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Executive MBA (Fashion)

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London College of Fashion

Executive MBA (Fashion) is designed for global management and entrepreneurial professionals who wish to develop their business leadership skills.

The Executive MBA has been created for fashion business executives, managers and entrepreneurs. As a specialist programme uniquely focused on the fashion industry, it facilitates the broadening of careers and businesses beyond existing experiences, develops a greater strategic approach and confidence that can support greater responsibilities, roles and business opportunities.

Applications closed 2021/22

Recruitment has been suspended for 2021/22. Please contact the College for details on other courses that may be of interest.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Flexible teaching: combines short face-to-face teaching blocks in London with accessible, online distance learning.
  • Knowledge exchange: the course blends academic research and industry knowledge exchange within its reaching.
  • Career opportunities: this programme will add innovative and creative value to senior managerial careers.
  • Industry links: students have the opportunity to negotiate a business research-led consultancy project.
  • Leadership coaching: the course offers 18-month long leadership coaching activities alongside academic learning.


Teaching: Various LCF sites

Want to know more?

Contact Denisa Niculescu


This course is based at Mare Street in Hackney. Find out about the local area, including London Fields, Bethnal Green and Hackney Central, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

LCF's move

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Some students studying this course from September 2021 may start their studies in Mare Street and transfer to LCF’s new site in East London to complete them. Please see LCF’s move to the Olympic Park for more information about the College’s relocation.


Chartered Management Assessment Centre

The CMI is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK. For managers who want to sharpen their professional edge and enhance their effectiveness your EMBA (Fashion) provides the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager, the highest status that can be achieved in leadership and management. As a CMI Approved Centre the Fashion Business School supports students and endorses applications on the Exemption Route to Chartered Manager. Furthermore, as the course is accredited by the CMI you have the opportunity to graduate with the additional qualification, CMI level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

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    , Audience join in with EMBA students' final project presentations, photography by Adam Razvi
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    , EMBA students explore the stands at Fashion Means Business, photography by Adam Razvi
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    , EMBA student presenting their final project at Fashion Means Business, photography by Adam Razvi

Students on the Executive MBA (Fashion) at LCF discuss their experience of the course

EMBA Careers Speed Networking Event

Executive MBA (Fashion) students discuss their Consultancy Projects

Latest news from this course

  • Saying goodbye to the Executive MBA (Fashion)
    Course leader James Clark joins in EMBA presentation discussions at Fashion Means Business, photography by Adam Razvi

    Saying goodbye to the Executive MBA (Fashion)

    James Clark, Course Leader Executive MBA (Fashion), gives us an insight into the past 8 years of the EMBA at LCF and how the course is to reinvent itself for 2022.

  • LCF Executive MBA (Fashion) Networking Evening
    EMBA Networking Event

    LCF Executive MBA (Fashion) Networking Evening

    On Wednesday 2 October, the Executive MBA network held a event at John Princes Street as a cause for celebration to appreciate our personal and working relationships. The evening consisted of activities, presentations and networking with Matthew

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Course overview

You will be taught by staff with significant 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, projects 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 leadership, evaluative, analytical and problem-solving skills, by combining your growing theoretical knowledge with the decision-making challenges faced during your work roles.

To complement your postgraduate studies at LCF, the course also provides continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities through its “Leadership Portfolio” of career coaching resources. Six online coaching activities, delivered in tandem with the six specialism units, have been designed to support your progress toward senior leadership positions. At the end of the course these CPD activities will be further supported by a two-day career coaching workshop, to complete your learning journey with us here at LCF.

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Course units

The Global Strategy unit provides the opportunity to understand the principles of strategic management and apply these principles within the twin contexts of a global competitive environment and the innovative forces that are re-defining the fashion organisation. In considering these the unit will provide tools and perspectives available to organise analysis, identify strategic challenges, and design an organisational response. These issues will be explored through a global lens, where diversities within cultural, legal and operational still exist, and where technology could disrupt existing organisational convention. The unit will engage with these issues using case studies, input from key speakers, and from your own business perspectives.

The Strategic Financial Management 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.

The Product Portfolio Management unit reflects that fashion products are by nature cyclical, 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 is explored to re-define ways in which we create and develop fashion using flexible collaborative networks for global markets. The 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.

The Strategic Branding & Marketing Management 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.

The Innovative Business Management unit reviews how businesses innovate in the management of the paradoxical relationship between wealth creation and the wider societal context. Within a complex global economy, issues of ownership, control and accountability provide the context for corporate governance. This vital element of business organisation aligns interests of various stakeholders, such as shareholders, management, employees and external partners, to ensure that interests are expressed, aligned and reconciled. These stakeholder relationships are more than an economic exchange. They must also consider social and political interests in people management, legal frameworks and environmental sustainability.

The Global Supply Chain & Distribution unit explores vertical integration, alternative supply chain strategies, their impact on critical paths and delivery to market. You will consider alternative 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 is concerned with flow of product covering both sourcing and delivery of product to customers, enabling you to evaluate business problems and opportunities arising from buying and merchandising activity across the fashion retailing sector.

The Consultancy Project is a significant piece of work that allows you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the course. The project will require you to undertake a rigorous synthesising of practical research activity supported by an academic context. The project focus will reflect a strategic management intervention to current business opportunity and provide realistic implementation recommendations. You may reflect any of the subject areas covered over the course and choose to apply the project to a specific organisation, including your own company or a start-up business. The final submission will need to demonstrate a systematic understanding of contemporary academic thinking and professional problem-solving in the management spectrum, with an advanced level of application of both practical skills and theory.

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

The Executive MBA (Fashion) course combines intensive face-to-face blocks in London with online learning, which gives you the flexibility to schedule your study time around work and other commitments and join in from wherever you happen to be. You will engage in individual and collaborative projects, supported by your tutor and fellow students around the world. The face-to-face sessions will take place online. The networking events take place online. Online learning will include tutorials, simulations and discussions around case studies and selected readings. These can be accessed from the Executive MBA (Fashion) Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE), accessible from your computer browser.

Methods include:

  • Briefings, tutorials, and feedback
  • Face to Face teaching
  • Online learning
  • Two day Leadership skills course
  • Presentations
  • Presentation skills workshop
  • Industry panel discussion
  • Networking events
  • Industry engagement activities

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

This course uses a range of formative and summative assessment methods to enable you to reflect upon your progress and improve your work.

Formative assessments are designed to give you feedback and offer opportunities for reflection within a unit. These may be tutor or peer-led or require you to engage in critical self-reflection. Formative assessments do not count towards your unit grade.

Summative assessments come at the end of a unit or period of study. Summative assessments can be holistic or use elements of assessment. Holistic assessment produces one grade for all the assessment requirements based upon the assessment criteria. Element assessment assigns percentage weightings to individual parts of the assessment requirements and these grades are then calculated to attain the overall grade for the unit.

The types of output that are assessed will also vary and may include practical and written work, case studies, reports, presentations and role-plays.

You will be encouraged to be actively engaged in the assessment process through tutorials and learning journals where you record and reflect upon your own progress.

The award of Executive MBA (Fashion) is based on the successful completion of all units. Credit is awarded when a student passes each unit and the final awarded grade will be determined by the grade awarded for the Consultancy Project.

Methods include:

  • Case study analysis
  • Online discussions
  • Business reports
  • Presentations
  • Business research analysis
  • Consultancy project
  • Leadership skills activities


James Clark is course leader for both Executive MBA and MSc Fashion Analytics and Forecasting. He 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. Read James Clark's full profile here.

Denisa Niculescu is the Executive MBA (Fashion) and LCF MBA Coordinator for the Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion. She has extensive experience in events and project management and has provided support for a wide range of businesses, from politics and corporate governance to arts and education. Denisa has a BA (hons) in Economical European Studies. Denisa is the first point of contact for Executive MBA candidates, alumni, and potential candidates. She is passionate about providing a rich and bespoke experience to the Executive MBA candidates, ensuring the development of their personal, managerial and leadership skills. Read Denisa Niculescu's full profile here.

Sue Dean brings strong industry experience, coupled with a wide global perspective. Sue progressed from graduate trainee at Miss Selfridge to senior buying and merchandising positions in UK fashion multiples. Since 1990 she has combined consulting to retailers, manufacturers and investors globally, with lecturing at London College of Fashion. UK clients include Marks & Spencer, Arcadia, Debenhams and New Look. International clients include Illum, Copenhagen; Kaubamaja, Estonia; Landmark Group, Dubai; UNIDO, Bangladesh; Commonwealth Secretariat, Sri Lanka and the EU in Turkey. In 2007 she launched Lime Tree Gallery, now an internationally respected art gallery.

Adrian Guaci has teaching experience in leadership, human resources and business strategy at leading universities. In addition to his contribution to the EMBA at LCF, Adrian lectures management studies at LSE, SOAS and Birbeck College of London. Adrian read a dual MBA in Management and International Business at the Frank G. Zarb School of Buisness in New York, and holds a Masters, Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego State University and University of Malta. Adrian has led business development teams in New York and London and works in industry consultancy projects.

Dr Shuyu Lin’s expertise lies in value creation and appropriation in the fashion ecosystem. Her research aims to extend the application of network-based strategic management and social capital theories to the discipline of aesthetic innovation. Exploring both structural and relational mechanism in open innovation has been at the centre of her research interest. Following a BA in Journalism, Shuyu pursued her career in the fashion industry as a PR consultant and fashion editor. She then received the degree of MSc in Management with Marketing and PhD in Management from the University of Bath.

Jo Beardsworth's experience and insight in the fashion business spans over 29 years, with roles in senior management and working as an entrepreneur. During this time, she has successfully launched and developed many brands. Over the last four years Jo has focused on personal performance development, to help people grow and manage change. Specialising in leadership, team building, communication, confidence, stress management and motivation. Her style is positive, innovative and commercial. Jo has lectured in business since 2016, creating and delivering modules in leadership, entrepreneurship, personal branding and promotion, strategic management and marketing. Read Jo Beardsworth's full profile here.

Tina Lilienthal is a multi-award winning designer and since founding her own label over 13 year ago has collaborated with major international brands such as Paul Smith, The British Museum, The Museum of Arts & Design NY, Anthropologie and Nordstrom x Nike. Tina has received the Inspirational Speaker Award in the LCF Industry Partner Awards and was twice named Trendsetter in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 Awards. Her expertise ranges from design, product development, manufacturing, sales, marketing and brand strategy. Read Tina Lilienthal's full profile here.

Julie Dennison is an experienced Senior Lecturer and academic, having extensive experience of teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level since joining UAL in 2007. prior to her teaching career, Julie worked for over a decade as a Senior Fashion Buyer, specialising in fast fashion and CMT operations for major UK High Street brands such as River Island and Dorothy Perkins. Her research and recent publications have focused on consumer behaviour in digital environments. She holds a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Fashion, a Masters in Strategic Fashion Marketing, a PG Cert in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the HEA.

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree in a related discipline (2:1 or above) or equivalent qualifications.
  • AND a minimum of 3 years relevant industrial experience.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that 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

Each application will be considered on its own merit, but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements .

Selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and welcomes applications from mature students.

The course seeks to recruit candidates 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.



Making your application

Applications closed 2021/22

Recruitment has been suspended for 2021/22.

Application deadline


When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications closed 2021/22

Recruitment has been suspended for 2021/22.

Application deadline


When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

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Careers and alumni

All our postgraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

  • Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
  • Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
  • Access to a graduate careers service
  • Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
  • Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Career paths

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.

Graduates have gone on to work for brands such as Triumph International, John Lewis, Rami Kadi Maison de Couture and set up their own businesses, including Lydia Schoonderbeek, Founder of Source Beauty, Middle East.