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.
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.
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This course is based at Winchester.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in one of the following subject areas:
- public relations (PR)
- cultural studies
- fashion and textile design
- textile engineering
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
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 all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
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).
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For entry in Academic Year 2023 to 2024
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 2022). Our Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise team 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 thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £26,500.
If you're an international student on a full-time course, we'll ask you to pay £2,000 of you tuition fees in advance, as a deposit.
Your offer letter will tell you when this should be paid and provide full terms and conditions.
Find out about exemptions, refunds and how to pay your deposit on our tuition fees for overseas students page.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK 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.
Winchester School of Art Postgraduate Global Talent Scholarship
Twenty scholarships of £5,000 each are available to international students joining our postgraduate master’s courses at the Winchester School of Art in September 2023.
Find out more about the Winchester School of Art PGT Global Talent Scholarship, including eligibility, deadlines and how to apply.
Southampton Arts and Humanities Deans Global Talent Scholarship
Ten scholarships of £10,000 each are available to international students studying for an undergraduate degree or a postgraduate master’s degree in Arts and Humanities.
Find out more about the Southampton Arts and Humanities Deans Global Talent Scholarship, including eligibility, deadlines and how to apply.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
- Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
- Search for the course you want to apply for.
- Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
- Submit your application.
For further details, read our step by step guide to postgraduate taught applications.
There are different deadlines for this course. Depending on which country you permanently reside in, applications are expected to close:
- Applicants permanently resident in China: Wednesday 29 November 2023 - midday UK time
- Applicants permanently resident in other countries: Wednesday 29 May 2024 - midday UK time
- Applicants permanently resident in the UK: Wednesday 3 July 2024 - midday UK time
We advise applying early as applications may close before the expected deadline if places are filled.
Our admissions process for this course means that we look at batches of applications together. We send offers to applicants on a continuous basis. Due to the high number of applications, we may not be able to make you an offer, even if you meet the course criteria.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
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
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.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We receive a high volume of applications for this course. This means you may not receive a response to your application for up to 12 weeks.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to number of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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