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Fashion Management - MA

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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....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City Centre
  • School School of Fashion and Textiles
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

This course is:

Available with Professional Placement year

Open to International Students

Overview

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.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this 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 Building. 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
  • Network and collaborate with other fashion students, our wider postgraduate community and beyond
  • Enjoy a vast archive of fashion publications dating back to the 1930s

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Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

Essential Requirements
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.

Extra information for EU/International students
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands or its equivalent.
No English certificate is required for applicants from countries that appear on our English exemption list. Please contact the International Office for this list.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £12,075 in 2024/25
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • £13,285 in 2024/25

Award: MA

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £12,075 in 2024/25
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • £13,285 in 2024/25

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £17,710 in 2024/25
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • £19,485 in 2024/25

Award: MA

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £17,710 in 2024/25
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • £19,485 in 2024/25

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Project materials (mandatory)

This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio or collection. You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects; costs will vary depending on the materials selected, but are likely to be in the region of £20 - £50 for the printout and binding of your Major Project.

Specialist equipment (mandatory)

This course requires the purchase of specialist equipment, including a laptop (variable cost).

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

*Professional Placement option

The Professional Placement version of the course is optional and is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability skills which will, through the placement experience, allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market. Furthermore, by completing the Professional Placement, you will be able to develop and enhance your understanding of the professional work environment, relevant to your chosen field of study, and reflect critically on your own professional skills development within the workplace.

You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. You will also benefit from support sessions delivered by Careers+ as well as advice and guidance from your School.

Placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course. All students who do not find a suitable placement or do not pass the competitive selection process will be automatically transferred back to the standard, non-placement version of the course.

Personal statement

You’ll need to submit a personal statement as part of your application for this course. This will need to highlight your passion for postgraduate study – and your chosen course – as well as your personal skills and experience, academic success, and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Not sure what to include? We’re here to help – take a look at our top tips for writing personal statements and download our free postgraduate personal statement guide for further advice and examples from real students.

Course in Depth

Modules

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):

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Your studies will be based at Parkside and Curzon at the City Centre Campus. You will begin your year with modules in Industry Practice and Analysis and Planning for Management 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 Analysis and Planning for Management and continue to enhance your industry skills in the Global Fashion Brand Marketing module. This will also be supported with modules in Fashion Logistics and the Global Apparel Value Chain and Research and 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.


Postgraduate Fashion Finale Raises Money for Charity

Students from MA Fashion Design, MA Fashion Management, MA Fashion Promotion and MA Fashion Styling collaborated to organise an end of year MA Fashion Show for charity.

21 MA Fashion Design students showcased their collections, while MA Fashion Management, MA Fashion Promotion and MA Fashion Styling students took key roles in organising the spectacular event, fuelled by student man power and talent, against the challenge of no event budget.

The fashion show is key in giving students an experience of creative production on a live project which they can take away as a show reel as part of their portfolio. Supporting Cancer Research UK, the show raised £430 for charity.

Employability

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.

International

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.


Sunghee Lee

Graduate stories: Sunghee Lee

South Korea

“Becoming a fashion student at BCU is the best decision I have ever made, because I'm having wonderful and entertaining experience. They have perfect facilities for fashion students such as photo shooting studios, a 3D printer and a well-equipped library, which allow me to be more creative by utilising a variety range of facilities.

"While I was undertaking a short project related to visual merchandising with one of my course mates, I really enjoyed shooting visual images based on fashion trends, coordinating on fashion style and creating new ideas for visual merchandising.”


Facilities & Staff

Parkside article photo

Our Facilities

You'll be based in our School of Fashion and Textiles, within The Parkside Building. The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

Our staff

Barry Batson

MA Fashion Management and MA Luxury Brand Management Course Director

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Barry Batson is the current Programme Director for MA Fashion Management and MA Luxury Brand Management at Birmingham City University. Barry’s previous academic role was with Southampton Solent University as Senior Lecturer for their Fashion Management with Marketing and Fashion Buying courses.

More about Barry