Masters degrees in Retail Management equip postgraduates with the skills and knowledge required to run and develop commercial trading activities, from small enterprises to large corporations.
Courses range from taught MA and MSc programmes, to professional MBAs and research-orient MRes degrees. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Business Studies.
Training in Retail Management can kick-start a wide range of careers – it isn’t simply about knowing how to manage a store. It is possible to explore many industries across the world and specialise in any aspect of this field.
Generally, you will gain an understanding of the logistics associated with roles in the industry, such as operations and facilities management, supply chain surveillance, procurement and human resource management.
You will receive practical training in legislative and monetary tasks such as accounting and financial planning, payroll systems and taxes. You will also examine retail in the wider context of business economics, covering topics such as forecasting, information systems, strategic development and organisational structure.
Careers may include executive roles in large corporations such as automation dealerships; international retail, such as global outsourcing or offshoring services; consultancy for SMEs (small/medium enterprises) or government agencies.
The Rome Business School’s Master in Food and Beverage Management is the ideal academic course for professionals seeking a world-class degree programme in these disciplines, leading to a successful global career in the Food & Wine industry.
With the Rome Business School’s international perspective, the programme offers a unique learning experience and a global professional exposure, enabling participants to study in one of the best cities of the world or online. The programme’s quality teachingand networking services all contribute to make it the perfect fit for anyone who is looking to rise to the top in the world of food and beverage industry.
In particular, on completing the programme, participants will be able to:
The Master in Food and Beverage Management is a course of excellence designed for young persons who wish to start a career in the Food & Wine industry, and to professionals in the food & beverage production chain and restauration industries —or in other sectors closely linked to them—who aspire to set out on a path to grow within their organisation, to start up an enterprise in an opportunity rich but ever more complex context, and/or to complete their training path by obtaining a certification specifically conceived for the food and beverage industry.
On completion of this training course, the attendees will be able to work, among other profiles, as:
Introduction and Scenario
The Food and Beverage and Agri-Food System
Food and Beverage Industry Management
Basics of management: elements of corporate strategy and organisation
Economics and food company management
Marketing management and digital marketing
Accountancy and management control
Basics of Project Management
Human Resource Management
From the concept to the project: defining a project’s guidelines through the creation of the Concept
Aesthetic and functional design: identifying structural needs/required spaces and their distribution / defining a layout
Administrative requirements to set up a business / verifying the suitability of a location
Job Health and Safety: regulations and documents
Retail & sales management
Food cost control
Restaurant and Kitchen layout
Practice Lab: visits to producers
Retail & sales management
Beverage cost control
Wine and beverage list engineering
Wine cellar layout
Practice Lab: visits to producers
Marketing and Communication for Food and Beverage
Food and Beverage industry marketing
Restauration services marketing
Brand management – Image and Brand Identity
Food, Wine, and Mass Media – communication tools (food guides, industry publications/websites, newsletters)
Storytelling applied to Food & Wine products and services
Social media management for the Food and Beverage industry
Food & Wine audio-visual communication
Food and Beverage events and the role of Public Relations
Agri-food product marketing and brand management
Wine marketing and brand management
Marketing strategies applied to industry contents: case histories and testimonials
Food and Beverage industry innovation and strategies
New technologies: from production chain to service
Launching a start-up in the Food and Beverage industry
As part of the course, a Cooking Teambuilding and/or Gastronomic Walking Tour event is organised in Rome’s Old Town to understand the cultural context within which the various made in Italy Food and Beverage service and restauration of excellence activities insert themselves, with the aim of understanding its various formats and business models.
The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree in Food and Beverage Management is structured in:
The Master in Food and Beverage Management may be attended in the following formulas:
The business of fashion is a global, cultural and economic force shaped by creative professionals who share a passion for innovative customer-centric solutions. The fashion marketplace requires senior managers who can seamless bring together material resources, human capital, and commercial vision to produce a personalised customer offering.
This programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading fashion retailers, represents a new direction in the integration of fashion retail management, fashion marketing, international consumer behaviour and supply chain planning. Its unique structure allows you to study at both the internationally renowned School of Design and Leeds University Business School, one of the top departments of its kind in the world. This means you'll have the opportunity to gain the varied knowledge and skills needed to for a managerial career in the exciting, dynamic and internationally-oriented fashion sector.
We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at the School of Design. You’ll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There are computer-aided design (CAD) suites with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs, EEG/eye-tracking technology and digital photography.
We also have an impressive range of resources you can use for research. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of our culture over time.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Fashion Marketing 15 credits
Dissertation Global Fashion Management 60 credits
Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
Consumer Behaviour Across Cultures 15 credits
Fashion Industry Analysis 15 credits
Sustainability and Fashion 15 credits
Textile Consultancy and Management 15 credits
Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development 15 credits
This programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group discussions. The modules will utilise methods of learning, teaching and assessment which are appropriate to Masters level study, such as group discussions, presentations, and report writing. Although a proportion of the contact time will be spent in teaching, emphasis will also be placed upon the use of group and independent learning. Discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of fashion retail and management further. You will have the opportunity to hear from external academic and professional speakers from the fashion and retail business world, and it may be possible to participate in retail colloquiums.
You'll be assessed by a variety of methods. Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to enhance and confirm your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.
Assessment within the modules will take various forms including: coursework assignments, reports, group work, presentations, examinations and the dissertation. You are encouraged to consider and discuss your work in tutorials using multiple assessment criteria related to modules Including, originality and appropriateness of concepts and treatments, communication strategy, project management, organisation, comprehension and professionalism.
The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you’ll have the chance to develop a unique blend of skills including management, analytical tools and customer marketing techniques. This will allow you to understand and shape global retail operations by managing multinational fashion organisations, international retail, foreign market entry, and global supply chains and value chains.
On graduating you'll be equipped to thrive in either further study or a diverse range of career paths. The knowledge you’ll have gained will make you especially employable in careers throughout the fashion value chain, including fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion public relations, merchandising and logistics management, management of the product development process, retail or brand management, product sourcing and supply chain management, and e-commerce.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
This course is a conversion course, it is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.
Retailing is one of the largest sectors in the world economy. In some countries it is well established with large multinational companies constantly investing in customer-oriented marketing efforts to attract customer spending and loyalty. Marketing is an essential part of retailing.
This course deals with the learning and practical application of concepts essential for operating and marketing a retail business, and will help you to understand the contemporary retail environment and examine topical issues related to retail management and marketing.
You’ll learn from research-active, industry-experienced staff who have published innovative research into retail management and marketing issues. You'll develop analytical skills essential for operating and marketing in international retail environment by critically examining international retail development and activity, with a view to putting this knowledge into practice.
As part of this course you can take an optional minimum 30-week work placement giving you further hands-on experience and understanding of the industry. The placement will take place after the taught elements of the course are complete.
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The MSc International Retail Marketing programme is designed for those looking to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of retail marketing and its application in the fast changing International and Digital Business environment. The programme will also deepen your knowledge of Business Management in general and Marketing in particular.
The student experience on this programme combines interactive lecture classes with seminars delivered to smaller groups. Moreover, our guest speakers from the industry, with their practical examples and cases, will help students to reflect on what they learn, take examples from the very best but also develop their own professional network.
The competitive significance of advanced Retail Marketing practices is increasingly acknowledged, especially in the modern Fast-Paced Digital World, making this programme highly relevant for future managers in retail and related professional services.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The programme aims to provide a high quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and other professionals in international retail marketing.
In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the programmes aim to develop generic management skills necessary to be effective in todays’ challenging business environment.
The programme has a business management orientation related to the retail sector and draws upon a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this sector. It takes an integrated approach so as to provide a coherent exploration of the inter-relationships between the various components.
The programme is international in scope and coverage, and lecturers draw upon the most recent research to inform their teaching. The programmes aim to develop students as independent and reflective learners, able to continue their learning once in their chosen profession.
Knowledge and understanding
Upon completing the course, students will have:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will gain the ability to:
Professional practical skills
Students will be able to:
Key / transferable skills
Students will have a range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation.
These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research.
Our marketing graduates who enrol with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as an Affiliate can study CIM qualifications without having to complete all of the modules. For most qualifications, students will only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three and therefore, students will add an individual award to supplement their degree. There is a fee to join CIM.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.
Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).