Postgraduate programmes

Fashion: Buying & Merchandising

Postgraduate Diploma

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

September
Full Time
  • NameFashion: Buying & Merchandising
  • QualificationPostgraduate Diploma
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration2 terms (9 months)
  • Tuition fees£6,300 *
  • ScholarshipsNo *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2018
  • Study abroad
  • ValidationRegent's University London

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.

You will gain the insights and practical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a fashion buying or merchandising career.

Industry knowledge and skills are embedded across modules and are achieved in different ways. These include learning 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.

 

Length

The programme is delivered over two terms.

Modules 

Term 1

  • Buying and Merchandising
  • Professional and Employability Skills 1
  • Fashion Cultures: History, Theory, Creativity
  • Introduction to Textiles and Product Manufacturing

Term 2

  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Sustainability and Ethics in Fashion
  • Final Project: Trading and Response to Change
  • Professional and Employability Skills 2

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 staff with academic and industry experience of fashion buying and merchandising.

This programme consists of: 

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Guest speakers in class and at larger University events
  • External visits (e.g. to a buying office and manufacturer or wholesaler)
  • IT seminars and workshops (e.g. Excel / Adobe Suite)
  • Problem solving and negotiation workshops
  • Progress tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Group work and self-directed study
  • In-class formative assessments
  • Summative (graded) assessments

There is a gradual move towards more self-directed and independent learning in the final stages of the programme, particularly in the final team project.

Students with disabilities 

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

This programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to kickstart your career in fashion buying and merchandising.

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

  • Buying Assistant
  • Buying Admin Assistant
  • Buyer’s Clerk
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Trainee Buyer
  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Merchandising Admin Assistant
  • Allocator
  • Distributor
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Marketing Assistant

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 and will assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE Mathematics grade A-C / 9-4. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements will be invited to participate in an interview with academic staff.

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

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

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.

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. 

Fees September 2018

Tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

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