Fashion Business

MBA - UCA Epsom - 2018, 2019

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This fashion focused MBA has been designed for fashion managers with relevant experience, to help them build the skills and knowledge needed to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex global issues within fashion business.

This course puts creative thinking at the forefront of leadership and business management and equips you with the core operational management skills – combined with the brand innovation and leadership knowledge – needed to ultimately excel within the competitive fashion business arena.

This course is part of an exciting new portfolio of postgraduate courses which share common units in the first semester.

While this course has a high taught component, you'll be expected to lead and support projects and coursework outside of taught hours with tutorial support. Your learning will initially be based in lectures and workshops and will be aided by individual and group projects and presentations. Sessions then become increasingly workshop and project-led, including a live consultancy project. The final stage of the course is self-led, and you’ll develop strong cognitive skills and become self-reliant in your studies. You’ll benefit from a structured programme of tutorials which will support your course work.

Located on our Epsom campus, you’ll have access to a business focused creative workshop, as well as a dedicated MA base room.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time


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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and two years relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    Entrepreneurship and Brand Innovation

    You’ll develop a coherent understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial traits, defining innovation and using it in business, and the relationship between entrepreneurship and new business development. Assessment will be through a new innovative business proposal.

    Understanding the Fashion Business Environment

    This unit is built around a fashion lecture series that all of our postgraduate students will participate in. This is a unique opportunity to introduce the very best fashion business professionals to inspire and educate. Additional specific MBA workshops will cover topics spanning management structures in fashion, managing creative people, building effective fashion brands, and strategic thinking for fashion professionals – as well as workshops looking at implementing business methods. Assessment will be through a mini business project and business report.

    Creative Thinking

    You’ll explore the notion of creativity and experiment with new creative techniques for business. Assessment will be through a creative business project.

    Digital Communications and Fashion PR

    You’ll explore the impact of new technologies on marketing functions, the impact of social media on brand exposure and the role of PR in a global networked society. Assessment will be through a group blogging project.

    Future Trends and Fashion Brands

    This unit will explore trend forecasting and will evaluate how fashion brands utilize forecasting in order to communicate their brand messages. Assessment will be through a mini project.


  • Term 2

    Fashion Consultancy with Industry

    You’ll have a live consultancy with a recognisable fashion brand, and will be assessed through a business report and presentation to industry.

    Finance in Practice

    You’ll explore the fundamentals of finance including profit and loss, balance sheets, financial structures and procedures, through lectures and practical workshops. Assessment will be through an examination.

    People and Management

    This unit will look at management structures and processes within the fashion businesses as well as looking at the human aspect of managing people. Assessment will take the form of a project and a practical skills assessment.

    Leadership and Strategy

    This unit will look at the nature and principles of leadership within the context of change. It will explore leadership models and traits. It will also examine the role of strategy to leadership. Assessment will take the form of a strategic pitch to industry.

  • Term 3

    Individual Applied Business Research Project

    This is a self-initiated and self-directed project which builds upon one of the key areas of the course to develop a research lead project. Assessment will be either through a dissertation, a visually expressed research report and business plan or a design proposition project and accompanying report.

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Business School

The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


The MA courses at UCA Epsom share a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with extensive screen printing facilities, photography studios, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment. There is also a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline


  • Two years' relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who present a degree with a lower classification, but can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is needed for this course, we will require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview you are welcome to do so.

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