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Product Innovation with Textiles MSc

2023-24 (also available for 2022-23)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

25 September 2023


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)


About the course

Product Innovation with Textiles offers a holistic approach, providing you with a strong grounding in textile properties, and sustainability in order to inspire and guide your textile product innovations.

During this course you will develop an in-depth knowledge of textiles including textile testing, fibre chemistry and how this understanding of textiles can play a significant role in innovation within a variety of market sectors. You will explore the reasons for innovation and how this is placed in terms of our future as consumers, product innovators and partners in business. There will be consideration given to how innovation can work in partnership with sustainable practices and use of materials. During this course you will investigate how to protect your intellectual property (IP) and how to exploit innovation through developing case scenarios for potential business sectors.

You might also have the opportunity to work on live projects in a local, national and international context through identifying real world problems for partner businesses. You will gain skills in marketing, business, communications and entrepreneurship through examination of product lifecycle and through critical examination of the textile and related industries while developing skills in problem solving through design and innovative manufacturing processes. This will be suited to you if you have an interest and career goal aspirations in the technical and/or creative aspects of product innovation with textiles.

Course detail

Research Methods

On this module you will learn about research methods specific to product innovation and textiles. As thinkers and practitioners, you will develop an understanding of the different methods you might use to validate, enhance and substantiate your innovative ideas. You will be equipped with a tool kit of research skills to help you develop a project proposal or working brief for your Master’s study. The module will cover the following topics: core research principles, laboratory practice-led methods, market and management analysis, scientific testing and analysis. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies.

Textile Toolbox

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of textiles, in terms of construction, design, aesthetics and analysis. Whether your future career will be in the creative or more technical textile industries, a sound knowledge of how textiles are formed, beginning at the raw materials, moving through fibre formation, to material and then finishing, will shape in your mind what is possible and where there is room for innovation. In parallel the module will develop your analytical skills so that you can quantify the properties of a textile, be that in terms of colour, strength, fabric weight or hydrostatic head for example. This module involves lectures, seminars and practical workshops, where you will get hands on experience of the tools and techniques of textile creation and quantification.

Design Management for Innovation

On this module you will learn about taking an innovative approach to textiles and their applications to innovative products. As critical thinkers and practitioners you will develop an understanding of the different methods you might use to validate, enhance and transform your textile and product ideas into marketable products for a clearly defined market segment. You will be introduced to Design Management; Scenario Planning; Managing Innovation; Developing an Innovation Strategy; Building an Innovation Case; Capturing Learning from Innovation. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a portfolio of knowledge and skills for application in developing product innovation with textiles.

Advanced Textiles

This module takes you to the cutting edge of textiles, introducing you to new methods of manufacture and construction outside of the traditional textiles sphere. Building on the knowledge and analytical skills developed during the textile toolbox module, this module will encourage you to apply the knowledge gained to the world around you exemplified by case studies in diverse fields such as automotive and medical. Seminars will encompass cutting edge researchers presenting their research thus inspiring and developing your own innovation ideas. Practical skills will be a key focus enabling you to understand for example nonwoven materials and the role they can play in advancing textiles.

Major Project

The major project builds on your development work in previous modules to culminate in the realisation of your ideas. You will revisit your project proposal to develop a final stage framework to realise your outcomes. You will be encouraged to agree the approach in line with your specific outputs, provide a rationale for this approach and bring together the aesthetic, functional, professional and innovation features of your work.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject

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 no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. 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?

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research and close relationships with industry partners, our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

For more information, visit the Technical Textiles Research Centre and the Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture (CEADA)

Your career

Textile industry bodies such as UKFT report there is a skills gap in the UK’s fashion and textile industries. The course is designed to endow students with a portfolio of skills that will make them highly attractive to potential employers. The structure of the course was designed following conversations with numerous textile companies and companies using textile in their products, to produce graduates with the right blend of skills to meet the industry need.

* Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2017/18, UK domiciled graduates).

96.4% Graduates employed*

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.

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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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

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