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MSc Textiles

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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.

Taught by experts in one of the UK’s major hubs for textile research, this programme will help you gain the specialist knowledge and skills to build a career in a fast-paced and challenging sector.

We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds, including well-equipped laboratories and purpose-built computer clusters. 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. The recent additions in the 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.


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.

You’ll also have the chance to specialise in the aspects of textiles that interest you by selecting six appropriate optional modules.
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.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Research Dissertation 60 credits
  • Textile Testing: Theory and Practice 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Sustainability and Fashion 15 credits
  • Textile Design Technology 15 credits
  • Colour and the Design Process for Textiles 15 credits
  • Digital Printing 15 credits
  • Textile technology including nonwovens 15 credits
  • Coloration and Finishing Technology 15 credits
  • Technical Textiles 15 credits
  • Textiles in Medical Devices and Healthcare Products 15 credits
  • Textile Consultancy and Management 15 credits
  • Clothing Design Technology 15 credits
  • Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development 15 credits

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.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a textile-related discipline, management, business studies or other related science, engineering or social science subject or equivalent qualification.

We may consider non-standard entry in exceptional circumstances if you don’t meet these requirements, or if you have relevant work experience.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Design admissions team.

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.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
 
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

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 (in certain circumstances a professional reference may be considered)
  • 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.

Next steps
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with the programme manager either by phone, Skype or in person.

Admissions policy

School of Design Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: £11,000 (total)

International: £20,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help available for UK, EU and international students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.

Find out more at the University's postgraduate scholarships page


The School offers the School of Design Taught Postgraduate Award which are 5 awards of £3,000.

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.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


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