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Textile Sustainability and Innovation MSc

Textile Sustainability and Innovation MSc

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Textile Design Management Of Change & Innovation Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

This course will prepare you to discover and drive sustainable and innovative textile solutions to address global environmental and societal challenges facing the global fashion and textile industries. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of the role of technology in the development of textile materials and products, including contemporary innovations in the fashion and textile industry.

You’ll also develop core skills in textile and apparel technology, whilst gaining commercial awareness and an understanding of product development, design and manufacturing processes. Optional modules will also give you the chance to specialise in areas aligned to your interests and career aspirations.

Practical experience including laboratory research, problem-solving and report writing will prepare you for your future career. You’ll be taught by leading academic staff with a range of expertise and industry experience spanning performance design, sustainability, textile technology, colour technology, healthcare and technical textiles.

This course is also available to study as a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.

Learning and teaching

You’ll have lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical lab sessions as part of this course. Discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of textile sustainability and innovation further based on topics covered in the teaching provisions.

You’ll also undertake independent research as part of the dissertation module. You’ll benefit from support from both academic tutors and technical staff.

In addition, you’ll have the chance to take part in lecturers and seminars led by visiting speakers from other universities, research organisations, public organisations and textile sector professionals.


The course involves a diverse set of assessment activities, including essays and examinations as well as practical and project work, laboratory reports, literature reviews and presentations. This combination will develop and enhance your technical, professional and transferable skills. You’ll also benefit from timely and explicit feedback from your tutors to help develop your learning.

Career opportunities

This degree will equip you with a diverse range of knowledge and professional skills. Career opportunities include sustainability management roles in fashion and textile industry and retailors, textile innovation and/or product development, fashion buyers, textile management, technical consultancy, garment technologists, testing laboratory professionals, technical marketing and support, colour technologists, retail and supply chain management, textile technology/engineering positions, project scientists and quality assurance. You could also choose to continue with postgraduate research at PhD level.


On completion of this module, students should be able to identify a suitable textile technical OR textile design problem and upon the basis of this identification pursue the following: 1. Understand the principles, applications and limitations of advanced materials characterisation techniques; 2. Select suitable examination and testing methods for specific contextual purposes; 3. Describe and characterise the key structure, properties and performance of a range of typical textile materials and technical textile products including fibres, yarns, fabrics, composites and clothing, and understand the factors which influence the determination of these characteristics; 4. Practically employ a range of techniques and testing to characterise textile materials; conduct an individual textile materials characterisation project, including selection, application and evaluation of suitable characterisation techniques.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a a 2:1 bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant degree subject, such as a textile related discipline, management, business studies, design, or a related science, engineering or social science subject. We’ll also consider your application if you have a 2:2 degree combined with relevant experience, such as in employment, through an internship, or a year in industry; as well as applicants without a formal degree who hold a relevant professional qualification (such as from The Textile Institute or Society of Dyers and Colourists,)