Research course

Technical Textiles

The University of Manchester · School of Materials
MSc by research

Entry requirements

You will need to be a science and engineering graduate with at least a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent. Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transfer to PhD at the end of the degree, requiring a further two years full-time study, or four years part-time.

Months of entry


Course content

Technical Textiles is a rapidly expanding sector based on cutting-edge technology, performance materials and growing profitability. Products are used in vital and diverse industries, including aerospace, biomedical, geotextiles, and sportswear. To innovate and create in this growing industry, a `new graduate' is in demand by global companies.

The programme

This unique MSc by Research programme is made up of taught units and an in-depth research project. A mix of wide-ranging taught units across the School is available, and includes:

Technical Textiles

Paper Manufacture and Paper Science

Polymer Chemistry and Molecular Characterisation

Polymer Processing, Structure and Properties

Design / Structure of Materials

Your research project will normally involve a leading industrial company, and in collaboration with the industrial supervisor and the University, you will develop a `real' research topic. By fully utilising the facilities and expertise at both the industrial and University site, you will be able to tailor your programme components to your career aspirations.

Career prospects

Graduates of the programme will be equipped to lead the development of innovative products and processes in the technical textiles industry as well as to carry out further study for higher degrees.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to take and meet minimum requirements for the following recognised English language qualifications: IELTS (6.5 with no sub-test under 5.5); TOEFL (570 with 5.0 in TWE); CBTOEFL (230 with 5.0 in TWE). Please contact us if you have an alternative qualification and we will make an individual assessment.

Fees and funding

In order to drive this important new educational and commercial initiative, bursaries have been provided by The Clothworkers' Livery Company to attract highly qualified graduates into this vital industry.

If you are interested and want to be part of a growing, dynamic, global business with a future, take the first step now.

Full Scholarships (tuition fees and maintenance) are available for appropriately qualified UK students.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Materials
+44 (0)161 306 3559