The MA in Luxury Brand Management equips you with the management, entrepreneurial, marketing and professional skills to work in the luxury goods and experiential luxury industry.
The luxury brands sector encompasses the fashion and retail industry, as well as sectors such as tourism, hospitality, food and beverage, film, digital media, dance, music and theatre. This MA debates the concept of luxury in a historical and cross cultural context, and offers a strong academic underpinning on theories of luxury and consumption. You will explore the role of luxury in conserving traditional arts, especially with regard to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
The programme combines formal teaching with dissertation research, underpinned with visits to key luxury brand enterprises in London and elsewhere, and draws on Goldsmiths’ alumni for inspirational talks. This programme offers practice based assignments and voluntary intern opportunities in various cultural organisations and luxury corporations that have established links with Goldsmiths.
You will take the following core modules:
Students can make up the remaining credits with the modules below:
This programme has a strong critical and theoretical underpinning, enabling you to write a dissertation that could serve as a stepping stone to a higher level academic study and/or careers within research or academia.
This MA will provide you with the management, entrepreneurial marketing and professional skills required to pursue a career in the luxury brand field.
This sector covers a wide range of creative industries and the combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop specific knowledge and skills, to enhance your career prospects and succeed in relevant career/professional paths.
Our MBA Luxury Brand Management builds on GCU London's expertise in the luxury industry. We developed this innovative programme to meet the growing demand for experienced managers who really understand luxury brand management.
Through this programme, you'll master the tools and strategies of the global luxury market, launching your successful career in this fascinating industry. Luxury markets are becoming more competitive, more complex and more polarised; with the relevant, up-to-date industry knowledge you'll acquire in this programme, you'll be ready to meet those challenges head-on.
The curriculum emphasises data analysis to support evidence-based decision-making.
In the MBA Luxury Brand Management, you will explore key brand concepts such as authenticity, exclusivity and craftsmanship, balanced with brand access and immediacy. Then you'll develop your understanding of how these issues intersect with digital technology and contemporary culture.
At GCU, you'll join a welcoming and career-focused community of learners, professors and professionals. You'll find personal support as you work hard to achieve the successful career that's right for you.
Our well-established links with industry together with current thinking and research has shaped the structure of the programme, which consists of 7 modules, plus a dissertation.
Luxury Perspectives and Practice
Designed to critically assess the complexities of the luxury concept and the evolution of the global luxury sector. Students will analyse how perceptions of luxury value evolve across different product/market contexts and will investigate how individual consumers’ characteristics, social dynamics and brand related factors affect decisions to purchase luxury products and services.
Finance and Wealth Management
Develops a critical awareness of modern wealth management and builds on students' previous exposure to the financial management principles and techniques. The module will focus on all three major aspects of wealth management, which would be: wealth creation, wealth preservation and wealth transfer.
Luxury Distribution and Retail
Provides a critical analysis of management trends and developments with respect to the retailing and distribution of luxury goods and services. The dimensions of the luxury retail experience are considered - with a particular emphasis upon the creation of differential advantage through store image creation and customer service.
Strategy Leadership and Social Responsibility
Enables students to critically analyse the roles that managers play in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategy within organisations in the luxury sector. Students are encouraged reflect upon the importance of leadership in developing, protecting and exploiting strategic capabilities within organisations. The module is designed to help students take on a significant leadership role in their future careers in the luxury sector.
Strategic Brand Management
Explores the nature and role of the product from the perspective of brand delivery and experience across a range of luxury sectors. It highlights the importance of effective brand management in the luxury goods and services sector through a detailed consideration of the relative literature, supported by contextual examples.
Legal Aspects of Brand Management
Focuses on and contextualises niche aspects of law so as to be accessible to those without prior legal study of intellectual property law or regulation. It provides foundations for critical, analytical and legally creative thinking while exploring legal issues related to trademarks, domain names, passing off, design rights, patent rights, copyright, and issues relating to advertising standards.
Research Project: Design and Methods
Introduces students to research approaches and time management skills essential for their research project. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.
The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of Luxury Brand Marketing. As part of the research, students have the opportunity to apply theories, concepts, theories and frameworks introduced in the modules that were previously taught.
The dissertation can assume one of 3 forms: An Applied Research Project, an Inquiry Project or a Business Consultancy Project.
Students studying the MBA Luxury Brand Management will be part of a small and focused class, a mix of local and international students sharing management expertise and benefiting from teaching by world-class professors, with research and professional experience as well as close links to industry.
The diversity and experience brought to the class by each individual is one of the primary strengths of the MBA Luxury Brand Management in GCU London. The programme is designed to promote informal peer support and knowledge sharing networks, helping them to become effective, independent, lifelong learners.
International academics from France, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, China and the USA have visited GCU London to gain insight into our teaching.
A number of assessment methods are used in the programme, which vary between modules, and include: group work, case studies, written coursework, group presentations, projects and a research-based dissertation.
GCU's MBA Luxury Brand Management produces graduates who are successful leaders and responsible global citizens, with the relevant, practical skillsets that employers value. The programme will help you build on your managerial experience with an in-demand specialisation so you can advance in your career.
The MSc Marketing and Brand Management focuses on planning and applying brand management strategies. You will learn about the importance of brand management within an overall framework of marketing and business management.
If you begin your course in September you have the choice to apply for a 1 year paid work placement in a marketing role instead of completing either a dissertation or client project. By gaining this professional experience you will be well prepared for your future career.
You will develop a strong foundation in marketing theory and practice, combined with a specialist perspective on brand management, including brand values and a wide range of related communication channels.
This course will prepare you to work for a branding or marketing agency or for a marketing, branding or communications department within an organisation. With practical case studies and live scenarios, you will apply brand management theory and analyse and critique what makes a successful brand. You will enhance your employment and future career prospects, through developing your knowledge of marketing and brand management theory and how it is applied in practice.
You will study eight compulsory modules and a module which helps develop your professional and academic skills. If you choose not to take a work placement, the course lasts 12 months. If you start in September and take the work placement the course lasts 24 months. Please see the September entry and January entry course structure charts.
Please also refer to the course structure chart for January entry.
Please also refer to the course structure chart for September entry.
Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments and an online group-based marketing simulation.
You will gain practical experience and put your knowledge of marketing approaches and theory into practice during live research projects for an organisation. Teaching staff at the Business School are engaged in academic research and/or come from an industry background with in-depth practical experience of marketing and brand management issues. Visiting speakers from the world of marketing and branding, consultancies and research bodies augment the programme through leading edge discussions and specialist events.
All teaching takes place on our newly redeveloped Headington Campus in the Clerici Building (the new home of Oxford Brookes Business School completed in 2017) and the John Henry Brookes Building. The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café.
Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.
We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
Today the Brand Manager represents a key figure of the company, and should be a connoisseur of the brand, an innovator prepared and competent and a skilled tactician. The Master in Brand Management and Communication forms professionals able to create, develop and manage a brand awareness through all the tools of marketing and communication.
Students learn the secrets of brand strategy (tangible values of quality and performance and intangibles values related to the image, reputation, visibility and reputation) in order to ensure the success of a product, create business and develop business capital. The Master is organized in two editions, the first in November in Italian, the second in February, in English.
Career opportunities - At the end of the Master, the student can work in companies as a Brand Manager, Marketing Manager, Product Manager, and for Consultancies as Project Manager, Client Manager, Strategist, Brand Consultant. Other opportunities are advertising and communication agencies as Strategic Planner, Account Manager.
The Master is organized in partnership with Landor