As an Integrated Masters award, the MSc Strategic Fashion Management is a credit based undergraduate course with integrated postgraduate progression 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.
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 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
Introduction to Fashion Management (20 credits)
The Fashion Business Environment (20 credits)
Fashion Marketing Management (20 credits)
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
Fashion Product Management (20 credits)
People Management in Fashion (20 credits)
Language and Culture for Business (20 credits)
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
Researching Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
Luxury Brand Management (40 credits)
Corporate Finance and Risk Management (20 credits)
Advanced Operations 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
Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
Strategy, Innovation and Disruption (40 credits)
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).
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 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.