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Leather Technology (Professional) MSc

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
1 Year
Location
Waterside
Start Date
January

Overview Updated 26/02/2020

The leather industry is packed with exciting career opportunities and this course is an excellent route in if you have a science or technology background. It’s also a great way to expand your knowledge and skills if you are already employed in the leather industry.

Leather is returning to prominence as alternatives struggle to achieve comparable performance and/or they are derived from non-renewable carbon-based materials. Scientific advances combined with environmental responsibility have transformed the leather manufacture industry into a modern scientific process, creating a highly sustainable material with high value in many sectors such as sports, automobiles, luxury goods and fashion.

Next intake, January 2021.

Downloads:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses brochure ICLT UG & PG Courses

Short Courses brochure ICLT Short Courses

Course

Highlights

  • Brand new on-site working tannery and laboratories.
  • Unique to the University of Northampton.
  • Additional bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.

Additional

Information

Methods of Learning

Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples, case studies and industry guest lectures. Our virtual learning environment allows you and course tutors to exchange ideas as well as submit assignments from home.

Course Details

Our unique MSc in Leather Technology (Professional) will give you the opportunity to enhance your technical skills. We encourage you to develop intellectual creativity and we will provide you with the skills you need to research advanced technologies. You will learn how to discern the differences between technical and entrepreneurial issues, relating them to the needs of the leather industry. We are one of the foremost centres for leather education in the world and we are dedicated to delivering theoretical and practical education at the highest standards.

Read more

Careers

Outstanding Career Opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you will find yourself in exceptionally high demand from employers. We routinely see 100% of our graduates entering employment with more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill their vacancies.

Roles include technical management, higher education and government bodies, as well as materials production and chemical industries.

Research

Many ways to engage

If you are seeking flexible and independent research opportunities as an industrialist, industry body or a potential research student, there are multiple ways to engage with ICLT – renting research space, commissioning research or consultancy, funding MPhil or PhD studentships or employing a post-doctoral research associate. For further information contact will.wise@northampton.ac.uk.

Open Days

Discover More

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
    for study at postgraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours 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 in the leather industry will also be considered on an individual basis

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single or a number of modules. The non-credit bearing course is called ‘Professional Leather Development’ Course, for further information about this course please visit the Professional Leather Development Course page. Please use and complete the booking form available as a download, to confirm your interest in taking selected modules or the full three months and sending it to us at iclt@northampton.ac.uk. Please contact us using the e-mail if you have further enquiries.

The next available intake is January 2021.

Course Content

  • Advanced Leather Processing (40 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM024
    Core Module Y
  • Advanced Leather Finishing (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM025
    Core Module Y
  • Quality Evaluation and Systematic Problem Solving (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM015
    Core Module Y
  • Research and Analytical Methods (10 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM017
    Core Module Y
  • Sustainable Manufacture within the Leather Industry (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM020
    Core Module N
  • Hide to High Street (40 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM019
    Core Module Y
  • Leather Science (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM002
    Core Module N
  • Marketing: Principles and Management (20 Credits)
    Module code: MKTM003
    Core Module N
  • Global Marketing Strategy (20 Credits)
    Module code: MKTM018
    Core Module N
  • International Wastes Management (20 Credits)
    Module code: ENVM038
    Core Module N
  • Managing Operations (20 Credits)
    Module code: BSOM023
    Core Module N
  • Dissertation (50 Credits)
    Module code: LEAM018
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 19/20 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Facilities &

Special Features

We are the only UK university to integrate leather technology with subjects such as fashion, marketing, business and the environment. We are proud to house an on-site working tannery for practical leather making as well as laboratories to enable leather testing.

  • this course is unique to us and not offered anywhere else in the UK
  • our brand new facilities include an on-site tannery and laboratories for teaching
  • modules to cater for leather career choices in technology, business and marketing of leather
  • industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts
  • continual networking with potential employers within the industry
  • opportunities to attend an international leather fair in Hong Kong*
  • bursaries and scholarships available for leather students

Postgraduate Opportunities

Graduate Discount Scheme

Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us.

Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.

*Find out if you are eligible for 20% fee discount by visiting our webpage.

After completing this course, you can further your study by completing our Leather Technology PhD

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Fees & Funding

20/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £6,840
Part Time: £760 per 20 credits

Postgraduate Loans
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a  postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

Additional costs

  • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
  • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £6,750
Part Time: £750 per 20 credits

Postgraduate Loans
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a  postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

Additional costs

  • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
  • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

20/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £13,750

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional costs

  • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
  • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,750

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional costs

  • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
  • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

Scholarships

Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship

The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton. Dr Mike Daniel was Pro…

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

The Leathersellers' Company Scholarship

The Leathersellers’ Company Scholarship awards students on full-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses within the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. Awards vary in size but have…

The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary

The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary supports a small number of undergraduate students who are studying a full-time three year BSc or BEng in Environmental…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour

Updated 26/02/2020

  • The leather industry is packed with exciting career opportunities and this course is an excellent route in if you have a science or technology background. It’s also a great way to expand your knowledge and skills if you are already employed in the leather industry.

    Leather is returning to prominence as alternatives struggle to achieve comparable performance and/or they are derived from non-renewable carbon-based materials. Scientific advances combined with environmental responsibility have transformed the leather manufacture industry into a modern scientific process, creating a highly sustainable material with high value in many sectors such as sports, automobiles, luxury goods and fashion.

    Next intake, January 2021.

    Downloads:

    Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses brochure ICLT UG & PG Courses

    Short Courses brochure ICLT Short Courses

    Course

    Highlights

    • Brand new on-site working tannery and laboratories.
    • Unique to the University of Northampton.
    • Additional bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.
  • Our unique MSc in Leather Technology (Professional) will give you the opportunity to enhance your technical skills. We encourage you to develop intellectual creativity and we will provide you with the skills you need to research advanced technologies. You will learn how to discern the differences between technical and entrepreneurial issues, relating them to the needs of the leather industry. We are one of the foremost centres for leather education in the world and we are dedicated to delivering theoretical and practical education at the highest standards.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Methods of Learning

    Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples, case studies and industry guest lectures. Our virtual learning environment allows you and course tutors to exchange ideas as well as submit assignments from home.

    • Outstanding Career Opportunities

      When you graduate from this course, you will find yourself in exceptionally high demand from employers. We routinely see 100% of our graduates entering employment with more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill their vacancies.

      Roles include technical management, higher education and government bodies, as well as materials production and chemical industries.

    • Many ways to engage

      If you are seeking flexible and independent research opportunities as an industrialist, industry body or a potential research student, there are multiple ways to engage with ICLT – renting research space, commissioning research or consultancy, funding MPhil or PhD studentships or employing a post-doctoral research associate. For further information contact will.wise@northampton.ac.uk.

    • Discover More

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

  • Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours 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 in the leather industry will also be considered on an individual basis

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single or a number of modules. The non-credit bearing course is called ‘Professional Leather Development’ Course, for further information about this course please visit the Professional Leather Development Course page. Please use and complete the booking form available as a download, to confirm your interest in taking selected modules or the full three months and sending it to us at iclt@northampton.ac.uk. Please contact us using the e-mail if you have further enquiries.

    The next available intake is January 2021.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Advanced Leather Processing (40 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM024
      Core Module Y
    • Advanced Leather Finishing (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM025
      Core Module Y
    • Quality Evaluation and Systematic Problem Solving (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM015
      Core Module Y
    • Research and Analytical Methods (10 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM017
      Core Module Y
    • Sustainable Manufacture within the Leather Industry (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM020
      Core Module N
    • Hide to High Street (40 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM019
      Core Module Y
    • Leather Science (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM002
      Core Module N
    • Marketing: Principles and Management (20 Credits)
      Module code: MKTM003
      Core Module N
    • Global Marketing Strategy (20 Credits)
      Module code: MKTM018
      Core Module N
    • International Wastes Management (20 Credits)
      Module code: ENVM038
      Core Module N
    • Managing Operations (20 Credits)
      Module code: BSOM023
      Core Module N
    • Dissertation (50 Credits)
      Module code: LEAM018
      Core Module Y

    Module information is quoted for 19/20 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    We are the only UK university to integrate leather technology with subjects such as fashion, marketing, business and the environment. We are proud to house an on-site working tannery for practical leather making as well as laboratories to enable leather testing.

    • this course is unique to us and not offered anywhere else in the UK
    • our brand new facilities include an on-site tannery and laboratories for teaching
    • modules to cater for leather career choices in technology, business and marketing of leather
    • industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts
    • continual networking with potential employers within the industry
    • opportunities to attend an international leather fair in Hong Kong*
    • bursaries and scholarships available for leather students
    • Graduate Discount Scheme

      Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us.

      Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.

      *Find out if you are eligible for 20% fee discount by visiting our webpage.

      After completing this course, you can further your study by completing our Leather Technology PhD

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

  • 20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,840
    Part Time: £760 per 20 credits

    Postgraduate Loans
    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a  postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    Additional costs

    • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
    • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £750 per 20 credits

    Postgraduate Loans
    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a  postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    Additional costs

    • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
    • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
    • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
    • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) This is optional and costs £26

    Scholarships

    Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship

    The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton. Dr Mike Daniel was Pro…

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    The Leathersellers' Company Scholarship

    The Leathersellers’ Company Scholarship awards students on full-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses within the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. Awards vary in size but have…

    The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary

    The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary supports a small number of undergraduate students who are studying a full-time three year BSc or BEng in Environmental…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour