Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles.
This programme educates students to be managers for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of business processes and functions within the industry, and an appreciation of the industry’s creative foundations in international and local context. It attracts applicants from business and textile backgrounds. Students will carry out a structured research investigation and write an account of their research on a particular topic that tests and develops theory. For more information on this subject area visit the School programme page.
The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. Students concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that is conducive to their individual project intentions. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory.
The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation.
- Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles
- Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries
- Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation
- Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles
- Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.
MSc: 3 semesters, 12 months
PGDip: 2 semesters, 9 months
Course contentDetailed course guide
Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles.
- Fashion Management
- Design Context
- Design Project
- Design Technology and Innovation
- Brand Management
- Research Methodologies
- Business Enterprise
- Raw Materials Testing and Exploration
- Consumer Motivations
- Research project
Students are assessed through a combination of practical and written course work, examinations and the Masters project. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual creative development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.
Attracting applicants from business and textile backgrounds and resulting in projects that test and develop theory in the form of an academic paper.
You should hold a good (first or second class) Honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or Overseas University. In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.
Pre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance. Please contact us for more information.
How to apply
Applications are made by submitting a completed application form to the Postgraduate Office at the Edinburgh Campus. Additionally, before original decision can be given, applicants will be asked to supply documentation to provide proof of academic background and suitability as a candidate:
- A copy of your degree(s) certificates and relevant transcripts
- Proof of having being awarded a first degree(s)
- Proof of your ability in the English language if this is not your mother tongue
- Proof of how your tuition fee and personal maintenance costs are to be met
- Two academic referees
For full details about our application process including relevant forms and guidance notes, please contact us or visit our website at www.tex.hw.ac.uk
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance. Please contact us for more information.
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Fees & funding
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£5200||£2600||£650|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£5200||£2600||£650|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
** Fee per course
Scholarships & bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.