CIMA diploma in Islamic finance (CDIF)

Due to Ireland’s increasing importance as a Western hub for Islamic finance, CIMA is pleased to announce the next CDIF blended learning tuition programme for 2014.

Global Islamic Finance AwardsCIMA's Islamic finance qualifications have won an award to recognise their world-leading status in the industry. We were unanimously chosen as 'Best Islamic finance education provider 2013' by the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) committee.

Gain the CIMA diploma in Islamic finance in less than six months

With input from leading Shari’ah academics, CIMA’s blended tuition package includes:

  •  Initial kick-start session.
  •  Online and hard copy study materials.
  •  Ongoing access to a web based, tutor monitored ‘CDIF discussion forum’.
  •  Five Thursday morning face-to-face revision seminars in Dublin with input by leading Shari’ah academics.

The next diploma in Islamic finance blended tuition programme will commence on Thursday 21 August 2014.

Venue: CIMA Ireland office, 5th floor, Block E, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2.

Module Half day revision seminar (9.30am-12.30pm)
Kickstart session Thursday 21 August 2014
Islamic commercial law Thursday 18 September 2014
Islamic banking and takaful Thursday 16 October 2014
Islamic capital markets and instruments Thursday 13 November 2014
Accounting tutorial Thursday 27 November 2014
Accounting for Islamic financial institutions Thursday 11 December 2014

Register for the August 2014 blended tuition programme

Enrolments are now being taken for the blended tuition programme. Please complete the enrolment form (PDF 360KB) and return by Wednesday 20 August by one of the following methods:

  •  Post to CIMA Ireland, 5th Floor, Block E, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2
  •  Email to
  •  Fax to +353 (0)1 6430 401

Designatory letters

The diploma in Islamic finance is a recognised CIMA qualification which carries the designatory letters of 'CDIF'.


The total cost for this CDIF blended tuition package is EUR990. 

About Islamic finance

The Islamic finance industry is growing at an exponential rate and the sector’s global worth is estimated to be between EUR920 billion and EUR1 trillion, with an annual growth rate of 15% to 20%.

This growth has continued throughout the global economic crisis largely because of its vigorous screening processes and stringent corporate governance practices in dealing with excess liquidity in many oil producing countries.

Who is the CDIF for?

If you want to be well placed to play a role in an important area of growth and opportunity for Ireland, then this specialist diploma in Islamic finance is for you.

Given the objective to position Ireland as a European hub for the delivery of wholesale Islamic finance services, the CDIF is particularly suitable for executives working in, interacting with or providing professional services to the financial services industry in Ireland. This applies in particular to accountants, bankers, corporate treasurers, fund managers, policy makers, public servants, regulators and solicitors. 


The CIMA diploma in Islamic finance is comprised of four individual certificates that will be delivered via CIMA’s blended tuition package. Upon completion of all four certificates you will be awarded the CDIF.

The four modules are:

  •  Certificate in Islamic commercial law
  •  Certificate in Islamic banking and takaful
  •  Certificate in Islamic capital markets and instruments
  •  Certificate in accounting for Islamic financial institutions

View the full syllabus of the four certificates

What students have said about the CDIF

‘I was attracted to the diploma in Islamic finance due to the flexible study programme and distance learning. As a result of the course I have developed a strong foundation in all aspects of Islamic finance, which will allow me to further my career in this direction. This course is a must for those pursuing a career in Islamic finance and I highly recommend it.’ 
Fiachra Farrell, treasury specialist

‘I am delighted with the decision I made to join the CIMA diploma in Islamic finance blended learning programme. The package included good study support, including access to top industry experts for queries.

'As a result of joining I was kept up to date on developments in the fast moving Islamic finance industry and was invited to be part of the global Islamic finance network. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who wishes to be at the forefront of Islamic finance.’
Iskandar Tariq, manager, financial services, Grant Thornton

For more details, please contact:
T. +353 (0)1 6430400

Want to learn more?

See further details on CIMA's Islamic finance qualifications.