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MSc Strategic Fashion Management

College
LCF
Start date
September 2021
Course length
4 years / 5 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
WN31

MSc Strategic Fashion Management combines undergraduate and postgraduate studies, giving many opportunities for students to develop transferable skills which are highly demanded within the fashion industry. Graduates are well placed for careers in management within the competitive global fashion industry as well as other industries.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Integrated Masters award: the course combines undergraduate and postgraduate study and leads to a taught Masters award.
  • Where graduates have gone on to work: graduates have worked within the fashion industry with companies including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Coach, Christian Dior Couture, Victoria Beckham, Ted Baker, Zara, Adidas, and MATCHESFASHION.
  • Chartered Management Institute Accreditation: graduating students may receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership in addition to their degree, recognising the high level of their professional skills.
  • Additional opportunities: students will have the chance to obtain work experience as part of their studies, as well as having the opportunity to obtain an Adobe Certified Associate InDesign qualification as well as exemptions from CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

Location

The course is based at High Holborn. Find out about the local area, including Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Clerkenwell, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

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 Lime Grove 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.

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Chartered Management Institute

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Graduating students may receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership in addition to their degree.

CIMA

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s leading, and largest, professional body in this field. MSc Strategic Fashion Management is accredited by CIMA, providing students with the opportunity to graduate with a dual award: their degree and the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). Achieving the certificate enhances graduate employability and provides a direct entry route to a CIMA professional qualification.

Introducing the MSc Strategic Fashion Management

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.

Retail Futures presented in association with Shaftesbury PLC: Fashion Business School Summit 17

Round Table Discussion, presented in association with Shaftesbury PLC, with some of the industry’s most forward-thinking retail experts who will predict the future of retail.

Drapers Merchandising Roundtable

Drapers invited merchandising specialists from the likes of John Lewis, Gant and Dune to debate the future of merchandising in the multichannel world at a roundtable

Fashion Business Summit 20176

The event includes, talks, workshops and student work.

Latest news from this course

Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF archives and library

Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

Business facilities at JPS and High Holborn

Fashion business facilities

Take a tour of our fashion business facilities at John Prince's Street and High Holborn.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF's social spaces

Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course overview

Introduction 

MSc Strategic Fashion Management provides a systematic study of a range of applied sciences and industry operations in a global context. The 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 can respond effectively to the constantly changing business context; who can rise to challenges and exploit opportunities. Fashion businesses must develop strategic responses to continual global economic change, sustainability agendas and technological developments in order to retain their competitive advantage. All these challenges need competent graduates who can contribute to the success of their businesses. 

MSc Strategic Fashion Management brings a current and innovative dimension to both undergraduate and postgraduate provision. The course is run by the Fashion Management team drawing on the input of subject expertise from tutors across the Fashion Business School. 

If you are interested in a three-year programme, we offer the BSc Fashion Management course. Click here for more details. 

What to expect 

  • The curriculum emphasises financial literacy, data analysis and the application of statistical models to solve problems and make informed decisions. 

  • Students will develop a solid grounding in both theoretical and practical approaches to supply chain, merchandising, financial and people management. Students will learn to respond effectively to the constant changes and challenges in global supply and demand.  

  • Students will have the chance to study a second language at an introductory level for business purposes as well as having the opportunity to gain credit-bearing work experience. 

  • The course culminates in a Masters project, which requires the production of 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 makes full use of relationships with international organisations and Universities.  

Work experience and opportunities 

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. Students 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, as well as enhancing the employability of students by offering valuable experience and contacts within the industry. 

Mode of study 

MSc Strategic Fashion Management runs for 120 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 4 stages over 4 academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks. 

Course units

The units you will study in Year 1, Stage 1, Level 4 are as follows:

  • Introduction to Fashion Management (20 credits)
  • Management and Economics (20 credits)
  • Marketing Management (20 credits)
  • Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
  • Product Management (20 credits)
  • Better Lives (20 credits)

The units you will study in Year 2, Stage 2, Level 5 are as follows:

  • Business Analytics (20 credits)
  • People Management (20 credits)
  • Language & Culture for Business (20 credits)
  • Digital Skills for Fashion Business (20 credits)
  • Industry Experience Project (40 credits)

Year 3, Stage 2

The Diploma in Professional Studies carries 120 credits, and constitutes an independent award. Credits achieved on the Diploma are not part of the final degree award.

The Diploma year is a single unit, undertaken as a form of full time study, with placement activity at its core. For those who take up the option of studying the Diploma, the experience is designed to be an integrated and assessed part of a student’s journey through the course. It allows students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working in the industry, through total involvement in the day-to-day activities of a company. It will build on the knowledge gathered through course work to practically demonstrate the roles and functions, and operations typical of the fashion industry and the student’s chosen specialism.

The units you will study in Year 3, Stage 3, Levels 6 and 7 are as follows:

  • Researching Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Luxury Brand Management (40 credits)
  • Corporate Finance & Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Operations Management (40 credits)

The units you will study in Year 4, Stage 4, Level 7 are as follows:

  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Strategy, Innovation & Disruption (40 credits)
  • MSc: Final Major Project (60 credits)

A 20-credit unit is approximately equivalent to 200 hours of learning time, which includes a mixture of taught time, independent study and assessment.

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that consists of:

  • one induction tutorial (group);
  • tutorials with unit leaders and course leaders as available during open office hours;
  • an appropriate level of confidentiality.

Learning and teaching methods

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

Certain approaches to learning are common to all courses in the Undergraduate framework; these include practical workshops, group and individual projects, peer group presentations, lectures, seminars and tutorials. All courses emphasise active participation and experiential learning, in combination with the development of research, analytical and critical skills.

Projects play a fundamental role in the promotion of your learning and
achievement of course objectives. You are supported during projects by tutors. You will be given opportunities to learn with your peers. Many projects at LCF simulate professional commercial and industrial practice.

Open access facilities are available to all students and provide opportunities to work independently to consolidate skills and extend learning.

Stage 1 learning opportunities are fairly prescribed, save for one option unit, but as you progress through Stages 2, 3 and 4 there is increasing scope for you to interpret and develop learning in individual directions working to your strengths and interests. Guided by a designated tutor, you will select and execute a final major project appropriate to your individual interests and aspirations.

Assessment methods

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

A wide variety of methods are employed including essays, reports, reflections, examinations, team and individual presentations, and a final major project in the form of a dissertation or a practice-based project (e.g. business plan).

Staff

Dr Liang Lu is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and e-Commerce at the Fashion Business School, LCF. She is the Course Leader of the Integrated MSc. Strategic Fashion Management. She is also a Research Member at the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA), where she previously held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Before her post-doc, Liang obtained a fully funded Ph.D. in Economics at UEA (2017), an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick (2013) and a BSc in Business Economics from UEA (2011). Liang researches and publishes on Industrial Organisation, Competition and Consumer Policy and Behavioural and Experimental Economics, with applications to e-commerce, fashion and regulated sectors such as energy and water. Read Liang's full profile here and here.

Liz Gee is Associate Dean of the Fashion Business School. Liz has been teaching financial management and corporate strategy at the London College of Fashion since 2006. As an ACA, Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as a Chartered Manager, is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Liz has extensive fashion industry financial experience as treasurer of Debenhams plc and as a corporate banker with Barclays plc. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Liz is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education and has received two UAL awards for Teaching Excellence. She has also co-authored a textbook of Strategic Fashion Management. Read Liz Gee's full profile here.

Dr Emmanuel Sirimal Silva is the Head of Research Coordination: Fashion Business School and Principal Lecturer in Quantitative Methods. He is the recipient of a BSc (Hons) Economics and Actuarial Science (2011) and MSc. Risk Management (2012) from the University of Southampton, PG Cert Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication (2019) from UAL, and PhD Statistics (2016) from Bournemouth University (BU) in the UK. Emmanuel is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since joining the Fashion Business School as a Lecturer in 2015,  Emmanuel went on to serve as the Course Leader MSc Strategic Fashion Management prior to his current appointment. Emmanuel is responsible for the evolution and enhanced integration of quantitative methods within the curriculum and supervises the quantitative research components of all MSc final major projects. In recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning, Emmanuel was awarded a 2017 UAL Teaching Award. His research interest is in time series analysis and forecasting with singular spectrum analysis. Emmanuel has presented his research at several international conferences and has a portfolio of 50 published journal articles (with several AJG ranked 2*, 3* and 4* publications) with over 900 citations. He is also a co-author of the book "Fusing Big Data, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency".  Read Emmanuel's full profile here.

Dr Stine Hedegaard is a Subject Leader in Sustainable Management at the Fashion Business School, LCF. She has a background in sustainability and consumer insights and for the past 10 years she has focused on the intersection of sustainability, strategy and consumer behaviour. She has substantial experience in the fashion industry, working for brands such as COS and H&M, and from her role as development director at Danish Fashion Institute. She holds a PhD in Organization and Management (Copenhagen Business School), an MSc in Social Psychology (London School of Economics and Political Science) an MSc in Psychology (University of Copenhagen) and a BSc in Psychology (University of Copenhagen).

Hannah Middleton is the Knowledge Exchange Lead for the Fashion Business School and is responsible for building links between LCF and the professional world. Before joining LCF, Hannah worked as a fashion buyer for several well-known high street retailers, such as House of Fraser, Jigsaw, Dorothy Perkins, TK Maxx, JD Sports, Phase Eight. Hannah bought fashion brands but most of her years as a buyer have been spent working with designers and manufacturers, buying own label brands. Hannah is employed at LCF three days a week, the other two days she consults for small to medium sized fashion businesses and sits on the executive board of the charity, Fara. Her research investigates, modern slavery, data analytics and the changing relationship between buyer and merchandiser. Hannah holds a PGCert in Academic Practice (MMU) and BA Hons Modern Languages & International Marketing (UNN).

Dr Affan Hameed joined the Fashion Business School at UAL in 2018 as a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods. He obtained his BBA (distinction) with major in Finance at the Lahore School of Economics (2010), having studied under a four-year scholarship on merit. Thereafter, Affan completed his masters in Finance (distinction) at the Queen’s University Belfast (2011). In 2018 Affan was awarded a PhD. in Finance by the ICMA Center, Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He has interned in several roles such as operational analyst, investment analyst and accounts assistant at large financial institutions (JS Investments, Bank Alfalah, and Holiday Inn) and was also employed in the public sector as a statistical officer in Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). Affan’s research interest lies in corporate governance and corporate finance. After his masters, Affan conducted hands-on lab sessions in Financial Econometrics at Queen’s University Belfast. During his PhD., Affan gained three years of teaching experience in the following modules: Corporate Governance, Financial Engineering, Securities, Options and Derivatives, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Affan also worked in various financial institutions including the Mergers & Acquisition Department at Mercer, London during his PhD. Currently, Affan teaches the areas of Quantitative Methods, Research Methods, Corporate Finance and Risk Management, and Principles of Business.

Dr Max Tookey is a Lecturer in Management (Quantitative Methods) and is the Second Year Tutor at the Fashion Business School. Max’s academic background is in Psychology and Social Science, having studied at the Universities of Bath, Oxford, Cardiff and the University of East Anglia. After working for a period of time an Occupational Psychologist, Max embarked on an career in academia, having held positions at University College Cork (Ireland), the University of Bath, the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of the West of England (UWE), the University of Greenwich and the University of Brighton. He has extensive experience of teaching Research Methods, Organisational Behaviour and Social Psychology, and has supervised numerous projects up to doctoral level. He is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has received various teaching awards, in addition to achieving a recognised qualification in counselling. In 2013 Max completed his PhD at UEA on Psychological Contracts in Academia, and has published in various peer-reviewed journals in the areas of career-related behaviour and ethical behaviour in the workplace. He is interested in developing research on the applicability of these areas to the creative industries and would like to supervise further doctoral projects.

Olga Mitterfelner is an internationally experienced Fashion Marketing professional and lecturer specialising in Luxury Fashion Management, Marketing and Brand Communications. Her multinational mindset is key to understanding this global marketplace, having lived in London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Munich, Tokyo, Zurich, Paris and L.A. She is the author of the textbook “Fashion Marketing and Communication” (2019) which deals with fashion marketing ethics. She graduated from Central St Martins in London (2004) with an MA in the very innovative course “Textile Futures” and holds a dual BA from Regents University in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing. From 2015 to 2017 she was Professor of Fashion Management at Mediadesign Hochschule in Munich, Germany. Prior to her academic career, Olga worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years, including for companies such as Trendstop, Toray Textiles, Hackett, Klaus Steilmann, FTI Consulting and as a design and brand consultant. Olga is also an artist and designer, making one-off pieces and has exhibited her work internationally. She is a member of the British Sociological Association, The Association of Dress Historians and Fellow of the Textile Institute where she is also a member of the Qualifications Committee.

Ayshen Ali is Senior Lecturer Fashion Management and acting course leader for BSc Fashion Management. She is an early graduate of the London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Management course. After which, she went on to work in buying, within companies such as Burberry, Harrods and ASOS. She worked on Selecting ranges for the customers and dealing with many luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren, Missoni, D&G, Paul Smith and Moschino. She has been teaching Fashion Management since 2013, and has taught at UCA and Instituto Marangoni. She completed her PGCE in 2013 and completed her MA Creative Arts Education in 2018 with Distinction, her thesis focused on graduate employability. Ayshen is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. She has a keen interest in student engagement, developing innovative and industry relevant course content, as well as embedding employability skills into curriculum and has published research regarding this.

Heather Delaney is a Product Management Lecturer for the Fashion Business School, working across Bsc & Msc Fashion Management programmes. Heather’s expertise lies within Fashion Buying and Product Development following 15 years in the fashion industry. Heather has worked for the retailers Ralph Lauren, Mothercare and Arcadia during this time. The bulk of Heather’s experience is within the Childrenswear industry. Heather’s research interests lie within circularity, the slow fashion movement and how the global fashion industry can adapt its policies and practices to protect the planet whilst maintaining a profitable business and the changing store environment and how this needs to be adapted to the ever-changing consumer. Heather holds a BA (Hons) Fashion Management degree from London College of Fashion.

Adrian Gauci is Lecturer in Fashion Management with teaching experience specialising in Fashion Marketing, Leadership, HRM and Strategy at leading universities in New York and London. Adrian published articles in the Journal of International Business and Law and was CEO of the American Marketing Association chapter at Hofstra University in New York. Adrian also attended several academic conferences in the US and UK. He is also certified in public speaking by Toastmasters International. He led consultancies at Merrill Lynch Centre and other enterprise software corporations in New York. Adrian run his own consultancy based in London and New York.  Adrian read a dual MBA with distinction in Management and International Business at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business in New York on full international academic scholarship. Adrian was also awarded a Master in Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego State University and University of Malta. He was ranked on the Dean's list on both courses. Adrian was recently awarded a teaching excellence award from LCF for his MBA teachings and a Teaching Fellow Award from the LSE Management Department. Adrian led business development teams in New York and London and also works in industry consultancy projects. His hobby is portraits photography using analogue and having a drama degree is also acted in several motion pictures for international cinema release.

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. Read James Clark's full profile here.

Ronit Zilkha is a British fashion designer. She studied fashion design in London, after which she launched her eponymous collection. Her unique designs, including inspired eveningwear and daywear, have been worn by members of the Royal family, celebrities, stars and fashion editors the world over, showcasing at London Fashion Week for 15 consecutive years. The Ronit Zilkha label achieved international recognition and success, as well as the eighteen independent Ronit Zilkha stores, and concessions in Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and House of Fraser. With 27 years’ experience in the fashion industry Ronit is a Lecturer at the London College of Fashion in the MA Fashion Design Management, Grad Dip Fashion Management, BSc Fashion Management & MSc Strategic Fashion Management and BA Fashion Marketing courses, leading masterclasses, lectures and workshops whilst contributing to curriculum development.

Francesca Bonetti is a Lecturer in Fashion Marketing at undergraduate and postgraduate level at London College of Fashion, and a PhD researcher in marketing, consumer-facing technology and retailing with a focus on the fashion industry at The University of Manchester, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences, School of Materials. She has teaching and research expertise in strategic fashion marketing, fashion marketing communications, digital fashion marketing, tech innovations and international marketing. Francesca has international industry experience in marketing communications and business development in the fashion and apparel sector, through which she developed an extensive knowledge of the international media landscape and internationalisation strategies. Currently consulting for fashion brands and retailers on retailing and wholesaling, communications strategies and the use of consumer-facing technology across retail channels. She was awarded her master’s degree in Marketing with distinction from the University of St Andrews in 2012.

Sally Bain is Placement Year Leader: Diploma in Professional Studies (DiPS). She is widely networked in the fashion industry and an active member of The Chambers retail network group.  She has a wealth of industry experience with a career spanning Journalism (including Editor of Drapers), Retail Analysis (Head of Research and Publications at Verdict / Senior Analyst at Mintel), Retail / Communications consultancy (including with The Chambers group) and Lecturing on Marketing and Retail Futures at a variety of UK universities. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, University of the Arts, and in 2012 was presented with the UAL Award for Teaching Excellence.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include Business Studies, Maths, Economics, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages);
  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit at BTEC National Diploma;
  • IB Diploma 25 points equivalent to 120 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 300 old UCAS tariff points);
  • 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 at least SIX GCSE passes at Grade B or above, or grade 6 or above, including Maths, English and a Science.

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

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. Please check our main English Language Requirements .

Selection criteria

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.

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.

Making your application

Making your application

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 WN31

Campus code:             There is no Campus Code for this course.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2 - if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1.
  • Year 3 - if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2.

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Deferring your place

This course cannot accept deferral requests from Home (UK) or EU offer holders. If you would like to start at a later date, please re-apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. 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 including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

How we assess your application

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the entry requirements and selection criteria listed above. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to attend an interview.  Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview.  When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

Making your application

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

If you choose to apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 WN31

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2 - if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1.
  • Year 3 - if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2.

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Deferring your place

This course allows international offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections. If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview - these will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview. At interview an international academic will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to attend an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend interview, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. 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 including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where an international academic will ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course.


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 UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: 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.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals . However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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Careers and alumni

All of our undergraduate 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:
  • An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.
  • 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

Graduates work in Supply Chain, Merchandising, Financial Management and People Management. They have secured positions with several companies, including Zara, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Coach, Christian Dior Couture, Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, H&M, Arcadia, The Business of Fashion, Ted Baker, and Matchesfashion (to name a few).

Graduates have also secured employment outside the fashion industry with companies like BearingPoint, Amazon, and Nielsen, and have also enrolled in PhD study programmes.