Textile Management - MA

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£12,000 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our Textile Management MA will develop the quick thinking, professional and creative skills you’ll need to thrive in this competitive sector. The fashion and textile industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, so if you have a passion and the intellectual abilities for it, we will help train you to succeed.

With support from our expert staff and the broad nature of our course, you’ll become equipped with the skills employers really value.

What's covered in the course?

We’ll teach you to lead the development of an evolving industry. We’ll give you a technical understanding of the sector and a solid foundation of management principles.

Not only will you develop your knowledge of the industry as a whole, you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in a topic or subject of your choice that will set you apart from the crowd.

You’ll learn about the textile supply chain, as well as getting overviews of textile manufacture and design. The roles of textiles in the fashion and interior design industries will also be discussed, as well as the role of industry trends and predictions.

Our course also teaches you the transferrable skills that are very desirable to today’s employers. You’ll develop your research skills by investigating the target markets of different products, and will learn to maximise market penetration and evaluate visual merchandising.

This course is run collaboratively between Birmingham City Business School and the School of Fashion and Textiles.

Why Choose Us?

  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • You’ll work in our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which opened in September 2015 and offers state-of-the-art facilities.
  • We enable you to develop business and management competencies, as well as research skills, that enhance your employability and support career advancement.
  • You’ll develop sensitivity towards styles, trends and lifestyle issues that impact on the textile industry.
  • With accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected business schools.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to build a strong grounding in the international business language.

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Our next Postgraduate Open Day is Wednesday 20 April 2016.

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This course is open to International students

School of Fashion and Textiles

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*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 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 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.

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 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC

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 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
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.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It 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.

Dean's scholarships

We welcome students from around the world to study one of these exciting and innovative MA programmes. Special Dean's Scholarships are available to outstanding international students who are offered and accept our offer on one of these programmes each year. They are granted at enrolment in the form of fee reduction.

The scholarship for this programme is £2,000.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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?

Postgraduate loans

PgCert

Subject specific modules for this course include:

  • A lecture and seminar programme
  • Portfolio - concepts and treatments (management)
  • Research strategy
  • Portfolio - short projects (management)
  • Portfolio - major project / dissertation
Strategic Marketing
15 credits
Managing People
15 credits
Subject Option
15 credits
Subject Option
15 credits

PgDip

Managing Finance
15 credits
Global Business Strategy
15 credits
Subject Option
15 credits
Subject Option
15 credits

Master's

Option 1

Research Methods/Subject context
15 credits
Management Research Project (includes a research proposal)
45 credits

Option 2

Management Research Project (includes a research proposal)
60 credits

Although a proportion of your contact time will be spent in teaching, emphasis will also be placed upon the use of the group as a resource for learning. There’ll be plenty of group discussion of practical management situations and problems, creating a flow of ideas and inspiration.

We’ll also provide case studies and scenarios so you can apply your knowledge and creativity to real-life situations. And professional speakers from the business world will give talks and share their experiences with you.

Theoretical concepts may be delivered in a lecture, followed by smaller group seminars. Short, post-lesson ‘fact’ tests will be made available over Moodle, with discussion and interactive sessions encouraging you to critically examine key elements of business and management.

Along with the modules, there will be a dissertation and research project, where you can undertake independent study and research an area of textile management which particularly interests you.

Enhancing employability skills

Students who have graduated from the course have progressed to careers in textile manufacturing and production, textile studio management, textile supply chain management and research.

Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

* The Sutton Trust, 2015.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Students who have graduated from the course have progressed to careers in textile manufacturing and production, textile studio management, textile supply chain management and research.

International Students

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

Programme brochure

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PG Framework in English

PG Framework in Chinese

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

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.

Dr Martyn Brown

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Coordinating Director of Post Graduate Framework Degrees

Dr Martyn Brown has a background in engineering but also spent four years as a professional musician. He has worked in engineering consultancy and events management in the voluntary sector and has carried out marketing consultancy on the West Bank. He holds an MBA from Aston University and a PhD examining the rise in interest in spirituality in the workplace. 

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?

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+44 (0)121 331 6295