Sunday, September 30, 2012

Collecting Info...for PHD

Posted by Lil' Sue at 9/30/2012 11:30:00 AM

PhD by Research-University of Durham

DCIEF offers specialised research degrees in most areas of Islamic finance and banking. As part of the degree programme students normally attend a module on Islamic economics and Shari'ah compliant finance. There are also weekly Research Support Workshops.
The Research Degrees offered in Islamic Finance are recognised by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education, the Central Bank of Bahrain and Bank Negara, the Central Bank of Malaysia.
Current PhD research areas:
  • An Empirical Investigation of Operational Risk Management in Islamic Banks: An Integrated Approach; 
  • Performance Measurement and Profitability of Islamic Banks in Sudan;
  • The Merits in Applying AAOIFI Accounting Standards in the Islamic Banking Sector in Saudi Arabia;
  • A Study of the Investment Policies of Takaful Companies and the Factors Influencing their Investment Decisions;
  • Modelling Risk Management for Islamic Financial Products in Malaysia;
  • Comparative Analysis on Capital Adequacy and Risk Taking Behaviour among Financial Institutions across Select Middle East Countries and Malaysia
  • Institutional Dimensions of Economic Stagnation in the Muslim World: An Islamic Political Economy Approach;
  • Social Dimensions of Islamic Investment in Malaysia;
  • Service Quality Measurement in Islamic Banks in UAE;
  • Measuring the Performance of Islamic Mutual Funds;
  • Developing Sukuk Structure Beyond the Traditional Models: Overcoming Risk Implications
  • Religious Determinants of Economic Behaviour: The Case of Algerian Youth;
  • Evaluating Islamic Home Financing in Malaysia;
  • Islamic Home Financing in Kuwait;
  • Islamic Corporate Social Governance and Ethical Investment in Turkey;
  • Developing Financing for SME's in Saudi Arabia;
  • Exploring the Potential for Islamic Finance in Libya;
  • Evaluating the Demand for Islamic Mortgages in the UK.

Why a PhD?

  • studying at PhD level is a challenging and stimulating experience
  • develop your analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to the highest level
  • be part of a vibrant, lively and welcoming research-led community
  • make yourself stand out in the job market: our postgraduates are in high demand, with the majority finding employment right away, either in universities or in industry.

Why Durham?

Durham Business School is the ideal place to gain your qualification. Our expertise, innovative approach and academic rigour ensure our place as a world-class business school and our relevance for both today and tomorrow's business world.
  • an internationally renowned and research-led business school
  • RAE ranking: 95% of our research is of International Quality and above.
  • ESRC-recognition for all research degrees
  • an excellent research training programme to get you off to a good start
  • a truly international community, with students and staff from over 100 countries
  • the School is ranked 14 in the UK and 41 in Europe in the FT European Business Schools rankings
  • triple accreditation: AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation and AMBA (Association of MBAs)
  • study in an environment of innovation and enterprise in a beautiful and historic location

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

We have two intakes a year, in October and January. The deadlines for applications are:
  • October 2012 intake: 30 June 2012
  • January 2013 intake: 31 October 2012

Entry Requirements

Applicants should make sure they meet the following entry requirements:
  • For UK students: a Masters degree, normally with a mark of at least 60% in your Masters dissertation.
    For non-UK students: a degree that is equivalent to a UK Masters. You also need to have completed and passed (at a level equivalent to at least 60%) a dissertation module. Please check here for further
  • In addition, if English is not your first language, evidence of competence in written and spoken English will be required. This will normally be through TOEFL or IELTS as follows:
    • IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 6.5)
    • TOEFL (IBT) at least 96 (with no element under 24)

      Please note that these can be no more than 2 years old at the month the programme starts, e.g. for a programme commencing in October 2011 the IELTS or TOEFL test must have been taken in or after October 2009. This is a requirement of the UK Border Agency for your Tier 4 study visa.
It is important that your general research interests match those of at least one member of our academic staff.  For information on the range of expertise and experience of our academic faculty and details of their research interests, please visit Our Research and Faculty.

How to Apply

Successful application is based on your ability to meet the entry requirements, your research proposal and the School's capacity to provide relevant supervision for your research.
Our admissions process follows three stages:

Stage One

Please ensure that: 
  • you meet our entry requirements (above)
  • you can meet the financial requirements of the programme
  • you have your research proposal ready.

Stage Two

Applications should be made using the on-line application form. You will be asked for the following information:
  • academic qualifications and career to date
  • an outline of your research interests
  • the names and addresses of two academic referees
  • any specific support needs you may have
  • your chosen College. (If you wish to read for a full-time programme you must become a member of one of our Colleges or Societies as well as being accepted by a department. Find out more about the College system and the Durham colleges.)
The following documents should also be submitted online as part of your application. Without these documents your application cannot be processed:
  • Research proposal of 1500-2000 words. Please submit your proposal within the section of the online application entitled 'Other Relevant Experience'.  However, if your research proposal contains tables or equations, please upload your document via the 'supporting documents' section under 'Scholarships/Other'.
  • Copies of certificates of degrees awarded (up to 3 may be uploaded)
  • Copies of transcripts of modules studied (up to 3 may be uploaded)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English (where this is not your first language)
  • Two references, one of which must be academic. (Reference letters should be emailed directly to us by your referees using the downloadable reference form.) 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae.
If you experience any difficulty in attaching your supporting documents to your online application, you may email them to us

Stage Three

We will process your application on the basis of all the information provided and will normally let you know our decision within four to six weeks. In certain circumstances we may need to request further information. 
A successful application will be sent to Durham University's Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO) with a recommendation for approval. (We will contact you direct if we are unable to recommend your application for approval.)
The SRAO is responsible for approving all postgraduate applications. You should be aware that approval by the SRAO is not a formality and that in some cases where we recommended approval, the SRAO will be unable to support this. Until you receive an offer from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office, you have not received a formal offer of a place.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the application process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:
Doctoral Admissions, Durham Business School
Elvet Hill House, Elvet Hill Road
Durham, DH1 3TH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5404



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