Fashion Marketing student in meeting with peers
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2021

Overview

Effective marketing is essential for all successful fashion organisations. To have a powerful impact as a marketing specialist in this rapidly evolving industry, you need an array of technical and professional skills – and the talent to apply these in an ethical and sustainable way.

If you want to shape the future of fashion and have the determination and vision to use your marketing and business skills in a challenging but rewarding career, this Fashion Marketing Master's degree is your ideal next step.

You'll get a grounding in essential marketing tools, techniques and theories including social media marketing and analytics. You'll also focus on the specific mechanics and workings of the fashion industry by studying topics such as fashion branding and fashion entrepreneurship.

You'll have opportunities to go on an international study trip and get valuable experience working on live marketing campaigns with local, national or international organisations. You could also do an optional 6-month work placement at the end of the course.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to work in many areas of the fashion and marketing industries, in organisations of all sizes.

Entry requirements​

MA Fashion Marketing Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A 2:1 degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. 
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • An interview/portfolio may be required as part of the selection process.

What you'll experience

On this Fashion Marketing Master's you'll:

  • Learn how to address the contemporary challenges of fashion marketing, in a sustainable and ethical way
  • Get insights into making impactful marketing decisions
  • Study core marketing theories and techniques alongside specialist industry-specific modules
  • Be taught by a teaching team with close links to local business and creative communities, and extensive contacts within large national and international fashion companies and corporations (including Arcadia Group, Burberry, Google, Tommy Hilfiger, Conde Nast and Twitter)
  • Get experience with the software and tools you'll use in your career, such as Adobe Design Suite, Google Analytics and Google Ads
  • Apply what you learn in the industry, by working with a fashion brand on a live brief – you'll deal directly with clients, working within professional constraints to deadlines

You can also:

  • Get additional professional qualifications, in areas such as Google Analytics and Google Ads, as part of your study
  • Further immerse yourself in the world of fashion marketing as you study with field trips and guest lectures
  • Present your research to a student-led conference, as part of a research-based unit, which can help prepare you for potential PhD study
  • Apply to do a 6-month industrial placement at the end of the course, with support from course tutors and the University's careers and employability services

Transferable skills you'll develop, which you can use in all areas of your life and career, include critical thinking, research, self-motivation and time management, team working, independence, verbal and written communication, analytical thinking and ethical integrity.

Careers and opportunities

Marketing is an essential part of all fashion organisations, and job opportunities exist across all areas of the industry.

The skills and knowledge you get on this course will also make you a good fit for general marketing roles in public sector and not-for-profit organisations, such as charities, local government and higher education institutions.

Roles you could do

You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to take up roles in many fields, including:

  • Global fashion market researcher
  • Fashion marketing campaign officer
  • Fashion marketing executive
  • Public relations account executive
  • Fashion marketing consultant
  • Fashion entrepreneur
  • Social media manager

You could also continue your studies to PhD level.

Whatever comes next after your studies, our Careers and Employability service will give you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate.

6-month optional placement

You'll have the option to undertake a 6-months industrial placement at the end of the course.

Although you'll need to identify and secure your placement, you'll get structured support at every stage from course tutors and the University's careers and employment services, including the faculty's Creative Careers service.

​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth 15, 30 or 60 credits. You'll need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits to achieve your Master's degree.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules currently being studied

Core

  • Essentials of Marketing
  • Consumer Insights and Analytics
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion and Luxury Retail Marketing
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Marketing Major Project

Optional

  • Postgraduate Work-Based Learning

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Interactive teaching media
  • Group learning sessions
  • Personal tutoring
  • Project supervision

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • Essays and reports
  • Group presentations and pitches
  • Exams
  • Online tests
  • Portfolios
  • Exhibitions

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week (full time) or 17.5 hours a week (part time) studying for your Fashion Marketing Master's.

You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 8-10 hours a week (full time) or 4–5 hours a week (part time). The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to September with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods with the summer period reserved for working on your dissertation:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period
  • June to September – dissertation

Extra learning support

You'll get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Academic skills tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Creative skills tutors

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials.

Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs

Tuition fees

These fees are based on courses starting in 2020. We'll publish 2021 fees here in autumn 2020. Fees subject to annual increase.

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £9,200
  • Part-time: Awaiting confirmation 

EU - Awaiting confirmation 

International students

  • Full-time: £16,400
  • Part-time: Awaiting confirmation

Optional 6-month work placement (10% of full-time fee)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £900
  • EU - Awaiting confirmation
  • International students: £1,510

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 8 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to pay full costs towards the optional study trip. This will cost around £250–£600.

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