MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Textiles Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Textiles Evaluation & Clothing

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS43802
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 7
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


The communication and visualisation of the technical aspects of textile products are vital skills for the modern textile scientist.  


The unit aims to introduce the student to two main areas of study:

  • advanced concepts in scientific colour measurement and communication, coloration and the performance evaluation of textiles.
  • fabric joining techniques and advanced CAD/CAM techniques related to 2D fabrics and 3D products based on the Lectra CAD/CAM systems.

Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities

Teaching and learning methods

This unit is delivered by lectures, workshops and seminars (nominally 36 hours), and supported by laboratory classes (nominally 8 hours).

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the principles of industrial-level colour communication, colour recipe and colour reproduction processes.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of various pertinent and complex aspects of fabric performance
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of CAD systems for developing apparel.

Intellectual skills

  • Appraise current and emerging colour communication and coloration practice(s) and comment on the strengths and weaknesses using balanced, logical and supported argument.
  • Distinguish the key ingredients of complex problems, showing competence in the application of measures of textile performance, such as ‘thermo- physiological comfort’ and ‘serviceability’.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to interpret, analyse and draw conclusions from the development of apparel products using different materials;

Practical skills

  • Apply the knowledge and theories in real-life or case study scenarios.
  • Operate a range of CAD systems used in apparel development;
  • Write cogent laboratory reports based on the experimental work carried out.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate using a new technical language appropriate for the advanced textiles industry.
  • Show the ability to solve problems.
  • Demonstration of numeric skills.
  • Act with increasing autonomy, with reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback given (written and verbal)

Recommended reading

Online Colour Physics Books (sign in through the library for full online access)


BERNS RS, 2019 Billmeyer and Saltzman’s Principles of Color Technology, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, ISBN 047119459X.

BEST J, 2012 Colour design theories and application, edited by Janet Best, Textile Institute (Manchester, England), 2nd Edition, Cambridge, Woodhead Pub Ltd, In association with the Textile Institute.

SAVILLE BP, (1999) Physical Testing of Textiles, Woodhead, Cambridge, ISBN: 1855733676.

BURKINSHAW SM, (2016) Physico-chemical Aspects of Textile Coloration, John Wiley & Sons in association with the Society of Dyers and Colorists, ISBN 978-1-118-72569-6.

Additional Reading

KLEIN GA, 2010, Industrial Color Physics, Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Springer.

FAIRCHILD MD, 2005, Color Appearance Models, 2nd Edition, Chichester, Wiley.


Beazley, A. and Bond, T. 2003. Computer-aided pattern design and product development. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Huw Owens Unit coordinator

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