International Fashion Marketing MSc

 

Course Code

LONT064, LONT065 (with Professional Practice)

Location

Coventry University London (City of London)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice

Start date

January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

Explore the global context of fashion and the core features of the roles that marketing, management, branding, trends and digital content creation play within different and diverse fashion industry contexts.

Our International Fashion Marketing MSc reflects global trends in fashion marketing and business systems, standards and practices from around the world, drawing upon international case studies and fostering intercultural fluency among students.

  • Gain an understanding of all the main areas of international fashion marketing, branding and retailing, from global markets analysis and product development to consumer behaviour and fashion brand management.
  • Develop your knowledge, understanding, critical-thinking and problem-solving in areas required by contemporary international fashion business organisations.• Improve your fashion communication, business and applied skills, industry language and terminologies, interpersonal and life-long, key transferable skills.
  • Apply to study our International Fashion Marketing MSc with Extended Professional Practice route, an 18-month option aimed at individuals who are looking to attain a deeper understanding of business in a very practical way.
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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

  • CMI accreditation1
    Gain a professionally recognised Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice, subject to the successful completion of the CMI accredited Professional Development module.
  • London location
    Studying in London means you’ll soak up a world of fashion – from vibrant street markets to iconic brands and edgy designer studios. We’re a stone’s throw from Brick Lane, and you’re in easy reach of the luxury stores of Bond Street and Knightsbridge or the department stores and flagship stores of Oxford Street. There are opportunities to visit trade fairs (such as Texfusion, Jacket Required and Pure London), major events such as London Fashion Week, and world-famous museums like the V&A and the Fashion & Textile Museum2.
  • Industry insight2
    You’ll be taught by tutors with exceptional career experience in disciplines such as high-end luxury fashion, publishing, styling, retail and PR. Several are research-active and speak at international conferences, and the course director founded the Fashion Research Network (please note staff are subject to change). You may have opportunities to visit trade fairs, fashion events and fashion businesses to gain valuable industry insight. You may also have access to guest speakers drawn from various sectors of the fashion industry through talks and workshops.
  • Real-world experience2
    Your course is designed to ready you for the fast-paced but exhilarating world of international fashion marketing. To help you prepare, the course includes real-life scenarios that will put your creative and problem solving abilities to the test. You may decide to apply for our International Fashion Marketing MSc course with Extended Professional Practice. This is an 18-month option and is aimed at individuals who are looking to attain a deeper understanding of business in a very practical way. You are expected to spend twenty-two weeks at one (or more) host employer or campus-based setting(s) and will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Find out more about our Extended Professional Practice study option.
  • Prepare for your future 
    The course enables you to progress your career with a portfolio of fashion-related projects showcasing your knowledge and skills, with the possibility of grounding your career by working with established fashion brands or as entrepreneurs in international fashion marketing in a global context. You’ll have opportunities to mix 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.

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Chartered Management Institute

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) . Students who successfully pass the integrated CMI Module offered in this course on their way to achieving the full Coventry University qualification will be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership award and assigned the Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) status.


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What you'll study

Your main study themes are:

  • Sustainability and Diversity

You’ll explore a range of ethical issues faced by the fashion industry, such as diversity, fair trade, sustainable practices, environmental concerns and animal welfare.

  • Problem-solving

Throughout your studies you’ll develop a strategic approach to identifying, analysing and solving business problems, learning to source reliable information on which to base your decisions.

  • Consumer behaviour

The key to marketing is understanding your consumer and meeting their needs, so you’ll learn to identify, profile, reach and engage with a wide range of global fashion consumers.

  • Innovation

The fashion industry is fuelled by change, but this presents particular problems for business. Learn to become an agile leader, capable of responding to constant change through developing your skills and thought processes to become proactively responsive to the fashion industry’s new markets and opportunities for growth.

Analyse global fashion retail markets, whilst learning to create and manage a fashion brand’s marketing strategy. The first semester modules act as a foundation in developing core academic and creative skills as well as a critical understanding of key fashion business and marketing concepts. In semester two opportunity is provided to build on this foundation with application of concepts, theories and research in fashion industry linked scenarios. In the final semester you can choose one of several optional modules for your final major project. This course can be carried out over one academic year (full-time), or over two academic years (part-time).

Modules

  • Through this module you will have the opportunity to develop your creative and academic professional skills which can be applied in the context of relevant fashion industry-based scenarios which you will need throughout your course and career post-graduation.

    Compulsory

  • In this module you will have the opportunity to explore and enhance your critical understanding of key concepts, frameworks and theories and how these apply in the context of the global fashion industry, encompassing consideration of industry practices and standards in relation to sustainability and diversity.

    Compulsory

  • This module will support your developing academic research skills to explore your own self-directed research interests related to a contemporary fashion business or marketing issue or problem.

    Compulsory

  • This module provides you with the opportunity to put your creative and practical marketing skills into practice through the development and creation of your fashion industry-linked project or event to engage your peers and/or the wider community of fashion industry professionals.

    Compulsory

  • Through this module you have opportunity to respond to an industry-linked fashion business scenario or live project client brief to research into and create a relevant and innovative fashion marketing proposal or strategy that is relevant in the context of the global fashion industry.

    Compulsory

  • This CMI accredited module provides you with the opportunity of obtaining a dual accreditation alongside evolving your critical understanding of contemporary entrepreneurial and business practices you will require in pursuing a fashion industry career.

    Compulsory

  • Choose from one from the following:

    Dissertation for the Creative and Service Industries - 50 credits

    Through this module you have the opportunity to evolve your personal research interests, identified in previous semester, to complete a dissertation focused on a contemporary fashion business or marketing related issue or problem.

    Internship Consulting Project2, Creative Service Industries - 50 credits

    Alongside completing an internship with a relevant fashion company or organisation,2, you will complete an internship business report on a contemporary fashion business or marketing related issue or problem..

    Fashion Marketing and Production Project -50 credits

    This module is for self-starters with a fashion business idea or concept they can take forward and develop through the creation of an in-depth research business report which accompanies a creative marketing or conceptual fashion business output.

    Optional

  • Extended Professional Practice 1 - 0 credits 

    This is a compulsory module on MSc courses with Extended Professional Practice. This non-credit bearing module, together with Extended Professional Practice 2 will provide students on Extended Professional Practice MSc courses with a professional experience. This will take the form of either an internship with a host organisation, or a campus-based professional experience. This experience will support the development of your personal and professional skills, such as communication, team-working, self-management, project management and critical reflection to enhance their future employability. You will be expected to augment your previous learning and experiences in order to develop your knowledge and skills of professional practice in your chosen subject area. This module will also provide you with the necessary experience and focus on completing the project report for Extended Professional Practice Project.

    Please note: It is recommended that work experience during Extended Professional Practice 1 module should be at least 11 weeks in length and full time (35 hours per week). Approval of work settings by the Talent Team beforehand is mandatory, to be evaluated on its own individual merit, and achievement of the professional practice’s learning and development objectives. All students, regardless of internship length, must adhere to attendance monitoring requirements throughout the course.

    Extended Professional Practice 2 - 0 Credits 

    This is a compulsory module on MSc courses with Extended Professional Practice. This non-credit bearing module is a continuation of Extended Professional Practice 1, providing students on an Extended Professional Practice MSc courses with a substantive professional experience. This will take the form of either a continuation of the internship with a host organisation, or the campus-based professional experience. This module aims to provide you with further professional experiences, building on knowledge and skills, previously gained, consolidating and refining your personal and professional skills, theory and practice and further enhance your future employability. You will be expected to augment your previous learning and experiences in order to develop additional knowledge and skills of professional practice in your chosen subject area. As with the Extended Professional Practice 1, this module will also provide you with the necessary experience and focus on completing the project report for Extended Professional Practice Project.

    Please note: It is recommended that work experience during Extended Professional Practice 2 module should be at least 11 weeks in length and full time. Approval of work settings by the Talent Team beforehand is mandatory, to be evaluated on its own individual merit, and achievement of the professional practice’s learning and development objectives. All students, regardless of internship length, must adhere to attendance monitoring requirements throughout the course.

    Extended Professional Practice Project - 50 credits

    This is a compulsory module on MSc courses with Extended Professional Practice. This module aims to integrate theory and practice either through undertaking an Extended Professional Practice or campus-based project in an area relevant to the subject being studied. This will have involved you working on an organisational issue either within a host organisation2 or on campus addressing a project brief, as part of the Extended Professional Practice modules 1 and 2.

    The module fits with the individual courses’ aims and learning outcomes in that it helps you to integrate your learning across subject specific taught modules within a real business setting. Moreover, the knowledge and understanding gained within the organisational setting will help you to further develop your subject knowledge and understanding when writing the final report. Apart from increasing your knowledge and understanding, this module also aims to develop you into an ethical, responsible individual that collaborates successfully with and leads others from diverse cultures and backgrounds to achieve shared goals, demonstrating global citizenship and social responsibility.

    Optional

  • This pathway includes the option to study for the MSc with Extended Professional Practice (EPP), with an extended period of internship2. This is an 18-month option and is aimed at individuals who are looking to attain a deeper understanding of business in a very practical way. You are expected to spend twenty-two weeks at one (or more) host employer or campus-based setting(s) and will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Find out more about our Extended Professional Practice study option. 

    Optional

As part of my Extended Professional Practice, I did an internship for six months with a fashion agency called B&C. I worked with Vivienne Westwood, one of the most iconic fashion houses, and got to go on a trip to Belgium to meet a designer to help finalise plans for their next collection. I also planned a two-day shoot in London and Margate for Ben Sherman’s upcoming collections. The collection will be launching later this year and I feel so proud to know that all the posters and billboards I see - that I was a part of that.

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How you'll learn

Although your studies will be underpinned by solid academic theory, this course provides every possible opportunity to apply what you’ve learned to the real business context, both on and off campus. You will learn by doing, undertaking a

  • Teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans and online collaborations.
  • You’ll be encouraged to make the most of all the opportunities available to you in London – such as store visits, museums, exhibitions, conferences and simply observing stores, streets and markets. A significant proportion of your time should be dedicated to personal study, a lifelong skill which will benefit you throughout your career.
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities such as our Student Enterprise Business society, student mentoring programmes and volunteering opportunities to develop your personal and professional skills. You could also take part in our High Flyers programme, (subject to availability) to help you develop the personal and professional skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world, through a suite of extra curricula, non-course specific workshops. 

The International Fashion Marketing MSc course (without Extended Professional Practice) can 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.


Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 10 contact hours per week. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 10 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Debates
  • Presentations
  • Written assignments (these might include marketing report, a research journal, trend or range book, and creative pitches)
  • You might be asked to develop brand strategies, social media campaigns, consumer profiles, plans for a brand-new independent fashion business or concept store, a creative project management project portfolio, magazine, or a digital fashion portfolio.

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


International experience opportunities

This course takes a global perspective on the entire curriculum. Not only will you explore fashion in its international context, but you’ll also learn how it is resourced, manufactured, marketed and sold around the world. You’ll have opportunities for overseas trips2 (for example, Paris or Copenhagen) and you could arrange to do an internship or consultancy project overseas2. You may study alongside an international cohort of students, meaning you may be able to learn from their insights and experiences, develop your cross-cultural skills, and build an invaluable network of international contacts.

Fashion marketing is an essential component of any fashion business success. What is changing, and is exciting, is the multiple new ways and innovations in which fashion brands can ‘tell their story’. These stories need to be engaging and diverse, and through this course you will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of projects that will help you showcase your research and creative skills. Helping you on your career path to develop marketing strategies and campaigns which are relevant and compelling in a globalised fashion context.

Nathaniel Dafydd Beard, International Fashion Marketing MSc course director, quoted in 2022
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Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

There is careful monitoring of applications to ensure that applicants are suited to course at their particular entry point. Where necessary applicants are interviewed (remotely if applicable), especially those applicants who do not appear to meet standard entry criteria. Where deemed appropriate, a written exercise is administered to establish suitability.

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An honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

There is careful monitoring of applications to ensure that applicants are suited to course at their particular entry point. Where necessary applicants are interviewed (remotely if applicable), especially those applicants who do not appear to meet standard entry criteria. Where deemed appropriate, a written exercise is administered to establish suitability.

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.

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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Life after university

A real insight into Mei Guan Lee’s time studying for an MSc in International Fashion Marketing at Coventry University London. Find out how studying with us prepared her for life after university, and a career in the fashion industry.


Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £14,550 | £19,350 (Extended Professional Practice) Not available
International £18,250 | £19,350 (Extended Professional Practice) per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the impact of contextual forces on marketing in organisations operating in the fashion industry, including ethical, environmental, political, economic, social and technological change issues; international developments and corporate governance; as well as the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations.
  • Critically evaluate the fashion and lifestyle industries’ retail markets and customers: the needs of stakeholders, including, employees, sponsors or collaborators, or competitors and how to manage and develop these interactions.
  • Articulate and apply the theories, concepts, processes and institutions in the branding and marketing of fashion and lifestyle goods and/or services.
  • Critically evaluate the management of resources and operations related to the fashion marketing industry, with the use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management within an international knowledge-based economy.
  • Critically evaluate and articulate international market structures and strategies which affect global marketing in the fashion industry context and the development/application of appropriate business policies and strategies to meet stakeholder interests.
  • Articulate and apply a variety of current theory and skills within digital and fashion industry practices in a variety of scenarios to a professional standard including heir transferability across decision-making and implementation.
  • Critical thinking and creativity: managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts, analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. Critically appraise statements in terms of logic or reasoning, define terms adequately and appropriately in marketing scenarios.
  • Problem solving and decision making for the fashion industry: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving fashion business problems; evaluate options; and the ability to implement.
  • In completing 7050CRB Entrepreneurial Practice a student should be able to; critically evaluate the principles for leading and developing people and entrepreneurial practice in strategic contexts.

Through a diverse range of teaching and learning styles, you have the opportunity to develop fashion specific practical skills in leadership, management and teamwork, in addition to devising entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to fashion business problems. The course is designed to encourage and develop transferable skills such as the ability to reflect on performance and implement solutions and strategies in relation to career aspirations and personal development.

The course enables you to progress your career with a portfolio of fashion-related projects showcasing your knowledge and skills with the possibility of grounding your career by working with established fashion brands or as entrepreneurs in international fashion marketing in a global context. The aim of the course is to ultimately provide a basis through which to develop career-ready and confident fashion professionals committed and able to take up the challenges of the dynamic global fashion industry. The course aims to provide you with the opportunity to go on to work in a number of varied and exciting careers such as social media manager, fashion content management, PR in the luxury sector, brand manager and visual merchandising.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates are now working in a diverse range of industries such as small independent luxury brands or in larger international companies in their marketing teams. Some graduates have gone on to collaborate with ‘young creatives’ or launch their own companies whilst others have led the diversification of their family business into fashion. Graduates from this course have also found roles working in many international companies in the fashion sector including All Saints, Beyman, BoboSnap, Boden, Chanel, Comme Des Garçons, Michael Kors, The Shirt Company, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Uniqlo amongst others.


How to apply

  • 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. A copy of the 2022/23 contract can be found here.  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.

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