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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc. Textiles Sustainability and Innovation

Programme code:MSC-TEXT/S&IUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Eleanor Scott Contact address:E.L.Scott@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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

School of Design

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

School of Design

Programme specification:

Fashion and textile businesses across the world are seeking sustainable raw materials and manufacturing methods for designing innovative products whilst maintaining quality and meeting the demands of the marketplace.


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.



In the first semester you’ll build on foundational skills to develop your knowledge in textile and fashion design technology. You’ll also begin to explore issues surrounding sustainability in the specific context of the fashion and textile sector and engage in activities to propose solutions that textile design technology could provide to tackle these issues.

In the second semester you’ll explore aspects of product development in the textile sector, whilst gaining an in-depth understanding of the innovative manufacturing processes, considering the impact on sustainability at all stages.

In line with your aspirations, selected optional modules in both semesters will enable you to gain a specialist understanding of key areas such as technical textiles, colour technology or a specific application of textiles such as in digital printing or healthcare.

You’ll undertake a major research dissertation, under the supervision of a subject specialist, which will give you the chance to direct your own study, developing key skills in laboratory research and conducting independent research into a specialist area of your interest.

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.


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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

TEXT5216MResearch Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
TEXT5304MTextile Product Design, Innovation and Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TEXT5313MTextile and Apparel Design Technology45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
TEXT5330MTextiles Systems and Sustainable Innovation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

TEXT5307MColour: Forecasting to Retails15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TEXT5310MHealthcare Materials and Products15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TEXT5311MDigital Design and Printing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TEXT5320MTechnical Textiles and Nonwovens15 credits1 Jan to 31 May

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