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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TEXT5330M Textiles Systems and Sustainable Innovation

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Eleanor Scott

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

This module is a 30-credit module to remove overlaps from two 15 credit modules:DESN5312M Sustainability & FashionTEXT5306M Sustainable Innovation & ManufacturingThis is possible as DESN5312M is no longer shared by other programmes and can be dropped.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

For sustainable innovation, the textiles sector must be considered as a complex system with interconnected and interdependent components. Systems thinking within textiles looks at the entire textile supply chain, from raw material production to manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal. This approach recognises the dynamic interactions and feedback loops within the system whilst making space for innovation to reduce negative environmental, social, and economic impact. Drawing on the expertise of researchers and industry experts working across the sector, this module introduces systems thinking within textiles by looking at the textiles supply and value chain, the environmental and social life cycle of materials, and the state of textiles legislation and certification. The module then considers the new manufacturing and recycling capabilities which are facilitating a closed loop system, whilst examining revolutionary tools such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and on demand manufacturing.


The aim of the module is to facilitate the holistic thinking necessary for successful sustainable innovation within the textiles industry. This is achieved by exploring the textiles supply chain, life cycles, legislation, and certification of textiles materials. The interpretation and application of published life cycle analyses to assess alternative approaches for the textile system in terms of environmental impacts and contributions to circularity models. Through knowledge of the textiles system, the recent innovations within the sector can be explored, to allow for a greater understanding of the novel technologies driving sustainable innovation today.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Critique life cycle assessments of textiles materials and products with an awareness of the opportunities and limitations.
2. Appraise textiles systems for environmental, social, and economic impact, with consideration to systemic constraints.
3. Develop a sophisticated understanding of new and developing technologies capable of improving the sustainability of textiles materials and products.
4. Evaluate the role of automation and digitalisation in improving the performance of the textiles system and supply chains.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Develop a robust understanding of the regulatory landscape for textiles materials and products.
2. Select, justify, and strategize the use of novel tools and approaches at the forefront of textiles innovation for sustainable development.


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours259.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

One 30 min tutorial will be allocated to each individual student in the middle of Semester 1, and in Semester 2 to allow for formative feedback of the relevant learning outcomes to take place and review the submissions so far.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportResearch Report50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/06/2024 14:15:56


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