Fashion: Buying & Merchandising - Postgraduate Diploma

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. 

Why should I choose this programme?

The fashion industry continues to grow in size and significance, as brands and retailers expand their ranges and markets. Fashion buying and merchandising lie at the heart of a fashion company’s ability to respond effectively to fast moving trends with commercially successful seasonal collections.

This programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills associated with adapting trends and developing fashion ranges, commercial understanding and industry insights to access a range of positions in buying and merchandising.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • knowledge of how fashion trends emerge, and ability to exploit associated market gaps
  • ability to edit and select seasonal collections
  • ability to identify commercial product opportunities and plan a merchandise range
  • retail pricing and margin management
  • competitor analysis
  • teamwork
  • presentation and negotiation skills

Future opportunities

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

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

 

Future start dates

25 September 2017

Apply online for September 2017

 

Fees

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

 

Fees September 2017

Tuition fee: £6,100
Home/EU advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

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Academic requirements

We require an Honours Degree with a minimum 2:2 ideally not in a purely practice based subject (with the exception of Fashion Design or Textiles, which are directly relevant)  from a recognised institution. Please contact admit@regents.ac.uk if you are unsure if your degree subject qualifies.

We also require a GCSE or equivalent in Maths at a minimum of grade C.

Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Centre will be accepted. If you are unsure as to the comparability of your qualification, please contact us.

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements will be invited to participate in a telephone interview before an admissions decision is confirmed.

 

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014

 

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 5 or above HL or SL. English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based test) (for non-EU students you must score a minimum of the following in each component: 17 in Listening: 18 in Reading: 20 in Speaking: 17 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) with an average score of 58 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)
  • Trinity College London Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (C1): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please check their website for current information: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

For advice and guidance on study-related visas and immigration, please view our visas and immigration webpage.

Applying to study at Regent's is a quick and easy 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:

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One letter of reference
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course, and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at: admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
  • CV/resume

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and, if so, you will be invited to attend an interview.

Following this, we will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

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

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

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.

Assessment structure

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

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 20 January 2017

 

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Key information

Name
Fashion: Buying & Merchandising
Qualification
Postgraduate Diploma
Level
Postgraduate
Study mode
Full time
Duration
2 terms (9 months)
Tuition fees
£6,100 *
Scholarships
No *
Next start date
25 September 2017
Future start date
Study abroad
Validation
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees and scholarships

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