Postgraduate programmes

Fashion Buying & Merchandising

MA

From textiles to analysing trends, gain insight and practical knowledge to succeed in buying and merchandising.

September
Fashion & Design
Full Time
  • NameFashion Buying & Merchandising
  • QualificationMA
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration3 terms ( 1 full calendar year)
  • Tuition fees£18,000 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2018
  • Future start dateSeptember 2019
  • Study abroadYes
  • ValidationSubject to validation

Buying and merchandising are specialist retail functions, which lie at the heart of a fashion brand’s ability to respond effectively to fast changing fashion trends. They play essential roles within the industry and demands professionals who have a good eye for trends, for marketing, budget planning and management.

You will gain industry knowledge and skills where you will be able to learn about textiles and clothing manufacture, competitor shopping and analysing trends and sales patterns to make commercial decisions. You will develop and strengthen many skills including numeracy for buying and merchandising, presentation, team working and negotiation.

You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills developed on the programme through a dissertation or a consultancy project in your third term. Another important feature is the strong link we encourage with businesses and employers through our academic staff and via the Careers and Business Relations Department and the Regent’s Alumni network.

The programme includes a fashion study trip to another country. You may also have the opportunity to take part in optional study trips to other fashion venues.

Length

The programme is delivered over three terms which comprise one calendar year.

Modules 

Term 1

  • Buying and Merchandising
  • The Global Fashion Consumer
  • Fashion Cultures: History, Theory, Creativity
  • Introduction to Textiles and Product Manufacturing

Term 2

  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Sustainability in Fashion
  • Trading and Response to Change
  • Research Design and Methods

Term 3

  • Dissertation, or
  • Individual Consultancy Project

See module descriptions 

 

 Assessment Structure

You will be assessed through a mix of individual and group assessment, including:  essay, report, presentation, team negotiation, and written reflection.

Academic Calendar

Study methods

You will be taught by a team of academics, most of whom have considerable industry experience within fashion buying and merchandising. Your programme is industry-orientated. For that reason experiential learning is fundamental to many of the learning and teaching methodologies used on the programme and to many of the assessments that you will complete. Preparation for careers in relevant disciplines contributes to the mission and goals of the University and is integral to the design of your programme.

 The following learning and teaching methods are used on your programme:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Subject area or University-wide talks
  • External visits
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Independent study
  • Formative assessments
  • Summative assessments 

Students with disabilities

Assessment will be adjusted to suit the needs of students with disabilities. The aim of such adjustments is to ensure that students with disabilities can be tested on an equal footing with all other students. If you have a learning disability it is important that you register this with the Disability Officer so that we can begin to work with you to determine what adjustments are appropriate. Some of our programmes encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

A number of team members are experienced academics who have also worked as senior fashion buyers at fashion companies including Arcadia, Figleaves, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. Former graduates have become buyers at Browns, Selfridges, H&M, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. 

On graduation you will be prepared with the necessary specialist fashion knowledge, skills, commercial understanding and industry insights to access entry-level positions as a step on to a career in buying and merchandising.

 Typical entry level jobs open to graduates of the programme includes:

  • Buyer’s clerk
  • Buying Assistant
  • Buyer’s Admin Assistant
  • Allocator / Senior Allocator
  • Distributor / Senior Distributor
  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Product Development Assistant
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Merchandiser
  • Trainee Buyer

 

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

How to apply  

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application.These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Fees September 2018

Full tuition fee: £18,000
Home/EU advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

scholarships

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018-19

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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India Postgraduate Taught Masters scholarships

Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business.  Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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