Program Content for the MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing

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The Master of Science (MSc) in Luxury Management & Marketing offered by emlyon business school is accessible after a Bachelor minimum (valid diplomas include bac +4 or bac +3).

This program enables foreign or French students to acquire a high-level, specialized education aimed at the main functions of the luxury industry in companies whose scope is resolutely oriented towards international markets. This program requires a professional mission at the end of the course for a minimal duration of 4 months (internship, VIE, fixed-term contract or permanent contract).

The luxury sector encompasses a wide range of industries, such as among others: fine jewelry, watch making, haute-couture, luxury hospitality, fine dining, the automotive industry, the lifestyle industry, the travel industry, etc. In these varied industries, graduates from the MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing will be able to occupy a wide array of exciting leadership positions to enact positive change on the sector as a whole.


It's essential to mention that certain mandatory courses are scheduled for Saturdays during the academic year


The 18-month program is organised as follows:


  • Term 1: emlyon business school Paris campus
  • Term 2: Follow one of three specializations
    • The Luxury Design Industry at Parsons School of Design, New York
    • The Fashion and Lifestyle Industry at College of Fashion, London
    • The Fashion and Luxury Business at Luiss Business School, Rome
  • Term 3: international term at a partner university
  • Term 4: Master's thesis + 4 to 6-month professional mission -

It is important to note that the final decision on the destination among Rome, London, and New York rests with the program director, Florence Rollet, with students merely submitting options that they must justify in relation to their career plans.

Discover the program content for the 2023-2024 academic year:

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Pre-program (August to September)


French as a foreign language courses onsite during the 1st term in Paris:

  • Beginner (A1, A2 level)
  • Intermediate (B1 level)

Courses are available online for students with a beginner's level during the 2nd and 3rd term.

emlyon business school reserves the right to modify the contents of the program and their delivery at any time, due to unforeseeable circumstances.


You will first follow a core syllabus which will allow you to acquire the fundamentals of management, gain the necessary skill set of international business management and apply it to the industry.  

Example of courses:

  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility


After the enrolment and before the official start of classes, you will have access to many of the digital resources available to emlyon business school students during the summer:

  • emlyon business school apps and platforms (Learning Hub, Career Center, etc.)
  • e-learning management fundamentals courses available online


This will help you to get to the grips with the various tools and ensure that your integration is a success, as you will have a busy schedule once the program begins in September.

First period (September to December) – in Paris


The Transforming early makers track challenges you to disrupt existing business models to imagine new value systems in the 2030 horizon through an entirely innovative learning path, directly preparing you for your new profession: steering and supporting the emergence, deployment, development and diffusion of transformation projects using digital technology as a lever for disruption.


Our approach positions you as a “maker”. You will be deployed on a project and placed in a competitive and collaborative environment where you will benefit from methodological input and support. From September, you will join a working group and cluster aligned with your areas of interest. Each week will be organized around this project and the various actions and initiatives that you will be required to achieve. Five series of courses and transversal themes will be studied in this first period:

  • Stimulate your creativity through Design Thinking
  • Improve your flexibility using fast-track projects
  • Harness disruptive markets using Market Intelligence
  • Constructing disruptive competitive positioning
  • Making disruptive business bodels profitable


This track has many advantages:

  • you work in a team on topics that interest you
  • you learn in a real-life situation with regular objectives and deliverables
  • you are supervised by a coach
  • you focus on your employability from the outset by meeting companies, participating in professional workshops and hearing expert testimonials
  • you quickly learn how to sell and how to sell yourself (sales pitch approach)


Known internationally as one of the top luxury capitals in the world, Paris is also the cornerstone of culture, literature, arts and design where tradition and modernity merge together to create the city's authenticity, prestige and excellence. As such, Paris provides you with the perfect learning environment to acquire a broad overview of the luxury market and trends by taking the basics of general management and the program's initial level of specialization courses.


Specialization courses in Paris:

  • History of Luxury: from Haute Couture to Perfumes
  • Law of Industrial Property
  • Communication & Branding in Luxury
  • Sourcing & Supply Chain for Luxury Industry
  • Introduction to Art
  • Introduction to HRM & Cross Cultural

Second period (January to March) – in London or New York or Rome


The second semester will enable you to choose between 3 different tracks in 3 distinctive locations:

  • Luxury Design in New York (25 seats) or
  • Fashion and Lifestyle in London (up to 100 seats) or
  • Fashion & Luxury Business in Rome (5-10 seats)
  • The Head of the program will give you an answer regarding your 2nd semester destination choice (based on your background and motivation) after the start of the program.


Intrinsically linked to the constant movement of our global society, the world of design keeps on thriving, allowing designers and artists to constantly spot new opportunities and turn creative ideas into tangible projects aligned with current key trends. Attending classes at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York City (subject to available places) will allow you to discover the history of luxury design, analyze spaces and products related to theoretical approaches on luxury design, examine sustainable business models and innovation and meet designers, artists, forward thinkers etc. Deciding to study over at Parsons School of Design means immersing yourself in a fast pace and unique environment which advocates for rigor, creativity and diligence all the while acquiring an important set of business skills which you will need to apply to succeed in the luxury industry.


Courses available during your time at Parsons School of Design include:

  • Theorizing Luxury

    This class assesses luxury design from multiple perspectives. Issues pertaining to consumerism, economics, and labor will be addressed.


  • New Design Firms

    Students will be introduced to – and experience – the conditions of the new design service-oriented firms that are subsuming traditional consulting practice. These new conditions present opportunities, challenges, and a new mandate for leadership and innovation: how should one design, manage and improve those design firms? How should their strategy, structure, scale, scope, and social position be defined?


  • Sustainable Business Models

    This course develops students' technical and practical abilities, capabilities, and competencies to innovate in order to commercialize and capitalize on value-creative ideas and solutions in the areas of sustainable and service design.


At London College of Fashion, you will learn how to use fashion alongside historical and cultural practice to challenge social, political and ethical agendas. Understanding how to manage and respond to business issues quickly, efficiently and without compromising the excellence that is expected in delivery, will make your experience at London College of Fashion a unique asset to your future career.


Courses available during your time at London College of Fashion include:

  • Theoretical and contemporary fashion studies Students will explore elements of fashion studies and consider a variety of theories and scholars whose contributions are pivotal to the comprehension of fashion as a cultural expression.


  • Start your own fashion label

    This course develops the skills and knowledge needed to establish or support an emerging fashion brand, taking into consideration all the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of an ever-changing global fashion industry


  • Visual merchandising for fashion

    This unit will give you a clear understanding of visual merchandising and the role it plays within successful fashion retailing. We will examine and analyze the key aspects of this field, from mass market to luxury.


  • Innovation in fashion product development

    The course explores the concept of innovation in fashion product development within the context of today’s competitive market, the challenges of sustainability and emerging digital technologies.


A selected group of students will be able to spend their second semester at the prestigious LUISS Business School in Rome, and will attend classes in the Master in Fashion and Luxury Management Program. LUISS is one of the top business schools in Italy and highly connected with the Italian businesses and industries. All the courses will be taught in English and will be held at their amazing campus at « Villa Blanc » filled with history and arts.


Courses available during your time at LUISS are:

  • Business Models in the Fashion Industries
  • Brand Strategies in the Fashion Industries
  • Fashion Law
  • Organization & People Management in Fashion Firms
  • Optional courses

Third period (April to June) – in Perth, Australia


The in-company project, which is an important part of the curriculum, allows you to enter your internship or first job with solid experience. Working on a business project will help you to:

  • Put your newly acquired academic knowledge into practice
  • Gain first-hand experience while working on a tangible project while benefiting from the comfort of a supporting structure
  • Learn intercultural skills, navigate different businesses and cultural environments
  • Build a network (with local alumni, students and partners)

Year 2 – from July – Anywhere in the world


The Professional Thesis is an analytical work on a topic related to the industry and to the professional experience gained during your internship. This is a great opportunity for you to research a subject which is not only of particular interest, but which has the potential to contribute powerfully to your personal and professional development.


The 4 to 6-month internship is a great opportunity to put your academic knowledge to the test and acquire tangible experience within the industry.


The internship is a great opportunity to put your academic knowledge to the test, and acquire tangible experience within the industry. The school will give you all the support and tools you need to find the right internship for you. Instead of doing an internship, starting directly with your first job can validate this professional experience required to get your degree and graduate from the program.


French as a foreign language courses onsite during the 1st term in Paris:

  • Beginner (A1, A2 level)
  • Intermediate (B1 level)


Courses are available online for students with a beginner's level during the 2nd and 3rd term.


emlyon business school reserves the right to modify the contents of the program and their delivery at any time, due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Word of welcome

Program Director - Luxury Marketing and Management
Florence Rollet - Program Director & Professor of Luxury Marketing

Customer expectations and cultural norms are continually challenging core brand strategies of luxury companies. To maintain the strong brand identities which are at the heart of their global success, luxury organizations must not only continuously adapt to their clients' demand for excellence, but do so within a time frame that allows them to stay one step ahead of the competition. To build your management career in this challenging business culture, you will need both solid academic knowledge and the capacity to adapt it to this industry's high standards.

 As a broad-based program, the MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing will help you identify connections across multiple segments of the luxury industry, allowing you to demonstrate that you possess the industry-specific understanding that future employers seek when hiring managers.

When working in the luxury industry, you need to be passionate about what you do and try to constantly achieve excellence. Everything you do needs to be excellent and perfect. Excellent in the process, in the design, in the manufacturing techniques, in the distribution, in your communication skills etc…Excellence is also the most common trait between all luxury brands in this industry.

You will also discover first-hand how businesses in the fast-paced and highly competitive Fashion and Lifestyle Industry and the Luxury Design Industry operate. Immersing yourself in one of these environments that demand delivery of excellence in a very short time frame helps you master fundamental skills that will be useful throughout your entire career, regardless of the global luxury industry dimension you work in. Furthermore, by studying in Paris, London or New York or Rome and the international term , you will experience first-hand how cultural patterns affect the brand strategies upon which luxury companies are based.

 If you want to develop the skills required for success in this highly demanding global industry, this is the right program for you.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include case studies, presentations, mock exercises, tests, etc.

The graduation rate for students of the MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing for the 2021-2022 academic year is 86.4% (100% of students taking the exam have graduated).