Taught course

Fashion Management

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good honours degree (1st or 2.1) or recognised professional qualification. Applicants who do not hold a first degree but have substantial relevant career experience working within an appropriate area of the fashion industry or in a business related field that evidences learning equivalent to first degree studies will be considered for APEL on a case by case basis. All applicants also require: a Personal Development Portfolio which demonstrates their the potential to meet the requirements of the Masters programme Academic and/or professional references which must be provided in all cases to be computer literate and familiar with the use of internet technologies

Months of entry


Course content

MA Fashion Management delivers an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry. The pathway caters for the increasing demand for highly skilled managers and executives in this sector and is equally suited to applicants from design, technological or business disciplines wishing to enhance their career prospects. The pathway will develop entrepreneurial skills by examining case studies and live situations from industry.

The course in brief
This MA provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of how the fashion world works, by examining the processes, roles and objectives that define this complex industry, and by exploring how creative management is changing it.

Following intensive study of business management - including an industry-based project - and of the contemporary global fashion industry, students pursue research or a special project tailored to their career aspirations. The final major project is a master’s dissertation on an original topic, or a major management project such as a complex business plan. The subject will be proposed by the student, agreed by student and tutor, and developed under tutorial supervision.

The specialist modules cover essential subjects and are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. These subjects include:

  • Ethical and environmental values
  • Design and product development
  • Trend research and international trend prediction
  • Buying and merchandising roles
  • Retail strategy
  • Sourcing and supply chain management
  • Global luxury fashion brands

Who would this course suit?
MA Fashion Management pathway is designed for graduates or experienced professionals from design, technological or business disciplines who wish to enhance their career prospects in the fashion industry.

Graduates from the pathway will enter, or return to, the industry at senior levels or may look to develop innovative individual business opportunities. Career opportunities exist in specific fields including: design and product management, project account management, buying, marketing and retail management, sourcing and supply chain management, and within organisations specialising in the fields of ethical and environmental values, trend prediction and market research. The creative management focus of the pathway is highly relevant for those who may prefer to establish their own fashion related business.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5 Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-18 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444