Fashion Merchandise Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.05 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.5 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:5840 Duration:12 months

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Equip yourself with the expertise required for a high-flying career in fashion merchandise management in the UK or international fashion industry.

The goal of this stimulating MA Fashion Merchandise Management course is simple: to be an innovative, challenging and inspiring programme for those who want to be future leaders in fashion merchandise management/the fashion industry.

With competition in the retail sector at an all-time high, the role of professionals responsible for visual presentation has taken on greater importance than ever before. Exploiting innovation and creativity allows modern retailers to transform the most pedestrian environments into exciting shopping arenas.

This course will maximise your ability to create design solutions that work in the real world. It aims to progress your understanding of contemporary visual merchandise practice and teach you how to manage the wider requirements of the fashion retail industry. You will gain a thorough understanding of how design can contribute to a business's decision-making process and influence the strategic planning of fashion retailers and their approaches to marketing.

The key elements of this course focus on research, with an emphasis on practical skills and portfolio development. Working closely with professionals who offer insider knowledge of industry strategies, we encourage you to develop pioneering approaches to fashion merchandise management. You will analyse new technological methodologies, creative marketing concepts, display and retail environments and innovations in business for the fashion industry.

Professional Contexts and Practice: This multidisciplinary unit explores current debates, emerging areas of research and professional practice within fashion. Guest lectures will help you develop your critical awareness of the cultural and professional contexts associated with your chosen fields. This will help you to prepare for your future career.

Retail Space Analysis and Design: You’ll look at the importance of visual merchandising, in-store branding and increased customer involvement with the product through the retail store. You will also consider how display techniques can enhance sales opportunities and the customer experience.

Consumer Behaviour, Marketing, Innovation and Enterprise: This unit explores the psychological and cultural factors that influence consumer shopping habits and behaviours. We look at new ways of shopping and improving competition across consumer markets in response to global, technological and ethical developments and considerations.

Research Methods: This unit focuses on the principles of academic research, presenting the variety of research methods available for your chosen study path. You will develop confidence in independent research in preparation for the final master’s project.

Buying and Merchandising: You’ll explore the theory of fashion buying and merchandising and its application to retailing procedures. You will build a detailed understanding of the responsibilities involved in running a fashion business.

Master's Project: You will create a design portfolio, enabling you to showcase the knowledge and skills developed on the course and reflecting your career aspirations.

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Teaching, learning and assessment

We encourage you to seek relevant work experience at a fashion or design company while on the course. This is part of the ethos of the Fashion School, where flexible programmes and strong links with industry have led to placements in important areas of the industry and organisations such as:

  • trend reporting for WGSN
  • Mudpie design/trend consultancy
  • design at Jenny Packham
  • marketing department at Harvey Nichols
  • MRA Architecture and Interior Design
  • visual communication at Calvin Klein Jeans


  • Assessment is through projects, reports and a dissertation.

Our facilities

You will have access to fashion studios, design-and-make workshops, multimedia and IT suites, photography studios and excellent library facilities.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for trips abroad, as well as regular excursions to museums and exhibitions in and around London.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a fashion or related discipline, such as art, business or marketing. Alternatively, you should have industry experience in one or more areas of the fashion industry, including retail, management, design or related areas. All applicants must have a good understanding of fashion, fashion retail and/or related industries; an interview is normally part of the selection process. English language requirements Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing) TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing) PTE Academic 61 (56 in writing) or equivalent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

National Scholarship Programme

The primary purpose of our National Scholarship Programme is to benefit individual students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter higher education. This scheme is available to new home and EU under graduate students starting a programme of study with us in 2014-15, who have no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award and whose tuition fees are over £6,000 for the year. To be eligible to be considered for a National Scholarship, applicants will need to meet both the Government national eligibility criteria and the additional University eligibility criteria, as detailed below.
Government national eligibility criteria:

  • Students will need to have a declared household income of £25,000 or less.

University eligibility criteria will include one or more of the following:

  • Enrolment on an undergraduate degree programme, foundation level of an undergraduate degree programme, HNC or other equivalent course
  • Home address (this is your address prior to joining university) within a low participation neighbourhood
  • Being in the care of a local authority for a minimum of 52 consecutive weeks immediately prior to beginning a programme of study at the University, and aged 24 or under.

Please see further information about the National Scholarship Programme here:

High Performance Academy Scholarship

Sport Solent and Southampton Solent University have developed the High Performance Academy (HPA) to help students who are studying at the University, whilst competing on the national and international stage. The programme provides financial and mentoring support to assist athletes in reaching their sporting potential whilst pursuing higher education.
Minimum requirements for entry on the Sport Solent High Performance Academy
Full-time or part-time undergraduate, or post-graduate student
Applicants must have an outstanding ability in a particular sport
Applicants must compete at a semi-professional level or show strong evidence of the potential to do so
The High Performance Academy programme offers different levels of support to student athletes based on their sporting talent and potential. There are three categories that a successful applicant can fall under:

  • Performance squad
  • Development squad
  • High Performance squad

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form below and email it back to the High Performance Academy

Scholarships for oversears students

International Scholarships Scheme 2014
We are pleased to offer some scholarships to students applying from overseas.
Who can apply?

You can apply if:
you are applying for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University for 2014 entry, and
you are from one of the following areas: Africa, Bangladesh, Japan, North and South America, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey and you are not currently studying or residing in the UK, and you are a self-funded, full fee student (not applicable to Erasmus/Study Abroad students).

How do I apply?

Simply complete the Overseas Scholarships Application form and return it to our International Office, once you have received an offer from us.

The scholarship form is accessible at:

What will happen next?

You will need to accept our unconditional offer and pay the required deposit.
We will then send you the Scholarship Award of £1,000 towards your tuition fee payment for your first year of study.

Sport Scholarships

Sport Solent continues to provide and support top level athletes that strive for academic success alongside their sporting careers. Southampton Solent University offers the opportunity for selected athletes to access a sporting scholarship in many disciplines.
Please note: the Sport Solent scholarship is available for athletes who excel in basketball and cricket.
If you compete at a national and/or international level in another sport, and want to get financial support and mentoring from Southampton Solent University, you can apply for the High Performance Academy|.
The Sport Solent scholarship
Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the university for each successful applicant:
Scholarship fees Undergraduate Postgraduate
Year 1: 100% Year 1: 100%
Year 2: 50% Year 2: 50%
Year 3: 50% N/A

  • Personal mentor
  • One-to-one strength and conditioning training
  • Free use of Sport Solent facilities
  • Free membership to Team Solent sports clubs, providing sports insurance
  • High performance support workshops and lectures
  • Additional funding to compete in international sporting events
  • Flexible timetables
  • Physiotherapy treatments.

To apply

Applicants must fill out the registration form and email to The registration form can be accessible through the link below:

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