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Fashion Buying & Management


Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

To make a full and complete application for this programme you must include a current CV along with a cover letter stating why you are applying for this postgraduate diploma and outlining your suitability to the course.

DIT's innovative MSc Fashion Buying & Management is to date, the only programme of its kind being offered in the Republic of Ireland. This one year, full-time programme is designed for graduates seeking to break the exciting and fast-paced fashion buying industry.

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The programme is aimed at honours bachelor degree graduates (minimum 2.2 Honours) of universities or similar third level institutions who have a strong desire to succeed in the fashion industry. Holders of equivalent professional qualifications, by examination, will also be considered. The programme is conducted in English so a strong working knowledge of English (Minimum 6.5 IELTS or equivalent) is required.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.


1 year full-time January - December

While the timetable for 2020 is obviously yet to be finalized there are normally circa 20 to 25 contact hours per week. Given the intensive nature of the postgraduate programme and the fact that subjects are new, students are advised to keep a clear working week and to minimize other commitments in order to participate in the programme. Students are also advised to be aware of time commitment needed to complete the work placement element of the programme.

Further enquiries

Barbara Mohan
Project Officer - Arthur Ryan Retail Centre
DIT, Room 2-091, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

T: 01 402 7060

Mob: 086 821 8391


Subjects taught

Course Content

The first semester introduces participants to the principles of Fashion Buying I. Materials and Fabrics, Sociology of Fashion, Finance for non-financial Managers, and Marketing Luxury Brands and Retail Merchandising Analytics.

In the second semester students study a more specialist area with Fashion Buying II, complemented by modules such as Store Environment, Fashion Public Relations and Communications, Retail Operations Management and International Fashion Retailing.

Throughout the year, a series of Fashion Seminars will be delivered. These seminars will allow for the students to interact with key industry figures and be kept informed of the latest industry developments. International travel will also be an important feature of the programme.

The first trip to Paris takes place in February. The aim of this trip is primarily to attend the Premiere Vision fabric trade fair and experience firsthand the demands of the apparel industry. The learning outcomes of this trip our examined by continuous assessment.

Later in the semester, students travel to an Irish and UK based fabric mill with The National Tailoring Academy who deliver the Materials and Fabric module throughout semester 1.


Qualification Awarded: Graduates are eligible for the Level 9 award of MSc in Fashion Buying and Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Location: School of Retail and Services Management, Faculty of Business, DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Graduates are eligible for the Level 9 award of MSc in Fashion Buying and Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Application date

Closing Date: Jan 2020 intake - applications open 29th April

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: Mid January

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