Luxury Brand Management - MA

The luxury industry has evolved rapidly over the last decade, with brands expanding and consolidating into mature and fast-developing markets. Successful professionals in this field demonstrate the ability to operate in a highly competitive global context. An innovative and creative approach with a strong cultural perspective is also key.

The MA Luxury Brand Management takes a strategic view of the dynamic characteristics and opportunities within the global luxury goods and services industry. It combines academic study with the practicalities of management, with a focus on delivering an exceptional experience for consumers and gaining a global competitive advantage.

Studying in the heart of London, one of the world’s capitals for the luxury industry, you will develop the skills needed to manage leading brands in a highly competitive environment, combining knowledge with an innovative approach and a strong cultural perspective.

The programme is taught by highly qualified academics and experienced industry professionals, and focuses exclusively on luxury, branding and management across the full value chain. 

Read about a current MA Luxury Brand Management student's thoughts on contemporary luxury and how this programme is preparing her for a career in the industry here. 

Why should I choose this programme?

The luxury industry has doubled in size over the past 10 years, reflecting an increasingly global presence. Traditionally a sector associated with Europe, luxury brands are expanding into the markets of the fast-developing BRIC economies.

You will enjoy a high level of teaching contact and support from lecturers who offer a breadth of expertise and experience across a variety of luxury sectors. You will also benefit from lectures by guest speakers and visits to companies managing luxury brands. High profile speakers in 2016 have included Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director, Matthew Zorpas from The Gentleman Blogger and Valerie Kaminov, CEO of Miller Harris Perfumes.

Through taught classes, hands-on projects and contact with industry experts, you will develop the knowledge, insights and critical skills to make informed judgements about the strategic and tactical business activities of luxury brands.

The programme is kept current by the research, business practice and networks of academic staff, who incorporate the latest industry thinking into teaching and learning. You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you develop on the programme through a final project – either an academic dissertation, live business project or start-up project.

This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), providing you with access to CMI resources during your studies, and enabling you to gain CMI membership upon degree completion.

Key skills, aims and objectives

Through taught classes, projects and contact with industry experts you will develop the knowledge, insights and critical skills to make informed judgements about the strategic and tactical business activities of luxury brands.

Future opportunities

This programme has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, confidence and skills to pursue management roles in international luxury brand management, marketing, communications and retailing.

MA Luxury Brand Management alumni are working in a range of roles in advertising, PR, brand management, and marketing, in prestigious companies throughout the industry. Many have also started their own companies. Some of the companies our alumni are working at include:

  • Anthony & Cie
  • Ava Mirabelle
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Bell Pottinger Private
  • Condé Nast, Vogue Magazine
  • Devika Dass
  • Estée Lauder
  • Guerlain
  • Hermès
  • Krystal by MS Design
  • Lakme Lever
  • Lioness Jewellery
  • L'Oréal
  • Lifestyle Estates International Corporation
  • Maybourne Hotel Group

CMI membership provides access to a wealth of resources that foster employability, including Continued Professional Development (CPD) and access to dedicated job postings.

Length

There are two entry points a year in January and September. If you begin your studies in September, it will take approximately 12 months to complete the programme. If you start in January, it will take approximately 16 months.

Additional information

This is a full-time programme, covering three terms. The programme is composed of modules, each of which carries a specific credit value. You will take eight core modules, plus two further modules of your choice.

You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you develop on the programme through a final project which is either an academic dissertation or a live consultancy project for a client luxury brand. In both cases you will be able to develop a network of industry contacts that will be invaluable in your future career.

Modules

Autumn 2016

Terms 1 and 2

  • Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Luxury
  • Luxury Brands and Creativity
  • Luxury Marketing Management
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management of a Luxury Business

In addition, you will choose two of the following:

  • Entrepreneurship and Luxury
  • Law and the Luxury Environment
  • Luxury Curation and Creation
  • Luxury Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • Luxury Goods
  • Luxury Services

Term 3

  • Dissertation or Live Business Project or New Venture Start-Up Project

See module descriptions

Future start dates

21 September 2016

Apply online for September 2016

January 2017

Apply online for January 2017

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Fees

Fees Autumn 2016

Annual tuition fee: £19,950
Registration fee: £250 
Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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Academic requirements

A minimum of a lower-second class (2:2) UK honours undergraduate degree or its international equivalent from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre will be accepted. If you are unsure as to the comparability of your qualification, please contact us.

Exceptional Entry
We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ managerial work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

Please contact us for further information on applying through this route: exrel@regents.ac.uk

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

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For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 5 or above HL or SL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) with an average score of 58 (minimum of 51 in each component) (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)
  • Trinity College London Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (C1): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please check their website for current information: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
  • One letter of academic reference
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
  • A 700-word personal statement that details how you will benefit from and contribute to the programme, demonstrating an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, and indicating an area of interest for your final project
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful. 

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progressions Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to entrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you.

Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. The higher your degree classification, the higher the scholarship amount you will be awarded.

  • 1st class degree = 15% tuition fee reduction 
  • 2:1 class degree = 10% tuition fee reduction
  • 2:2 class degree = 5% tuition fee reduction

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding for students studying at Regent's University London

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Goa Education Trust Scholarships - India 2016

The UK Government’s global scholarships, available to students from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU). Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential, either full or part funding for full-time postgraduate level study in any subject.

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17

Please note that application for the 2016-17 academic year is not yet open. We were informed that applications will open at the end of June 2016. Please check back then for further information.

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Study methods

You will learn through taught classes, hands-on projects and contact with industry experts.

The programme is kept current by the research, business practice and networks of academic staff, who incorporate the latest industry thinking into teaching and learning.

You will benefit from regular guest speakers, who typically come from luxury brands and related businesses such as wealth management and real estate.

Course content is also informed by the annual Financial Times and International Herald Tribune summits on luxury.

Your final project will either be an academic dissertation or a live consultancy project for a client luxury brand.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 20 May 2016

 

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Key information

Name
Luxury Brand Management
Qualification
MA
Level
Postgraduate
Accreditation
UK
UCAS Code
School
Regent's Business School London
Mode
Full time
Length
12 - 16 months
Fees
£19,950 *
Scholarships
Yes *
Next start date
21 September 2016 *
Study abroad
No
Validation
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

Student spotlight

Samia

Samia

I have enjoyed the one-on-one time with our lecturers. They come from varied backgrounds and have years of experience in different fields within the luxury industry. This meant our lectures were not just based on theoretical ideas but also their personal experiences, adding considerable value to our learning process.
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Endorsement

CMI


This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students on this programme are provided with access to CMI resources during their studies, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.