Fashion Management - MA

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£11,900 for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)
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The world of fashion is one of the globe’s fastest-growing industries, as well as one of the most competitive. This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager in this exciting industry. 

You will gain a technical understanding of the sector, combined with a solid foundation of management principles. We will help develop your overall understanding of the modern fashion industry, as well as the necessary skills for working in the sector.

What's covered in the course?

The course encourages you to develop the skills and competences of future managers in the Fashion Industry. To do this, you will be capable of making management decisions at both a strategic and at a tactical level, emphasising the complexity and dynamics of business and management and an awareness of the nature of the various factors which influence management decisions.

The course encompasses numerous field trip opportunities for students to allow reflection on the developing knowledge and understanding as it relates to their professional practice and the fashion industry. The School provides a unique setting for students to observe their peers, taking advantage of the proximity of fashion and textile design students at the Parkside Campus. The School of Fashion & Textiles has built a network of diverse contacts and partners over its history. This business-focused course will offer expertise and innovative ideas through the student body to our contacts.

You will be able to develop opportunities through collaboration with peers from other courses within the School of Fashion & Textiles as well as the Schools of Jewellery and Birmingham School of Media and across the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media; to broaden the range of careers opportunities across disciplines.

Why Choose Us?

  • Links to industry and regular contact with fashion professionals
  • International field trip opportunities to key fashion events
  • Supportive staff with many years of industry experience
     

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This course is open to International students

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You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

UK students
Essential

An honours degree from a UK University

A first degree from an overseas university (GPA 3.0 out of 4.0 or average 75 per cent or any other equivalence to the above UK qualification)

Successful passing a Pre-Master's course approved by Birmingham City University

Successful passing a Pre-Master's course at another UK university/institution with a minimum of 55 per cent average

Other qualifications
Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Please note that even if your application fully meets the entry criteria, you may be required to further demonstrate your suitability via an interview or submission of a course proposal before being offered a place.

Interviews may be conducted in your country of residence, over the telephone or by Skype.

EU/International students
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all components) or equivalent is required.
No English certificate is required for applicants from countries that appear on our English exemption list. Please contact the International Office for this list.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2017 FT 1 year £11,900

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

This course is not available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

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Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

You will study the following modules:

Industry Practice
20 credits

In this module you will meet Fashion and Creative Industry professionals and explore the contemporary management challenges facing Global Fashion. You will begin to develop your own professional practice skills as a future Fashion Manager, with an insight into the opportunities and threats emerging around the world.

Global Business Strategy
20 credits

This will be an organic module in the sense that contemporary issues will be explored relative to business, leadership and management. These may include the functions and roles of leaders and aspects to lead to better decision making of managers, both from UK and international perspectives.

Leadership Development
20 credits

This will be an organic module in the sense that contemporary issues will be explored relative to business, leadership and management. These may include the functions and roles of leaders and aspects to lead to better decision making of managers, both from UK and international perspectives

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

You will study the following modules:

Research and Professional Skills
20 credits

This module will develop your industry research skills to support your critical development of research proposals and pilot studies. This combination of academic rigour with industry tools will enable you to gather and analyse relevant information and underpin your management decision making.

Project Management
20 credits

This will be an organic module in the sense that contemporary issues will be explored relative to business, leadership and management. These may include the functions and roles of leaders and aspects to lead to better decision making of managers, both from UK and international perspectives.

Global Fashion and Branding
20 credits

This module will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills that underpin strategic fashion brand marketing in a challenging global arena. The purpose of this module is to investigate various models of branding to identify competitive advantage in fashion brands through, for example, style, quality and affordability. You will explore the application of various strategic theories in a global business environment. The constantly evolving market conditions lead to the emergence of business opportunities around the world. This module prepares you for the challenge of developing branding strategies that can capitalize on these market conditions on a global level. 

Stage 3: Masters

Major Project
60 credits

This self-directed study will allow you to explore an aspect of the Fashion Industry that interests you. You will address contemporary management issues through a project of your own design that will prepare you for a career in Global Fashion.

Your studies will be based at Parkside and Curzon at the City Centre Campus. You will begin your year with modules in Industry Practice, Global Business Strategy and Leadership Development which will introduce you to a range of skills and experience that will form the foundation of your further studies. You will have regular opportunities to meet experts from the world of Fashion and guest speakers from the wider Creative Industries.

In the second term you will build on your knowledge of Global Business Strategies and continue to enhance your industry skills in the Global Fashion Brand Marketing module. This will also be supported with modules in Project Management and Research & Professional Skills, letting you practise making research proposals and designing pilot studies for industry related projects.

Your last term of studies will concentrate on a Major Project module that will examine a contemporary management issue that currently affects the Global Fashion Industry. This is a self-directed project that you can design to focus on aspects of the Fashion Industry that you are most interested in.


Classroom hours

You will have up to 10 hours of lectures, workshops and seminars each week; and additional study time with tutorials, group projects, and online learning activities as independent study.

Trips and visits

You are given the opportunity to visit Paris for the world’s premier fabric show, Premier Vision. The show offers up the season’s fashion directions some 18 months in advance, and is a useful tool to introduce you to all stages of the supply chain within which fashion design sits.

Employability and key transferable skills are embedded within the course ethos to maximise your capabilities and understanding of potential career opportunities.

Many modules require group projects in the field to build first-hand knowledge of the Fashion Industry. The importance of positive contribution to a team and close working relationships with colleagues is a key feature.

The course is structured to build on experiences and embrace real scenarios through live projects, simulated practice requiring actual problem solving. This aims to develop your confidence and ambitions to explore a breadth of careers opportunities within a global industry. 

Evaluating strategic and tactical business decisions will prepare you for working in Fashion by enabling you to understand the changing environment of competitors and stakeholders and adapt your plans and working practice accordingly. Your knowledge of management and marketing theories and how to apply them will be an advantage in many roles, and give you the flexibility to engage on many different levels with employers, clients and partners alike.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Fashion Management graduates can work in a range of careers including:

  • Brand Manager
  • Content Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fashion Industry Consulting
  • Fashion Journalist
  • PR
  • Fashion Advertising
  • Fashion Industry Event Management

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Further Information

At present, we currently only accept full-time international students and don’t offer part-time or distance learning. In addition, you would also have to satisfy our proficiency in English Language requirements. For example, IELTS Grade 6.0 in all bands or 6.5 average, TOEFL at least 575.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our fashion management course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

Home to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, School of Fashion and Textiles, and School of Visual Communication, the five-floor site is packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social 'collision spaces.'

The campus also provides extensive workshop space, and the very latest in industry-standard equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer.

You will have access to Vicon 3D, an external tracking motion capture facility, and Gypsy, an exoskeleton-based motion capture system to extend the many possibilities for production of 3D animation and films.

There's also a comprehensive range of tools and machinery in the wood and metal workshops.

You can use the latest in high-tech digital print, plus a range of other facilities including:

  • Editing and animation suites with unique equipment
  • Digital Visualisation Hub
  • Traditional print
  • Photographic studio and darkroom
  • High power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems
  • Theatre
  • Fashion workshops
  • Computerised looms and printers
  • Art shop
  • Library
  • Café

We are committed to showcasing the best student concepts and collections in exhibitions and on catwalks that include London Fashion Week, London Free Range, New Designers and Birmingham Made Me.

Jasbir Kaur

Jasbir is Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles and has extensive experience in commercial textile design and magazine production. Her work is published internationally and she has specific research interests in South Asian fashion.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295