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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Textiles

Programme code:MSC-TEXT/TUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Muhammad Tausif Contact address:m.tausif@leeds.ac.uk

A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a textile-related discipline, management, business studies or other related science, engineering or social science subject. Non-standard entry will be considered. International students whose first language is not English must also satisfy the University of Leeds requirement for English language. IELTS (6.5 overall with not less than 6.0 in all components); TOEFL iBT (92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing).

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a textile-related discipline, management, business studies or other related science, engineering or social science subject. Non-standard entry will be considered.
International students whose first language is not English must also satisfy the University of Leeds requirement for English language.

IELTS (6.5 overall with not less than 6.0 in all components); TOEFL iBT (92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

The School of Design

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Design

Programme specification:

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.
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.

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.
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.

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 h ouses. 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.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following modules:

TEXT5116MResearch Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
TEXT5148MTextile Testing: Theory and Practice30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

The candidates will also be required to study six optional modules (90 credits) from the following, consistent with their pathway preference:-

DESN5312MSustainability and Fashion15 creditsSemester 2
TEXT5126MTextile Design Technology15 creditsSemester 1
TEXT5127MColour and the Design Process for Textiles15 creditsSemester 1
TEXT5128MDigital Printing15 creditsSemester 2
TEXT5129MTextile technology including nonwovens15 creditsSemester 1
TEXT5131MColoration and Finishing Technology15 creditsSemester 1
TEXT5132MTechnical Textiles15 creditsSemester 2
TEXT5133MTextiles in Medical Devices and Healthcare Products15 creditsSemester 2
TEXT5134MTextile Consultancy and Management15 creditsSemester 1
TEXT5147MClothing Design Technology15 creditsSemester 1
TEXT5304MTextile Product Design, Innovation and Development15 creditsSemester 2

Please note that the optional modules listed comprise an indicative list. There may be occasions where due to unforseeable circumstances (such as staff illness or low enrolment) a module may have to be withdrawn or replaced

Last updated: 15/11/2018

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