Textile Science and Technology [BSc]

Textiles is a vibrant and innovative international industry, with a consistent demand for top-quality graduates. The continuing evolution of the industry provides exciting opportunities, embracing the high performance technical textiles sector, as well as the apparel and domestic textiles market. Recent innovations include microclimate control clothes, mobile communication platforms, and medical textiles.

The multidisciplinary nature of textiles requires high calibre technical managers and researchers with expertise in engineering, chemistry, physics, and electronics. With our technical expertise and broad equipment base, our degree course in Textile Science and Technology aims to develop graduates with the skills to create and implement the next generation of textiles innovations.

A degree in Textile Science and Technology is particularly suitable if you wish to enter senior technical management, or research and development. A special feature of this degree course is the opportunity it gives you to study within an industrial context.

What you study

The fundamental understanding of the properties of materials gained in year one is applied to design, development and fabric production in years 2 and 3, when areas such as colour, production technology and electronics are explored.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
  • In year one you will learn about the fundamental physics and chemistry that control the properties of materials (including textiles).  You will also learn about the properties of materials and their applications as well as the essential mathematical skills required by scientists and engineers.  These core units will establish the basic knowledge and understanding needed to pursue your specialism in later years, when you will build  on the fundamental knowledge gained in year 1 to further develop your understanding of textile science and technology and its application across traditional and innovative textiles.

    In the final year you will undertake a major design project that will provide the opportunity for you to develop your analytical and interpersonal skills. Recent projects have included fabrics for apparel, upholstery lighting, and car interiors. Out of these final-year projects can come the opportunity for postgraduate research. Your design work is exhibited at the end of the year at the degree show.

  • The drawing, design development, and fabric production sessions continue, focusing on market awareness and the participation of industrial partners. You will develop management skills and further your understanding of technology through a mixture of lectures and projects. This year enables you to apply much of your knowledge from your first year at a deeper level.

  • For those on the standard three-year degree course, this will be your final year (see below). Students taking the with industrial experience course spend a year with a suitable company. For those on the with study abroad course, you spend this year abroad.

    Final year

    You will undertake a major design project and produce a written report. Recent projects have included fabrics for apparel, upholstery lighting, and car interiors. Out of these final-year projects can come the opportunity for postgraduate research. Your design work is exhibited at the end of the year at the degree show.

Special features

  • A BSc course which will help you stand apart from others when applying for jobs.
  • Driven by the needs of the global textile industry, which is focused on high-end technical applications. 
  • Significant input from industrial partners in curriculum development and course delivery.  There are opportunities to do final year projects in collaboration with industry.
  • Develops the multidisciplinary skills needed in a competitive marketplace.
  • The degree is offered with options of an industrial placement or a study abroad year.

Career opportunities

There is a huge demand for our Textile Technology graduates. Our degree courses prepare you for a variety of career pathways, with graduates entering the research and manufacturing sectors of the textile, chemical engineering, and clothing industries.

Companies that have recently employed our graduates include global organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Speedo, Nike, Hugo Boss, Heathcoat Fabrics, Autoliv AB, Clear Edge Filtration, Unilever, The British Museum, Clariant, and Heimbach

In addition, as the textile industry evolves and high-performance, added-value textile-based products emerge, more and more high-tech employers in alternative industries are employing our graduates.

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