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.
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.
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:
The programme is delivered over two terms.
25 September 2017
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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.
For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:
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: email@example.com
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:
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:
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).
You will be taught by staff with academic and industry experience of fashion buying and merchandising.
This programme consists of:
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.
You will be assessed through a mix of individual and group assessment, including: essay, report, presentation, team negotiation, and written reflection.
Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA
Last updated: 20 January 2017
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The luxury industry has evolved rapidly over the last decade, with brands expanding and consolidating into mature and fast-developing markets.
Attend an open evening to learn more about this specialist programme that provides practical business context, knowledge and tools relevant to the latest developments in the industry.