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Master Programme in Textile Value Chain Management

120 credits, full-time 100%

Application code: HB-8255A
Application deadline: 2018-01-15
Selection: Letter of Motivation and online interview. For further instructions, see under **Content**
Number of Places: 8
Start: 2018-09-03
End: 2020-06-07
Place of Study: Borås
Instructional time: Day
Application fee: 900 SEK
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*
Tuition fee: 50,000 SEK first payment
200,000 SEK full tuition fee
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*

*For more information regarding which countries are included in the EU/EEA, please read more here.

If you seek deepened understanding of marketing and consumer behaviour within fashion and textile value chains, this is the programme for you. The programme provides the tools to master marketing and consumer behaviour within textile and fashion processes and applications. You will get profound knowledge about management of relevant textile value chains processes, with a special focus on sustainability. With special attention to application of current research in management of the textile value chain, marketing, sustainability and entrepreneurship the programme will prepare you for advanced industrial and academic positions. After graduation you have acquired the tools to work in executive or expert positions in marketing, quality, production or logistics departments, start a business of your own or perhaps go for a PhD programme.

Content

Disposition

The two-year Master Programme includes four semesters of full-time studies divided into courses as described below. The courses during the first year represent a logical, real-world progression in the textile value chain, from concept and design to market, customer behaviour and residue management. Courses within textile management provide students with a specialisation in the area by examining the textile value chain from three perspectives - from innovation and design, from logistics and supply chain and finally from a customer and retail perspective. Further specialised studies are carried out during the second year in the main subject of textile management, specialising in the inward flows. The range of courses offered have strong roots in current research within textile management, focussing on sustainability with the textile value chain, but also with research in related subjects such as business administration and industrial economics at the University of Borås.

Teaching and learning on the Programme is based on the Borås Model, which means that students use and develop their information retrieval competence within the framework of the courses. This study method has been inspired by problem-based learning (PBL) and can be described as independent retrieval, analysis and assessment of information (previous research and other sources relevant to the context) based on the questions and themes presented during teaching. Conversely, the student will also, on the basis of this recently acquired knowledge, be trained to identify problems and opportunities and also identify interesting questions for the research community and in practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the students ability to feed research results back to the representatives in practice. Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, exercises, laboratory sessions, seminars and project work with individual supervision.

Semester 1 will establish the study method that characterises the Programme and the student will have a good knowledge of information retrieval and source criticism by the end of the semester. This is achieved by varying the working arrangements for the semesters four courses so that the student works both individually and in various group constellations to search for and present (in writing and verbally) current research in the issues being dealt with. The teaching comprises both traditional lectures, introducing various themes, and seminars where the students are allocated roles as the person reporting on the issue, discussion leader or discussant.

At the start of the semester, students are divided up into two groups based on their background knowledge. Students with an academic background within the textile area (i.e. a Bachelors degree within textile technology, textile management or textiles/fashion design or a Textile Economics/Business Studies degree or equivalent) are registered on the foundation course Introduktion till Textilt Management och industriell ekonomi, english title: Introduction to Textile Management and Industrial economy (3.5 credits). The purpose of this course is to provide students without any previous knowledge within business administration/industrial economics with a good foundation in these subjects prior to the specialisation in these subjects provided in later courses.
Students with an academic background within business administration, industrial economics or equivalent without a link to textiles take the foundation course Affärsmannaskap i värdekedjor för textil och kläder, english title: Business of Textile and Apparel industry (3.5 credits), which provides these students with a basic knowledge of the textile value chain in the fashion industry, from the creation of new collections, production strategies to market launches from a brand perspective, and also a basic knowledge about the theory of textile materials. This course includes workshops in the textile laboratories.

The following common courses are included in semester 1 in addition to the introductory courses of 3.5 credits (there may be some changes to the order of the courses):

Hållbarhetsinriktade affärsmodeller inom textil och konfektion (4 credits)
English title: Sustainability-oriented Business Models in Textile and Apparel Main field of study: Textile management (A1N), Industrial economics (A1N)

Metodologi och vetenskapsteori inom Textilt Management (7.5 credits)
English title: On Methodology and the Philosophy of Science in Textile Management Main field of study: Textile management (A1N), Business administration (A1N)
Management av produktutveckling och innovation i textil och konfektion (7.5 credits)
English title: Management of Product Development and Innovation in Apparel and Textile Main field of study: Textile management (A1N), Industrial economics (A1N)
Hållbar styrning av värdekedjor inom textil- och klädindustrin (7,5 credits) English titel: Sustainable supply chain management in apparel and textiles. Main field of study: Textile management (A1N), Industrial economy (A1N)

Semester 2 is also based on the knowledge within Textile Management, including the final advanced course which focuses on the textile value chain from a customer and retail perspective. In parallel with this course the students take a course in project leadership and entrepreneurship, which is an important factor within the textile and apparel industry. During the final period of the second semester, the student will either carry out independent research work in cooperation with a company in the region and/or a research programme or alternatively work experience from the University, all within the framework of the Field Study in Textile Management course. The course is intended to provide students with a specialisation into and application of textile management based on the knowledge acquired during the first year.

The students take the following courses during the second semester (there may be some changes to the order of the courses):

Marknadsföring, försäljning och visuell kommunikation inom klädes- och modesektorn, (7,5 credits)
English title: Fashion Retail Marketing and Visual Communication Main field of study: Textile management (A1N), Industrial economy (A1N)

Projektledning och entreprenörskap (7.5 credits)
English title: Project Management and Entrepreneurship Main field of study: Textile management (A1N)

Fältstudier inom Textilt Management (15 credits)
English title: Field Study in Textile Management Main field of study: Textile management (A1F)

The student may apply to be admitted to the more advanced part of the Programme for a Master in Textile Management One Year without specialisation at the intermediate exit point after half of the study period. The Field Study in Textile Management course is then replaced by a Thesis for a One Year Masters Degree in Textile Management (15 credits).

Semester 3 comprises four courses that all provide specialised studies within the main field of study of textile management with a particular focus on inflows in the textile value chain. The students take the following courses during the third semester (there may be some changes to the order of the courses):

Efterfrågeprognoser (7.5 credits)
English title: Demand Forecasting
Main field of study: Textile management (A1F)

Textila tillämpningar av logistik och produktutveckling (7,5 credits) English title: Textile applications of logistics and product development. Main field of study: Textile management (A1F)

Risk och resiliens i textila försörjningskedjor (7.5 credits)
English title: Risk and Resilience in Textile Supply Chains Main field of study: Textile management (A1F), Industrial economics (A1F)

CSR och Affärsetik (7.5 credits)
English title: CSR and Business Ethics Main field of study: Textile management (A1F), Industrial economics (A1F)

The student carries out independent research work in semester 4, culminating in a Masters thesis of 30 credits (main field of study Textile Management A2E). This thesis must be highly relevant to the advancement of knowledge within textile management and to its practice. The student is expected to demonstrate both a critical approach and great awareness of social scientific methods and their application. If the student has completed a degree project of 15 credits for the Master, the degree project of 30 credits is replaced by an additional degree project of 15 credits and also second-level courses corresponding to 15 credits within the main field of study.

Other

Letter of Motivation
A letter of motivation should exhibit your motivation for the chosen program, your expectations on your future career, and display your communicative ability. If you have applied for more than one Masters program in Textile Management (application code 8255A, 8257A, 8259A see under Application) it must be clearly stated why and how you made your priorities.
The following must also be clearly visible:
Your contact details; name, postal address, telephone, e-mail and application number.
The letter must be no longer than one A4 page excluding contact information.
Make sure that you express yourself as clearly as possible as to avoid misunderstandings.
Recommended structure
You letter should give the reader a sense of who you are, your academic background, your work experience, your interests and your relation to the field of textiles and fashion.
Motivate why you wish to study the chosen program. What are your expectations and how will this promote your future career.
Also briefly describe your strengths and weaknesses regarding study and work-life, relate this to both individual and group work.
Interview
Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted through email. It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the required softwares installed on their computer or smart device, and to have sufficient internet connection to support visual transfer. The photo on the passport uploaded for the application may be used for identification.
All interviews will be held on the same day, between 08:00 - 17:00 CET (Central European Time), during week 12 (19-23 March 2018). The exact date will be announced later. The time for the interview cannot be rescheduled.
Students for the Programme are recruited internationally and teaching is conducted in English.