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Fashion & Textile Retail Management

Get the retail management knowledge, international retailing perspectives and creative direction skills demanded by fashion and textile retailers within a competitive global environment. You will investigate contemporary issues within fashion and textile retailing including branding, disruptive technologies, innovative creative retail spaces, consumer retail experience and behaviour, trend prediction, ethics, sustainability and potential futures.

Supported by industry mentors, collaborative projects and networking opportunities, you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in; project management, creative business problem-solving, and visionary product and brand development as well as organisational development strategies. The course also includes optional practical workshops including: styling, design and garment construction, fashion illustration, photography, fabrics and functionality and CAD.

Increasing your awareness of appropriate solutions for a variety of fashion and textile retail environments, you will explore design thinking strategies and investigate innovative retailing formats and branding strategies through case studies, industry speakers and collaborative projects.

Increase your knowledge and understanding of the industry and challenge yourself to develop creative and innovative strategies, products and systems to create a sustainable and commercially viable future vision for fashion and textile retail.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree with at least 2ii Honours standard in any design practice, visual Arts or cognate subject or equivalent.

Applicants are welcomed with degrees from different disciplines accompanied by a rationale for applying for the programme

Applicants may wish to demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

The programme supports and encourages continuing lifelong learning Applications from professionals with extensive professional, industrial and/or commercial experience but lacking recent or higher level academic qualifications. APL (Advanced Prior Learning) will be considered as evidence of exceptional ability appropriate to the course.

Applicants will be required to provide a short written statement outlining their areas of interest, relevant experience, skills and knowledge and provide evidence that they can deal with the intellectual and practical rigours of the programme.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Many varied career options exist in both the local, regional and international market. This course of study can lead to a range of careers including becoming leaders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs within the fashion and textile retail industry. Participants may also develop skills within a range of associated careers including fashion and lifestyle public relations, styling, merchandising, and brand management as well as enhancing career progression prospects.

Further enquiries



Christine Harbinson

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7202


Maureen Collins

T: +44 (0)28 9012 3456


Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Course fee



Four Thursday and Friday block teaching in semester one year one plus half day per week in semester two, year one. Half day per week semester one year two (usually Wednesday morning) plus four Thursday and Friday blocks during semester two, year two.

Year two Semester three, two-day workshop plus tutorial support.

Teaching combines, lectures tutorials, industry briefs, industrial visits, and guest speakers

Additional optional workshops, visits, and demonstrations may take place on other days.

Full time:

1/2 day per week semester one (usually Wednesday morning plus four Thursday and Friday blocks during semester one and two.

Semester three: 2 day workshop at beginning of the semester followed by two to three tutorials

Additional optional workshops, visits and demonstrations may take place on other days.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 5 March 2020

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