This is a one-year, industry-led programme, which gives you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of contemporary fashion buying and merchandising from a managerial perspective. Developed in conjunction with industry specialists to inform innovative projects and maintain contemporary content and foster innovative projects.

Throughout the Master’s you will develop professional, managerial and personal abilities, including commercial awareness, negotiating and relationship management skills, alongside developing your visual skills in a business context to enable you to operate successfully within the global industry.

You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of finance, industry developments, profit margins, pricing, sales strategies and turnover and how to confidently convey your ideas through successful communication and contemporary presentation.

Features and benefits of the course

  • Study visits to key international trade fairs and cities will offer relevant research opportunities for you to support course content.
  • You will be exposed to a broad range of market levels and future target markets from high street brands to small pioneering design companies.

Course details

You will gain a deep understanding of the role of the buyer and merchandiser, and gain the ability to strategically plan and select a range of high-quality garments while considering the profitable development of a company.

By undertaking a variety of projects, you will learn how to analyse the factors that influence sales alongside personal and practical presentation skills. You will also learn how to build a range of profitable garments for wholesale, retail or online sales.

Typical units may include

  • Product
  • Organisation
  • Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Professional Practice
  • Perform

Entry requirements

This course will normally admit students with a good UK honours degree or international equivalent in a design or business related discipline. It is designed to allow students with a keen interest in the apparel industry to acquire a postgraduate qualification in a specific fashion business area.

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Last updated October 28, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: £8,500 per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: £14,500 per year.
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