Msc in Luxury Marketing intake in Jan vs September


akshi3012
Hi All,

I am Akshita with 7 years of experience in fashion and e-commerce companies in India and I am planning to take up a MSc/Master course in Fashion & Luxury Management and/or Luxury Brand Management in France. My top two options that I am preparing to apply for are:

1. SKEMA Business School - Msc Fashion & Luxury Management
2. INSEEC - MSc Luxury Brand Management

I have also looked at other colleges like NEOMA, Emlyon but have shortlisted the above considering that I want to target Spring intake Jan/Feb 2020. Based on some online reading, I am having second thoughts if its a good idea to join the course in January from an internship and job prospect, as I have read that the hiring cycle in Europe is linked to the September intake. Will appreciate any feedback on this.
Hi All,

I am Akshita with 7 years of experience in fashion and e-commerce companies in India and I am planning to take up a MSc/Master course in Fashion & Luxury Management and/or Luxury Brand Management in France. My top two options that I am preparing to apply for are:

1. SKEMA Business School - Msc Fashion & Luxury Management
2. INSEEC - MSc Luxury Brand Management

I have also looked at other colleges like NEOMA, Emlyon but have shortlisted the above considering that I want to target Spring intake Jan/Feb 2020. Based on some online reading, I am having second thoughts if its a good idea to join the course in January from an internship and job prospect, as I have read that the hiring cycle in Europe is linked to the September intake. Will appreciate any feedback on this.
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Duncan
Assuming you don't speak and write French to a professional level, I suggest you arrive in January to take an intensive French course and then start in September.
Assuming you don't speak and write French to a professional level, I suggest you arrive in January to take an intensive French course and then start in September.
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akshi3012
Hi Duncan,

Thanks for your response.
Any reason why you recommend so ?
I really want to start the course in January (if that does not have any issues) and am currently enrolled in French A1 level certification training. I am hoping to complete A1 level french and start A2 level before I come to France.

Thanks,
Akshita
Hi Duncan,

Thanks for your response.
Any reason why you recommend so ?
I really want to start the course in January (if that does not have any issues) and am currently enrolled in French A1 level certification training. I am hoping to complete A1 level french and start A2 level before I come to France.

Thanks,
Akshita
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Duncan
Generally you will rise up one level in French after a year studying in English so with B1 French the internships, project openings and professional roles available are very limited for you, and many of your classmates will speak French better. Since you seem to be interested in those things, and focussed on France, maximizing your knowledge of French will be ideal.

Indeed, you might consider a one year intensive French course and then a one year MS taught in French.
Generally you will rise up one level in French after a year studying in English so with B1 French the internships, project openings and professional roles available are very limited for you, and many of your classmates will speak French better. Since you seem to be interested in those things, and focussed on France, maximizing your knowledge of French will be ideal.

Indeed, you might consider a one year intensive French course and then a one year MS taught in French.
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Duncan
Of course another advantage of delaying a semester is that it makes better schools available to you, which would propel your career further.

[Edited by Duncan on Jul 28, 2019]

Of course another advantage of delaying a semester is that it makes better schools available to you, which would propel your career further.
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Duncan
Take a look at the MSc in marketing French excellent, as well.
Take a look at the MSc in marketing French excellent, as well.
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George Pat...
Luxury and brand management is very customer oriented. Combined with France, the country where people will actively refuse to speak English, and you will have very hard time and very limited options available.

I'd say get french to C1 before arriving in France, and then choose an MSc that is in french language, to improve way above C1 level.

Better follow Duncan's advice and wait a bit to have better command of the language and more schools available to you:
HEC, Essec, ESCP (les trois parisiennes) and outside paris Emlyon and Edhec are the top5 in all France rankings. And INSEAD of course!

But A2 in french will not cut it.

[Edited by George Patsoulis on Jul 29, 2019]

Luxury and brand management is very customer oriented. Combined with France, the country where people will actively refuse to speak English, and you will have very hard time and very limited options available.

I'd say get french to C1 before arriving in France, and then choose an MSc that is in french language, to improve way above C1 level.

Better follow Duncan's advice and wait a bit to have better command of the language and more schools available to you:
HEC, Essec, ESCP (les trois parisiennes) and outside paris Emlyon and Edhec are the top5 in all France rankings. And INSEAD of course!

But A2 in french will not cut it.

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Razors Edg...
It's good to keep in mind that perhaps a good full-time MBA might give you a wider set of career options after you finish. You'll be quite limited to a very niche field with the degrees you're looking at. That's not necessarily a bad thing but the luxury field in particular can be hard to break into.
It's good to keep in mind that perhaps a good full-time MBA might give you a wider set of career options after you finish. You'll be quite limited to a very niche field with the degrees you're looking at. That's not necessarily a bad thing but the luxury field in particular can be hard to break into.
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akshi3012
Hello again everyone,

Taking all your advice into consideration, I spent the past few months rethinking my decision, taking into account the need to study French (and gain considerable fluency in the language) and the restriction the luxury management course might put on my career options, I changed my route. So finally I've applied to MSc Marketing courses in UK. For now I have applied to only 2 colleges - Aston Business School & Nottingham Trent business school. I've got offers from both the colleges but am confused about which one to go ahead with. One main criteria for me is the fees. I've capped the fees at 20,000 Pounds and do not intend to go beyond it. Please let me know what's your opinion of both the colleges and given my profile, which one would be a better fit. NTU is giving me an option of an additional work placement year which is a plus for me I think.
Hello again everyone,

Taking all your advice into consideration, I spent the past few months rethinking my decision, taking into account the need to study French (and gain considerable fluency in the language) and the restriction the luxury management course might put on my career options, I changed my route. So finally I've applied to MSc Marketing courses in UK. For now I have applied to only 2 colleges - Aston Business School & Nottingham Trent business school. I've got offers from both the colleges but am confused about which one to go ahead with. One main criteria for me is the fees. I've capped the fees at 20,000 Pounds and do not intend to go beyond it. Please let me know what's your opinion of both the colleges and given my profile, which one would be a better fit. NTU is giving me an option of an additional work placement year which is a plus for me I think.
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maury
I agree with your approach but these two business schools are not very highlight ranked in terms of international mobility. In fact, if that's your goal neither of these schools will be better than the other.

Any opportunity you have to get hands-on experience during the program would be an asset. Internships, work projects, consulting projects, etc. If NTU has a work placement on the table that would help.
I agree with your approach but these two business schools are not very highlight ranked in terms of international mobility. In fact, if that's your goal neither of these schools will be better than the other.

Any opportunity you have to get hands-on experience during the program would be an asset. Internships, work projects, consulting projects, etc. If NTU has a work placement on the table that would help.
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Duncan
A language course and a less costly MSc in mainland Europe could be better
A language course and a less costly MSc in mainland Europe could be better
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