International Fashion Management MBA

 

Course Code

LONT066

Location

Coventry University London (City of London)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK only)

Start date

September 2022
January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

Develop the vision, leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to build a successful career in the global fashion industry.

With the fashion industry contributing greatly to the UK economy, a new generation of business professionals with a strong foundation in cross-cultural communications and international fashion business management is needed to respond to the needs of a sensitive consumer and a competitive global fashion market. 

  • Study on our challenging and stimulating course that combines the highest quality of academic and professional discipline, built on current research and advanced scholarship, with direct input from and exposure to the fashion industry. 
  • Understand the leading theories and concepts of strategy, leadership, finance and entrepreneurship, along with specialised knowledge in fashion business management, communications, sustainability, creativity, brand development, and digital commerce/ enterprise.
  • Experience simulated learning (integrated into the flagship modules), experiential activities and interdisciplinary business-related live projects with industry clients*.
  • Personalise your learning experience in the final semester, which gives you the opportunity to pursue an entrepreneurship module, an internship consultancy project* or a dissertation, that will shape your chosen future career. 
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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • CIPD and CMI accreditation
    Study on a course with professional accreditation from one of the UK’s leading professional management bodies - the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Take the opportunity to obtain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership (subject to the successful completion of specific modules).
  • Real-world experience
    You will have the opportunity to take part in teamwork, business simulations and real-industry fashion projects with fashion industry clients and professionals (subject to availability), which has previously included clients like The Accessories Circle, Nubian Skin, London Hat Week, Pringle of Scotland, PINKO, Sarah Haran, Endrime, Laura Lee Jewellery among others, all of which are underpinned by academic analysis and synthesis and offer you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and skills in professional practice.
  • Industry insight 
    You’ll be taught by helpful, supportive and highly qualified academics with extensive international career experience in fashion management across a range of disciplines. They will apply their experience to illustrate your learning, and they may use their extensive network of contacts to create networking opportunities for students. Please note that staff are subject to change.
  • London location 
    The course aims to utilise the unique campus location, London, as one of the key fashion cities in the world. Within the heart of London, you will have easy access to major global and local high-street and luxury retailers such as Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Bond Street, Savile Row…to name a few. You may also get the opportunity to visit exciting museums and galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fashion and Textile Museum, Design Museum, Vogue Archives, Museum of Brands, Tate Modern, amongst many more, where you have the opportunity to visit exhibitions, pursue your research interests and observe and build your future fashion business network (subject to additional costs).
  • Prepare for your future 
    You’ll have opportunities to network with employers and to build your CV. Should you wish to start your own business, we offer business start-up advice and support through our Enterprise Hub. MBA students also have the opportunity to take an optional Entrepreneurship module, and take part in our Professional Development Programme, developed in collaboration with corporate learning and development specialists to help you develop key industry competencies.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2022/23 intake. Students who pass modules 7002MFH (Marketing in a Global Age) and 7021MFH (Fashion Brand Immersion: Retail, Finance and Risk Management) on their way to achieving the full Coventry University qualification, will be eligible for the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, subject to registering as a CMI member (other criteria and additional fees may apply). Please visit the CMI website for further information. 


My experience as an international student

Javeria is an international student from Pakistan who decided to take the leap and study overseas at Coventry University London. Javeria wants to work in the fashion industry after graduating from our International Fashion Management MBA.

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What you'll study

Your main study themes are:

  • Identifying global and local market trends Leaders must respond to the change which is inherent in fashion. The ability to identify and react to rapid shifts in consumer appetites and designer tastes is critical to sustainable success.
  • Change and leadership Those shifting micro trends, coupled with rapidly changing macro issues (global economics, resource availability, digital enterprise, environmental concerns and geo-politics), require fashion leaders to accept and manage the inevitability of change and to be agile in their approach and decision making. 
  • Profiling consumers and brands Fashion spans every possible socio-demographic and every culture. Leaders must identify, understand and communicate with the right customers for their brands in a two-way conversation involving both listening and informing in order to sustain strong commercial enterprise. 
  • Sustainability and future enhancements Fashion is the second biggest industrial polluter, after oil. Leaders in fashion must therefore find solutions to protect the environment, resources, people and the industry itself. Consumption of luxury and fashion products are the key focus in understanding the complexity of the supply chain and to build on the future of this supply chain for generations to come

During the first semester, learning will focus on the originality in the application of knowledge, together with practical business understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline together with evaluation of the methodologies and developing their critiques and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses relevant to fashion business management and marketing.

The second semester is designed to build on your comprehensive understanding of academic knowledge, in order to try and apply these new skills and knowledge through advanced scholarship in a more advanced sectoral setting and work on a project with a real industry client.

The academic year concludes with several final semester options to choose from, which offer you the opportunity to specialise your award to the career option you intend to pursue after graduation. You can choose from doing a dissertation, applying for work experience in an internship* and consulting project*, or work on an entrepreneurship business plan in preparation for launching your own business.

Modules

  • This module is about leadership as a living practice through the mastery of leading self and others in the context of organisational cultures and a complex global environment. To understand your role as an effective leader and the impact you will have on individuals, groups, organisations and the environment, it is necessary to explore the dual aspect of leading self and others as a living practice and bring to a level of mastery the ability to lead self and others. The module will help you to develop your leadership skills in preparation for a career in international business or to establish your own business.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to deepen your understanding of global marketing and its role within business, and help you understand how to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders. After completing this module, you will be able to: track and respond to complex and cross-cultural macro and micro- environments; apply marketing strategies and concepts to multinational business environments; assess the effectiveness of marketing, discuss new opportunities and challenges (e.g. globalisation, digitalisation, and social responsibility) in affecting marketing management. This module will facilitate your understanding of applied marketing.

    Compulsory

  • In a highly competitive global market, the significance of the brand and its strategic positioning is vital to the financial success of fashion brands. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore macro and micro trends, and the key concepts of branding and develop an understanding of the branding process and its application within a contemporary omni-channel fashion context. A significant component of the module delivery will focus on the increasing digitalisation of international fashion brands and their impact across the global fashion market. You will explore how the use of digital innovation and communication has impacted on the strategic growth of global brands across the fashion industry, from high street to luxury fashion retailers. The module will explore how different fashion organisations create and establish their own distinctiveness and how they have used brand identity to strategically and globally position themselves in a contemporary marketplace. You will investigate brand influence across different levels of the global fashion industry and the importance of branding and product strategy in responding to the ever-changing consumer behaviour.

    Compulsory

  • In a highly competitive global market, the significance of the brand and its strategic positioning is vital to the financial success of fashion brands. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the key concepts of branding and develop an understanding of the branding process and its application within a contemporary omni-channel fashion context. A significant component of the module delivery will focus on the increasing digitalisation of international fashion brands and their impact across the global fashion market. You will explore how the use of digital innovation and communication has impacted on the strategic growth of global brands across the fashion industry, from high street to luxury fashion retailers. The module will explore how different fashion organisations create and establish their own distinctiveness and how they have used brand identity to strategically and globally position themselves in a contemporary marketplace. You will investigate brand influence across different levels of the global fashion industry and the increasing importance of brands, branding and brand-engagement in relation to consumer behaviour.

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to create a shared and critical assessment of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that make up what it means to be entrepreneurial and innovative – discovering and acting upon opportunities and ideas, and transforming them into social, cultural, or financial value for oneself and others. This will allow you to critically reflect on the core competencies that are needed to lead and manage new venture creation, including initiative taking, resilience, problem solving, open-mindedness, as well as the ability to turn external knowledge into internal capabilities. The module will cover fundamental theories and concepts in entrepreneurship and innovation, and you will be encouraged to evaluate them in relation to other operational and strategic aspects of the firm, including marketing, finances and leadership. This will also enable you to reflect on the idea that entrepreneurial and innovation activities are often subject to resource constraints with regard to time, money, raw materials, and knowledge, although these may differ for new and existing firms. A customer-focused approach will be the centre of these reflections as it will teach you to identify windows of opportunities and avenues for strategic growth.

    Compulsory

  • The contemporary global fashion industry relies on these agnostic omni-channels for its business strategy, sales (buying and merchandising and clienteling), communication, promotion and customer engagement. Consumer segmentation and profile analysis help to digitally engage with existing and new audiences, both local and abroad. Brand marketing, buying and merchandising, budgeting and financial forecasting, clienteling, communication, and successful project and financial management play important roles to ensure the successful implementation of these online and offline integrated promotional strategies. This module is designed to guide you, acting as aspiring consultants to fashion entrepreneurs. You will critically appraise how the finance function supports the organisation’s success and propose online and/or offline brand development and omni-channel retail opportunities working closely with a real fashion industry client. The module enables you to critically assess current and emerging technological factors which impact on financial strategy, practice industry networking, team work, project and risk management, leadership, as well as online and offline marketing strategies in line with consumer profile building. The aims are to provide an opportunity to research, to engage with the industry and to develop your critical and creative thinking, in-depth business research and efficient decision making on contemporary financial, management, and cost accounting and omni-channel retail strategies.

    Compulsory

  • This is a compulsory module, delivered in the final semester and assessed within the output from your final semester research project. The aims of the module are to equip you with the skills to be able to sensitively and critically design, carry out, report, read, and evaluate the quality of qualitative and quantitative research projects. Consequently, to provide you with an understanding of the major philosophical issues within business and management research and enable you to identify the nature and characteristics of different research approaches. Over the course, you will learn to formulate good research questions, using different methods of data collection and data analysis, and critically evaluate the research. During researching learning activities you will cover fundamentals of a good research design. The module will cover the steps necessary to prepare you to identify which research approach or method is appropriate for the final term module options, i.e., Dissertation, Internship Consulting Project* or Entrepreneurship Business Plan. You will be encouraged to be critical and analytical, to work independently and to benefit from receiving feedback from both the lecturer and peers.

    Compulsory

  • Internship Consulting Project* - 60 credits

    The internship consulting project offers you a unique opportunity for practical, meaningful and hands-on work experience, to learn how to work collaboratively with others and obtain a better perspective of careers within your chosen field. The aim of this module is to develop work-related knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to pursue further career related opportunities related to your chosen areas of interest. The internship consulting project allows you to put the skills and knowledge gained throughout your MBA into practice, in a professional environment. This module will also enhance your own understanding of your working practise, time-management, and develop your critical and self-reflective awareness through reflecting on your own learning and personal development in a strategic, analytical and autonomous way.

    Dissertation - 60 credits 

    The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to consolidate your learning by conducting a comprehensive study of a chosen research topic. You will be responsible for framing a research problem guided by existing knowledge in the academic literature or an identified organisational issue discussed and agreed with the academic supervisor. The aim is for you to independently research a subject area by applying appropriate research strategies supported by a critical appreciation of appropriate research designs. The module is structured around taught Research Methods classes aimed to build your knowledge of the research process in order to work independently on your research project. After completing this module, you should be confident to communicate the research outcomes in a manner that demonstrates clarity of organisational thinking, logical argument and the production of relevant recommendations for further research and for practice.

    Entrepreneurship Business Plan - 60 credits

    This module represents the culmination of an MBA journey comprising the diverse perspectives, techniques, models and frameworks learnt during the study of many discrete modules, and for the first time during your studies, critically and selectively combine them into a holistic business road map capable of realising a commercial or a not for profit opportunity, of interest to you, and located anywhere in the world. Through this module, you will practice analysing opportunity, validating strategies, assessing resourcing, and measuring performance whilst learning how to compile a comprehensive and classical business plan, via a written document, and a pitch, all to a level of academic and of commercial mastery. Working independently, you are supported by a supervisor able to answer practical and academic problems of compiling a business plan, and develop the softer skills of questioning, pitching argument, and problem solving demanded in a commercial environment. This module is the finishing school of the MBA, that synthesises your learning, develops your character and disciplines of independent working through compiling a business plan may comprise a blueprint for a postgraduate commercial future in the profit or not for profit sectors.

    Optional

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

Although your studies are designed to be underpinned by solid academic theory, this course provides you with the opportunity to apply what you should have learnt to the real business context, both on and off campus. You will engage via a number of learning blocks in each module:

  • Knowledge and understanding; this block is concerned with the sharing of academic theory and concepts to ensure you have mastered a critical appreciation of current and relevant research in the subject area.
  • Application; this block brings the knowledge and understanding ‘to life’ by relating it to current practice. It takes a critical view of the theory and concepts as they are employed in the workplace in order to encourage you to evaluate their significance and merit.
  • Analysis and problem solving; this block requires you to develop and demonstrate your analytical skills and present a rationale and strategic set of decisions, which identify risks and generate a range of hypotheses to understand their cause and effect.

This course can also be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact registry.london@coventry.ac.uk for more information about studying this course part-time.

You will typically receive around 5/6 hours of contact teaching per week. The learning and teaching methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes: lectures, tutorials and seminars, workshops, guest lectures, self-directed study, screening sessions, practical workshops, live projects, peer assessment and group critiques, group presentations, learning teams, quizzes and panel discussions.

The delivery of the teaching and learning is constructed around the learning journey (asynchronously and synchronously) with assessment and feedback sessions, weekly course hour where students have the opportunity to build full understanding of the assessment and requirements together with formative feedback, and an advice and feedback hour run by module leaders where students can get personalised support and feedback. Students will also be expected to spend a significant amount of time conducting independent study.


Assessment

You will be assessed regularly so that both you and your tutors can identify your strengths as well as any areas where you may need additional support. Assessments reflect workplace activities, and will therefore focus on teamwork, business simulations and real-world projects to develop reports, presentations, and portfolios. You’ll be expected to work under pressure to produce work which is fit for purpose in the contemporary business environment. Assessment can be summative and formative.

The assessment strategy has been developed to support the principal pillars of transformative learning which are:

  • Research inspired teaching
  • Embedded employability
  • Creativity and Enterprise
  • Intercultural and international engagement
  • Community contribution and responsibility
  • Innovation and digital fluency

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.


Job ready

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Appraise the influence and be able to respond accordingly to complex, dynamic and contextual forces on global fashion organisations: including legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological factors; international fashion trends and corporate governance.
  • Undertake the critical analysis of global fashion markets and customers: the trends of development and operation of markets for fashion resources, goods and services; expectations of customers and stakeholders, service and orientation.
  • Efficiently apply the concepts and processes to development and marketing of fashion goods and/or services; the management of resources and operations in global fashion industry.
  • Critically evaluate the available options for financing of the fashion business enterprise or other forms of organisations: sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications.
  • Undertake the management and development of people within fashion organisations: organisational theory, behaviour, employee relations, human resource management and change management.
  • Professionally apply a range of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, and evaluate their strengths and limitations when working with information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment in the fashion industry.
  • Efficiently exploit the relevant fashion information systems and technologies and evaluate their impact on communication of organisations operation within an international knowledge-based economy.
  • Develop and apply appropriate business processes and strategies within a changing global fashion context, while addressing stakeholder interests.

International experience opportunities

As reflected in the course title, this programme explores the world of international fashion management from a truly global perspective. Every aspect of your learning will be set within an international and intercultural context, whether you’re exploring ethics and sustainability, accounting standards, digital technologies, logistics and the supply chain, or the globalisation of fashion.

You’ll have the opportunity for domestic and overseas field trips* (see disclaimer below), and you could arrange to do your internship consultancy project* outside of the UK. You may also have an opportunity to study with international students.

Coventry University Group aims to give you the global opportunities needed to become a truly global graduate, enhancing your employability on a global scale. Choose from language classes, studying or working abroad, international field trips, summer schools, leadership development or work experience*. Opportunities such as these have enabled previous students to obtain higher starting salaries and develop the global skills employers require and achieve better career progression.

International Fashion Management is the core to the success of flourishing fashion enterprises. Working together with you on exploring new, innovative and financially sustainable angles will make you the future leaders and drivers of trends, product innovation and internationally successful businesses within the fashion and luxury goods industry.

Frederik Willems, MBA International Fashion Management Course Director, quoted in 2021
Frederik Willems, MBA International Fashion Management Course Director

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent in a relevant academic discipline. Applicants with a degree in another discipline may be admitted after consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience or professional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Careful monitoring of applications to ensure that applicants are suited to the course takes place. Where necessary, applicants are interviewed, especially those that do not appear to meet standard admissions criteria. Where deemed appropriate, a written exercise may be administered to establish suitability.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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An honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent in a relevant academic discipline. Applicants with a degree in another discipline may be admitted after consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with the International Pathways Programme. Upon successful completion our International Pre-Master's - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this postgraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience or professional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Careful monitoring of applications to ensure that applicants are suited to the course takes place. Where necessary, applicants are interviewed, especially those that do not appear to meet standard admissions criteria. Where deemed appropriate, a written exercise may be administered to establish suitability.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022-23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £20,500 per year Not available
International £20,500 per year Not available

Facilities

Our International Fashion Management MBA students have access to a wide range of facilities* to help you apply your academic knowledge, creative and tangible skills in professional practice, in preparation for a professional career in the exciting international fashion industry.

Take a virtual tour of our campus to explore all of the facilities available to you.

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Fashion studios

Our fashion students have access to two fashion studios, which offer versatile spaces for lectures, group work, networking and utilising industry technologies. These contemporary spaces allow you to harness your creativity, experimentation and design skills.
 

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Mac suite

There is a fully equipped Mac suite for digital and creative work. Here you could learn to create digital marketing and social media campaigns and engage with consumers in effective ways. Our Mac suite has the latest industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Cloud.
 

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Photography and visual merchandising suite

We have a combined photography and visual merchandising suite for practical workshops and styling sessions. Here you could learn to design global retailing and visual merchandising strategies and learn how luxury goods and services are branded.


Careers and opportunities

Fashion is a huge, highly competitive and growing industry, which means that strong business leaders are always in high demand. On this course, you will explore in-depth how the international fashion business operates and where its opportunities and challenges lie. Your global perspective should deliver a strong foundation in cross-cultural communication and international business management skills.

The course offers a springboard, upon successful completion, to a potential career culminating in management roles and should accelerate your promotion to rewarding leadership positions. Upon graduation, you should be able take your place among a new generation of fashion business leaders, being able to respond effectively to the demands of an unknowable future.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates from this course have well-developed powers of analysis, strategic thinking and communication, effective decision making and are well-equipped to meet the leadership challenges of today and tomorrow. You could develop a successful career, upon graduation, in a range of disciplines within fashion, including garment production, the supply chain, buying, advertising, fashion retailing, retail management, finance, brand management, visual merchandising, digital communications, marketing, PR, publishing, journalism, IT, event production or consultancy. You might choose to be employed or to start your own business.

Past students have gone on to exciting careers for leading brands such as Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Net-a-Porter, Karlo Otto PR, Louis Vuitton, Fortnum & Mason, Uniqlo, Coach, Emporium department store to name a few, in Europe, Japan, China, and Thailand.

This course has helped me to develop a pragmatic approach in the competitive world of fashion management. It has provided me with in-depth exposure to many different industry domains, including retail, digital, and wholesale. The course has nurtured my communication, teamwork, management, and leadership skills, to meet the demands of this ever-evolving industry.

Shreya Singh, MBA International Fashion Management student, quoted in 2021
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How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.