Ethics in Fashion (Communication, Consumerism and Sustainability)

Heriot-Watt University

12 months
14960 GBP/year
7168 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The innovative Ethics in Fashion (Communication, Consumerism and Sustainability) programme at Heriot-Watt University looks at the current and future areas of ethics in fashion research, production and design practice.


The innovative Ethics in Fashion (Communication, Consumerism and Sustainability) programme at Heriot-Watt University is research-led, and focuses on analyzing the industry, whilst also exploring changes in practice and the diversity of stakeholders in the supply chain.

It’s aimed ethically-aware graduates, and established professionals, with a background in fashion, textiles, design, source management and corporate affairs. The course offers you the chance to refresh and extend your current knowledge and skills, using the outstanding fashion and textile facilities.


  • Analyze the ethics in supply-chain practice
  • Speculate on, and develop, effective methods of communicating ethics
  • Identify and map outcomes and consequences of unethical and ethical practice
  • Speculate and apply new criteria within the supply-chain
  • Analyze the motivations and roles of consumers in the ethics discourse and practice
  • Identify best practice models across the traditional fashion and textiles industries, social enterprise and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Research independently the role of ethics in fashion practice and theory

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics in the Fashion Supply Chain
  • Fashion Management
  • Research Methodologies
  • Communicating Ethics
  • Brand Management
  • Business Enterprise
  • Consumer Motivations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class
Lower Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should hold a good (first or second class) Honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or Overseas University. 
  • In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14960 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14960 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7168 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7168 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part time fees:

Scotland / Non-UK EU: £3,584

England / Northern Ireland / Wales: £3,584

Overseas: £7,480


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