Taught course

Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

This course will normally admit students with a good UK honours degree or international equivalent in a design or business related discipline. It is designed to allow students with a keen interest in the apparel industry to acquire a postgraduate qualification in a specific fashion business area.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a one-year, industry-led programme, which gives you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of contemporary fashion buying and merchandising from a managerial perspective. Developed in conjunction with industry specialists to inform innovative projects & maintain contemporary content and foster innovative projects.

Throughout the Master’s you will develop professional, managerial and personal abilities, including commercial awareness, negotiating and relationship management skills, alongside developing your visual skills in a business context to enable you to operate successfully within the global industry.

You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of finance, industry developments, profit margins, pricing, sales strategies and turnover and how to confidently convey your ideas through successful communication and contemporary presentation.

Core Units


During this unit you will enable develop an in-depth knowledge of corporate and international business strategy, cultivating high-level skills in the management of internal and external resources. You will look at how to generate creative solutions to issues that organisations face.

Topics you will cover include: organisational structure and behaviour, roles and responsibilities within fashion organisations, business performance, financial reporting and analysis , project management, demand forecasting, manufacture and distribution, conflict and change management, problem solving and team working.


In this unit you will research and develop an original idea, then transform this philosophy into a viable business or design proposition. You will synthesise visual, theoretical, technological, commercial and philosophical concepts to inform and inspire the development of innovative business propositions, fashion artefacts, or other relevant outcomes. This work will be informed by knowledge of contemporary culture, research into relevant consumer behaviours, and the relevant social/ethical implications or be primarily focused on a business led trading issue.


During this unit you will develop an investigative approach to range development. You will critically examine factors that influence fashion sales, trends, costs and ethical implications in a global sourcing environment.

Topics you will cover include: KPIs, Sales data and international trend analysis, design, brand and marketing strategies, trend implications on strategic range planning, product, category and brand management, range proposals and cost analysis, global sourcing and appliciton of sales on merchandising analytics, Ethical processes, systems and CSR policy.


You will investigate new advances in design methodology and consider the complexities of producing sophisticated garments or product ranges. This unit emulates the workplace, so you will work alongside students from different subject areas, to inform the planning and promotion of new products and to explore the implications of the buyers decisions upon the marketer and vice versa.

This unit covers subjects including research methods, design processes, interpreting and communicating design briefs, sizing, anthropometrics and fit, colour trends and theory, textiles innovation and textile performance, quality assurance, garment innovation, manufacturing and specifications and visual communications and presentation methods.

Professional Practice

This unit will focus on developing your personal and professional skills, (through critical reflective writing). You will develop your skills in inter/intra organisational communication, cross cultural communication, team working, team building, motivation, negotiation, influencing, time management, working under pressure, reflective practice, continuing professional development.

This unit also covers advanced level and complex approaches to CVs and job applications, where to look for jobs, how to self-promote, how to find support after graduation and remain proactive.


Central to this unit are industry-related briefs, which will ask you to address global socio-economic issues and multifaceted business challenges.

Topics you will cover include: design research, development and creation of product ranges, consumer and commercial research and international sales projections, ethical and sustainable practice and developing innovative product solutions, supply chain strategies applying lean approaches and cost reduction tactics, strategic sourcing and development of new areas of supply, financial forecasting and budgeting, lead time and critical path analysis with time reduction policies.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Study visits to international trade fairs and fashion capitals offer exciting research opportunities to support course content.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
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