BSc Fashion Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

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The Fashion Management course provides students with an opportunity to focus on management theory as well as the textiles science and technology context of the fashion industry.

It addresses contemporary management concepts stemming from changing organisational structures, complex environmental conditions, new technological developments and increasingly diverse work practices. It highlights critical issues involved in both managing and being managed, including components of organisations, environment, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people and outputs and managerial decisions in the context of the global fashion industry. Management is the effective and efficient use of resources to attain organisational goals. This involves planning, organising, leading and controlling. It informs every aspect of daily business from developing customer relationships and implementing marketing activities, to the coordination of key suppliers and ethical sourcing.

You will learn the modern contemporary management approaches and techniques thoroughly grounded in the innovative world of fashion. Management will be explored in all aspects of contemporary business life including brand management, design, production and the supply chain. Current issues will be studied in-depth including sustainability, social responsibility and stakeholder engagement.

From day one, you will engage with real managers in real settings, learning to reconcile academic theory with actual practice. This culminates in the opportunity to use their learning to make a difference by working with/or starting a company to analyse practices and recommend areas for improvement and development.

Special features

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

For study abroad, exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme in Europe and the Worldwide Exchange scheme. For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following:

Students wanting to take the Industrial placement pathway are responsible for finding their own placement. They will work closely with the careers office and both the placement tutor and administrator to find a suitable placement.  They also have access to former placement providers who often take students each year.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in Fashion Business and Technology, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:

  • Large group core learning sessions
  • Small groups workshops with technical staff
  • Student activity led seminars.
  • Tutorial sessions
  • Independent study tasks
  • Self-directed study
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring

Some activities will be delivered face-to-face and others online, following a blended learning approach.

The course contains creative, practical, technical, and business elements within the Year 1 and students will study a variety of units that reflect these attributes. Within Year 2 students start to focus on discipline specific areas of study and choose to individually personalise their programme with two optional units that reflect key areas within the fashion industry. In the final year, students focus on higher-level strategic thinking within key projects that reflect their discipline and showcase areas of expertise. Each year building your skills, knowledge, and confidence towards becoming a graduate within the Fashion business and technology industry.

A typical week in your first year of study will comprise 40 hours of activity, of which approximately 17 hours will be timetabled study and 23 hours will be independent or self-directed study. Given the strong practical elements in this course, a typical week will include approximately 3 hours of hands-on practical work.

As you progress through the course an increasing emphasis will be placed on independent study, and this reflects you applying your knowledge and skills in substantial individual and group projects. In your final year of study, between 20 and 28 hours each week will typically be independent study. You will be supported by staff through all your independent study, and this transition to being able to explore your own ideas through project work is an important attribute of a graduate within the Fashion business and technology industry.

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, written examinations, online examinations, presentations, and practical demonstrations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises. 

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring 

We're proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning 

Some of your activity will be 'synchronous', where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate - helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be 'asynchronous', where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is normally by a mixture of traditional written examinations and course work which includes laboratory reports and, in some cases, practical, technical, and creative projects. You have the chance to simulate real life experiences within some of your assessments as well participating in some cases with group projects and presentations that reflect industry practices. The final year projects give students an opportunity to do genuine and original research that is evidenced in a variety of written and visual forms.

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 Buying, Introduction to Management, Introduction to Marketing and the core textile science and garment technology 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 Buying MATS11301 20 Mandatory
Fashion Marketing MATS11402 20 Mandatory
Fashion Function and Aesthetics MATS11502 20 Mandatory
Garment Technology MATS11602 20 Mandatory
Management and the Apparel Pipeline MATS11701 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, operations management, Fashion business and analysis and garment production technology. The specialist focus of the programme in the second year considers various aspects of managing the fashion supply chain. There are optional specialist subjects that students can choose from focusing a variety of areas such as clothing technology and textile structures, creative product development, digital branding, international business and sourcing and fashion promotions and the in-store environment.

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
Garment Production Technology MATS21201 20 Mandatory
Fashion Business & Analysis MATS22002 20 Mandatory
Fashion Product Development MATS22031 20 Mandatory
Fashion Management MATS22102 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
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Course content for year 3

The final year provides an opportunity to consolidate and extend specialist knowledge in areas of management studied in previous years. You may choose from a range of fashion business options within leadership, sustainability, and fashion business in the digital age. The final year projects allow you to specialise in an area of your choice, for example focusing on developing a broader corporate strategy for a fashion business, the development of a business start up company or combination of business skills and innovative materials and technologies for emerging fashion and textiles markets.

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
Strategic Management MATS34521 40 Mandatory
Business Ethics Sustainability & CSR MATS34502 20 Optional
Fashion Business in the Digital Age MATS34511 20 Optional
Business Project MATS34542 40 Optional
Fashion Project MATS34552 40 Optional
Technology Project MATS34802 40 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20030 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our the Department funding pages.


We have a new dedicated CAD suite, fashion retail studio, access to textile and clothing process laboratories which include knitting and weaving facilities, multi-media and digital printing centre.

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

Disability support

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