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MSc Medical Textiles

Course Description

MSc Medical Textiles

The field of medical textiles is an extensive and constantly evolving area and presents a multitude of opportunities that can be addressed with innovative textiles for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, and injury.

The use of technical textiles and fibrous materials are already prevalent in the healthcare sector, from a simple wipe, to a complex composite structure used for bone replacement, but continual development in both healthcare and materials technology provides a need for study and research to enable the market to benefit from new innovations. Areas of application for medical textiles in the current market include implantable materials/tissue engineering (artificial ligaments etc), non-implantable materials (wound dressings, hygiene products, ostomy pouches), healthcare environment materials (surgical gowns, materials to reduce healthcare associated infection (HAI)), as well as assistive and therapeutic technologies.

Suitable for students who have completed undergraduate degree programme in textile science or textile engineering discipline or other related science or engineering.

This programme presents a unique opportunity for graduates to bring together the disparate fields of healthcare and advanced textile technology and equip graduates with the necessary skills for challenging careers in healthcare materials research, or related industries. The growth of these industries is predicted to be sustainable due to improvements in medical procedures and a growing knowledge of materials.

What you will study

This stimulating and flexible course aims to furnish textiles, science, and engineering graduates with the advanced specialised knowledge and skills required for the design and development of polymer and fibre based products for use in the Medical Textiles sector.

The School is internationally recognised for its teaching and research activities. The new MSc programme draws heavily on this research platform to provide a unique student learning experience at the University of Leeds. The MSc also provides an opportunity to develop candidates for future PhD study and research assistantships within this School research specialism. The taught modules are delivered over two semesters with a dissertation project undertaken throughout the full year. Each semester comprises of core modules taught through formal lectures, directed reading, private study, seminars, tutorials, assignments and, where appropriate, workshops. The period from the end of the second semester, to the end of the academic year is scheduled for the completion of the dissertation project.


This science degree provides an attractive opportunity for students with textile science or textile engineering or other related science or engineering subject background to gain knowledge required for a successful career in the specialised and prospering area of medical textiles. You will develop the skills required to pursue a career in any of the following fields: textile management; technical consultancy; education and training; and academic research in medical textiles. You may also be employed as a product development technologist in the specialist field of medical and health care.

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

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a textile science or textile engineering discipline or other related science or engineering subject.For applicants whose first language is not English, certification of English language proficiency by the IELTS or TOEFL test is required. IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 6. TOEFL iBT (92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing) or PTE (64 overall and at least 60 in all components).

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