The PhD in Islamic Finance and Economy is an innovative multidisciplinary program that provides students with the required analytical and research skills to understand, analyze and interpret the workings of the rapidly growing Islamic financial services and markets and to tackle their emerging challenges and opportunities.
The program is centered on the national priorities as set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030), on the local aspirations as enshrined in the objectives of the Shari’a, and on global targets such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
A key motivation for the PhD program is to develop unique and innovative approaches for the continuous transformation of economies to be more responsible, inclusive, and resilient. The policy relevance for Islamic finance continues to increase, alongside the need to understand and integrate concepts such as responsible finance, green finance, and circular economies.
The program focuses on Qatar’s economy and businesses with expected spillover benefits in the region and globally. In this sense, the program’s curriculum philosophy and content are unique as they refer to local values, national targets, and international goals. It also seeks to develop synergy between the three through transformation, social entrepreneurship, and shared prosperity and well-being. The following are the main features of the program:
This component includes dissertation proposal seminars, dissertation progress workshops, and dissertation defense seminars, in addition to a pre-dissertation comprehensive examination.
International scholarship students can study for a maximum of four years, and Qatar-based working students may study for up to six years.