Fashion and textile student uses sewing machine
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019


Are you an ambitious creative, budding entrepreneur or critical thinker with the drive to take your love of fashion and textiles to the next level? This MA Fashion and Textiles Master's degree course will give you the skills you need to apply your talent in this exciting industry.

You'll develop your business knowledge and learn how to integrate this with fashion and textile design processes. You'll also build an understanding of the importance of adaptability and social and environmental awareness within the industry. And you'll get to develop your own fashion or textile practice, gaining the confidence and tools you need to become a successful innovator and leader.

We'll help you develop your creative, critical and practical skills to achieve professional outcomes and compete in a commercial setting. Whether you're looking to move into a management role in a design-led industry or start your own textile business, this course will help you achieve your goals.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Work in our design studios and fashion and textile workshops, supported by skilled technicians
  • Use our extensive facilities, which include pattern-cutting equipment, industrial sewing machines, digital embroidery machines and a fabric print workshop
  • Work collaboratively on an innovation-driven integrated fashion label, gaining professional experience in a senior design role
  • Learn about business research strategy and planning, and develop analytical and entrepreneurial skills
  • Experiment with and combine traditional skills and techniques with new digital technologies
  • Produce a major project based on your own research, and supervised by academic or business mentors
  • Hear from inspirational guest speakers, including designers and fashion journalists
  • Organise individual and group exhibitions at events including London Fashion Week
  • Have opportunities to go on study visits to cultural and industrial hubs, in the UK and abroad

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you'll have the creative, critical, practical and business skills needed for a successful career.

Career opportunities include:

  • fashion/textile design
  • starting your own business
  • leadership/management within an existing business
  • research and development in a leadership/management role within service and design-led industries
  • entrepreneurial/advisory role within an existing business
  • product development
  • PhD research/research related career
  • teaching

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You'll study units worth 180 credits over 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time).

Units currently being studied

Core units are:

  • A question of research
  • Fashion and textiles enterprise
  • Fashion and textiles industry
  • Fashion and textiles major project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • guest lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • group tutorials
  • peer assessment review and feedback
  • presentations
  • workshops

During the final stage of the course, learning becomes more independent and self-directed, making your timetable more flexible.

The learning environment is primarily studio, seminar room and workshop based, but also involves field trips and working within external companies.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • portfolio
  • coursework
  • research journal
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. You'll get feedback from academics, industrial professionals and your peers.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £7,000
  • Part time: £3,750 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full time: £13,900
  • Part time: £6,950 (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.


Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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Subject area
Fashion, Photography, Graphic Arts and Design