Fashion and Textiles (PhD)

2022-23 (also available for 2021-22)

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

Start date

3 October 2022

9 January 2023

3 April 2023

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) or part-time is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Application deadlines

For October 2022

10 June 2022 for International and Scholarship students

1 July 2022 for Home students

For January 2023

21 October 2022 for International and Scholarship students

18 November 2022 for Home students

For April 2023

27 January 2023 for International and Scholarship students

24 February 2023 for Home students

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 work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words. We also accept applications for PhD projects which are practice-orientated and which include portfolio submissions. Practice submissions have written components. You will receive guidance from your supervisory team as to the percentage equivalents between the practice and written elements of your research project.

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 6.0, 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 see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

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

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Including domestic repair practices, repair services, motivations and barriers to repair, public engagement with repair, promotion of repair practices

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

As a result of increasing demands for superior functionality from textiles, the sophistication of textile finishes and finishing operations has tremendously increased over the last few decades. New types of finishing are being developed to provide novel effects such as fragrance finishes, well-being finishes, bionic finishes, as well as finishing for smart textiles, medical textiles etc. Parallel to the search for novel finishes, existing finishes (and application techniques) are constantly being scrutinised to ensure that processing is as efficient as possible from technical, economical, and ecological perspectives. Textile finishing can be expected to remain a highly valuable tool which can significantly enhance the value of the finished textile product. The same applies for the dyeing processes as well. Alongside researching for novel dyeing and finishing chemicals and processes, projects in these domains will critically analyse the dyeing and finishing operations within the textile Industry and find novel environmentally superior techniques for achieving the same or superior functionality e.g. by using plasma technology.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Composites combine two or more distinct materials with a discrete separating interface. The two materials are typically heterogeneous but it is possible to design composites from the same material using different physical forms. In polymer-matrix composites, polymer resin forms the matrix of the composite and also acts as a binder and a stress transfer medium for the reinforcement component; the reinforcement component typically consists of fibres or textile structures. Research in this area will be in the domains of creating novel textile structures for composites (e.g. nonwovens, knitted, woven) or designing new functional composites (e.g. all cellulosic composites) to engineering the interaction between the matrix and the reinforcement (e.g. using plasma technology).

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The field of medical textiles is an extensive and constantly evolving area and presents a multitude of opportunities that can be addressed with innovative textiles for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, and injury. The use of technical textiles and fibrous materials are already prevalent in the healthcare sector, from a simple wipe, to a complex composite structure used for bone replacement, but continual development in both healthcare and materials technology provides a need for study and research to enable the market to benefit from new innovations. Areas of application for medical textiles in the current market include implantable materials/tissue engineering (artificial ligaments etc), non-implantable materials (wound dressings, hygiene products, ostomy pouches), healthcare environment materials (surgical gowns, materials to reduce healthcare associated infection (HAI)), as well as assistive and therapeutic technologies. There are a multitude of research projects on medical textiles and many of them are in collaboration with other schools in the university.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Including technical & empirical studies, research into social and cultural influences, design interventions, interdisciplinary approaches & public engagement

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Innovative approaches to using digital technology, design and craftsmanship.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Including life cycle assessment, motivations and barriers to adoption of practices, theory of behaviour change, promotion of behaviour change & longevity of behaviour change.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Including public knowledge levels, public 'wisdom', co-creation of knowledge, action research, creative dissemination of knowledge

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

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 see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

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 see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

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 see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

We welcome proposals to study subjects related to the use-phase of the garment life cycle. This could include, but is not limited to, alternative fashion systems, clothes swaps, laundry practices, repair, behaviour change and emotional attachment to clothing.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The creation of meaning through textile-related process and material encouraging enquiry, debate and an evolving art practice into the contemporary environment. This comprises, but is not limited to:

The potential of textile-based site-specific practice as a method of historical inquiry. The methodology includes archival research and an exploration of the narrative potential of textiles so that audiences can engage in new ways with the heritage of their locality.

The second strand to the research topic addresses cloths transformative potential as a socially engaged form of creative practice in facing contemporary social concerns. The engagement process supports skills of empathetic making in participatory and community contexts.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

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 see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

You can apply by:

1) Proposing your own research topic. Explore the skills of our supervisors and/or Research Centres to see if we have the expertise to support your topic.

2) Applying for one of the research topics listed below or for a specific research area within the School.

Places are always subject to eligibility, a review of your proposal and supervisory capacity.

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. 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 project of your own. You can find a full list of broad research areas in Fashion and Textiles on our Postgraduate Study in Art, Design and Architecture page.

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

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Researcher Environment

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.

Find out more about our research staff and centres: Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture (CEADA) Technical Textiles Research Centre

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

When you are offered a place on a research degree, your offer will include confirmation of your supervisory team, and the topic you will be researching.

Whilst the University will use reasonable efforts to ensure your supervisory team remains the same, sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your team for reasons outside the University’s control, for example if your supervisor leaves the University, or suffers from long term illness. Where this is the case, we will discuss these difficulties with you and seek to either put in place a new supervisory team, or help you to transfer to another research facility, in accordance with our Student Protection Plan.

Changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, for example the University being unable to access its buildings due to fire, flood or pandemic, or the University no longer being able to provide specialist equipment. Where this is the case, we will discuss these issues with you and agree any necessary changes.

Your research project is likely to evolve as you work on it and these minor changes are a natural and expected part of your study. However, we may need to make more significant changes to your topic of research during the course of your studies, either because your area of interest has changed, or because for reasons outside the University’s control we can no longer support your research. If this is the case, we will discuss any changes in topic with you and agree these in writing. If you are an international student, changing topics may affect your visa or ATAS clearance and if this is the case we will discuss this with you before any changes are agreed.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by the University’s Terms and Conditions and a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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