Manchester Metropolitan University


Responsible Fashion

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • The introductory unit covers a broad range of areas, ensuring that you will have the necessary background to move across and beyond the sector if you wish.
  • The course has been developed in conjunction with a strong industry Advisory Board, meaning it is very reflective of contemporary issues.
  • This course draws on the extensive experience of teaching staff in theoretical and applied work on the challenges of sustainability and the concept of responsibility.
  • Full-time, part-time and distance learning options.

Our Staff: Joanna Blanco-Velo

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Senior Lecturer in Fashion Business

"Here at Manchester Metropolitan University, I am a member of the core teaching team for the Fashion Masters programmes. My personal research focuses upon complexity in the communication of sustainable fashion to mainstream fashion consumers.”

The need for more sustainable business practice within the fashion industry has gained pace in recent years. However, the opportunity for graduates to develop in-depth, specialist knowledge of sustainability within global fashion contexts and at post-graduate level, are few. This new industry-facing programme offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required of responsible industry leaders.

We are connected with over 400 industry partners, ensuring our programmes are shaped to meet the needs of international fashion business. Course delivery will include a schedule of industry based guest speakers and visiting academic specialists. Through participation in a series of engaging projects, you will develop proposals for innovative, sustainable fashion products and consider how to responsibly manage sustainable business supply chains and value chains. As a graduate of this stimulating and thought provoking programme you will be capable of leading innovative and strategic change in the fashion professions’ responses to a broad range of social, economic, environmental and cultural challenges.

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About the course

Course content will draw on the emerging global goals for sustainable development and Corporate Social Responsibility frameworks, focusing on the importance of sustainable innovation, resilient business infrastructure, sustainable industrialisation and equitable consumption patterns. Emphasis will be placed upon the imperative need of the global fashion industry to address the challenges of social, environmental and economic sustainability. This new course is intended to provide Industry leaders of the future with the knowledge, skills and confidence to direct responsible change. 

The teaching is delivered via termly symposia . Teaching and learning will be supported by a programme of specialist guest speakers from both industry and academia.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Typical units of study may include:

  • Responsible Business 
  • Local Economic Development 
  • Social and Environmental Responsibility
  • Leadership and Change Management 
  • Dissertation or Project 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Projects will include work-based learning supported by regular one-to-one tutorials.

Additional Information About this Course

Basic pre-entry course work exploring innovation and sustainability is optional - completing it feeds into skills discussion and introductory sessions during the first few weeks of the course.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You will normally have a good UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in any subject and 12 months-2 years relevant industry experience.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online now

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

The British Fashion Council’s ‘Future of Fashion’ report recently highlighted the importance of ensuring sustainable business in the sector and initiatives such as DEFRA’s Sustainable Clothing Roadmap recognise issues of sustainability and ecology as a threat to the industry. As the issue becomes more prevalent, a host of fashion retailers and luxury fashion brands have embedded corporate responsibility and sustainability into their long-term strategic plans.

Graduates are expected to secure promotion and/or take on specific responsibility for sustainability in their existing organisation.  You will also be equipped to become a consultant.  This Master's will also enable you to move into the sector from other careers.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.