MSc International Fashion Retailing

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements

2.1 UK Honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with academic backgrounds in Marketing, Management, and Arts and Social Science (combinations of English, History, Languages, Politics, Psychology) related disciplines (minor or major) are particularly welcomed.  Other academic backgrounds are also considered, including Fashion Management, Media, Culture and Society and other multi-disciplinary subjects that contain substantial management, marketing or social science content.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply, please see  www.manchester.ac.uk/pgapplication  If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact us.

As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. If we make you an offer, you will have 6 weeks in which to accept. Any offers not accepted within 6 weeks will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate. 

Stage 1: Application received by 15.10.19; decision by 1.12.19

Stage 2: Application received by 15.12.19; decision by 1.2.20

Stage 3: Application received by 15.2.20; decision by 1.4.20

Stage 4: Application received by 15.4.20; decision by 1.6.20

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Please note: All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us.

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies, please submit your latest transcripts with your online application, together with the other supporting documents, including a list of your final year units and your current average expressed as a percentage, verified by your current institution. We will not be able to assess your application without this information.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer by 31st July 2020.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • Specialise in fashion retailing and strengthen your strategic business skills for a career in a substantial, competitive sector.
  • Undertake an extensive research project and deepen your knowledge in an area of your interest.
  • 80% of our research activity was defined as `internationally excellent' or `world leading' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000
    International students (per annum): £24,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Materials
Contact name
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Telephone
0161 306 3981/0161 306 3559
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/materials
School/Faculty

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

2.1 UK Honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with academic backgrounds in Marketing, Management, and Arts and Social Science (combinations of English, History, Languages, Politics, Psychology) related disciplines (minor or major) are particularly welcomed.  Other academic backgrounds are also considered, including Fashion Management, Media, Culture and Society and other multi-disciplinary subjects that contain substantial management, marketing or social science content.

English language

Students will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and students who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as IELTS. In your IELTS examination you will be required to achieve at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in all sub-tests.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Normally students will need a UKVI IELTS to gain entry on to a Pre-sessional English course. If you wish to apply for a Pre-sessional course and you do not have a UKVI IELTS, please contact the Department of Materials.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply, please see  www.manchester.ac.uk/pgapplication  If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact us.

As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. If we make you an offer, you will have 6 weeks in which to accept. Any offers not accepted within 6 weeks will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate. 

Stage 1: Application received by 15.10.19; decision by 1.12.19

Stage 2: Application received by 15.12.19; decision by 1.2.20

Stage 3: Application received by 15.2.20; decision by 1.4.20

Stage 4: Application received by 15.4.20; decision by 1.6.20

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Please note: All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us.

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies, please submit your latest transcripts with your online application, together with the other supporting documents, including a list of your final year units and your current average expressed as a percentage, verified by your current institution. We will not be able to assess your application without this information.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer by 31st July 2020.

Advice to applicants

If you are made an offer, in order to confirm your place you will be required to complete and return an acceptance form along with a deposit payment of £1,000 on or before the deadline date stated in your offer letter.

We ask for the deposit as competition for places is high and there is limited availability.  The deposit amount is then deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

Once we receive your payment, your place on the course will be confirmed.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • You fail to meet the conditions of your offer
  • You are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK
  • Your application for government funding has been unsuccessful

Evidence must be provided before a refund will be processed under any of the circumstances above.

If your offer specifies an English Language condition which you subsequently do not meet, the Admissions Team will require the official certificate of an English Language test taken after the date of the offer as evidence that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions. The English language test certificate provided with your application documents is not accepted as proof that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions as it will pre-date the offer.

If your offer specifies an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require official university documentation as evidence that you have not met the condition from the institution at which you studied.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer for 2020 entry and decide not to accept it, should you subsequently wish to be considered for 2021 entry you would be required to reapply.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The International Fashion Retailing master's course is exciting and innovative and aims to equip the global fashion-retail managers of the future with skills in e-business, technology and international business strategy. The course will teach you how to be adaptive and to have the managerial and specific know-how to innovate and create attractive products for an increasingly competitive global environment. You will become competent in strategic problem-solving and supply-chain management, and develop your self-learning and time-management skills.

You can choose to specialise in one of three pathways:

  • Fashion Consumer
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Multi-Channel Marketing

This master's covers a wide range of industry-relevant themes including contemporary retailing, retail marketing, e-fashion retailing and multi-channel marketing.

This course is suitable for students from most academic backgrounds and equips graduates with the necessary management skills vital for a career in the fast-paced world of international fashion retailing.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science, is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2021 and December 2021. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact pgt-materials@manchester.ac.uk

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered through a mix of lecturing, blended small and small group tutorials.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research projects. These are supported by an e-learning infrastructure that includes on-line feedback, lecture and lab podcasting and close academic supervision.

Find out more by visiting the   postgraduate teaching and learning  page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using:

  • written reports
  • oral presentations
  • examinations
  • dissertation project
.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Contemporary Retailing MATS60251 15 Mandatory
Dissertation (IFR & IFM) MATS65550 90 Mandatory
Research Methods MATS67101 15 Mandatory
International Fashion Retailing MATS67112 15 Mandatory
Constructed Textiles for Fashion MATS67121 15 Mandatory
Fashion Consumer Behaviour MATS67122 15 Mandatory
Strategic Marketing MATS67151 15 Mandatory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The employment prospects for graduates from this programme are excellent. Recent graduates have been employed by IBM, Marks and Spencer, Oasis, Mercedes Benz, Next, Charnos, National Westminster Bank, Shell, Milliken and Harrods.

Accrediting organisations

This programme is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. The University of Manchester has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.