Fashion Buying with Merchandising BA (Hons)

Fashion Buying with Merchandising has been designed to prepare students for an exciting career in fashion retail, specialising in the dynamic areas of buying and merchandising.



Reasons to study Fashion Buying with Merchandising BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Gain specialist knowledge
    in the merchandising pathway giving you the opportunity to prepare you for your career, exploring areas such as business strategy and effective analysis and planning, vital to successful merchandising 
  • Develop buying expertise 
    applicable to the demands of the industry, including range building, negotiation and presentation skills, and sourcing and sustainability
  • Learn the specialist areas 
    of fashion buying across womenswear, childrenswear and menswear
  • Work on live projects with industry
    and meet buying experts
  • Option for a year’s industrial placement
    where you will apply your learning and gain valuable experience in companies such as George, Timberland and ASOS
  • 100% of our Fashion Buying graduates
    from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Next, Marks & Spencer, River Island, and Selfridges 
    are where some of our recent graduates have progressed onto careers at, and some have also and set up their own labels, such as Beth Widdowson and Lizzie Leary who started the successful online retail company Kindred Sole
  • Fashion Buying with Garment Technology  BA (Hons)
    is a related course where you will be taught aspects of textile materials and commercial garment production as well as fabric testing, garment fit, pattern cutting and creating technical specification
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience, with previous field trips to Antwerp, Amsterdam and New York
  • The new Vijay Patel building
    has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses - find out more

You will also be introduced to the roles and responsibilities within a typical buying office and will be taught about the life cycle of a product from concept stage through to delivery on to the shop floor, and key aspects of trading.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W23A

Duration: Three/four years full-time with optional placement year, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three/four years full-time with optional placement year.

Fees and funding international: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,250 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 


  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C (9-4) including English Language or Literature and Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) and Maths at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Core Buying 1
  • Introduction to Fashion Business
  • Textile Materials 1
  • Fashion Communication (CAD)
  • Design Cultures

Second year

  • Core Buying 2
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Textile Materials 2
  • Design Cultures
  • Language Option

Third year

  • Sourcing and Supply
  • Advanced Fashion Merchandising
  • Major Project
  • Language Option


This includes design studio practice, formal lectures, group seminars, tutorials, lab work and practical workshops. There are regular tutorials and reviews which allow you to reflect and develop your work ready for your final presentation at the end of the year.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.



Facilities and features


The excellent fashion and textiles facilities include state of the art sewing machine studios, textile testing labs, knitting, dying, spinning, weaving and printing facilities, CAD labs and designated studio workshop space.

You also have access to the most up to date trend prediction publications and databases.  


We have 1,600 study places and more than 700 computer workstations across all library locations on campus. These give access to more than half a million print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals and a huge range of DVDs plus a host of research databases.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The Library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements give students the opportunity to work for a year in industry. They will gain key skills that prepare them for a graduate role, and invaluable experience that can aid with their final year studies. DMU have excellent links with industry and a credible reputation. Some previous companies that have offered our students placements include Marks & Spencer, ASOS, George, F&F, Timberland, Matalan, and 0’Neill (in Amsterdam)

Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York


This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Fashion Buying is a global business and it is highly likely that international travel will be required from a buyer in industry. DMU is enthusiastic about supporting and encouraging international links and the Fashion Buying Programme feeds into this initiative. Students will have the opportunity to visit a European city in their 2nd year, and New York in their 3rd year. Previous trips have involved visits to local museums, colleges, suppliers, product data management head offices, and a tour and talk by Gap Head Office in New York.


Graduate careers

This course is designed for students who are aiming for a career in fashion buying, and also offers broader career options which include fashion merchandising, visual merchandising, garment technology, sourcing, design, and fashion marketing. Students will be equipped to work in retail and the extended supply base.

Recent graduates have succeeded into careers at ASOS, Selfridges, Next, George, M&S, River Island, and Joules amongst many others.

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