Executive MBA (Fashion)

The Executive MBA (Fashion) has been created for busy international professionals working at a senior level and is designed to help you achieve a leadership role. The first of its kind to focus on fashion, this exclusive programme combines short face-to-face teaching blocks and networking events in London with online distance learning, accessible from wherever you are in the world.

Two study routes are available, an 18-month Fast Track option and a Flexible Learning option, a unit-by-unit approach which allows candidates up to 5 years to complete.

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Executive MBA (Fashion) talk at LVMH Series 3, October 2015

Executive MBA (Fashion) webinar, June 2016.


Executive MBA (Fashion) students discuss their Consultancy Projects

Executive MBA (Fashion) Unit Overview, Human and Financial Resources including a meeting with Superdry

LuxAdvisory’s Concetta Lanciaux with LCF's EMBA students

EMBA students pictured with LuxAdvisory’s Concetta Lanciaux, who gave a presentation at the EMBA networking event

"The Executive MBA (Fashion) is long overdue. A qualification that can help to develop talented visionary people in the fashion industry, and provide them with the requisite management skills to run businesses will be invaluable to those individuals and the industry as a whole."

Jane Shepherdson, Chief Executive of UK clothing brand, Whistles

Funding opportunities

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.


Course Leader

Dr Jonathan Gander

Course Location

Teaching: Wallacespace Covent Garden

Networking events: The Hospital Club

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModePart time
Course LengthFast Track: 18 month part time programme, designed to complement full time employment.
Flexible Learning: unit by unit flexible approach. All units must be completed within 5 years for the full MBA qualification.
Home/EU Fee

£27,000 (Fast Track)

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Fast Track route only)

£3,000 per 20 credit unit (Flexible Learning)

£9,000 per 60 credit unit (Flexible Learning) 

The 60 credit Consultancy Project unit can only be taken after the successful completion of all other units, totalling 120 credits.

Please note that the unit fee will be adjusted to reflect any changes in the annual tuition fee applicable to the year of study.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Fast Track route only). 

International Fee

£27,000 (fast track)

£3,000 per 20 credit unit (Flexible Learning)

£9,000 per 60 credit unit (Flexible Learning) 

The 60 credit Consultancy Project unit can only be taken after the successful completion of all other units, totaling 120 credits.

Please note that the unit fee will be adjusted to reflect any changes in the annual tuition fee applicable to the year of study.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Fast Track route only). 

Term DatesPlease see Content and Structure tab for attendance dates.
Visa information: Please note that students offered a place on this course will NOT be issued with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). The Home Office have previously confirmed that the Short-term study visa route is the appropriate one for a distance learning course for students who need to spend short periods of time in the UK. For more information please check: www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa
Please note that we cannot guarantee that the current immigration rules will remain the same over the period of your study.
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and structure


The Executive MBA (Fashion) is for fashion business executives, directors, managers and growing entrepreneurs. This specialist programme is uniquely focused on the fashion industry, enabling participants to broaden their careers beyond their own specific experiences, developing a greater strategic approach, confidence and understanding that can equip them for more senior roles and greater responsibilities.

This exclusive blended learning programme is delivered by a combination of 3 day face-to-face teaching blocks in London, followed by online seminars, discussions and peer-to-peer learning, taught by some of the most highly respected professionals that the fashion industry and creative academia can offer.

You will be taught by staff with significant fashion business experience and access to the fashion industry through consultancies and research. LCF maintains close relationships with industry leaders, which underpins the EMBA’s focused content, enabling participants to learn from real-life case studies and from industry specialists.

This unique learning experience will provide you with the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills to succeed in the widest variety of fashion enterprises. During the course you will be able to enhance your evaluative, analytical and problem-solving skills by combining your growing theoretical knowledge with the decision-making challenges faced during your work roles.

Modes of learning

Fast track:

  • 18 month part-time programme
  • Designed to complement full-time employment
  • Periods of intensive study
  • Seven units completed in sequence. 

Flexible learning: 

  • Unit-by-unit flexible approach
  • Take one or more units at a time
  • units can be taken in any order (except Consultancy Project)
  • Entry points in October, January, April and July
  • Up to five years to complete full MBA qualification
  • Option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).


This is a blended learning course, which is delivered through a mixture of face to face attendance and online distance learning.

Face to Face teaching

Candidates will be required to attend in person for a maximum six days every three months (three days per unit). Classes will include a mix of tutor and student-led seminars, group and individual presentations, individual and team responses to case studies, and lectures.

Lectures will be supported by guest speakers from fashion and related industries. Case studies will form a further focus for student-led seminar and workshop activity.

Industry visits

Site visits are scheduled for each attendance block, allowing candidates restricted behind the scenes access directly related to the unit of study. Recent site visits have offered candidates the opportunity to visit a working factory at Margaret Howell, and to discuss up to the minute strategies and figures with the HR and Finance Directors in the boardroom at the Superdry Flagship store.

Networking events

Candidates are offered access to exclusive evening industry networking events in the form of panel discussions with high-profile speakers, which are followed by the chance to meet the speakers and academics over drinks and canapés to further discuss points raised during the debate.

Recent events include ‘The Global Menswear Market: Challenges and Opportunities for Growth’ and ‘Global Luxury Consumption: The Future of Exclusivity’, with panel members including Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods; Maurice Mullen, Head of Fashion and Luxury at the London Evening Standard; Eric Musgrave, Drapers Editorial Director; Peter Ruis, CEO at Jigsaw; and Eleanor Robertson, Buying Manager at Selfridges.

Online distance learning

The advanced virtual learning environment offers candidates the opportunity to engage with tutor-led live seminars, discussion forums and chat room facilities. This blend of learning provides an accessible, inspiring and flexible space in which to gain this EMBA degree.

Candidates are expected to engage frequently in self-directed peer communication. The latter will help strengthen the strong networking opportunities afforded by the programme.

International fashion city excursion

The Product Portfolio Management unit encompasses an international fashion city excursion to look at global retailing with particular emphasis on design and retail concepts. In June 2014 the excursion was based on the luxury sector in Paris and included dedicated visits to Dior and Galeries Lafayette.

Course units and attendance dates: 

Product Portfolio Management (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Monday 4 July 2016 - Wednesday 6 July 2016
International Fashion City Excursion: Thursday 7 July 2016 - Saturday 9 July 2016


Consultancy Project (60 credits) (only available after completion of all other units)
Attendance dates: Monday 3 October 2016 - Friday 7 October 2016 

Global Supply Chain and Distribution (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Monday 3 October 2016 - Wednesday 5 October 2016
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 5 October 2016

Socio-cultural, Organisational and Economic Context of Fashion (20 credits)
Attendance dates: Thursday 6 October 2016 - Saturday 8 October 2016
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 5 October 2016

Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)
Attendance dates: Monday 9 January 2017 - Wednesday 11 January 2017
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Consultancy Project (60 credits) (only available after completion of all other units)
Attendance dates presentations: Monday 20 March 2017 - Tuesday 21 March 2017 

Leadership and Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)
Attendance dates: Monday 3 April 2017 - Wednesday 5 April 2017
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Strategic Branding and Marketing Management (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Thursday 6 April 2017 - Saturday 8 April 2017
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Product Portfolio Management (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Monday 3 July 2017 - Wednesday 5 July 2017
International Fashion City Excursion: Thursday 6 July 2017 - Saturday 8 July 2017


The Executive MBA (Fashion) offers an opportunity for you to combine the value of a professional education with practical business experience, and is expected to add value to your career as a senior manager by enhancing your capacity to innovate and create by fostering openness of mind, team spirit and responsible behaviour.

Exposure to wider academic life at the College such as access to lectures and research seminars will enrich your understanding of fashion and the industry.

The course is a specialist management programme providing applicants with a tailored qualification that will be of optimum practical use to you in the workplace. We are confident your learning experience on the course will enable you to accelerate your career progression.


Dr Jonathan Gander is Director of the Executive MBA (Fashion). Jonathan is an experienced academic having held roles at business schools at Westminster University, Kingston University and most recently the University of East Anglia. He has also held visiting professorships at universities in Shanghai and Moscow. His specialism is the creative industries, publishing work on strategy in popular music organizations, alliance management in design consultancies and entrepreneurship in the fashion industry. Read full profile →

Liz Gee studied Psychology at the University of Bristol and then went on to train as a Chartered Accountant with one of the “Big Four” firms, Ernst & Young in London. After qualification she moved straight out to industry, joining Internal Audit at The Burton Group (now Arcadia), fondly known in the industry as the “University of Fashion Retail”. Several years and many different Finance Manager roles later, Debenhams plc de-merged from the Group and Liz went on to be Corporate Treasurer. She then moved to Barclays Bank plc where as a Relationship Director she was responsible for the corporate banking affairs of many retail and wholesale fashion clients including Liberty, Select, Hawes & Curtis and Blue Inc to name just a few. Soon, a few hours as a Visiting Lecturer at London College of Fashion became a full-time role as Liz brought her practical finance experience from all types of companies to life in the classroom. Liz is now leading an Integrated Masters in International Fashion Management, is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is registered as a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute, which is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK.

Matteo Montecchi is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Management. Previously Matteo worked at the Istituto Marangoni, where he held the position of Programme Leader for the Department of Fashion Business, and he has lectured on luxury marketing for the European Business School, Regent’s University London. On being awarded a degree in Business Economics in 2004, he began a career in Marketing and Corporate Communications, and completed an Executive Masters Programme in Marketing and Sales at SDA Bocconi School of Management and ESADE Business School in 2009. In 2012 he obtained a Master in Research (MRes) in Marketing from Birkbeck College, University of London, and maintains a research interest in how digital technologies and emerging social platforms influence the creation, development and management of fashion and luxury brands.

Nathalie Khan teaches fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. She is also a guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, the University of Bologna and The Condé Nast School of Fashion and Design in London. Khan is a leading theorist and writer on contemporary fashion media and the impact of new technology on the traditional catwalk show and fashion photography. Recent publications include ‘The Fashion Show and Liminal Time’ (Vestoj – The Journal of Sartorial Matters: 2014), ‘Fashion as Mythology - Considerations on the legacy of Alexander McQueen’ (Fashion Cultures Revisited, Routledge 2013) ‘Cutting the Fashion Body: Why the fashion image is no longer still, (Fashion Theory, Bloomsbury 2011), as well as ‘Stealing the moment: the non-narrative fashion films of Ruth Hogben and Gareth Pugh’ (Fashion, Film and Consumption, Intellect 2012). Recent curatorial practice includes a project titled I know simply that the sky will last longer than I, with the Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere during the 28th International Festival of Fashion and Photography (Hyeres, 2013). Nathalie is currently co-editing a reader on fashion photography and theory for Bloomsbury. Before pursuing a career in academia Nathalie worked as a brand consultant for Kurt Geiger and as a sales and distribution manager for global brands such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Pollini and Prada. This experience offered her an insight into the way the industry operates and taught her to manage and develop professional relationships on a national, as well as international level. 

Industry experts

Recent guest speakers

Stuart Trevor, Co-founder of AllSaints, discussed starting the label, the experience of growing it and what he learnt about fashion business in the process

Abigail Lerman, HR Director Stella McCartney, held a workshop on recruitment practices and the importance of developing a personal brand

Prof Jonas Hoffman, SKEMA Business School – Oxford University, Author of Independent Luxury, discussed strategic capabilities in times of convergence: the BA2RE approach 

Karmen Koh Allen, Legal Director The Pentland Group, spoke about copyright infringement and protection

Helen Clarke, Divisional Production Director of Margaret Howell spoke about small volume high quality manufacturing in the UK

Ben Clarke & Jacky Broomhead from GS1 UK gave a talk on use of barcodes and data management in fashion supply chains

William Hutchings, Executive Director (Europe) Luxury Goods Retail, of Goldman Sachs explained how Goldman Sachs valued brand equity for investors

Karinna Nobbs from The Business of Fashion lectured on social media strategies and brand storytelling

Professor Dilys Williams, from LCF's Centre for Sustainable Fashion, lectured on luxury brands and sustainability

Sheelagh Mcnamara (Coach) of Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts held a workshop on presentation and using the room

Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos, University College London, lectured on consumer psychology and fashion

Jonathan Chippendale, the CEO/Founder of Holition, showed the students round the office and labs and discussed their innovative retail projects

Andrea Appella, Deputy General Counsel for 21st Century Fox lectured on protecting the brand

Rachel Neath, Product Manager of Edited spoke about data and fashion buying and pricing decisions

Emma Stroud, the Founder of PitchPerfect Club gave a workshop on presentation and communication

Benedetta Zegna, of Zegna, spoke about the company’s culture and strategy

Virginia Norris and Kate Malkin, Head of PR and Head of Marketing Whistles lectured on Fashion and Identity

Wendy Malem, Director Centre for Fashion Enterprise (and Dean of Graduate School) lectured on Strategic Challenges for Emerging Fashion Labels for Production and Sourcing

Entry requirements

Course entry requirements

Applicants are invited to apply who can demonstrate the following:

  • a good honours degree in a related discipline (2:1 or above) or equivalent qualifications


  • a minimum of 3 years relevant industrial experience

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team decides that 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 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one skill.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and it can be taken in more than over 140 countries.

For more details regarding English language requirements, please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Please read the information 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 commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion media or fashion industry
  • an awareness and relevant experience of fashion
  • appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course 

Portfolio and interview advice

All applications will be considered by the course team, and suitable candidates will be invited for interview. You are not guaranteed an interview.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references, one of which should be academic). 

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement is a key opportunity for you to tell us about your suitability for the course.

Key points to consider:

  • Why do you consider the EMBA will support your career development?
  • What experiences of the fashion industry do you have?
  • Demonstrate your commitment and passion for working in the global fashion industry
  • Please attach a copy of your CV.


There is no requirement to submit a portfolio for the Executive MBA (Fashion) course. However, if you wish to include a portfolio or other evidence to support your application please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

Start your application now

Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Apply now for the flexible learning study mode

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Course units

Global Supply Chain and Distribution     20 credits

The unit explores vertical integration, alternative supply chain strategies, their impact on critical paths and delivery to market, as well as alternatives distribution routes, their costs and benefits and the emergence of e-retailing, ethical issues and sustainability. The development of multiple new routes to market such as the emergence of e-retailing has created new levels of complexity in supply chain management that require the simultaneous application of analytical thinking and the delivery of creative solutions. The unit therefore is fundamentally concerned with flow of product covering on the one hand sourcing and on the other delivery of product to customers, enabling you to evaluate business problems and opportunities arising from buying and merchandising activity across the fashion retailing sector.

Socio-cultural, Organisational and Economic Context of Fashion     20 credits

Organisations and brands frequently need to be refreshed and repositioned as the global competitive environment changes around them. This unit aims to analyse the various contexts in which fashion product and services are produced, marketed, distributed and consumed. These contexts influence decisions, strategies and procedures within the business and thus demonstrate the importance of contextual environmental factors on the business itself, as well as explore the definition of fashion as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Considering these as a whole the unit will provide tools and perspectives available to organize analysis, identify strategic challenges and begin designing an organisational response. Even though internationalisation is now considered an unarguable characteristic of the fashion industry, cultural and legal diversities that exist at country level can have significant repercussions on actual performance, whilst advances in technology have the power to cause dramatic shifts affecting the fashion industry at a global level. The unit will engage with these issues through the use of case studies and input from key speakers and you will be encouraged to apply your understanding of these issues to business problems.

Strategic Financial Management     20 credits

This unit introduces candidates to the financial aspects of running a business and how the management of various forms of capital is critical in the formulation of successful strategies. It is important to trace different kinds of decisions from the strategic to the operational by reviewing and being able to interpret financial statements, budgets and the impact that these different decisions may have on the financial bottom line. You will examine how finance and accounting interact and learn how to tackle the main financial problems you may encounter. You will also be able to understand and analyse the accounts of different fashion companies.

Leadership and Strategic Human Resource Management     20 credits

The bigger an organisation gets and the higher up in the organisational hierarchy an executive is positioned the more he/she manages work flow and delivers results via other people's work outputs. Creating teams, motivating individuals and managing outcomes therefore become crucial in determining strategies. This unit will enable you to analyse and apply leading-edge thinking in the practice of HR management in the context of leadership and business ethics, employee resourcing, talent cultivation and development/performance management. The unit focuses on exploring the nature of 'leadership' as a personal attribute and the development of skills that are essential for effective management. Communication, negotiation, presentation skills, team building, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship are some of the areas covered within this unit. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your current skill set, develop a set of personal aims and engage in actively enhancing the skills that support your own chosen aims.

Strategic Branding and Marketing Management     20 credits

This unit critically examines the main principles of brand management within a global fashion context. In conjunction with an understanding of the fundaments of consumer behaviour, you will have the opportunity to view the fields of branding and marketing in a holistic manner, examining them both from a strategic and operational perspective. Broader corporate objectives need to be aligned with market positioning and branding strategies so that they maximise performance by using resources effectively. You will have the opportunity to explore the interdependence and impact of these factors on business performance via the use of case studies, analysis of theoretical frameworks and discussions with industry practitioners.

Product Portfolio Management     20 credits

Fashion products are by nature cyclical and ever-changing, subject to trends and wider socio-economical influences. Yet a fashion company needs to manage the creation of a product line in a strategic way that transcends short-term fluctuations and reflects a conscious longer term direction. In parallel to this, the complex nature of the fashion industry will be explored to re-define ways in which we create and develop fashion using flexible collaborative networks for global markets. This unit explores how 'Product' (be it an entirely new design concept, the development of a whole range or even a service) needs to be created in a manner that is congruent with corporate objectives and values, whilst fashion ranges can be viewed as a portfolio of investments yielding varying returns according to desirability and demand.

Consultancy Project     60 credits

This unit is the capstone of your course. It provides the challenge and opportunity of applying the learning and skills you have gained during the EMBA course to pursue, with tutorial support, a personally directed research project. The research project will be focussed on addressing and solving a problem within a company of your choice. With a tutor to guide the construction of the report and an expert supervisor helping you focus on the theoretical and practical specifics of your enquiry you will explore, accurately diagnose and analyse a problem within a company. You will use available theoretical models, evaluate alternatives and propose effective solutions. In your final submitted project you will need to have demonstrated your competence in evaluating and analysing the complex factors revealed by your project.  Having analysed the issues you will then need to explore a range of solutions, demonstrating a clear understanding of their effects in terms of costs and benefits to the company and its market position. You will finally put forward a proposal articulating fully the rationale of your chosen solution. To accompany your written report you will deliver a presentation to a panel of fashion practitioners and academics.

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