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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TEXT5216M Research Project

60 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Eleanor Scott

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

TEXT5116M (MSc Textile Sustainability and Innovation)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The fields of textile research, in particular sustainability and innovation aspects, are constantly evolving areas. These present a multitude of opportunities that can be addressed by fundamental and applied research. You will conduct independent research, under the supervision of a supervisor/supervisory team, into a specialist area of your interest relevant to the programme. You will direct your study, with supervisory input, and develop key skills in your selected area of research. The module also entails a series of seminars to introduce methods for research and analysis. The module contains a range of formative and summative assessment activities to scaffold your progress.


On the existing MSc Textile Sustainability and Innovation programme students come from a diverse range of educational backgrounds, with some of the students coming from non-science based educational backgrounds. This module aims to scaffold students to formulate ideas and hypotheses, develop research methodology, and implement and evaluate these. This is actioned by:
• a series of seminars in the first semester to develop key research skills.
• the students in consultation with academic staff and the module leader will negotiate a research topic in Semester 2.
• This will be followed by verbal presentation (defence) of the idea and proposed methodology in front of the programme team and cohort, in the middle of Semester 2.
• The students will undertake supervised research and report on their work in an appropriate formatand finally submit either a written dissertation or a research paper style article.

During the course of the module, there will also be formative activities.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Author a critical review of the literature relevant to the field of textiles technology, sustainability or innovation, or related sectors.
2. Formulate a thorough research design with appropriate research aims, objectives and methodology, where research collection and analysis are clearly indicated and easily replicated.
3. Appraise and critique quantitative and/or qualitative data in the analysis and critical interpretation of results.
4. Construct an organised and high quality written dissertation or article style paper that provides a clear report of the research undertaken with clarity.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Articulate and compose research information and findings clearly for visual and written presentation.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Coursework Discussion Session13.003.00
Private study hours569.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative Assessment 1 Students will submit a draft four weeks before the submission deadline via Minerva. The main supervisor will provide high-level feedback on the dissertation structure, analysis/discussion of results and application of critical thought. Formative Assessment 2 Students will be required to submit a completed self-assessment form, mapped to assessment criteria. This will promote assessment literacy and encourage students to self-reflect on their work before submission of the dissertation.The students will also receive formative feedback in the seven one-to-one supervisory meetings and in three group discussion/learning sessions with the module leader

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationSubmitted as either a 11000-13000 words dissertation OR a 4000 to 5000 words ‘research paper’80.00
Oral PresentationMultimedia presentation and filled research synopsis form20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/06/2024


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