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International Fashion Retailing (Business Process Improvement) (MSc)

Course content

The programme aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the international fashion retail industry, with knowledge of international fashion retailing processes including innovation, retail marketing, fabric structures and international fashion retailing.

The programme will provide a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills; experience of research; and a broad knowledge base of international fashion retailing.

When you have completed the courses you should have achieved:

  • A detailed understanding of International Fashion Retail.
  • Exposure to the current best practices
  • Substantial interaction and involvement with experts in this field
  • An MSc in International Fashion Retail.

The Course: The complete MSc course is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation project. The taught course units, assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, cover a wide range of industry-relevant subject areas:

Common units

  • International Fashion Retailing
  • Fabric Structures
  • Research Methods

Business Process Improvement units

  • Innovation Methods- including analysing effective fashion innovation methods
  • External Environment - including external opportunity analysis
  • Retail Marketing- including Fashion Retail Case study analysis

Your dissertation is a chance to apply what you have learned to a focused five-month research project. Your choice of topic will be determined in consultation with your personal tutor and will develop further skills that can be applied to the real world

Aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide a fundamental understanding of the international fashion retail industry, with knowledge of international fashion retailing processes including design, innovation, fashion consumer behaviour, fabric structures and distribution.
  • Provide a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills
  • Provide experience of research
  • Provide a broad knowledge base of international fashion retailing

Teaching and learning

The first two semesters are spent following a programme of lectures and tutorials, which are continually assessed through written assignments. You take examinations in January and May and following a satisfactory assessment you commence a research project culminating in the submission of a dissertation in mid-September.

Course unit details

  • Constructed Textiles for Fashion
  • International Fashion Retailing
  • External Environment
  • Innovation Methods
  • Retail Marketing
  • Research Methods

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.


Visit the International Fashion Retailing (Business Process Improvement) (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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