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 your Masters 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
- 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.
This course will prepare you for a career within the complex and rapidly changing fashion landscape. You will gain the essential skills to work within this fast-paced industry at a managerial level.
Graduates have typically found career opportunities in fashion design, manufacture, product development, merchandising, buying, marketing and off-shore sourcing in destinations around the globe. Graduates having gained jobs with high-profile companies in worldwide locations including Burberry, X-Bionic, Boohoo, TJX Europe, Farmers New Zealand and JD Sports.
This course is suitable for students with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds and will normally admit students with a good UK honours degree or international equivalent in any subject. It is designed to allow students with a keen interest in fashion to acquire a postgraduate qualification in a specific fashion business area.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.
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.
You will study units that will give you an in-depth understanding of how the processes of buying and merchandising operate in the global fashion industry. Typical units may include:
- Professional Practice
Additional Information about this Course
Basic pre-entry course work exploring international fashion business is optional - completing it feeds into skills discussion and introductory sessions during the first few weeks of the course.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Fashion Institute is a multi-disciplinary partnership that brings together fashion expertise and talent from across the University, Manchester and the world.
An international hub that connects education, research and enterprise to inspire the next generation of industry leaders, the institute empowers students to create opportunities for academic and professional development by taking advantage of our cutting-edge resources and unrivalled connections.
UK and EU Students
- UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Specialist paper for presentation or printing/photo print. Samples of clothing, accessories or trims and materials. Students stationary, organisational tools, folders. Recommended books that form core reading as specified on the units may be purchased but are available through library services. Students often choose to buy a laptop however all required IT and software are available on campus and students can borrow campus laptops.
Optional study tour and factor visits, related travel expenses such as food and drink, tickets or use of public transport. Students sometimes gain placements during the final project and this can mean national/ international travel and short-term accommodation.
Depending on live projects and other optional briefs and competitions, there may be some small spend of travel or associated costs. This is often supported by the department and reasonable costs reimbursed.