Masters degrees in Paper Technology equip postgraduates with the skills to process, produce and store paper and paper-based products.
Related subjects include Paper Science and Textile Technology. Entry requirements usually include an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as Materials Science, Design Technology, or Textiles.
Papermaking is a centuries-old practice, the techniques for which have developed rapidly, particularly after the printmaking and industrial revolutions. Courses in Papermaking are therefore likely to include both traditional and advanced methodologies to increase your practical skills and theoretical understanding.
This might include workshops on techniques such as manual papermaking and industrial papermaking, as well as lab work to test the chemical and biological properties of papers. You may also explore the many uses for paper and paper products, from printing and writing paper, through to food and product packaging.
Careers are highly varied, with many plants/factories in the papermaking industry specialising in one step of the process. For example, you might specialise in tree farming, work in a factory which deals with the pulping of wood, or oversee the production line of a factory which manages the whole process from pulp to product.
The complete Masters (MSc) course in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern technical textiles, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.
Graduates of this programme are expected to understand the whole process of converting fibrous materials into the end product and to be able to identify and analyse the appropriate material and production route for a specific end product. You will also have developed the expertise and skill to conduct quality evaluation of textile products.
The complete MSc programme is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation. The taught course units are delivered through a combination of lectures and practical laboratory work.
The Masters programme in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of the advanced Technical Textiles sector, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.
After successfully completing the programme, you will have gained a thorough grounding and understanding of the whole process of converting fibrous polymeric materials to the end product. This successful delivery to the Technical Textiles sector involves materials performance, Computer Aided Design (CAD), 2D/3D product design and specification, sustainability, effective supply chains and an understanding of diverse product sectors such as textile composites, protective wear, filtration, sportswear, medical textiles and the integration of electronics into textile structures.
You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. The coursework supports the development of your transferable skills such as literature review and report writing. You will complete your MSc programme with a dissertation project. Your dissertation is an opportunity to apply your learning on a five-month technical textiles project. It also enables you to further develop your knowledge and skill in your chosen field. Your choice of topic, in consultation with your personal tutor, will range in purpose from investigatory and problem-solving work, through studies of state-of-the-art technology and current practice, to experimental and analytical research.
The taught units are:
Textile Materials and Performance Evaluation
This programme unit provides a wide range of topics in textile materials science, performance enhancement and testing that are fundamental for effective functioning in a technical capacity within any textiles or materials related organisation.
Yarn and Nonwovens Technology
This programme unit introduces the technologies of producing yarns and nonwovens from staple fibres and continuous filaments and provides knowledge in the quality and quality control aspects of yarn production.
Applied Manufacturing Processes
This programme unit provides a working knowledge of the weaving, knitting and joining processes, types of machinery used, types of fabric structures and associated properties of the product fabrics.
Fundamental Technology and Concepts for Industrial Manufacture
This programme unit provides a working knowledge of concepts of `production for profit', `economy of scale', the importance of the Supply Chain in Textile manufacturing, the importance of pre-competitive research, Design of Experiments(DoE), prototyping and technology transfer and the basics concepts of textile engineering & machine mechanics.
Technical Textiles - Industrial Applications
This programme unit introduces industrial applications for technical textiles and covers the production and application of textile composites, architectural textiles, geotextiles, automotive textiles, and industrial filtration.
Technical Textiles - Personal Environment
This programme unit introduces the production and use of technical textiles in human related areas including medical, smart, protective, sportswear, space applications.
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