Luxury Jewellery Management - MA

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Course cost: £14,200 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2019 entry (view all fees)
  • Location: City Centre

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The global luxury sector continues to grow, with increasing profits for both well established and new brands.

The MA Luxury Jewellery Management course addresses the specific challenges and opportunities of the luxury jewellery industry and is the perfect choice for you if you see your future career with premium, high-end and luxury jewellery brands.

What's covered in the course?

You will learn global business strategy and leadership supported by ethical, responsible and sustainable practices. In developing skills to adopt appropriate codes of conduct to improve global operations, you will learn how to promote intercultural communication to enhance business culture and preserve cultural heritage in the luxury jewellery industry. These emerging and significantly important skills are key for managers of luxury jewellery business all over the world.

You will investigate the DNA of brands; designing and creating marketing plans and effective campaigns, with regard to the multicultural aspects of the audience. You will integrate innovations of new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, to embrace the change, meanwhile preserving and enhancing the artisanship’s heritage of the luxury jewellery industry.

The course is global in its outlook and reflects business systems, standards and practices from around the world, drawing upon international case studies and fostering intercultural fluency amongst students. These aims will develop your confidence and ambitions to explore a breadth of careers within a global luxury jewellery industry with the support of: an international field-trip, factory visits, exhibitions visits, guest speakers, live projects and simulated practice requiring actual problem solving.

MA Luxury Jewellery Management is based on the philosophy that management education should provide a thorough grounding in the disciplines related to the functional aspects of management, and the interaction with contextual forces that impact on organisations. This knowledge and understanding is then further contextualised to provide integrative strategic themes. The impact of globalisation on business in all disciplines is a coherent theme throughout the course.

Drawing on the strengths and expertise across Birmingham City University, this course includes modules from School of Jewellery, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM) and the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS)

Why Choose Us?

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

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Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 24 November. Register your interest and we'll send an email update nearer the time. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is open to International students

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If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Michela Ferraro-Cuda.

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Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

Essential Requirements
Essential

An honours degree from a UK University (minimum 2:2)

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

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)

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 (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.

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2019 FT 1 year £14,200 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2019 FT 1 year £14,800 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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Additional costs

The additional costs listed at the bottom of the page are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

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 can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?

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Modules

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

Research and Professional Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to research skills and methods to allow you to craft your own research proposal, which will support and inform your major project module. You will choose your own area of interest relating to your specialism for research.

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Industry Practice and Context
20 credits

This module will introduce you to your specialist field, focusing on the key skills, issues and debates surrounding the creative industries and in your specialist field. Marketing and management theory will be put into the context of your specialism and relate to your growing awareness of the global nature of the creative industries.

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Leadership Development - ADM
20 credits

Leadership permeates across all organisations and levels of society and this module provides focus on how leadership is relevant across the creative sector including arts, design and media. Developing effective and responsible leaders in the creative sector helps to promote and enhance creativity at both the individual and sectoral level, benefiting creative industries overall. This organic module examines contemporary issues relative to the leadership and management within the creative sector. 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 and delivered specifically for ADM students only.

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Global Strategy Development
20 credits

Global Strategy Development module offers an introduction to strategy concepts and practice while exploring how to develop strategies for large corporations and small or medium sized businesses.

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Project Management - ADM
20 credits

Successful Project Management within the creative sector (e.g. arts, media, design, broadcasting, luxury goods, building design, etc.) is essential to take ideas from beginning to fruition, assisting with the operationalising of new innovation and smooth delivery of essential tasks. The project management module explores issues within the creative sector. It aims to present a research informed approach to enable the management of resources and decision-making in areas such as defining, planning, costing and reviewing large scale projects and will be delivered specifically for ADM students only.

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Luxury Jewellery and Ethical Branding
20 credits

This module introduces principles of responsible management related to the ethical concerns around the luxury jewellery industry. The module explores and critically examines the cultural, social, economic, technological, environmental, moral and ethical aspects of luxury jewellery brands in a worldwide scenario.

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Major Project (Masters)
60 credits

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed research project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. It is important that we can support you appropriately, so you will be guided towards choosing a research topic which is relevant to your discipline and in which your lecturers have expertise. The outcome may take the form of a written dissertation or a practical outcome with accompanying reflective, critical and contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be relevant to your programme and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

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Further study

The course also enables students to progress onto higher degree research, such as a PhD.

Enhancing Employability Skills

Studies concentrate on the business of luxury jewellery and employability and key transferable skills are embedded within the programme ethos to maximise your capabilities and understanding of potential career opportunities.

You will practice working in groups to complete projects to build current knowledge of luxury jewellery. The importance of positive contribution to a team and close working relationships with colleagues is a key feature. The programme 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.

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.

Graduate jobs

Graduates can go on to work in roles such as: 

  • Brand Manager
  • Content Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fashion/Luxury Industry Consulting
  • Luxury Lifestyle Journalist
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • Luxury 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:

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

Parkside and Curzon Buildings

Our Facilities

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

You’ll be based in the multi-million pound Parkside building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. We offer facilities which will accurately reflect the work environment you will enter after graduating. These include Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and a computer-generated Virtual Building Site, creating real life scenarios for you to work on.

You’ll also benefit from:

  • Design studios
  • Computer and project laboratories
  • Social learning space
  • Café
  • Meeting point

Our staff

Our staff are experts in their field and support students on their journey through their chosen course into professional life.