Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc

This course focuses on fusing design with technical understanding in the development of high performance and innovative textiles across various sectors. The MSc is designed for students who want to develop technical, practical and creative skills and work on projects in areas of their own interest

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Reasons to study Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc at DMU:

  • Flexible learning environment 
    by selecting specific areas of personal interest within core modules and in addition selecting specific elective modules in line with your personal career aspirations
  • Supportive career progression
    with modules allowing for flexibility alongside the final major project letting your personal interests be developed
  • Multinational community
    within the School of Design’s community which creates a supportive learning environment for textile students from around the world
  • Design and technical skills
    are learnt as required by tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and textile industry professionals
  • Links with industry
    and learn from an expert teaching team, who are all active in their own field and who maintain links with the commercial sector ensuring they teach real-world, relevant skills
  • Industry placement opportunity
    you can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further
  • Commercial visits to textile technology experts 
    together with guest lectures complement the course
  • Top-class facilities 
    with access to a range of technical laboratories and workshops alongside a host of specialist equipment

The Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc aims to cater for students from both design and technical backgrounds. The course supports individual career aspirations to enter specific areas of the textile industry and associated sectors where innovation is a key driving force. With a host of specialist teaching and research facilities, the course allows students to develop their technical, practical and creative skills within a comfortable well- equipped learning environment. Dedicated staff will provide expert knowledge across a number of areas including garment and product technology, intimate apparel, textile technology and innovation, material chemistry, fabric construction, and sustainable and ethical practices. This will allow you to focus on particular areas of personal interest in line with career aspirations. 

Working closely with the industry there will be ample opportunities to visit and communicate with a range of textile related businesses including those who focus on textile product research and development, innovative material development, sustainable design, and quality assurance and legislation.  


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2020

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £8,100 (full-time) per year, £4,050 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2020

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,100 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK Bachelor’s Honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience, we will consider your application on an individual basis.

The admissions tutor might request a face-to-face or Skype interview for assessment.

Interview and Portfolio

A statement of current educational and industrial experience, career aspirations and specific learning expectations from the course should be provided

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc portfolio advice for full details.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



Term one core modules

Research Methods (Compulsory)
Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.

Key Textile Technologies (Core)
This module builds on your foundation knowledge of textile materials with a focus on conventional and new innovative materials. Through lecture seminars, hands-on practical sessions and off site trips your knowledge to be challenged to allow exploration into diverse and novel applications for textile materials. 

Design, innovation and Sustainability (Core)
This module takes an integrated approach to the complex issues surrounding sustainability and the role of design and innovation as a driver for change.  Students will critically examine both the ethical and environmental impact of design and explore a variety of innovative materials and processes.

Term one optional modules (Choose one)

Marketing for the Creative Entrepreneur*
Examines the key marketing and corporate strategy issues that affect a designer. You will develop your own marketing strategy and carry out an analysis of the competitive environment.

Fashion Promotion and Marketing
The module reviews both theoretical concepts & current approaches to communication and commerce in global fashion markets. Exploring key aspects of fashion marketing and promotion via case studies of retailers, brands and designers, to enable you to develop creative strategies and commercial solutions to real-life industry challenges.

Design as a Strategic Business Tool
Looks at how design itself can be the driving force behind the strategic management and development of digital design and creative businesses. You will audit the use of design, design management and design thinking in the creative industries and business.

Term two core modules

Performance and Analysis (Core)
This module explores the importance of quality assessment and fitness for purpose in the creation of new innovative textile products. Through a combination of theoretical and practical sessions undertaken on site using industrial test laboratory apparatus different end uses will be examined enabling students to focus attention on areas of personal interest. Off site visits will provide an appreciation of both commercial testing processes and technical textile R&D.

Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (Core)
Innovation in product development will be explored from a foundation of the core methods used in design and manufacture for textile apparel and merchandise. You will select an area for development and be supported by experts from intimate apparel, leisurewear, fashion clothing and product development. Your focus will be on improving the design, function, quality and fitness for purpose for your selection. Dependent upon education and experience you will follow a mainly theoretical or practical route for the product analysis and development brief.

Global Markets: Designing businesses for international growth
Examines the key issues involved in developing new international markets and the role of the design manager and entrepreneur in enabling design and creative businesses to compete effectively in the global economy.


Term two optional modules (Choose one)

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur
Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Managing Business Web Presence
Teaches you how to critically appraise website designs, social media activity and wider networking channels while learning about creative production and management processes. You will learn how best to evaluate the role of website design in business, marketing and the creative industries, while examining advances in web architecture, technology, interface and management.

Technology for Design
Provides a platform for designers from various fields to explore a range technology and potentially help to advance their knowledge and practise in this area. This module recognises that digital technology and the development of new equipment, materials, artefacts and devices are all growing exponentially.

Term three

The final module will be one of four options: developing a design concept; design/practice-based project with practical outcomes; dissertation; work-based project. Final projects will allow you to focus on an area of personal interest taking this forward in a design/practical led format or theoretical/ research context. There is also the option to undertake a work based project for those wanting to gain industrial experience at a host company. 

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.



The programme is delivered primarily through lectures, seminars and practical workshops as well as tutorial guidance. 

Lectures deliver a discourse on a particular subject followed by seminars, which are used for holding discussions or for the exchanging of information in a smaller group. 

Practical workshops allow you to engage in hands-on design and development work using a range of specialist equipment.  

Tutorials are provided usually to discuss a subject on a one to one basis between the tutor and yourself; however you may find yourself in a small tutorial group to benefit from the contribution of others.

Throughout the programme the curriculum is enhanced by offsite visits and onsite visiting industry professionals. Offsite visits allow you to experience a range of companies, factories and facilities, who play a critical role in the textile industry relevant to the module curriculum. Visiting industry professionals from a variety of business experiences will form the basis of some lecture sessions onsite, where appropriate to the module curriculum.

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 23 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.


Facilities and features


The Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities has excellent and well-equipped facilities. Superb practical workshops and research facilities allow you to engage in hands-on design and development work using a range of specialist equipment.  

Facilities specific for this course include textile testing; colouration and research laboratories (physical performance testing, fibres, yarns and fabric dyeing and finishing); sample fabric construction (knit, weave, print, 3D print); garment and sewn product manufacture; textile material, garment and product design studies.


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


Opportunities and careers


Industry links

The programme has close links with the regional, national and international textile community and the associated industry. These networks and organisations will provide students with exposure to and interaction with wide ranging textile businesses. 

Interaction with the textile industry will primarily be through field trips, guest lectures, industry focused projects and the opportunity to undertake an industry linked final project. These enable students to connect with the textile industry, stay up to date with the latest developments and considerations, and how these develop in a fast paced culture.


DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



Graduate careers

This MSc supports a range of career choices within the textile and associated industries. These include higher-level fashion buyers, textile technologists, designers of fabrics, fashion and outerwear, contour designers, garment technologists, analytical textile technologists, product testers, project scientists, technical textile designers, and textile laboratory technicians. Progression routes from these would be to senior management such as production managers, lead/head of innovation, head of product development. 

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