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MA International Fashion Business

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Arts and Digital Industries





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Course summary

This course will provide you with up-to-date
management skills in the context of fashion.
You will embark on an innovative curriculum
which balances theoretical constructs with
practical commercial solutions. In addition to
formal learning and teaching, you will engage
with industry professionals, live projects, guest
speakers and overseas trips to ensure a rich
and varied experience.

You will have the option to graduate with one
of two pathways, marketing management or
luxury branding, depending on your individual
interests and choice of modules.

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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Guest speakers

Guest speakers from Paul Smith, Burberry, Kanye West Studio (Milan) and LOVE magazine.

Degree flexibility

An opportunity to graduate with two pathways, an MA International Fashion Business with Marketing Management or Luxury Branding.

Industry experts

Be taught by industry practitioner, Kent Le who currently works for branding agency Grain Creative and has done projects for John Lewis, Devotion New York and Elizabeth Emmanuel.

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How you'll learn

Apart from taught classes, you'll engage with your studies through a lot of site visits, debates, guest speakers and live projects. We have an impressive lists of guest speakers from some of the best fashion brands in the worlds. To name a few Burberry and Paul Smith. Felisa Kennard Head of Kanye West Studio (Milan) has also led several fashion finance talks and helped our students with their business plans.

Our Fashion & Textiles department organises overseas trips every year. You’ll be able to participate in a study trip to Paris during Premier Vision Week, giving you an insight into new trends and technology.

Our ethos is "learning by doing" - you learn more through practice. Both luxury and marketing modules will be run with input from industry professionals. Luxury branding agency Grain Creative and fashion company Yulan Creative are two active collaborators with the UEL Fashion Marketing team and have run several fashion projects with us over the years.

Our fashion students have worked in roles such as buyers, assistants to campaign managers, fashion magazine journalists and PR managers. Their employers have included companies like Marks and Spencer, Topshop, John Galliano, Free People, Adidas.

You’ll study in our beautiful, waterside Docklands campus. Situated in east London’s creative heartland, with its pop-up artistic stores and design trade fairs, it’s a fashion hotspot guaranteed to inspire you.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours degree with evidenced knowledge of the fashion industry

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


We will also consider professionals with work experience in the fashion industry seeking a career progression. Candidates without formal qualifications but with substantial management experience in fashion are also encouraged to apply.


Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

You’ll start the course with International Fashion Business & Management module, which gives you a broad and complete understanding of the fashion industry from fashion supply chain to managing fashion talents in one of the most exciting industries in the world!

You’ll then focus on specialist areas including Fashion Marketing, Public Relations or Luxury Brand Management. All modules are developed with input from seasoned fashion and marketing professionals. Our Fashion Marketing lecturer Kent Le, for instance, also works for fashion branding agency Grain Creative and has done projects for John Lewis, Devotion New York and Elizabeth Emmanuel.

There is the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in fashion as an integrated part of the course. We have a fantastic list of industry contacts and placements ensuring you’ll be able to apply your studies into practice and boosting your CV.

What you'll study and when

  • International Fashion Business &
    Management (core)
  • Fashion Buying with Trends Forecasting (core)
  • Fashion Consultancy Project/Internship
  • Fashion Marketing & Public Relations or
  • Luxury Brands Management
  • Dissertation

How you'll be assessed

We assess you via your presentations, essays, research projects and a dissertation.


Your future career

Graduates will be qualified to take on a range
of fashion management roles, including
buying, marketing and public relations. You
will gain an advanced skillset specific to either
marketing management or luxury branding,
depending on your interests and career
goals. This course is also suited to those
looking to gain skills relevant to a career in
costume design, fashion media and
visual merchandising.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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