International Fashion Buying Management BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19)

Start date

23 September 2019


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


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Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472114

About the course

Do you love fashion and have the drive, desire and determination to develop the skills to lead you into a pivotal role within retailers and brands? Do you passionately aspire to work for a global fashion brand or an international retailer, or for yourself in an enterprise business start-up?

International Fashion Buying Management BA (Hons) gives you the skills and knowledge to develop your creativity and expertise within a commercial framework that directly reflects current fashion industry practice. The dynamic environment of fashion buying provides diverse, challenging and exciting opportunities within roles such as trend analysts, fashion buying, merchandising, new product development, and sourcing.

Creatively managing the buying process requires a unique skill set. The Department of Fashion and Textiles provides the environment where you can experiment and personalise your learning to dynamically develop a wide range of skills to help you become a confident player in this exciting international business. You will share first year modules with students on other fashion industry courses enabling you to develop a broad understanding of the industry and learn about the business of fashion in preparation for internships and focusing on your specialism. The emphasis is on innovative and industry-focused projects that simulate industry practice to develop the experience you will need to succeed in the global industry. You will be equipped to research new product solutions, identify market opportunities, learn how to solve problems quickly and creatively, learn how to work collaboratively and manage professional business relationships effectively and how to take the initiative and communicate effectively. Retailers and brands are currently investing heavily in the digital tools to unlock value in new product development and supply chain processes and to enhance the customer journey.

We offer you hands-on experience of these innovative digital platforms, including 2D/3D design visualisation, digital storyboard, and product lifecycle management (PLM), that are transforming the future of the fashion business. Industry players from trend agencies, designers and buyers, through to merchandisers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers are increasingly digitally connected in order to work collaboratively in this fast-paced world. You will become confident and professionally skilled in the latest industry concepts and technologies and our aim is to provide you with experiences that equip you to be unique and stand out in the graduate market, ready to move on to a successful career.

Reflecting industry practice is at the heart of this degree, and as such you will work collaboratively as well as individually on a variety of projects; in the past, for example, students have delivered exciting live projects for brands such as Coach, L.K. Bennett, Topshop, and Primark. Enriching your learning will be a series of field trips to exhibitions and other appropriate cultural and commercial events; these will complement your studies and inspire your ideas.

We have a strong relationship with the University of Huddersfield that continues to go from strength to strength. This enables the students to learn from our experts in the fashion and design industry, enhancing their skill sets, and enabling the company to connect, develop, engage with and attract emerging talent for the future. Alex Raine, Bonmarché.


Alex Raine, Bonmarché

Course Detail

Core modules:

Fashion Contextual Studies

This module aims to provide you with a broad contextual understanding of the context of fashion and the fashion industry. It will give you foundation knowledge of the history of fashion and the key cultural, political, social and economic contexts of clothing and the global fashion industry. The module will cover the development of fashion and the fashion industry, identifying the key personalities, institutions events and influences that have informed its evolution as a creative and commercial activity. The module will also cover the relationship of fashion with society, its roles and connections to other creative and commercial disciplines, and explore the positive and negative cultural, economic and environmental impacts of fashion design, manufacturing, and consumption on individuals and communities in the UK and internationally.

Fashion Professional Development

This module aims to develop your understanding of industry appropriate digital design software applications, and to develop your appreciation of creative and commercial professional practices within the fashion industry. This module will also introduce you to the value of planning and the development of briefs for the design and production of printed and digital communications which are universally applicable within the fashion industry. Design software will be used to create, and publish information with specific consideration to image editing, layout and typography in a variety of printed, digital and online communication media. Projects will cover design processes and production issues and through these, you'll gain an appreciation of the inter-relationship between client, designer and the uses and applications of different design media. The module will also give you an opportunity to reflect on and enhance your fashion industry professional practice by introducing you to Personal Development Planning (PDP). PDP is a structured and supported process in which you'll reflect on your own learning and achievement, and develop personal, academic and professional skills to support your growth as a student and as a fashion professional.

Creative Fashion Industry

This module aims to provide an introduction to the fashion industries from concept through development, realisation and communication of the product or service to end of life scenario. The multi-faceted and global character of fashion will be explored through the four key elements of the fashion value chain; design and development, production and the supply chain, marketing and public relations, retail and distribution. These elements will be considered through their application within forward-thinking fashion brands. The module provides a theoretical framework and the practical tools to develop your fashion practice. There will be opportunities to understand how fashion continually evolves; through digital commerce and communications, technological developments and the increasingly important role of Corporate Responsibility.

Fashion Practice

This module aims to introduce you to foundation knowledge and skills relevant to your professional practice within the global fashion industry. It will cover the fundamentals of the theory and practical application of buying management, brand marketing and creative direction within contemporary fashion organisations. Fashion organisations and the fashion industry will be viewed and examined from the perspectives of international consumers, manufacturers and retailers. The module will also examine the diverse and dynamic nature of processes and activities within the fashion industry and how they are managed within fashion businesses.

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, workshops, tutorials, group seminars and presentations. We use a range of assessment methods to relate the course material to current commercial practice, which include individual and group assignments, essays and seminar presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

If your first language 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, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

You will also be required to attend a satisfactory interview. There is also the option to bring in your portfolio for consideration

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

The Barbara Hepworth Building

The new Barbara Hepworth Building at the University of Huddersfield brings together our Art, Design and Architecture programmes under one roof.

The £30million investment embodies all that is current, contemporary and creative. It offers huge potential to act as a catalyst for future connectivity, setting the scene for collaboration and learning.

Due to open in late 2019, our students will experience a completely new way of working, revolutionising partnerships and creative exchanges from their first day of study.

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Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 week) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students from our suite of fashion courses have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Anthropologie, J Barbour & Sons, Dr Martens, Paul Smith, Missguided, Jimmy Choo, George, and Tesco and internationally at Karl Lagerfeld (Amsterdam), and Ferragamo Retail (Taiwan).

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you may consider starting your own small business by applying for our unique Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. The Enterprise Placement year immerses you in real-world fashion entrepreneurship, and you will benefit from bespoke business advice, mentoring, and networking sessions. This is an exciting and innovative course option that could lead you and your business idea to the very top of British fashion. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year [here] (

You can find out more information on placements here.

Whilst on placement I worked at the British Fashion Council. It was an amazing experience as I worked with over 250 designers, got to attend London Fashion Week and met some incredible people at the heart of the fashion industry.

Katie Elmer

Katie Elmer, Fashion and Textile Buying Management BA(Hons)

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 (HESA, 2018).
  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.

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics are available, 86% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

* Source: DLHE Survey 2014/15

86% Graduates employed*

Student support

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

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

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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

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