MSc Strategic Fashion Management

Places available 2017/18

This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at London College of Fashion, visit the Places available page.

A course for those seeking a high-flying career in supply chain, merchandising, financial and people management in the constantly changing and challenging global fashion industry.

This course replaces MSc International Fashion Management.

What is an Integrated Masters?

Integrated Masters courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study allowing you to continue on to a Masters year without having to reapply. You are covered by student finance for the duration of the degree too.

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Graduating students receive a CMI Diploma in addition to their degree.

Introducing the MSc Strategic Fashion Management Integrated Master 2017.

Graduating students from across the Fashion Business School took part in FBS Summit 16, a showcase of student work that included talks, film and products.

Drapers Roundtable discussion recently hosted Senior Lecturer James Clark. Courtesy of Drapers

Students on graduation day.

Read the article on LCF News

For the first time yesterday, 6 students from the Fashion Business School received the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI) London and South East Regional Boards Award.

Girl in a scarf

One Hundred Ways is a scarf business set up by Msc students for their final year project.

Website shot with model wearing gold tattoo

Msc students established temporary tattoo brand Tesora London for their final project


Course Leader

Matteo Montecchi

Course Location

High Holborn

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length4 years / 5 years (with placement year in industry)
Home/EU Fee


Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee


Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Autumn Term Dates25 Sep - 8 Dec 2017
Spring Term Dates8 Jan - 16 Mar 2018
Summer Term Dates16 April - 22 June 2018
Application Route


Application DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
University CodeU65

Content and structure

As an Integrated Masters award, the MSc Strategic Fashion Management is a credit based programme which provides a systematic study of a range of applied sciences and industry operations in a global context. The course will be either four or five years in duration, depending on whether you take the opportunity for an optional placement year in industry or study abroad.  Integrated Masters awards combine undergraduate and postgraduate study and lead to a taught Masters award. In order to be awarded an MSc you must accumulate 480 credits in total with 180 credits at level 7.

This course is designed to respond to the needs of the complex and highly competitive global fashion industry. Fashion businesses of all sizes, from luxury to value operators need graduates who are well placed to respond effectively to the constantly changing business context; who can rise to challenges and exploit opportunities. Fashion businesses must develop a strategic response to continual global economic change, sustainability agendas and technological developments in order to retain their competitive advantage and all need competent graduates who can contribute to their success.

This is the only integrated MSc course in the UK for Strategic Fashion Management, thereby bringing a current and innovative dimension to both undergraduate and postgraduate provision. This course started in 2011 as the successful and innovative MSc International Fashion Management, one of the first integrated Masters courses within UAL. This course is run by the Fashion Management team drawing on the input of subject expertise from tutors across the Fashion Business School.

The curriculum emphasises financial literacy, data analysis and the application of statistical models as a means to solve problems and make informed decisions. You will develop a solid grounding in both theoretical and practical approaches to supply chain, merchandising, financial and people management, whilst appreciating the significance of reacting and responding effectively to the constant changes and challenges in global supply and demand. Key features of the course include an opportunity to study a second language at an introductory level for business purposes and an opportunity to obtain credit-bearing work experience.

Throughout the course you will be guided to apply the underlying theoretical principles of fashion management to the fashion industry. The course provides an approach to learning that encourages you to work autonomously and creatively whilst enabling you to develop confidence in becoming a reflective independent learner, strategic thinker and decision maker.

There are many opportunities to work with, and meet, industry experts throughout the course by networking with our regular industry speakers and participating in industry-led curriculum projects. Many other opportunities may be open to you including being part of London Fashion Week and various field trips and visits.

You may wish to take advantage of the optional placement year between Year Two and Year Three of the course. This placement could be in the UK or overseas and may include a combination of international study and work experience. Successful completion of this year will give you an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Studies.

The course makes full use of London College of Fashion’s relationships with international companies operating in the UK and the University’s links with educational institutions in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, such as Mod Art International In Paris, Amsterdam Fashion Institute In the Netherlands, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York. 

Managing in the ever- changing and global economic and business climate requires a broad range of knowledge and skills to match the expectations of tomorrow’s international fashion industry. The course builds your knowledge and skills and culminates in a Masters project which requires you to produce a body of work through independent study that demonstrates a high level of research, advanced critical and analytical skills, an innovative approach to problem solving and an ability to work in collaboration with the fashion industry. 

The course will enable you to acquire a range of transferable skills which will support your personal, professional and academic development. Throughout the course you are supported in career planning sessions enabling you to make contacts and build relationships within the fashion industry before graduation. You will be exposed to a broad range of career opportunities and so graduates will be readily employable in logistics, supply chain, merchandising, marketing and a variety of other management roles.

The breadth and nature of the disciplines studied demand contact with subject experts with relevant industry experience and the college provides access to a range of learning resources such as the specialist fashion library and EMAP archives at LCF, which are used by both academics and professionals from the fashion industries.

The course is based at High Holborn, adjacent to Lincoln’s Inn Fields and near to our John Prince’s Street site, with the library; the retail and leisure facilities of Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Regent Street,are merely two tube stops along the Central line.

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course Structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Period 1 and Period 2.

Period 1 is of 15 weeks duration from early October to mid-February.

In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

Period 2 starts in mid-February and runs to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter

Year One  -  Stage One  -  level 4  -  120 credits

Period One

Introduction to Fashion Management (20 credits)

The Fashion Business Environment (20 credits)

Fashion Marketing Management (20 credits)

Period Two

Financial and Management Accounting (20 credits)

Fashion Operations and Enterprise Management (40 credits)

Students are eligible for the interim award Cert HE Strategic Fashion Management on completion of 120 credits at level 4.

Year Two  -  Stage Two  -  level 5  -  120 credits

Period One

Fashion Product Management (20 credits)

People Management in Fashion (20 credits)

Language and Culture for Business (20 credits)

Period Two

Fashion Industry in Practice (40 credits)

Digital Skills for Fashion Business (20 credits)

Students are eligible for the interim award Dip HE Strategic Fashion Management on completion of 240 credits (120 at level 4 and 120 at level 5).

Professional Placement Year (optional)

Diploma in Professional Studies (120 credits at HE level 5)

Year Three/Four  -  Stage 3  -  level 6/7 - 120 credits

Period One

Researching Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)

Global Brand Management (40 credits)

Period Two

Corporate Finance and Risk Management (20 credits)

Advanced Product Management (40 credits)

Students are eligible for the interim award BSc (Hons) Strategic Fashion Management on completion of 360 credits (120 at level 4, 120 at level 5 and 60 at level 6, 60 at level 7)

Year Four/Five  -  stage 4  -  Level 7  -  120 credits  

Period One

Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)

Strategy, Innovation and Disruption (40 credits)

Period Two

MSc Final Major Project (60 credits)

Students are eligible for the exit award MSc Strategic Fashion Management on completion of 480 credits (120 credits at level 4, 120 credits at level 5, 60 credits at level 6 and 180 credits at level 7).

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.



Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.

Matteo Montecchi is Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing and Course Leader for the Integrated MSc in Strategic Fashion Management. His expertise is strategic marketing for fashion, lifestyle and luxury products, digital and social media marketing for luxury brands and online retailing. He has extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including MBA and executive courses, both in the context of specialist fashion colleges and business schools. Previously Matteo worked at GCU London/The British School of Fashion where he held the position of Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the MBA Luxury Brand Management. Matteo’s research investigates how digital technologies and emerging social platforms influence the creation, development and management of fashion and luxury brands. His research interests also include legal and regulatory issues associated with the commercialisation of luxury products through various distribution channels in local and international markets (Intellectual Property Rights and competition restrictions in vertical agreements). Matteo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), an Executive Master in Marketing and Sales (SDA Bocconi School of Management and Esade Business School), a Master’s Degree by Research in Marketing (Birkbeck College, University of London) and a PgCert in Academic Practice (University of the Arts London).

Liz Gee is Director of Programme for the fashion management courses at the Fashion Business School . Liz has been teaching financial management and corporate strategy at the London College of Fashion since 2006. Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as a Chartered Manager is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Liz has fashion industry financial experience as Treasurer of Debenhams plc and as a Corporate Banker with Barclays plc. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Liz completed her MA in Academic Practice at UAL in 2014 with a thesis on the pedagogy of enterprise and employability and recently received a UAL award for Teaching Excellence. Liz’s subject-related research interests lie in new funding paradigms for fashion businesses and she is currently writing several chapters of a textbook of Strategic Fashion Management.

Johnny Martin FCA is Entrepreneur in Residence at London College of Fashion. He is professionally, The Numbers Coach – an experienced director who now passionately explains business numbers and jargon to help young businesses find their business model. He is a British Library Business & IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.

Heather Pickard is the Associate Dean of the Fashion Business School. She is registered as a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK. Heather has been involved with the fashion industry for over 30 years, having joined Topshop as a retail management trainee before moving over to head office and moving up the career ladder to the role of Buying and Merchandising Controller. After working for several high street businesses, her career changed direction and she joined the University of the Arts London. Her teaching draws on management experience acquired in industry, and with a MA in Academic Practice, her research interests lie in supply chain and sustainability, student retention, achievement and employability.

James Clark is a Senior Lecturer in buying and merchandising for a number of courses at London College of Fashion. He is the author of Fashion Merchandising: Principles and Practice (Palgrave).James Clark has lectured in buying and merchandising since 2007 and prior to that worked in numerous roles within UK fashion retail businesses such as Debenhams, Viyella and House of Fraser, with his last substantive position being that of Head of Merchandising. He has consulted with a number of brands including Gant and House of Fraser. Since joining UAL, James has taught on the BSc (Hons) Fashion Management, MSc Strategic Fashion Management and BA (Hons) Buying and Merchandising courses. As part of his academic work he has supported undergraduate students throughout their studies and is an established final year dissertation tutor. In addition to these activities, James has worked on behalf of the university in several countries including China, Korea, India, Russia, Dubai and Panama. He has also published his first academic book, Fashion Merchandising: Principles and Practice, to support his teaching and research interests.


Developing your skills

All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at a higher postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable research options within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Many postgraduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their MSc. Over 35% of the first cohort on our predecessor course secured year-long work placements with high profile companies, including House of Fraser, ASOS, Jaeger, and Estée Lauder. This cohort has now graduated and graduates have secured positions with a number of companies, including Zara, H&M, Arcadia, The Business of Fashion, and Ted Baker.

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry requirements

Opportunities for All

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Course Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level Passes at Grade C or Above 120 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 300 old UCAS tariff points) Preferred subjects include Business Studies, Maths, Economics, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages;
  • or BTEC Extended Diploma (business discipline preferred) with DDM;
  • or IB Diploma 25 points equivalent to 120 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 300 old UCAS tariff points);
  • or 120 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 300 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications;
  • And Passes in at least SIX GCSE at Grade B or above including Maths, English and a Science.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page, read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

Student Selection Criteria

What We Look For

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong interest in the different roles of management within the fashion industry
  • An analytical problem solving approach
  • An ability to multi-task

This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

Applicants will be expected to evidence reasons in the application for: why you want to come on the course and what you will bring to the course; an understanding of the different management roles within the fashion industry; an awareness of current affairs; an awareness of fashion and the role it plays in the culture of a society; the ability to work in a team; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a motivation for working in management in the fashion industry.

How to apply

Home EU Applicants

You can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

You will need the University code, the UCAS code for this course, and the deadline date for your application. You will find these on the Facts tab.

Contact us on: 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

International Applicants

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For advice and guidance with your application, please contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information.

International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Deferred Entry

Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

What Happens Next?

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For.

International applicants will undertake a business numeracy test and an interview (in person or by telephone) and the outcome will be communicated to you.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack, sent by email, including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Showing your Work

All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.

Course units

Year One

In the first period of delivery you will study three units:

Introduction to Fashion Management

This unit introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable you to reflect on your own background and on how that shapes the way you approach your course.

The Fashion Business Environment

This unit will provide an introduction to the business environment of the global fashion industry. You will be introduced to a wide range of technological, consumer, legal and ethical factors alongside the opportunity to study in depth fundamental micro and macro-economic concepts. A range of analytical techniques and skills will also be introduced to underpin your later studies.

Fashion Marketing Management

This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore marketing principles and management in a world where customers’ needs and behaviours are constantly evolving, the economy is unpredictable, competitive pressure is a constant factor and technology is continually developing and advancing. You will evaluate the current market position of a specific fashion business and present viable marketing and communication strategies in the form of a marketing plan.

In the second period of delivery you will study a further two units:

Finance & Management Control

This unit serves to introduce you to the financial environment and the operations of financial markets relevant to global fashion businesses. It explores how fashion managers can effectively use different sources of finance. You will learn the basic principles of financial accounts and how the accounts of small businesses are prepared to support your learning on other units. You will also learn to apply this knowledge to the analysis of the financial statements of public companies. You will be introduced to the principles of management accounting and the application of costing, pricing and investment appraisal techniques in making decisions and controlling fashion businesses.

Fashion Operations & Enterprise Management

This unit allows you to apply a range of knowledge and skills previously acquired to fund and trade a start-up small fashion e-commerce business. You will work collaboratively in a team, assuming the functional roles frequently found in small fashion businesses and apply theoretical learning in a real life business scenario. In doing this you will acquire techniques and skills of project management, teamwork, presentation and research to support the successful development of your business. There will be a focus on acquiring operational, entrepreneurship, business and creative skills to formulate your brand proposition and turn your concept into competitive products within the e-commerce arena.

Year Two

In the first period of delivery you will study three units:

Fashion Product Management

This unit will examine the breadth and complexity of fashion production management within a modern global supply chain environment by reviewing the activities and processes involved in the creation of a product range. The unit identifies, via a linear process map the journey from the creation of fibres to the presentation and promotion of products to the consumer and includes the demonstration of theoretical and practical approaches to the subject. The unit will contribute to future units by providing knowledge and understanding of the subject that can be applied within later units.

People Management in Fashion

This unit will introduce you to key theoretical approaches to organisational behaviour, corporate culture and people management. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of approaches to people management practice in the context of the competitive environment in which fashion companies operate. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of managing human resources as a key competence to support sustainable competitive advantage. You will also be given the opportunity to apply this theory to your own career goals and learn how to operate as a fashion industry professional. This practical element will support you in securing an internship opportunity for the following Period.

Language & Culture for Business

This unit will provide you with a broad overview of differences in working practices across global cultures by introducing key concepts that apply to international fashion, business and employment. This will include practical development of your communication skills in a second language appropriate to a fashion business context. The language study will support your preparation for optional internationally recognised language examinations. The opportunity to familiarise yourself with a foreign language has become increasingly important in the context of the global economy. Many jobs will require you to visit different parts of the world, whether it is to attend a conference, supervise production, source materials, or to evaluate potential markets. Even a working knowledge of the essential differences in culture and language and the ability to recognise key words will give you clear advantage in the workplace.

In the second period of delivery you will study a further two units:

Fashion Industry in Practice

This unit gives you the opportunity to put into practice the operational theory and business principles you have covered in your studies to date. In this unit you will operate in the professional environment. You will be supported to pro-actively secure a fashion company with which to undertake a period of work experience. Prior to the start of this work experience period you will negotiate with them an appropriate brief for your project. You will need to ascertain the business needs and objectives of your client in order to provide actionable recommendations. Execution of the project while working in the business will allow you to relate academic theory to practical business operations.

Digital Skills for Fashion Business

Creative digital skills are important to help you communicate your message in a clear and unique way. In this unit you will get the chance to experiment with several types of digital media. You will be able to choose those which suit your communication style. The content of this unit largely comprises of reflection on your personal skills development during this period of practical experience in the fashion industry. You will be supported to develop your presentation skills with a variety of media.

Professional Placement Year (optional)

The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year integrated Master’s degree. It is a requirement of the Diploma award that the 30 weeks professional placement must be completed in full.

The Diploma in Professional Studies aims to:

  • develop an appreciation of the culture and practice of the work place;
  • put course content and study into perspective;
  • develop transferable skills;
  • enhance students' opportunities for career or academic progression.

There is flexibility to combine a placement in industry either in the United Kingdom or overseas (of at least 20 weeks) with a period of studying abroad (of at least 10 weeks). It is recommended that the placement in industry be with one organisation for a minimum of 30 weeks (if you are not undertaking a period of studying abroad) to benefit fully from your placement experience. In exceptional circumstances more than one placement in industry can occur to meet the minimum requirements for the award of the Diploma.

During the placement, your academic studies continue through the compilation of a written report and reflection, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges relating to the professional placement. This not only continues the development of your study skills but also allows the ongoing development of your research, analytical and evaluative skills. Successful completion of the year will give you the additional qualification of a Diploma in Professional Studies.

Year Three/Four

In the first period of delivery you will study two units:

Researching Consumer Behaviour

In order for fashion organisations to achieve their business and marketing objectives, they must understand the buying behaviour of consumers. This unit will introduce you to theoretical concepts of consumer behaviour, investigating how cultural, social, personal and psychological factors affect buyer behaviour. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical research skills by conducting a research project exploring an aspect of consumer behaviour. Specifically you will learn how to interrogate secondary sources, how to select and design a range of primary research methods, and how to analyse research findings to unearth consumer insights for managerial implications. This unit will support the development of your practical skills of research which gain increasing importance as you progress through your degree.

Global Brand Management

With the increasing globalisation of fashion brands, a knowledge and understanding of international market structures, including entry, distribution and development strategies is essential for fashion managers. This unit will enhance your analytical and planning abilities in developing appropriate brand management strategies. This unit aims to explore traditional and contemporary models and theories in corporate strategy and strategic brand management and apply these in the context of the global fashion industry. In a constantly changing business environment, market conditions, business structures and culture are important considerations. This unit is focussed particularly on the luxury fashion industry.

In the second period of delivery you will study a further two units:

Corporate Finance & Risk Management

This unit provides the opportunity to gain a sound theoretical and practical appreciation of risk management concepts from a global business perspective. You will gain in depth knowledge of the management challenges of risk evaluation and mitigation in the global fashion industry. This unit will take a traditional perspective giving you an understanding of corporate finance risk management but you will also consider wider definitions of risk from environmental disaster and its impact on supply chains to reputational risks of brand damage.

Advanced Product Management

Building on Fashion Product Management in Stage 2, this unit will require you to use your business skills and knowledge to respond to a challenging operational brief set in the global fashion industry. The unit will provide you with the necessary professional tools of project management, analysis, problem solving, negotiation and decision making. The challenge will encourage you to use these tools to provide innovative and creative solutions to business scenarios based on limited and dynamic information. An important philosophy underpinning the unit is the need for you to make a significant individual contribution to an overall team effort which reflects the operations of many global fashion businesses.

Year Four/Five

In the first period of delivery you will study two units:

Advanced Research Methods

This unit is designed to support the design of the research proposal for your MSc Final Major Project. This unit develops advanced research skills and enhances your skills of quantitative and qualitative analysis acquired in prior units. In order to achieve individual and original results by the end of the course, your studies must be underpinned by sound research methodologies. You will be expected to consult a wide range of specialist resources. From initial ideas discussed at preliminary workshops, you are able to review and revise your focus in line with developing interests synthesised from your work within the specialist units of your MSc course. A staged process of development and review culminates in the presentation of a research proposal for assessment.

Strategy, Innovation & Disruption

This unit looks at contemporary issues of innovation and disruption affecting the global fashion industry. It will provide you with an opportunity to study in detail current issues which may inform areas of further investigation of relevance to the writing of your MSc Final Major Project. This unit aims to develop your understanding of change within the fashion industry from a global perspective and the resulting business models and areas of focus emerging in response to changing socio-economic trends, innovative technologies and disruptive economic and management priorities.

In the second period of delivery you will focus wholly on one unit:

MSc Final Major Project

The MSc Final Major Project is an important piece of work central to achieving the course aims, which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and application of strategic management in the global fashion industry. The project will afford you the opportunity to undertake a rigorous piece of work that will synthesise practical and academic issues addressed during the course and which are important considerations for global fashion managers. The development of the major project is supported by the Advanced Research Methods unit and the other specialist units you have studied. Project topics are expected to be wide-ranging and concerned with issues that focus on strategic and operational management implications for international fashion businesses. For those students who wish to collaborate with a specific organisation, a project can be negotiated that has practical outcomes for the organisation whilst meeting the requirements for the MSc.

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