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Overview

The textile sector is continually evolving and has pushed the boundaries beyond the conventional textiles industry. The interface of design and (sustainable) technology is the key to develop and innovate new products that meet the needs of changing market demands and are commercially relevant. This programme aims to develop a high level of understanding of textile technology, the design-technology interface, and will also give you access to the latest developments across the textile and related sectors.

MSc Textiles aims to cater for students from diverse educational backgrounds. This flexible course will allow you to study core modules and select specific areas of personal interest, within optional modules, in line with your personal career aspirations. You’ll receive training in key skills including laboratory practice, problem solving, and reasoning, and you’ll undertake a substantial research dissertation. A variety of optional modules will also give you the chance to learn about areas such as digital printing or technical textiles or medical textiles, or fashion and sustainability.

Facilities

We have excellent facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. Specialist facilities include: polymer synthesis, fibre extrusion, yarn and fabric (knitted, woven, nonwoven) development, colouration and finishing (including digital printing) and a well-equipped materials testing and characterisation laboratory. Recent additions in equipment include 3D weaving, atmospheric plasma functionalisation, 3D printing, and EEG/eye-tracking technology.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by, Royal Chartered, The Textile Institute at Associate level (CText ATI), this demonstrates a good broad knowledge of textiles and its application, and allows you to apply for Licentiateship (LTI) upon graduation, and Associateship (CText ATI) after one year in industry. It is also accredited by, Royal Chartered, the Society of Dyers and Colourists as being equivalent to its ASDC examinations leading to Chartered Colourist (CCol) status.

Course content

Everyone studies the same compulsory modules throughout the programme, which allow you to become a confident researcher and give you experience of practical lab work from Semester 1. You’ll apply the knowledge and skills that you have gained throughout the course to a substantial piece of independent research, which you’ll submit by the end of the programme in September.

In the optional modules, you’ll gain understanding of how to harvest technology to design and produce new products and how to maintain and/or improve the desirability of current products. You will also have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of advanced textile technology, textile processes and performance evaluation together with the science, technology and testing of functional textile materials, product development, colouration and finishing processes, medical textiles, nonwovens and performance clothing.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Research Dissertation
  • Textile Testing: Theory and Practice

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Sustainability and Fashion
  • Textile Design Technology
  • Colour and the Design Process for Textiles
  • Digital Printing
  • Textile technology including nonwovens
  • Coloration and Finishing Technology
  • Technical Textiles
  • Textiles in Medical Devices and Healthcare Products
  • Textile Consultancy and Management
  • Clothing Design Technology
  • Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development

Learning and teaching

We use various teaching and learning methods, including practicals, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Independent study is also vital to this degree, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions so you can make the most of them.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a range of methods including essays and exams as well as practical and project work, reports, literature reviews and presentations.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

How to apply

APPLY (FULL TIME) 

APPLY (PART TIME) 

Documents and information you need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying (please submit an official English translation if necessary)
  • Two academic references
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A personal statement, including evidence of your motivation and interest to study this particular programme and an indication to your future career plans. This should also highlight which particular field of textiles you are interested in and why you want to study this programme.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £11,500 (total)
  • International: £22,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This degree is designed to equip you with a wide range of knowledge and skills to succeed in careers such as textile management, technical consultancy, and education and training. You’ll also be well prepared to continue with academic research in textiles at PhD level.

You could work in the industry as designers or in areas, which need an understanding of technology and design e.g. buying, textile product development for apparel, and in various third party testing houses. Moreover, you could work in various textile industries in managerial positions including the retail and supply chain management with major clothing and footwear companies and their suppliers. 

The course also allows you to gain the skills to pursue a career in any of the following fields: technical consultancy; education and training; and academic research in technical textiles. You may also be employed as a product development technologist in specialist fields such as medical textiles, geotextiles and civil engineering materials, and sport and performance clothing.


Visit the Textiles MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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