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Luxury Jewellery Management - MA

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.

Studying with us in 2021/22 and 2022/23

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses.  Information about the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year can be found here.  

 

Should the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continue in the 2022/23 academic year or subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

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

Overview

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.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this 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. Where possible, your learning will be supported by 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Links to industry and regular contact with luxury sector professionals.
  • Webinars with international guest speakers offer a unique opportunity for students to meet professionals with longstanding experience in the Luxury Jewellery sector.
  • Supportive staff with many years of industry experience.

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.

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £13,400 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • £14,740 per year

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £16,300 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 months (including Professional Placement - see below*)
  • £17,930 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.

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.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

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.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

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

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Course in Depth

Modules

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

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.

This module will provide you with the elements of business planning as well as the ability to analyse the environment of a business and plan future directions based your findings. Analysis covers topics such as trends, competitors, market and industry influences. Planning-related areas include product and service development, sustainable innovation, finance and marketing. Overall, the module will equip you, as a future manager, with the tools you will need to make strategic and tactical business decisions to provide evidence-based direction to future employers.

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.

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.

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.

Employability

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.

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:

Facilities and Staff

School of Jewellery St Pauls building

Our Facilities

The School of Jewellery is located over three sites in the historic Jewellery Quarter, with many of our postgraduate courses taking place at St Paul’s.

Officially opened in November 2019 by the Lord Mayor, our St Paul’s building is a postgraduate jewellery design and research facility. The building also houses a specialist jewellery library, computer suite and seminar lab, and studio spaces.

Our staff

Kathryn Burns

For over 12 years, Kathryn has led a number of publicly funded projects which primarily aim to help small and medium sized enterprises to improve innovation and economic performance through the strategic use of design, product development and marketing. This has involved working with over 300 companies and using various project models to develop mechanisms for design knowledge transfer, exchange and capture.

Key to the success of this work has been the development of services that are relevant to company needs as well as building the confidence and capacity for change. These have included:

  • websites of design information
  • individual reports tailored to company needs and covering topics such as marketing strategy and planning; competitor analysis; the use of trends for product development; as well as design audit and process
  • workshops to help companies realise strengths and weaknesses and build networks for growth
  • creation and support of collaborative groups of companies providing mutual support to realise economic benefits

Prior to joining the University, Kathryn spent 15 years in industry, primarily in manufacturing companies ranging from SMEs to multinationals, and encompassing roles in software engineering; project management; product management and marketing. She was also a part-time tutor for the MA Information Management programme at Sheffield University.

Kathryn has a BSc and MPhil in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Bradford.

Kathryn is Project Director at Interiors and Lifestyles Futures.

More about Kathryn

Michela Ferraro-Cuda

Course Leader and Lecturer

Michela Ferraro-Cuda has twice been awarded the Bronze Award for Jewellery Design for Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing by The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council.

A graduate of the European Institute for Design in Milan (IED) with over 30 years’ experience in the jewellery sector, she's worked both as a jewellery designer and in management roles in luxury companies, with experiences spanning across Italy, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Bahrain and Indonesia.

She has an MBA from University of Winchester, with a special attention to innovation, sustainability and responsibility in jewellery sector.

As a contributor to L’Orafo Italiano, she writes articles on ethical, responsible and sustainable aspects in the Luxury Jewellery Industry, and has recently written about the status of the art of Precious Metal Additive Manufacturing in the Jewellery industry for Metal AM.

More about Michela