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Develop business and creative skills for success in the world of fashion
BSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising
Develop business and creative skills for success in the world of fashion

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BSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Fashion buying requires a strong commercial and analytical foundation.

The course covers the role of the fashion buyer in multi-functional teams within businesses. For example, the ways in which buyers interact with marketers to understand consumer demand, and with merchandisers to facilitate the flow of stock in the most profitable way. This course also considers the changing nature of the supply chain, in terms of the speed to market and continual buying cycles, including fast fashion and seasonal buying strategies.

The strong textile science and garment technology underpinning of this course offers students a unique understanding of the technical performance and construction of garments. The course also provides an emphasis on numerical and data analysis and the skills and knowledge essential to fashion buying.

Students who graduate from this course will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for fashion buying or merchandising with employers such as Arcadia and ASOS.

Read our Fashion Business brochure.

Special features

  • You may apply to extend your degree to four years, and spend their third year either on industrial experience or studying abroad.
  • A final year project allows you to specialise in an area of your choice, for example focusing on developing a broader corporate strategy for a fashion business.
  • Optional field trip to Première Vision Paris fabric trend show in Year 2
  • Develop your transferable skills for a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Accredited by The Textile Institute and The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Teaching and learning

In addition to excellent academic reputations in teaching and research, we pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere, and high level of staff-student contact both on a formal and informal basis.

Most All course units feature a balance of lectures and practical work, accompanied by smaller tutorials. There is a balance of individual and group activities in Ppractical work and tutorials, are often carried out in teams which are key in improving your written and oral communication skills.

In addition, we offer academic support in developing your transferable skills in problem solving, organisational skills and presentation and communication skills.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is a combination of traditional examination and course work, which includes laboratory reports, essays and practical projects. You'll have the chance to simulate real-life experiences and your final year project will give you an opportunity to work in a team to develop a new business idea or suggest a new strategy for an existing fashion brand. do genuine and original scientific research leading to a written dissertation .

If you choose to take the four-year pathway with industrial experience, your year in industry is assessed through a written report, appraisal by the host organisation and an oral presentation contributing 20% towards your final mark.

Course content for year 1

The first year establishes the fundamentals in fashion business, textile science and technology through the core units of Introduction to Fashion, Introduction to Management, Introduction to Marketing and Retail and Design Management and the core textile science units where students are introduced to fibres, materials, fabrics and textile production processes.

Course units for year 1

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
Raw Materials for Fashion MATS11201 20 Mandatory
Fashion MATS11301 20 Mandatory
Fashion Marketing & Retail MATS11401 20 Mandatory
Fashion Function and Aesthetics MATS11502 20 Mandatory
Garment Technology MATS11602 20 Mandatory
Management and the Apparel Pipeline MATS11702 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

The second year builds on the principles introduced in the first year by exploring specific aspects of management and marketing in depth with subjects such as product development, branding and textile technology. The specialist focus of the programme in the second year considers buying and merchandising roles within fashion retailers with a particular emphasis on understanding the technical nature of the fashion products. There are some practical textile subjects focusing on clothing technology and a significant characteristic is a group project which integrates textile product design, manufacture and marketing skills.

Course units for year 2

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
Fashion Buying & Merchandising MATS20422 20 Mandatory
Garment Production Technology MATS21201 20 Mandatory
Fashion Business & Analysis MATS22002 20 Mandatory
Fashion Product Development MATS22031 20 Mandatory
Operations Management MATS22601 20 Mandatory
Buying Communication MATS21502 10 Optional
Digital Branding MATS21702 10 Optional
Fashion Brand Promotion MATS21902 10 Optional
The In-Store Environment MATS22202 10 Optional
Commercial Design & Make MATS22232 10 Optional
International Business MATS22302 10 Optional
Sourcing & Distribution MATS22702 10 Optional
Fabric Structures & Colouration MATS22802 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 13 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

The final year provides an opportunity to consolidate and extend specialist knowledge in areas of buying and merchandising studied in previous years. You may choose from a range of fashion business option which compliment the buying and merchandising role such as marketing or a module with and international dimension. A final year project allows you to specialise in an area of your choice, for example focusing on developing a broader corporate strategy for a fashion business. Alternatively students could opt to take the Business Project which allows you to start up a company for the year.

Students may apply to extend this degree to four years, and spend their third year either on industrial experience or studying abroad. 

Course units for year 3

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
Buying Strategy MATS34570 40 Mandatory
Business Ethics Sustainability & CSR MATS34502 20 Optional
Fashion Business in the Digital Age MATS34511 20 Optional
Business Project MATS34540 40 Optional
Fashion Project MATS34550 40 Optional
Sensors and Smart Textiles MATS34702 20 Optional
Technology Project MATS34800 40 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

There are no School specific scholarships available for this course.

Facilities

Underpinning the research and teaching activities are state-of-the-art facilities which include a new dedicated CAD suite, digital fashion retail studio and access to textile and clothing process laboratories which include knitting and weaving facilities, multi-mediadyeing, and digital printing and sewingcentre.

We are unique amongst UK Uuniversities in that we have world-class facilities for manufacturing textiles, including Jacquard weaving, computerised flat-bed knitting, digital printing and nano-fibre manufacturing.

To find out more about facilities visit our research facilities page: www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/facilities

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