MSc Fashion Business Creation

Our Masters in Fashion Business Creation is a unique programme, designed in collaboration with leading fashion businesses to reflect the unique nature of business creation in this sector. Students will develop insight into the strategies and practices key to developing and sustaining a successful fashion business.

Course Details

1 Year
Start Date
18 September 2017
Full Time
Subject Area
Business and Management, Marketing
GCU London


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at and

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.
Typical Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any field 

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

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Course Documents

Programme Description

The MSc Fashion Business Creation is a pioneering, distinctive programme, integrating the latest academic research insights in fashion and business generally, with practical experience drawn from high-level connections within the industry.

The programme includes a critical review of the anatomy of a fashion business and examines the process and actions associated with strategy development and implementation within new and developing fashion areas. Students will develop a sound understanding of global advancement strategies, including how to create and market a fashion brand in today’s digitally-focused world.

They will also have the option to deepen further their insight into fashion strategies by completing an internship or industry consultation project thanks to GCU London’s strong links with leading organisations within the fashion industry.

On graduation, students will be well positioned to set up and run a successful fashion business enterprise, or take an existing business into a new phase of growth and development.

Why Choose This Programme

We'll help you develop your intellectual skills together with the contemporary skills and practices needed to excel in the industry. You will also build a wider appreciation of management issues, such as globalisation and sustainability, while developing branding and marketing skills.

You will have access to mentorship programmes via our Honorary Professors and be taught in dynamic environments such as Masterclasses and through collaborative industry briefs. There will be a live fashion business on campus, where you will be able to observe a fashion enterprise first hand. You will also be able to attend our career enhancing Industry Speaker programme, which runs throughout the first and second semester.

On graduation you'll be well positioned to set up and run a successful fashion business enterprise, or take an existing business into a new phase of success. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Retail Trusts interest free, seed funding prize.

Programme Leader

Erica Charles teaches the MSc Fashion Business Creation course.

Common Good Scholarships for US applicants

Generous scholarships are available for US applicants to this course which bring course fees down to £9,000 (approx. $11,000).

Graduate Story

Ariel is currently studying the MSc Fashion Business Creation course at GCU London. Ariel previously studied the BA (Hons) International Fashion Branding course at our Glasgow campus and joined us in September 2016.

She tells us about her experiences of studying and living in London.

“There are many reasons which pushed me to decide to study at GCU London. First, it's the location. London is an amazing city for fashion, and it has many opportunities to study and work. Second, GCU London offers me opportunities to talk to successful business people face-to-face. It is quite useful to hear their experiences. Third, because of the subject; MSc Fashion Business Creation is a new subject in the fashion industry - GCU London is the only fashion school in the world to offer this subject.

“Before GCU London, I studied International Fashion Branding at the Glasgow campus. When I was in Glasgow, I heard lots of information from my tutors and University staff about GCU London.

“I chose my course because I had the relevant academic background in fashion and I am interested in fashion business. Furthermore, the course tutors, such as Christopher Moore and Erica Charles, are amazing . They have very strong professional and academic backgrounds, which is very helpful.

“I have learnt a lot during my time at GCU. They told me if I want to finish my work perfectly, I need to know what a team is. I also learnt how to think independently and I need to tell others what I am thinking and what my opinions are when I am working with others.

“Life as a student at GCU London gives you freedom. As a student, I have enough space to develop my own ideas and to exchange those ideas with tutors and other classmates.”

Ariel had one final piece of advice for future students: “Be yourself, don’t care what other people are saying or talking. Do everything you want, now, because you have enough time to try, and enough energy for adventure.”