University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

International Fashion Management

The course offers continuing or recent graduates from either creative of fashion business degree programmes an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects, or to move into the fashion sector in roles such as buying, retail management or branding.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in an appropriate subject or equivalent with a 2.2 or above. Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval. Applicants whose 1st language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent. Students will be accepted from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course modules

Term 1: Research methods and project proposal: On this module you will be encouraged to explore how different research methods underpin all kinds of creative practices. As thinkers and practitioners you will work to develop an understanding of the different research approaches you might design and use to enhance and transform your ideas. You will be introduced to a range of practice-led methods which may include: creative and design thinking, user-centered methods, practice-led approaches, cultural analysis, historical/archival research and market-driven data capture and analysis. The module helps to equip you with a tool kit of research skills to guide you in the development a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies. Mechanics of international fashion management: This subject specific module aims to enable you to learn about key concepts within the global fashion industry. You will be encouraged to develop your expertise by examining the concept of fashion, the structure and dynamics of the industry, new product development processes in fashion and the relationship between design and retail in the fashion/textiles industry. Through examination of the industry you will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the management of a range of issues, including design and manufacturing processes and fashion marketing and communications related to the process of developing fashion for the marketplace. You will be encouraged and guided to conduct literature reviews and digital design skills for marketing presentation centered around key issues and identify a particular issue to develop into your final major Master's project. Term 2: creative innovation and entrepreneurship: This module aims to introduce you to key features of innovation and entrepreneurship within the context of the cultural and creative industries. Depending on your future aspirations we will help you to build your knowledge and understanding of different approaches to creative innovation (social, ethical and sustainable aspects), provide guidance on business start-ups, and assist you in your professional skills development (commercial awareness, self-management, problem-solving, team working, communication strategies), including searching for marketing, promotion, consultancy and funding opportunities specific to your subject. The module involves lectures, seminars and practical projects where you will experiment with the tools and techniques of creative innovation. There will be opportunities for group projects and multi-disciplinary working on this module.
Strategic issues In The fashion industry: This module will enable you to further develop your understanding of fashion design, product development, fashion marketing and communications, retailing and consumerism by examining key strategic issues regarding the fashion industry such as trend forecasting, branding promotion, manufacturing networks (supply chains and value chains) and sustainability (environmental and ethical issues). You will be introduced to a range of research studies to assess their impact on the current fashion climate and you will examine the techniques of report writing at Master's level to develop your own research strategy for your final major project. You will work through lectures, workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to develop your assignment for this module - outcomes can be a combination of written reports and practice-based portfolio. Term 3 major project: The major project module builds on your development work in previous modules to culminate in the realisation of your ideas. You will select a 'Major' or 'Minor' weighted approach to your project which will allow you to pursue an 'academic/written' or 'practice/led' focus to your submission. You will revisit your project proposal to develop a final stage framework to help realise your intended outcomes. This could include a group project subject to negotiation with your specialist supervisor.

Assessment methods

A combination of written reports, visual presentations, and the production and critique of professional development, culminating in an exposition of work in the form of theoretical and/or practice based work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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