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Retail Management MSc

Course Description

Course overview:

Developed in conjunction with experts from the retail industry, our Retail Management MSc taps into the UK's wealth of cutting-edge retail expertise. It helps meet the growing demand for the professionalisation of retail management by developing managers with the practical skills and intellectual ability to succeed in this fast-paced and global industry.

The course provides a detailed knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in retailing. It covers both theoretical and practical approaches relevant to best practice in the international retail business.

Subjects covered include retail strategy and internationalisation, retail marketing and branding, customer experience and customer psychology, buying and supply chain logistics, retail technology, innovation and creativity, and retail consultancy. In addition, you will learn business skills such as budgeting, problem solving, consultancy skills, and managing groups and teams.

From the very start of the course you will have the chance to learn from retail professionals. Field trips will give you the chance to explore different types of retail environments and meet practising managers. Guest speakers are regularly invited to discuss curriculum topics, so you get professional insights into contemporary issues.

The skills and knowledge gained on this course will make you a highly valuable asset in the retail sector. The expertise acquired from studying in the UK is highly transferable internationally.

Career opportunities:

Many areas of the retail industry are expanding fast, creating a global demand for highly skilled retail managers able to think strategically with a global perspective.

Retail Management MSc has been designed for professionals looking to develop successful careers in marketing, merchandising, store management, buying, management consultancy and retail logistics management. Graduates will find career opportunities in a wide range of service/business environments, both in the UK and overseas.

Why study with Brighton Business School?

Our Retail Management MSc lecturing team has many years' experience in the delivery of high quality education and combines strong industrial experience with current research activity. The high academic calibre of our staff and varied backgrounds of our students help create a rich and diverse learning environment.

The Business School at the University of Brighton has a postgraduate community of around 600 students from a diverse range of backgrounds whose learning experience is enriched by the high quality of our research.

The latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008) ranked us in the top 15 UK business schools in terms of world-leading research outputs. Our postgraduate programmes reflect the research that is being undertaken.

Our equipment includes lecture theatres equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and over 100 hot desks with high-speed internet access. Once at the university you will have access to a range of services including a modern library, comprehensive careers and personal support, and opportunities to volunteer or take part in sport.

Course content:

This course has eight core modules which are delivered over the autumn, spring and summer terms. At the end of the summer term you can choose to undertake either a three-month research project or a six-month work placement. Work placements involve employer-based organisational problem solving and a work placement report.

Autumn term
- Moving to Masters (induction)
- Retail Marketing and Branding
- Accounting for Managers

Spring term
- Customer Experience, Consumer Psychology and Store Operations
- Buying and Supply Chain Logistics
- Research Methods

Summer term
- Retail Strategy and Internationalisation
- Managing Organisational Behaviour

Plus one option from:
- Retail Technology
- Innovation and Creativity
- Retail Consultancy

- Choice of a research project or a work placement

Visit the Retail Management MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary. Normally a good honours degree or equivalent is required. Work experience is useful but not essential. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements then please contact us. In order to benefit from, contribute to and enjoy the course, a good command of spoken and written English language is required. If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6 in the written test.

Course Fees

(Full Time entry 2013) UK/ EU students: £6,390/ Island students: £8,100; International students £11,500

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