• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This Fashion Buying with Product Development (Hons) programme from De Montfort University is aimed at students who are interested in a career in the fashion industry, in particular in a buying or product development role, where technical strengths and strategies are valued.
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This Fashion Buying with Product Development (Hons) course from De Montfort University has been created in response to industry demand for graduates with technical expertise in the clothing industry. Join us and you’ll develop a sound knowledge of product realisation in our practical and theoretical sessions. 

You’ll learn about textile materials, production, garment ‘fitness for purpose’, the life cycle of a product from concept stage through to delivery to the shop floor, and key aspects of trading. We’ll also offer you the opportunity to work on live projects with industry insiders and to hear from expert visiting lecturers.

If you’re aiming for a career in the fashion industry, we cover broad career options that include design, buying, merchandising, garment technology, product development, sourcing, and marketing.

Key features

  • Gain the fundamental skills you’ll need in the fashion and buying industry – with the option to specialise in product development, and to learn a language from year two.
  • Learn directly from fashion industry experts – work alongside them and discuss your own ideas.
  • Gain valuable knowledge of the research and development process, from market analysis, design, pattern cutting and manufacture, to assessing fit and garment success.
  • Learn about the latest technical advances affecting product development, and gain confidence with specifications, sourcing decisions and planning.
  • Choose to take a one-year industry placement within or outside the UK. Fashion Buying with Product Development students have experienced life at Tommy Hilfiger, O'Neill, Marks & Spencer, Next, George, Joules, G-Star Raw, River Island, The Global Brands Group, and at supply bases. Many have gone on to work for these international brands and suppliers.

Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas within fashion buying. Recent employers include Pretty Little Thing, Next, Marks & Spencer, Piarossini, Boden, F&F Tesco and O'Neill.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      four years full-time with optional placement year

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Core Buying 
  • Textile Materials 
  • Fashion Communication (CAD)
  • Design Cultures
  • Second year
  • Textile/Garment Technology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design
  • Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Alternative qualifications include:
  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit in Art and Design and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13750 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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