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Research degrees

The School of Textiles & Design has an inherently strong research culture and our research students making a highly valued contribution to our overall research profile.

Research projects

Our strong research ethos is reflected in the PhD and MPhil programmes we offer. Research students are presented with exciting opportunities to work in areas that are relevant to the academic community, research-users and employers.

Currently, we have over 25 PhD and MPhil students enrolled on full- and part-time study modes, and working on a broad spectrum of topics, including Colour, Light and Interaction; Advanced Materials; Eco-Textiles; Fashion and Design Interpretation; and Textiles Archive.

Students can research any project that fits into our research themes. We support research in a wide range of textile, fashion and design-related disciplines in areas including (but not restricted to):

The following are examples of our current postgraduate research projects. This is not an exhaustive list, so please contact us to discuss what other projects we can offer:

  • Developing nano-textiles and nano-textile products
  • Optimisation of dyeing processes and surface characteristics for Lyocell fabrics
  • Developing and design of SMART textiles
  • Designing solar powered SMART garments
  • Designing/developing chromic materials, technologies and application methods
  • Digital inkjet printing and ink formulation for textiles
  • Reducing environmental impact of dyeing systems
  • Translation of 2D into 3D designs
  • Fabric modelling
  • Design inspired by Shetland’s textile heritage

The postgraduate research experience

Our students originate from a diverse range of undergraduate disciplines and come from all over the world, forming a truly international community of research students and enriching the learning experience. Find out more about the postgraduate research experience, including details of our facilities and the academic and financial support available to our postgraduate research students.

Applying for a research project

There is a range of issues you should consider before you apply for a postgraduate research programme, such as such as how to choose your project and how to develop your proposal

Once you've developed your proposal, you should see the section on "How to apply" for details of the application process.