MA Fashion Buying & Merchandising


Program Description

Fashion Buying & Merchandising MA

From textiles to analyzing trends, gain insight and practical knowledge to succeed in buying and merchandising.

Key information

  • Name: Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • Qualification: MA
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Study mode: Full time
  • Duration: 3 terms ( 1 full calendar year)
  • Tuition fees: £18,000 *
  • Scholarships: Yes *
  • Next start date: September 2018
  • Future start date: September 2019
  • Study abroad: No
  • Validation: Regent's University London

*For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.


Buying and merchandising are specialist retail functions, which lie at the heart of a fashion brand’s ability to respond effectively to fast-changing fashion trends. They play essential roles within the industry and demands professionals who have a good eye for trends, for marketing, budget planning, and management.

You will gain industry knowledge and skills where you will be able to learn about textiles and clothing manufacture, competitor shopping and analyzing trends and sales patterns to make commercial decisions. You will develop and strengthen many skills including numeracy for buying and merchandising, presentation, team working and negotiation.

You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills developed on the programme through a dissertation or a consultancy project in your third term. Another important feature is the strong link we encourage with businesses and employers through our academic staff and via the Careers and Business Relations Department and the Regent’s Alumni network.

The programme includes a fashion study trip to another country. You may also have the opportunity to take part in optional study trips to other fashion venues.



The programme is delivered over three terms which comprise one calendar year.


Term 1

  • Buying and Merchandising
  • The Global Fashion Consumer
  • Fashion Cultures: History, Theory, Creativity
  • Introduction to Textiles and Product Manufacturing

Term 2

  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Sustainability in Fashion
  • Trading and Response to Change
  • Research Design and Methods

Term 3

  • Dissertation, or
  • Individual Consultancy Project

Teaching & assessment

Assessment Structure

You will be assessed through a mix of individual and group assessment, including essay, report, presentation, team negotiation, and written reflection.

Study methods

You will be taught by a team of academics, most of whom have considerable industry experience in fashion buying and merchandising. Your programme is industry-orientated. For that reason, experiential learning is fundamental to many of the learning and teaching methodologies used on the programme and to many of the assessments that you will complete. Preparation for careers in relevant disciplines contributes to the mission and goals of the University and is integral to the design of your programme.

The following learning and teaching methods are used in your programme:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Subject area or University-wide talks
  • External visits
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Independent study
  • Formative assessments
  • Summative assessments
  • Students with disabilities

Assessment will be adjusted to suit the needs of students with disabilities. The aim of such adjustments is to ensure that students with disabilities can be tested on an equal footing with all other students. If you have a learning disability it is important that you register this with the Disability Officer so that we can begin to work with you to determine what adjustments are appropriate. Some of our programmes encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.


A number of our team members are experienced academics who have also worked as senior fashion buyers at fashion companies including Arcadia, Figleaves, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. Former graduates have become buyers at Browns, Selfridges, H&M, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

On graduation, you will be prepared with the necessary specialist fashion knowledge, skills, commercial understanding and industry insights to access entry-level positions as a step on to a career in buying and merchandising.

Typical entry-level jobs open to graduates of the programme includes:

  • Buyer’s clerk
  • Buying Assistant
  • Buyer’s Admin Assistant
  • Allocator / Senior Allocator
  • Distributor / Senior Distributor
  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Product Development Assistant
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Merchandiser
  • Trainee Buyer

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests, and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognized institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognized institutions will be accepted.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.


Fees September 2018

  • Full tuition fee: £18,000
  • Home/EU advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)
  • Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

Last updated May 2018

About the School

Regent's University London is London's only independent, not-for-profit university, with a highly cosmopolitan community based in royal Regent's Park and Marylebone.

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