MSc Textile Technology (Technical Textiles) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

The Masters (MSc) course in Textile Technology (Technical Textiles) enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern textiles, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.

The complete MSc programme is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation. The taught course units are delivered through a combination of lectures and practical laboratory work.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science, is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2021 and December 2021. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact


  • To provide knowledge and understanding of the whole process of converting fibrous materials into textile end products;
  • To develop skills to identify and analyse the appropriate material and production route for a specific end product;
  • To develop expertise and skills to conduct quality evaluation of textile products.
  • To develop skills in problem solving, project management and independent research.

Special features

The programme provides in-depth knowledge of the complete textile chain and the teaching is supported by comprehensive laboratory classes and library services.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars, practical laboratory work and research projects.

Find out more by visiting the  postgraduate teaching and learning  page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using:

  • Written reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Examinations

Course unit details


Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
PGT Dissertation MATS63330 90 Mandatory
Introduction to Materials Science MATS64101 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MATS64201 15 Mandatory
Essential Textile Technology MATS69301 15 Mandatory
Advanced Textile Technology MATS69402 15 Mandatory
Textiles Evaluation & Clothing MATS69502 15 Mandatory
Advanced Composites MATS64602 15 Optional
Technical & Biomedical Textiles MATS69602 15 Optional


Underpinning the research and teaching activities are state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities include fully equipped laboratories for materials and textiles research, design studios and CAD suites, and specialist computer clusters and software. We have a well-stocked library which houses journals and reference sources related to all aspects of materials science and textile technology.

Our facilities include state-of-the-art electron microscopy, a dedicated centre for X-ray tomography and a unique set of processing equipment for metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. Textile technology specific facilities also include spinning, weaving, knitting, braiding, wet and dry processing, instrumental and microscopical analytical systems, and colour science and colouration equipment.

To find out more about facilities visit our textile technology research facilities page:

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: