Global Fashion Management MA

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£15,250 (Total)
International fees
£30,250 (Total)

Course overview

Students discussing work in fashion studio

The fast-moving business of fashion is becoming even more dynamic requiring fashion leaders with advanced management skills that are purpose-driven, agile and visionary.

MA Global Fashion Management is a globally focussed postgraduate course allowing you to gain further key competencies, knowledge and skills in fashion management. This course develops future managers capable of managing multinational fashion companies and brands. The programme also increases your capacity to shape the fashion industry by creating maximum value for stakeholders, consumers and brands.

Creative strategic thinking is at the heart of the programme. With a strong balance between theory (academic) and practice (industry), you will engage with a unique blend of global fashion management themes such as contemporary values and systems, creative engagement, data-driven retail, digital transformation, and consumption experience.

You will study at two internationally renowned Schools at the University of Leeds. The School of Design, as the principal school, affords you to draw creative mastery, inspiration, and ideas from various creative resources. Studying at the Business School enhances your strategic thinking and sharpens your business acumen.

MA Global Fashion Management has been developed in consultation with leading fashion retailers. It represents a new direction in amalgamating retail-systems management, business, and design thinking research within global fashion. This programme enables you to gain comprehensive knowledge, skills and critical competencies required for strategic and senior roles in the fashion industry.

Please refer to our deadline information before submitting an application to this course.

MA Global Fashion Management is built upon the three pillars of design, business and research.

You will study the three design-led management specialist modules: Contemporary fashion management, Fashion Sustainability and Society, and Management data analytics. You will also study two business-led modules, cross-cultural consumer psychology and managing global logistics and supply chain. Research in Design and Enterprise will provide you with an array of skills to be more ready for your major project and the industry.

Specialist facilities

The School of Design offers excellent facilities and technical support for developing your creative skills. We have a range of dedicated spaces where students can work independently. We also have a number of practical workshops, studios and specialist facilities: Sculpture Studio; 2D Art Studio; Fashion Design Studio; Knit and Weave Studio; Photography Studio; Digital Print workshop; Laser cutting and 3D Print workshop; Printmaking Workshop; XLab for Immersive Technologies and 3D workshop. We provide access to a team of excellent technicians across the full range of skills who can help you to realise your work to reach its potential.   

The School also provides a range of other support to enhance the student experience and prepare students for the workplace: free dedicated software; a wide range of technical induction programmes; free access to Linked-in-Learning Tutorials; free cameras and video recorder on loan; supporting a Degree Show; external promotion; Visiting Speakers, who are well known figures from industry or other institutions around the world. 

Additons:

  • Free dedicated software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Partnership: Marks & Spencer Archive access

Course details

MA Global Fashion Management is built upon the three pillars of design, business and research.

You will study the three design-led management specialist modules: Contemporary fashion management, Fashion Sustainability and Society, and Management data analysis. You will also study two business-led modules, cross-cultural consumer psychology and managing global logistics and supply chain. Research in Design and Enterprise will provide you with an array of skills to be more ready for your major project and the industry.

The three pillars will help you be more prepared in the future-facing fashion industry and explore its intersections with technology, innovative business models, ethics and sustainability and other global contemporary issues.

The main module of the programme spans semesters one and two. In the first semester, you will explore the fundamental elements of the fashion business by covering the processes of fashion systems, sustainable and ethical approaches, fashion consumers and design thinking in management. The second semester will augment your fashion management underpinning by exploring retail and fashion marketing, data analysis, supply chain and creative research approaches. As you advance, the final semester will allow you to conduct a global fashion management major project, enabling you to showcase the sum total of all you have learnt over your studies.

The Programme Leader for this course is Dr Yuri Siregar.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Contemporary fashion management, values and consumption experience (30 credits)
This module enables students to gain a holistic understanding of the dynamics of the fashion industry while developing retail management and marketing competencies. A broad framework of contemporary issues shaping the fashion sector will be delivered via research-led learning content, innovative teaching methods and real live simulation. Through exploration of key concepts such as internationalisation, retail management and marketing, students will delve into the strategies and approaches employed by fashion companies to create customer-centric experiences, that drive success in the global fashion industry. The module fosters proactive individual and collaborative learning and importantly enhances insights into the global nature of the fashion industry which will prepare students to become strategic and creative managers. 

Fashion Sustainability and Society (15 credits)
This module will study the current management theories and practices within the global fashion and textile industry and examine the implications of sustainability efforts (such as net zero and the circular economy) on the industry, environment and society.  

Cross-Cultural Consumer Psychology (15 credits)
This module aims at familiarising students with (1) the basic psychological concepts underlying consumer behaviour, (2) the concept of globalisation and how it is perceived by consumers around the world, (3) the importance of culture in understanding differences in consumer behavior across countries, and (4) consumer dispositions toward globalisation, in-group/out-group biases, stereotypes toward foreign countries (and their socio-psychological origins). Understanding these concepts is fundamental for the development of global consumer insights and the successful design and implementation of international marketing strategies.

Data Analysis in Management (15 credits)
This module provides students with the opportunity to gain knowledge in methods and techniques of using data analysis. From this module students will learn which data can be used to answer management questions; how to analyse quantitative marketing data; how to make decisions based on this data. This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of quantitative skills and techniques in the marketing management context.

Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to equip students with skills and knowledge to manage planning, transport, sourcing, distribution, logistics and supply chain management in a global context. This module aims to teach students about global supply chain management and the role of international logistics systems. 

Research in Design and Enterprise (30 credits)
This module provides students with an understanding and insight into research processes that can be applied to both design and academic research. It introduces a broad range of advanced research methods, focused on techniques and issues appropriate to academia, design, enterprise, management and marketing. Students will develop essential skills and competencies to enable them to become critical, reflective and creative researchers, able to problem-solve and contextualise research for a range of real-world contexts and applications. 

Global Fashion Management Major Project (60 credits)
The teaching curriculum for this course has the potential to give rise to novel research questions and a wide scope of subjects which will have interest to the wider academic and professional community. The module provides students with the opportunity to independently investigate and produce a major project on a subject area of relevance to their programme of study such as an issue of contemporary academic and/or business interest. Students will utilise their learning from various core and elective modules, in order to design and complete an independent research project on a specific area relating to global fashion management. Through the major project, students will explore and interpret research information through critical review and analysis of literature and primary and/or analysis of secondary research to create a coherent and cogent argument leading to management recommendations.

Learning and teaching

You will gain a breadth of fashion management knowledge along with an expert focus in a specialised field. There will be a significant emphasis on the practical application of specialised knowledge of the fashion industry, and how it operates and interacts with its consumers.

Creative problem solving and design thinking methods are central our teaching in the School of Design.  Your learning will be enhanced by a range of contemporary teaching methods which encourage active learning and are underpinned by inclusive and authentic learning activities, including team working, creative sprints and industry facing scenarios. 

We follow a campus based blended learning approach; you’ll have a range of resources in the virtual learning environment which are accessible at all times, including videos and pre-work to help you prepare. You’ll attend lectures which are carefully designed to invite engagement and participation, seminars enable you to delve deeper into key topics, workshops to learn and practise design making, crit sessions and tutorials to discuss work in progress.  

Your module tutors have dedicated office hours, which means there’s always the opportunity to ask questions.  

Collaboration with staff and your peers is the foundation of our teaching and learning, giving students input into their learning journey. Two of your core modules will be studied with students from other design disciplines, here you will benefit from our community of learners, to contribute their diverse perspectives, and to encounter those of others, with global industry practices in mind.  

These activities provide a rich resource to support further investigation in your private study time.  Private study is important at university and a potentially significant change from the way you have been taught previously. This is space where you can reflect and critique materials from taught session, including further reading, writing, designing and making. You will be guided through this process by your tutors to help you develop your knowledge and research skills. The ability to work independently is key skill to your development as creative professional and thinker. 

You’ll also have the ongoing support of your Academic Personal Tutor. 

On MA Global Fashion Management course you’ll be taught by expert academics, many of which have also industry practise. There is an active visiting lecturer programme, formed on industry and academic experts, including alumni. 

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

In the School of Design you will be assessed through a variety of methods, these include visual 2D and 3D responses, portfolios of text and image, blogs, short videos, presentations as well as more traditional essays, reports and occasionally exams. Some of your assessments will be based upon collaboration with your peers. This collaboration could be in the development of artefacts, proposals and/or various forms of visual and textual communication in response to problem-based issues. 

The nature of assessment will change as you progress through your programme: 

  • Semester 1:  Assessments will focus on your understanding and acquisition of new knowledge, academic, digital and professional skills.  
  • Semester 2:  Assessments will focus more on establishing how well you understand, analyse and apply this new knowledge and these new skills in relation to real-world, local and global settings.    
  • Semester 3: Study will become more self-directed major project often being negotiated and agreed with tutors.  

Throughout the year, it is to be expected that you will find that assessments are progressively more challenging. To support you as you navigate assessment, we provide formative as well as summative assessment. Formative assessment gives staff an opportunity to give you feedback on personal progress, in good time before a summative deadline. Given the range of assessment types in any one level of study, formative assessment and feedback enables you to reflect upon your personal progress and establish which forms of assessment allow you to play to your strengths.  

Authentic assessment means relevant assessment; relevant in terms of contemporary contexts and also relevant to your personal interests and your future aspirations. The authenticity of assessment is an important consideration in how we design assignments and project briefs. This means that we think carefully about the relevance of assessment outcomes; not only in academic terms but also in terms of your chosen career path, skill development needs and the future of work in your chosen discipline. Where appropriate, there will be an element of choice in your assessment. Some projects will allow you to choose the focus and format of your submission.  

Dialogic teaching methods emphasise in-class discussion and support staff / student debate. This approach to teaching and learning enables staff to hear all student voices. In turn, for some modules, this in-class dynamic may facilitate and inform the co-production of assessment tasks. Co-production of assessment tasks means that staff and students work together to devise fair and inclusive assessment; both formative and summative. This allows staff to consider the requirements of a module alongside opportunities to allow students to harness their strengths.   

While remaining considerate of module and programme learning outcomes, where relevant and beneficial, we strive to adopt a flexible approach to assessment design. This flexibility allows us to respond to student voice, maintain an agility that allows us to react to global, social and cultural change and respond swiftly to opportunities to devise projects with our industrial partners. We aim for all assessment to be relevant, meaningful and engaging

The school has an excellent code of practice on assessment which is being updated every year. The principles and processes governing assessment and marking were being implemented in accordance. A balance between theory and practice is central to the assessments. In addition to the focus on the learner as a subject, an orientation toward action as a learning medium, is also essential in order to achieve training that is closer to practice (where theories can be practical). The programme also embraces the international and socio-economic diversity of both student and academic community as part of the assessment design. Assessments are constantly being improved to ensure better inclusive and authentic assessments and student success.

Applying

Entry requirements

You’ll need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification specialising in one the following subjects: fashion, management, business, textiles, social psychology, economics.

This course includes a significant amount of quantitative analytical content, and we will give preference to applicants from these subject areas who have studied modules in a quantitative subject, or have undertaken quantitative research, either as part of their degree course or in the course of their industrial career to date – and who have indicated this in the supporting statement section of their application.

You’ll also be required to respond to the questions in the supporting statement section of the online application form.

Please note that meeting the entry requirements of this course doesn't guarantee an offer of a place.

Applying from China

Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we’re only able to offer places to applicants who have attended selected Chinese institutions. With regret, any applications we receive from applicants awarded a qualification in China from an institution that isn’t on this list will be rejected.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadline:

We operate a staged admissions process for our courses, with selection deadlines throughout the year.

If you do not receive an offer at a particular stage in the process, you will be either notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or that is has been carried forward to be considered at the next stage.

Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying (including an official English translation if necessary)
  • A personal statement in response to the questions asked in the supporting statement section of the application form, which explains why you wish to study this particular course and your future career plans
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language

Next steps

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with the programme manager either by phone, Skype or in person.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures receives very large numbers of high-quality applications and regrets that it cannot make offers to all of its applicants. Some particularly popular schools may have to reject many that hold the necessary academic qualifications.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

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Fees

UK: £15,250 (Total)

International: £30,250 (Total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There are additional costs of study that students need to cover. We estimate that these additional costs could be as described below, but this amount may vary depending on how you decide to respond to university briefs and the range of materials and techniques you decide to adopt.  

Equipment and material costs  

Students also need to cover costs of copying and supplying their own basic materials (eg pens, pencils, notebooks). The programme doesn’t require students to provide other materials to comlete the programme successfully.

Computers and digital equipment  

To ensure you can make the most of your studies at Leeds, you’ll need to make sure your laptop meets the system requirements for your course.  

Some of our courses require the development of work using Adobe Creative and other relevant software. If required by your programme, the School will provide you with a free Adobe CC account when you arrive. We also use a blended learning model where you’ll need to access course materials and video conference using a computer or mobile device (eg laptop, tablet, smartphone). Costs for a laptop will vary depending on the exact specification. You should expect to pay between £800–£2,500.   

If you’re buying a new laptop for your studies, then we recommend that you wait until you’re registered as a student so that you take advantage of discounts given to university students. Delaying purchasing also allows you to find out from your programme leader what you need and what you do not need. Depending on your circumstances you can benefit from a laptop loan or further support from our Financial Assistance Fund.  

You’ll also have access to further digital equipment in our studios and using our loan scheme. But, you may decide to purchase your own equipment which will result in additional optional costs. Examples are: Drawing tablet (£50–£500); Digital camera (£200–£1500); etc.  

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.  

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Flexibility, resilience and transferable skills are desirable attributes for creative industry professionals. In the School of Design, as well as providing you with research led, industry informed subject-specific knowledge, we aim to equip you with the best possible skills for a variety of future careers. Design thinking, combined with excellent research and criticality skills are increasingly valued across a wide range of sectors; therefore, your degree from the University of Leeds opens opportunities across disciplines and multiple industries, as well as in your programme related specialism. 

The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you will have the chance to advance key competencies, knowledge and skills in global fashion management. This will allow you to understand and shape global retail operations by managing multinational fashion organisations, international retail, foreign market entry, and global supply chains and value chains.

On graduating you will be equipped to thrive in either further study or a diverse range of career paths. The knowledge you will have gained will make you especially employable in the fashion industry, including fashion management, fashion marketing, fashion public relations, merchandising and logistics management, management of the product development process, retail or brand management, product sourcing and supply chain management, and e-commerce.

Graduates have gone into careers in a number of different fields. Many continue with their professional practice – our graduates have gone to work for companies such as LVMH Asia, French Connection, Lululemon, Emotech. There are graduates that have gone into academia as a lecturer or PhD researcher.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.