The course is designed for a graduate in a physical science or similar discipline who has recently entered or wishes to enter the leather production or allied industries.
As one of the foremost centres for leather education in the world, The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is dedicated to providing cutting edge leather education in the theory and practice of leather technology. Graduates can expect to enter R&D careers in chemical companies and tanneries, progress to academic careers and enter business within a managerial or marketing role.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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Other course locations
Study will be focused at Park Campus however travel to other sites may be needed depending on thesis topic choice.
The University partners with leading businesses across the industry
The course is designed for a graduate in a physical science or similar discipline who has recently entered, those wishing to enter; or professionals who are already working in the leather producing or allied industries and wish to improve and develop their technical management effectiveness. You will be encouraged to develop specialisms within the course relevant to your future career.
You will carry out supervised research projects and submit theses for examination, leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD. Research subjects currently being supported include: application of polymers to leather processing; collagen science and technology; effluent treatment and waste disposal in the leather industry; long term ageing of leather; mechanical properties of leather in relation to its structure; tanning chemistry and the use of enzymes in leather manufacture.
While developing and setting up research projects, you will initially receive generic as well as discipline based and project specific training. This is to equip and enable you to conduct your research work effectively and independently with minimum supervision.
Students of either full time or part time mode will carry out supervised research projects and submit theses for internal and external examination, leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD.
Facilities and Special Features
We are the only university in the UK to integrate leather technology with fashion, and the only university with a tannery. Industry leading leather experts deliver research, science, technology and supply chain knowledge on an international level. This programme allows you to research an area of particular interest and expand your skills and knowledge in this area whilst working within a research active and commercially focussed department.
Most of our postgraduates have no difficulty in finding a suitable post in the leather production or associated industries as demand exceeds supply and opportunities are available worldwide. Technical management, research and development, technical services, higher education and government bodies are the most popular choices. Employment opportunities can also be found in other material production or chemical industries.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applications can be made throughout the year, with a September start available.
Applicants will normally hold a recognised either 1st or 2:1 honours degree or Master’s Degree from a UK university or International equivalent in a relevant subject area. Students with lower level qualifications or qualifications in a different subject area, but relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS at 7.0 and no component less than 6.5 (or equivalent), applications with IELTS lower than 5.5 in all components will not be considered.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
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You will need to allow for following additional over above your course fees:
- £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots, gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
- £35 individual spray gun (Sponsorship may be available)
- Student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) – Optional. £25
- Italy Trip – Although the Italy Trip is heavily subsidised by industry, there is an approximate cost of£150 that students will pay to book flights and transport. The trip is not compulsory. International students will need to apply for a Schengen Visa
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.