People who have previously completed the Leather Technology diploma or Stage two of the BSc (Hons) Materials Technology (Leather) and wish to complete their Bachelor’s level study are invited to apply to this flexible programme available with a number of course options. Our graduates are highly sought after and are able to enter various stages of the leather supply chain depending on their interests.
At the university we have developed the course to meet the needs of employers that approach us wanting our graduates to come and work with them. Our three pathways include a leather science course where you focus on the manufacture of leather as well as the background scientific theory that underpins it. The marketing pathway utilises the practical knowledge that you will gain during the course and combines this with marketing principles to ensure that products are produced to meet the needs of the consumer. The business pathway expands your understanding of leather product production and affords opportunities for you to examine how this supply chain must be managed as well as the avenues available for selling products and possible future directions.
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
Sessions are held at Avenue and Park Campus depending on module and dissertation topic choices.
The University partners with leading businesses across the industry
This top-up course is unique within the UK and makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. You are able to follow a specialist route allowing you to focus on an aspect of the leather industry you find particularly fascinating. You will be exposed to a number of science disciplines and are able to interact with industrial experts during workshops and seminars to further your knowledge and skills. The three possible pathways and their particular focuses are below:
Leather Science – fosters the values and attitudes needed for work in a scientific leather discipline with an in depth understanding of leather manufacture.
Marketing – combines a blend of theoretical marketing principles with the application to real life business scenarios.
Business – focuses on the tools and skills that are required in order to drive the leather industry forward.
Course modules (16/17)
Leather Technology 3 (all pathways)
- Module code: LEA3001
- Core module Y
Presents the problems encountered during the manufacture of leather and ways to overcome them.
Project (all pathways)
- Module code: LEA4001
- Core module Y
You will undertake an independent investigation in a specific area of interest and communicate your findings in a written dissertation.
Principles of Marketing Management (Business pathway)
- Module code: MKT3017
- Core module N
Examines the tactical tools available to marketing managers for the management of the controlled variables, concepts and key marketing principles.
Supply Chain Operations Management (Business pathway)
- Module code: BUS3008
- Core module N
Develops your understanding of the effective strategies that can be employed within operations management, planning and decision making; focusing on Logistics and Supply Chain markets.
Leather Manufacture and Sustainability (all pathways)
- Module code: LEA3005
- Core module Y
Introduces the social and environmental indicators and how they are used to support the sustainability and social responsibility within the leather industry.
Leather Science 3 (Leather Science pathway)
- Module code: LEA3004
- Core module N
Provides an advanced study of the important physical, chemical and biochemical processes and mechanisms used in the manufacturing of leather products, particularly the role of collagen and how this affects the properties and behaviour of leather products.
The course is assessed in both theory and practical work by a variety of methods including practical reports, research assignments and examinations.
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. The programme is integrated with the commercial sector, producing industry ready graduates.
- Covington, A.D., 2009. Tanning Chemistry. The Science of Leather. (1st Ed) RSC Publishing.
- Sharphouse, J.H., 1983. Leather Technician’s Handbook. (2nd Ed) Leather Producers Association.
- Daniels, R., 2013. The Framework for Leather Manufacture (1st Ed) WTP.
- World Leather Trade Magazine
- Leather International Trade Magazine
- International Leather Maker Magazine
- JSLTC / ALCA Journals
Graduates from this programme are in high demand and the university receives more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill them. For the last three years, 100% of our graduates have gained employment or continue to study with us at a postgraduate level to gain a Master’s level qualification or have undertaken their own research to gain an MPhil or PhD. Our graduates have entered into a range of sectors around the world, including technical management within the leather industry as well as chemical sales and technical support within research and development in a number of areas not just those with a leather focus. Graduates have also become advisers on leather purchasing for companies using leather, including clothing, upholstery and automotive 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 should have successfully completed the Leathersellers’ Diploma or the second stage of the BSc (Hons) Materials Technology (Leather). We also welcome applications from national or international students with significant prior experience in the leather industry. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).
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.
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 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) – Optional. £25
- individual Spray Gun – £35 (Sponsorship may be available)
- 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.