Professional Diploma in Islamic & Conventional Estate Planning & Asset Protection




6 Months



The proposed professional diploma caters to provide an all-round understanding of Islamic and Non-Islamic principles and law, as applied and practiced, for those who are in the Estate Planning, Financial Planning, or in the Wealth Management industry in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

The Professional Diploma is also further intended as a cross-border qualification when seeking career advancement opportunities in any one of these countries. It is to provide these individuals with the knowledge and understanding of these practices’ way in advance before a career move in this direction is undertaken by the individual.

Among the key benefits of the course is an increase in knowledge and understanding of these cross-border practices of Estate Planning and Asset Protection including the practices, legal structure and legal instruments that are typical.

The candidate will also be able to enhance their career with a qualification that is recognized by those working in the industry, adding value to their business and professional relationships with clients.



This programme accrues 60 UK RQF credits with 3 modules at 15 credits and 2 modules at
7.5 credits each. The course will be conducted fully online or as a blended programme combining face-to-face seminars and self-instructional learning.

Module Offerings

The following are the 5 modules:
Module 1: Islamic and Non-Islamic laws of Inheritance in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia (15credits)
Module 2: The Law of Wills and Wassiyah (15 credits)
Module 3: General Principles of Testamentary Trust and Powers of Attorney (15 credits)
Module 4: Applications in Probate (7.5 credits)
Module 5: Applications in the Administration of Estates (7.5credits)

Standard Delivery Mode

The Student Learning Time for the modules delivery via Asynchronous online classes are as follows:

    ModuleAsynchronous online classesSelf- instructional learning (hour)  Total (hour)
Module 1: Islamic and Non-Islamic Laws of Inheritance in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia  12  138  150
Module 2: The Law of Wills and Wassiyah  12  138  150
Module 3: General Principles of Testamentary Trust and Powers of Attorney  12  138  150
Module 4: Applications in Probate  6  69  75
Module 5: Applications in the Administration of Estates  6  69  75
  Total  48  552  600


An applicant may be admitted on the basis of evidence to suggest that he/she will be able to fulfil and benefit from the objectives of the programme and achieve the standard required for the award.

Summary of Entry Requirements 

The entry requirements for the respective courses are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any related field.
  • Other acceptable Certificate or Diploma qualifications in the related field that has been awarded from recognized bodies or institutions.
  • Those without 1 and 2 can be accepted based on relevant working experience in the field of Trust Management.

Advanced Standing / Exemptions / Credits Transfer (APL)

Consideration for the above for learners admitted onto the programme may be considered either at the beginning of a programme, or beyond the beginning of a programme, through an assessment of that learner’s prior learning, whether certificated or un-certificated.  The process for making such a decision is known as the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a matter of academic judgment exercised by the appointed panel considering applications and approvals of APL.

Where cohorts of learners are to be admitted with advanced standing on a regular basis, the arrangement should be subject to an Academic Progression Agreement.


The Assessment Aims

In assessing the student, the principal aim is to ensure that the student displays a competent and coherent understanding of the law and principles as defined by the course and by answering the correct questions which are framed from the syllabus in periodic tests to enable judgments and decisions to be reached concerning:

  • The progression of students through the programme;
  • How well students have met the programme learning outcomes through the combination of the individual module learning outcomes;
  • The provision of feedback information to students concerning their performance and how they adhered to the generic assessment criteria and the module-specific assessment criteria;
  • The award of credits for individual modules;
  • The granting of the Professional Diploma award; and
  • The granting of Professional Certificate awards should the student fail to complete the programme but successfully complete 30 credits of the programme.

The underpinning principles which drive the assessment strategies adopted for this programme are the profile of the target students and the programme itself (its philosophy and associated learning outcomes).

Passing mark

Each module is assessed by way of a three [3] hour final examination or one-and-a-half-hour final examination which comprises multiple-choice questions which will be drawn from across the syllabus and candidates must achieve a minimum of 50% module marks for a pass.