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BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology

Key information

Our BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology degree will give you a sound understanding of the principles and practice of fashion design and technology and the management of fashion and related businesses.

Programme code
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
BSc (Hons)
Mode of delivery
4 years
Scottish Borders
Start date

This course includes a fully integrated placement so you will not only learn how to develop great ideas, but how to use commercial design and the latest technology to turn them into successful fashion products.

You’ll acquire an understanding and knowledge of markets and trends, design of commercial products, technology of materials, patterns and production, garment construction techniques, and production management and costing, relevant to the fashion industry. This will enable you to apply your design, technological and management skills in fashion and similar garment-related contexts to respond to the current and future needs of industry.

In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to either work for a full semester in industry or work on an industrial project on campus. The staff will support you in securing placement opportunities or defining your project, so you can put your academic study into professional practice in the fashion, clothing, and textile industry. This experience will develop your working knowledge and experience of industry and build upon your existing practical and theoretical skills. You’ll be able to apply your invaluable mix of multi-disciplinary skills and practical knowledge to real-world contexts and improve the communication and understanding between the textiles, fashion, and related industries. During your placement or project, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to make industry contacts and take another step towards your dream career.

The programme offers specialised modules in fashion marketing and management, garment construction, buying, tailoring and innovation. In your final year you’ll apply all your learned techniques and knowledge to your honours project. You’ll develop the skills, techniques, and knowledge to undertake your honours project in your final year, in an area of your choice, to build upon your specific interests in fashion technology.

Your student experience

Your learning will be informed by our Fashion and Textiles faculty and staff, whose work covers many key areas including:

  • Smart Nanotextiles – Nanofibres and Nanoyarns
  • Fashion Technology
  • Fashion Sustainability
  • Design Innovation
  • Printed Textile Design
  • Medical Compression Design
  • Textile and Apparel Supply Chain Management
  • Brand Management and Marketing
  • Garment Making and Pattern Cutting

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Course content

September Intake - Scottish Borders

Develop a fundamental and practical knowledge of fashion product development, design, textiles and fashion marketing. Switching between practical classes, workshops and lectures offers a complete learning experience that will boost your understanding of key principles in the clothing and fashion industry. And you?ll get plenty of chance to show and develop your creative side working on practical projects too.

Mandatory September

  • Rethinking Design 2: Develop and Deliver
  • Rethinking Design 1: Discover and Define

Mandatory January

  • Fashion Marketing and Management
  • Garment Construction
  • Textiles 1

Programme Video

Fashion & Textiles at Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt students and academics explore the importance of Fashion and Textiles. Watch our video to find out more about the Fashion and Textiles' course content, facilities, equipment and projects. Experience what studying Fashion and Textiles at Heriot-Watt can offer you.

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: Your residency status is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Additional information

Please note that there is an additional consumable fee, charged per year of study.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB (including English)
  • A-Levels BCC (including English)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DMM (in a relevant area)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including English)
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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