Fashion and Textiles (PhD)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

6 April 2020

6 July 2020

Duration

6 years part-time
3 years full-time

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A PhD is a three year full time or six year part time programme of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 40,000 words. Alternatively in the fashion and textiles subject where the submission is accompanied by material in other than written form, the written commentary should normally be a minimum of 10,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research, or
  • professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with the written element at least 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

A tailored research project to enable you to develop an area of expertise or of special interest to you with a strong and innovative focus on design, design technology within a fashion, costume or textiles context, or a specific area of fashion business / fashion marketing.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

We encourage and invite applications from all aspects of fashion and textiles. The Department of Fashion and Textiles currently offers an exciting mix of courses. Our approach builds on the potential for contemporary, experimental, commercial and trans-disciplinary practices. The department is committed to promoting high quality learning which reflects contemporary knowledge and understanding related to fashion, costume, textiles, fashion and textiles history and theory.

We invite proposals that seek to investigate all kinds of themes and topics, and encourage applicants to bring their own research interests to the proposal process. We encourage self-directed learners who are keen to realise project ideas across all practices.

Funding

https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The project allows for a focus on either the hand knitting craft or on the domestic machine knitting craft to explore avenues to revitalise the craft of knitting and to enhance the perception of the craft for contemporary societies and industry. The project allows inquiries to be undertaken through design, design technology and / or business / marketing practice to build strategies to support the growth of this valuable craft.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This topic allows inquiries into sustainable practice which may include Vintage and Retro design and products, upcycling, recycling and re-use of materials and products, or the value of fashion and textiles crafts for a more sustainable approach to fashion and / textile practice. The project may be focused on small-scale production for SME's and Micro Businesses or larger-scale mass production applications.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This project interrogates the trend forecasting approaches within fashion, textiles, and / or home-fashion (soft furnishings, interiors, etc) contexts in order to conceptualise new approaches to working with trends to support closed loop and circular economy thinking and practice.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This study will determine if there is evidence to support patients and staff gaining therapeutic benefits from textiles as art installations within healthcare environments.

In addition to a literature review, the research will involve case studies examining responses to existing textile installations in the healthcare sector, formulating a typology of criteria to inform the design of a therapeutic textile artefact by the researcher. The artefact will be developed in negotiation with a UK healthcare trust and its efficacy tested via a range of measures in one or more healthcare environments. During the research user engagement via staff and patient participation in the design process may be implemented if the initial case study data suggests this should be an integral component of the design methodology. Based on data collated from the case studies and artefact testing, guidelines for the design of therapeutic textile installations in healthcare contexts will be developed.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

We welcome proposals to study any aspect of the history and culture of dress, fashion, or costume since c.1750.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

​The School of Art, Design and Architecture, home to award-winning staff members at the University of Huddersfield, fosters the next generation of creative researchers as part of a dynamic and interactive learning community. The School has approximately 100+ research students, from a growing number of different nationalities. We particularly welcome transdisciplinary working.

You will be welcomed into a vibrant postgraduate research community housed within our new Barbara Hepworth Building. Opened in 2019, the building is located on the University campus overlooking the picturesque Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It is an environment equipped with state of the art facilities and spaces for collaborative thinking and exchange. The building has a dedicated postgraduate suite for our research students.

You will find listed on this course finder page several ‘research topics’ which have been designed by experienced PhD supervisors. It may be that you are interested in pursuing an aspect of one of these projects, so do please consider approaching the named academic to discuss your ideas in further detail. You may also want to design a PhD project of your own. We very much welcome applications in the following broad research areas:


• Costume Studies
• Creative Pattern Cutting and Technologies
• Fashion Ecology, Economics and Business Engagement
• Fashion Retail and Social Media
• Materials Science and Textile Technologies
• Textile Crafts and Textile Futures
• Transdisciplinary research in fashion and textiles

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area.. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

If you would like further guidance about undertaking postgraduate study within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, or to seek advice about writing a project proposal as part of your application, do please make contact with our postgraduate administration team for further information: sadapgradmin@hud.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Research Enviroment

We provide a supportive and vibrant research environment for postgraduate researchers (PGRs). Researchers at all levels are encouraged to contribute and collaborate. The Graduate School ensures that postgraduate research is of the highest quality and equips you with the resources that you need to become a successful researcher.

We have an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing you to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via Brightspace, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. We also subscribe to the University of East Anglia webinar series and The Good Doctorate video training series. We are part of the North West and Yorkshire PGR Training Group that allows PGRs to attend relevant training opportunities at other nearby universities.

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