Research course

Fashion and Textiles

Bath Spa University · Bath School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally as a minimum hold a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK HEI, or its equivalent. A relevant master's degree is also preferred. Applicants should note that they will normally be required to undertake research training as part of their studies unless they can demonstrate equivalent prior training (eg through a relevant Master's programme). Students register as an Advanced Postgraduate in the first instance. Application for formal registration for either the degree of PhD or MPhil takes place within six months, subject to a detailed and satisfactory proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The research aims to develop and investigate the tension between established binary opposites, i.e. East/West, high/low, new/old, as well as questioning the notion of sight as the primary sense when encountering textile objects. Therefore the aims of the cluster centre on the praxis at which these opposites meet, not just as an exercise in fusion, but as an exploration of new approaches to understanding objects. This key aim therefore is to contribute to a wider appreciation of these issues, whilst contributing to the language of textiles.

Department specialisms

The central focus of the group embodies object influenced or inspired research. It includes the development of garments and fabrics, and aims to challenge the boundaries existing in fashion and textiles discourse.

Information for international students

International students who do not have English as their first language may have to undertake an IELTS or TOEFL language test. The minimum accepted standard would be 6.5 on the IELTS scale. A higher standard for admission may be required in some fields.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 - 72 months
full time
24 - 60 months


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator