Research course

Textile Science and Technology

The University of Manchester · School of Materials
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

For direct entry from your undergraduate degree, you will need to be a science and engineering graduate with at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. There are alternative routes to a PhD, through completion of other postgraduate qualifications.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

The Textile Science and Technology research programmes are part of a multi-disciplinary School of Materials. State-of-the-art facilities and a leading academic team, the largest and most comprehensive in Europe, are complemented by innovative research areas, and make this an exciting and forward-looking area for research.


Textiles are a platform for innovation. Our research draws on the natural flexibility and versatility of fibres to produce novel fibre structures and physical properties. Through an integrated approach, our research expertise has been established across a broad technological base allowing multi-disciplinary problems to be solved.

High Performance Textiles

A huge manufacturing and commercial area in the textile science and technology sector is High Performance Technical Textiles. Such textiles require the specialist equipment infrastructure and critical scientific mass available at Manchester and in turn, allow us to carry out focused research and collaborate with important industry sectors, such as aerospace composites, where 3D textile structures are critical to lowering weight, maintaining strength and improving efficiency and economy.

International links

We work closely with various international research centres. Collaboration with the Faraday Technitex Centre, focusing on Technical Textiles, has assisted UK industry to develop novel performance materials and technology. We also have an important partnership in novel chemical processing with the Lenzig supported Christian Doppler Laboratory, which is primarily focused on the development of the sustainable cellulosic materials sector.

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

UK students
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,000, High £25,000

You can apply for a range of scholarships and studentships -

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 3559