About this course
Our MA Fashion Management degree will give you a rare understanding of fashion theory and evolution. You'll Learn to manage global relationships between fashion and political, social, ethical, and business contexts.
Applications for 2020 entry to this course are now closed. We have a range of other related postgraduate courses that you may want to consider.
This course is ideal if you’re from a creative, design, business or management background and want to specialise in fashion at management level.
You'll learn how society constructs meaning from fashion and what drives fashion consumption. Through studying aspects of sociology and anthropology as well as fashion, business, art and design.
We focus on sustainability and ethics throughout this UK master’s in fashion management. You’ll take part in debates on these topics and learn from an annual fashion sustainability forum. Academics who have worked with the United Nations will provide global insight.
Industry links and input will enhance your learning and career prospects through guest lectures, and internship opportunities. You’ll develop and practice industry specific skills such as:
- live project briefs and business plans
- digital tools in fashion
- trend forecasting
- retail reports and price positioning maps
- marketing and brand communications
- recognising commercial opportunity
The ability to match your learning to your career goals will give you a competitive advantage as a graduate.
International students will also be able to access free English Language sessions, as part of the University’s mission to enhance academic student support.
Your course will be led by Paul Mackie who has over 16-years experience in buying & merchandising. Paul has bought and managed product categories with annual turnovers in excess of £100 million, and has introduced international fashion brands into leading department stores. Paul also developed own brand collections in Menswear, directly working with suppliers and manufactures in China, mainland Europe and the UK.
This course is based at Winchester.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:2 degree or equivalent qualification in one of the following subject areas:
- art, events, or fashion hospitality
- supply chain management
- tourism management
- public relations (PR)
- cultural studies
- art or fashion design
- graphic art
- fashion and textile design
- textile engineering
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This is a 1 year full time course, running from October to the following October. You’ll study taught modules in semester 1 and 2.
In semester three 3 you’ll undertake independent study for your final project (dissertation).
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through critical debates and detailed analysis of fashion business management case studies, along with advanced strategic management theory.
As well as lectures you'll take part in a variety of learning activities, including:
- role play
- writing job applications
- storyboard creation
- boardroom preparation
- collaborative projects
- example visual displays
You'll be assessed through:
- idea logs
- reflective papers
As part of this fashion management course, you’ll need to make a project plan and conduct detailed research to create a 10,000-word final project. The focus of the project is a contemporary fashion issue of your choice, linked to your career aims.
The modules in semester 1 and 2 will give you with the skills to complete this. You’ll also be allocated a supervisor who will provide you with support and guidance.
You’ll have one-to-one tutorials with your personal academic tutor, who can advise on any questions relating to your studies. You’ll also be able to access a wide range of University learning and welfare services.
If you’re an international student, weekly English for Academic Purposes workshops will help you to advance your language skills and understand the requirements of academic study in the UK. One-to-one English language tutorials are also available.
This master’s will prepare you to join the fashion industry at management level, or to start your own entrepreneurial venture.
You could go into a career as a:
- fashion buyer or merchandiser
- fashion sourcing or brand manager
- supply chain, retail, or public relations manager
- marketing consultant
- fashion product developer
Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:
- Arcadia Group
- BestSeller Group
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,809.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000