Durham University

Postgraduate Modules 2019/2020

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run in each academic year. Each module description relates to the year indicated in the module availability box. Please be aware that modules may change from year to year, and may be amended to take account of, for example: changing staff expertise, disciplinary developments, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Department: Economics and Finance


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2019/20
Tied to N3K809 Islamic Finance
Tied to N3K909 Islamic Finance and Management
Tied to N3K109 Finance
Tied to N3K209 Finance (Accounting and Finance)
Tied to N3K309 Finance (Corporate and International Finance)
Tied to N3K409 Finance (Finance and Investment)
Tied to N3K509 Finance (International Money, Finance and Investment)
Tied to N3K609 Finance (International Banking and Finance)
Tied to N3K709 Finance (Economics and Finance)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To explore, at an advanced level, the impact of Shari’ah compliance on the development of Islamic capital market and structuring of products;
  • To advance students’ understanding of Islamic capital markets products, their models and working mechanism;
  • To explore, at an advanced level, Shari’ah screening and portfolio management processes;
  • To critically explore and examine Shari’ah compliancy issues with various Islamic capital markets asset and debt instruments.


  • Developments, Trends and Rationale
  • Issues in Islamic Capital Markets (Market Penetration, Corporate Earnings, Market Liquidity, and Limited Listings)
  • Shari’ah-compliant Asset Classes
  • Shares and Equities
  • Islamic Funds
  • Sukuk: Models and Operational Mechanism
  • Islamic Derivatives, Futures and Hedging
  • Portfolio Management, Indexing, Screening Methodologies
  • Shari’ah Compliancy Issues

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of this module, students should have:
  • a detailed knowledge of various types of Shari’ah compliant Islamic capital markets and products;
  • an advanced knowledge of the models and working mechanism of the products in Islamic capital market;
  • a critical appreciation of screening and indexing methods in portfolio management and the related Shari’ah compliancy issues.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of this module, students should have:
  • the ability to recognise and analyse Islamic capital market products and their relevant models; 
  • the ability to use their understanding of Islamic capital market to analyse the working mechanism of different instruments;
  • the ability to use their understanding of Islamic finance principles to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to the complexity of Islamic capital markets;
  • the ability to identify the Shari’ah compliancy issues arising in different instruments of Islamic capital markets.
Key Skills:
  • Independent learning within a defined framework at an advanced level;
  • Cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis;
  • Self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues;
  • Effective written communication skills;
  • Skills of independent learning within a defined framework of study at an advanced level;
  • The ability to seek out and use relevant data sources, including electronic and bibliographic sources.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures convey the subject-specific knowledge and provide students with an opportunity to learn new concepts, principles and philosophies;
  • Seminars enable students to consolidate, extend and apply this knowledge through exchanging views and ideas, thus developing their subject-specific skills and key skills.
  • Summative assessment is by a 60-minute in-class exam and a 90-minute written exam. The 60-minute exam will test the students' critical judgement and problem-solving technical skills. The 90-minute exam tests students’ depth of understanding and their analytical skills.

Teaching Methods and Contact Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 Weekly 2 18
Seminars 4 Fortnightly 1 4
Preparation and Reading 128
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: In-class Exam Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
In-class Exam 1 hour 100% Same
Component: Exam Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Exam 90 minutes 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive individual written feedback on their contributions to seminars

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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