Taught course

Textile Sustainability and Innovation

University of Leeds · School of Design

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant degree subject, such as a textile related discipline, management, business studies, design, or a related science, engineering or social science subject.

We’ll also consider your application if you have a 2:2 degree combined with relevant experience, such as in employment, through an internship, or a year in industry; as well as applicants without a formal degree who hold a relevant professional qualification (such as from The Textile Institute or Society of Dyers and Colourists.)

Please see our international equivalencies page for information about qualifications we accept from your country.

Months of entry


Course content

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 needs of their consumers.

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.

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.

This course is also available to study as a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.

Specialist facilities

We have excellent facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. Specialist facilities include state of the art equipment for polymer synthesis, fibre extrusion, yarn and fabric development (including woven, knitted and nonwoven) as well as a digital printing studio and a laboratory for materials testing and characterisation.

Since 2013, we have invested over £9 million upgrading our facilities including labs, workshops, studios and student spaces. The School is also home to the Future Fashion Factory project which supports innovation in the UK fashion and textiles industry. In 2018, we opened our 3D Weaving Innovation Centre which is leading the way in 3D weaving technology, design and production.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop skills and techniques in these facilities, particularly in relation to the research you will undertake for your dissertation.

Information for international students

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Design admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Design Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 3716