International Fashion Design Management MA

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our course aims to combine subject specialist knowledge with creative and collaborative management and research skills.

Start date

17 September 2018


1 year full time – September start

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 471364

About the course

Our Master's in International Fashion Design Management offers continuing or recent graduates from either fashion or management related degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects. It is tailored towards students who wish , to move into the fashion sector and manage either their own or others creative outputs.

Our course aims to combine subject specialist knowledge with creative and collaborative management and research skills. Applicants to this course will normally have a degree in a related subject such as fashion design, management promotion and/or fashion retail management or come from a business or marketing background. Our course is also offered to professionals from within the creative industries with several year’s experience. A distance learning route enables students to study online and from their own homes/places of work

We encourage students to work alongside others from related disciplines as well as undertaking subject specific modules in international fashion design management.

Our specialist staff and research expertise in the department brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. All of our staff are research active and are involved in the events of our research centres. Students are welcome to participate in these wider research contexts as part of their studies with us at the University of Huddersfield. As part of the course you will be able to become a part of a relevant research centre within the School. For more information about our relevant research centre's, please visit:
Fashion Thinking Research Centre: and
Textile Thinking Research Centre:

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.
  • For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
  • Students will be accepted from a wide variety of backgrounds.
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Course Detail

Research Methods and Project Proposal

On this module you will be encouraged to explore how different research methods underpin all kinds of creative practices. As thinkers and practitioners you will work to develop an understanding of the different research approaches you might design and use to enhance and transform your ideas. You will be introduced to a range of practice-led methods which may include: creative and design thinking, user-centered methods, practice-led approaches, cultural analysis, historical/archival research and market-driven data capture and analysis. The module helps to equip you with a tool kit of research skills to guide you in the development a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies.

Research Methods and Project Proposal

Mechanics of International Fashion Management

The aim of this subject specific module is to enable you to learn about key concepts within the global fashion industry through a focused literature review and research programme. You will be encouraged to develop your expertise by examining the concept of fashion, the structure and dynamics of the industry, new product lifecycle management processes and the mechanics of the fashion industry. You will have the opportunity to engage with industry level product lifecycle management (PLM) software and develop skills in the communication of design, managerial, entrepreneurial and creative ideas and concepts. Through examination of the industry, you will develop an advanced understanding of the critical issues that affect design and manufacturing processes, fashion marketing and communications and managerial concepts and systems. You will be encouraged and guided to conduct literature reviews around key issues and identify a particular issue that may have the potential to develop into your final major Master’s project in relation to Research Methods and Project Proposal. You will work with your tutors to develop your skills and personal interests which will culminate in your major project.

Mechanics of International Fashion Management

The course is one of a suite of Master's courses within the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Our modules offer a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of the subject and provide an opportunity for you to explore new and innovative fashion design management and marketing research strategies. You will be encouraged to develop a rigorous understanding of the current mechanics and issues within the global international fashion industry and its implications for the design and implementation potential of fashion design management strategies.

What can I research?

For more information about our relevant research centre’s, please visit:

Fashion Thinking Research Centre: and Textile Thinking Research Centre:

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

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At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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