Manchester Metropolitan University


Fashion Innovation

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • All students on this course are given the opportunity to participate in a funded international visit to a leading fashion company where they are briefed on a challenging project to be undertaken in term two.
  • Our students can freely access our cutting-edge, industry-standard, fabric testing laboratories and our state-of-the-art apparel innovation zone including ultrasonic welding, sew-free bonding and binding, 3D body scanning, 3D printing, and laser-cutting equipment and machinery, facilitating the evaluation and development of new fabrics and garments.
  • Our students are individually supported throughout their Masters journey, whereby access to specialist staff, resources, industry contacts and visits, conferences and events, and guest speakers are tailored to their specific needs.

Our Staff: Nick Hall

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Senior Lecturer in Fashion Business

I am experienced in teaching a wide range of business and innovation topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I tailor my teaching methods and learning objectives to the requirements of specific modules and the interests, specialisms, learning styles and abilities and of the learners. By contextualising my approach with discipline-specific examples I introduce students to macro and micro socio-economic and strategic issues related to fashion, business innovation and the wider creative industries. I implement a blended-learning approach in my teaching and make extensive use of learning technologies, integrating them into my practice and face-to-face activities.

I have a comprehensive understanding of fashion business management, marketing, product development, consumer behaviour, buying and merchandising, technology management, supply chain management and design management. In addition to this I have many years experience in business economics, innovation management, entrepreneurship, business enterprise, Computer Aided Design and sustainability related to product development and design for the environment.

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About the course

The MA Fashion Innovation programme bridges the gap between design and business and responds to the broader context of fashion, both commercially and intellectually, allowing you to find your own unique direction and to position yourself within an aspirational professional environment.

You will take a research-led, problem-based and/or a case study approach to the development of your ideas and proposals. Our students are encouraged to collaborate and develop joint responses to a series of live projects, culminating in their final proposals, which are specific to their own research interests and areas of specialism.

  • The course is structured into three units, each delivered around industry-led briefs.
  • The three units are; Build, Practice, and Perform.
  • The units run one per term, and the course runs from September to September.

Typical units of study may include

The current programme is designed so that all students share a common units; Build in term 1 and Practice term 2, in which areas of research and specialism are likely to include design and innovation, new product and service development, buying, promotion, production, and garment performance, with an individual 60 credit final project/dissertation unit called Perform, in term 3 from running from May to September.

The open nature of the 3 units gives you the opportunity to navigate your way through the curriculum according to your career aspirations, and through on-going, studio-based interaction, academic staff are available to provide additional help to support you in throughout your Masters.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

You will study three units during the course of your Masters:

  • Build - Developing a comprehensive understanding of the wider context of Fashion.
  • Practice - How to develop and test concepts, proposals, products and ideas.
  • Perform - How to transform an innovative idea into an innovative business proposition.


Core Units
Term 1 - Build

Within this unit you will be set a series of briefs, which establish the key principles of innovation that underpin the MA, and you will work in small, collaborative groups.

Project briefs will enable you to develop your collective ability to develop ideas and proposals in response to research, to produce innovative outcomes, to present your work and to articulate your concepts to a professional standard.

The briefs will focus on research methods, the generation of ideas, critical analysis, innovation, ethics and sustainability, and creative problem solving. You will be expected to engage with key contemporary social and cultural theories, and commercial and technological developments and within your areas of interest and specialism. Research into the innovative use of new cutting edge technology will be encouraged from the outset.

Term 2 - Practice

In this unit, you will put the learning of term 1 into practice across two projects. You may continue to work collaboratively to maximise your interdisciplinary experience, or you can work independently whilst benefiting from a learning community. Collaborative learning will be fostered through group tutorials and joint initiatives.
The two projects set will be demanding and will extend your research and critical analysis skills.  You will respond to and critically examine research in order to develop innovative commercial proposals that address complex industry-led problems. You will be encouraged to engage with external organisations and/or international companies who will initiate the briefs. The work undertaken will challenge current practices and encourage innovation, commerciality, and sustainability. These briefs will encompass all the many areas of specialism. Guest speakers and company visits will be embedded into both of these projects.
As part of the first brief there will be an optional visit to a leading international company. This will enable you to undertake primary research within a company with a global perspective.

Term 3 - Perform

This Unit allows you to devise, negotiate, plan, deliver and disseminate a substantial piece of research in which you will develop your outcomes into innovative business or design ideas or concepts. You will synthesise visual, theoretical, technological, business and philosophical concepts to inform and inspire the development of innovative business propositions, fashion artefacts, or other relevant outcomes. This work will be informed by knowledge of design and contemporary culture, research into relevant consumer behaviours, relevant social and ethical implications or be primarily focused on a business led trading issue.

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

Assessment in each unit comprises both individual and group assignments consisting of projects and live industry briefs. Assessments will be progressive and take place throughout each term.

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

This course is for students with a good UK honours degree (or international equivalent) from a fashion, design or business related discipline. Applications for admission with prior learning or prior experiential learning are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis.

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.

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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

Graduates have typically found career opportunities in fashion design, manufacture, product development, merchandising, buying, marketing and off-shore sourcing in destinations around the globe. Recent graduates have gained jobs with high-profile companies in worldwide locations including Burberry, X-Bionic, Boohoo, TJX Europe, Farmers New Zealand and JD Sports.

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.

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