Islamic Business Law - LLM *

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2020, January 2021
  • Study mode: Full Time, Part Time
  • Location: City Centre

The LLM Islamic Business Law Masters meets the current demand for specialist knowledge and skills in a rapidly expanding field.

The course provides you with the opportunity to explore the legal regulation of the world of international Islamic business law and you will acquire knowledge and understanding of the aspects of substantive and procedural law.

You will study all the key areas of Islamic Business Law:

Core taught modules:           

  • Islamic Business Law
  • Islamic Legal Processes        
  • Islamic Intellectual Property Law
  • Islamic Social Finance
  • Advanced Legal Research Methods

Two optional module from the list below:

  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Corporate Criminality and Tax Evasion         
  • International Corporate Insolvency Law

LLM Masters Stage:

  • Dissertation/Live Project/Placement

What's covered in the course?

The course will also provide you with the opportunity to critically examine different systems of law at a higher level. The critical analysis skills that you will develop while studying on this programme will enhance your employment opportunities in the legal and business sectors, as well as enabling you to acquire a strong basis for progression to doctoral studies.

The course aims to develop your ability in analysing and evaluating the principal features of Islamic business law. You will study the major concepts, values, principles and rules that dictate the discipline.

You will communicate complex and abstract ideas in an articulate and confident manner, as well as learning a host of transferrable skills that will stand you in good stead for when it comes to securing employment.

Why Choose Us?

  • The LLM Islamic Business Law is the first and only LLM in the UK dedicated to developing your knowledge in Islamic Business Law Principles.
  • The programme has international appeal and is both cutting edge and innovative.
  • You don’t need a degree in Law to be eligible to study this course.
  • The course covers both Islamic and Western Philosophies on Business Law and Finance.
  • You will have an opportunity to enhance your employability skills by completing an internship. Placement opportunities are also available at a range of International companies and there are potential opportunities to volunteer with local faith based charities and Islamic Finance banks to work alongside professionals.
  • You will be taught by a team of experts in Islamic Business Law, Legal Processes, Islamic Social Finance and Islamic Intellectual Property.
  • We are a research active School and there will be opportunities to participate in Islamic Business Focussed Research and Events.

This course is open to International students

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*DLHE Survey 2016/17

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements
Typical Offers (UK Students)

Minimum 2:2 class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject area.

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

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Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: LLM

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £7,400 per year
  • Part Time
  • 2 Years
  • TBC

Award: LLM

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £7,400 per year

Award: LLM

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £12,800 per year

Award: LLM

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £12,800 per year

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 40 credits):

Islamic Business Law
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with a critical appreciation on the impact of Islamic law on the international legal regulation of business law.

This module will offer you the chance to engage in the critical study of Islamic business law so as to demonstrate an advanced application of knowledge, skills and understanding of some of the key aspects of Islamic Business Law as well as promoting the application of the theoretical and practical issues in addition to current debates in this subject area. 

Islamic Legal Processes
20 credits

This module gives students a comparative perspective of Islamic legal history and the evolution of classical and modern theory perspectives. Islamic legal theory is covered comprehensively in this module. Students will gain key knowledge on; critical analysis of Islamic legal history, the schools of Islamic law, classical and modern theories, evolution of the law, jurisprudence development and cross jurisdictional application. The module engages with both classical and contemporary theories of Islamic legal processes and current critical theoretical debates in the field.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

International Corporate Law
20 credits

The principal legal vehicle for business in all developed economies is the limited liability company. Therefore any study of international business law must include a coherent and rigorous examination and analysis of:

  • The legal framework of corporate law adopted in a range of relevant jurisdictions
  • The problems and issues faced by the law in this field
  • The similarities and differences of the choices made and solutions instituted
  • The aims, experiences and outcomes of the operation of company law in those jurisdictions
Transnational Commercial Law
20 credits

In contemporary times there has been a large growth of international commerce which has resulted in an expanding use of cross border commercial transactions. This module aims to consider commercial law in the globalised world.

Corporate Criminality and Tax Evasion
20 credits

This module considers the role of corporate structures and their global operations, and how these may lead to fraud, corruption and tax evasion. The role of intermediaries (such as banks, insurance companies, and law firms), tax havens, and tax evasion methods are considered in terms of how they may facilitate corporate criminality.

Stage Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

Islamic Intellectual Property Law
20 credits

This module aims to develop an understanding of Islamic Intellectual Property Law. This module is critical in establishing the overall parameters of alternative Islamic economies. It seeks to provide a high level overview of the philosophy/ontology underpinning Islamic economics & finance and the key constituent elements such as legal principles, institutions and products relating to Intellectual Property Law.

Islamic Social Finance
20 credits

The module is a practical approach to the workings of the present Islamic financial & social practices in the banking industry and faith based organizations. It goes beyond the definitions and, concepts provided in many Islamic finance modules offered elsewhere.  This module encourages the students to understand the connection between the theory of Islamic finance and the real world applications of the Islamic banking and faith based organization practices.

Advanced Legal Research Methods
20 credits

This module enables you to gain enhanced knowledge and understanding of the techniques needed for advanced legal research. It serves a double purpose. As a foundation to other Level 7 modules in law, it supports you in acquiring the knowledge of research methods and skills in applying those methods required to succeed in postgraduate legal research – both in scholarship and for practitioners.

Stage Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

Dissertation, Live Project or Placement
60 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a framework for you to undertake a substantial piece of disciplinary-relevant research the output of which may be either a placement, integrated project or dissertation. This is founded upon Birmingham City University’s teaching and learning philosophy which integrates theory into practice.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Dr Nadia Naim

LLM International Business Law Course Director

Dr Nadia Naim is a Senior Lecturer in Law with expertise in Contract Law and International Business Law. Qualified Barrister and Fellow of the HEA.

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