If you already have some experience or qualifications in the leather industry, this course will help you top that up to a full degree. Our course is very flexible, to suit your interests, while also helping you learn everything you need to meet the expectations of employers in the leather industry. This means that when you graduate, you will be highly sought after and you will be able to find work in the area of leather supply chain that you are most interested in.
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.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
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
Our Leather degree is the only one like it in the UK. You will be able to specialise in the aspect of the leather industry that you find most interesting from a number of science disciplines taught by industry experts in workshops and seminars.
This course is made up of compulsory and optional modules that allow you to tailor your studies to your strengths and interests. There is a mix of theory and practical work to give you a fully rounded education and prepare you for work in the leather industry.
Course modules (17/18)
Leather Technology 3 (40 credits)
- Module code: LEA3001
- Core module Y
Presents the problems encountered during the manufacture of leather and ways to overcome them.
Project (40 credits)
- 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.
Leather Manufacture and Sustainability (20 credits)
- 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 (20 credits)
- 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.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
You will be assessed in both theory and practical work by a variety of methods including practical reports, research assignments and examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
Our leather course is unique, with our own tannery and our integrations between leather and fashion. We are home to industry leading experts who deliver research and knowledge on an international level so you will be taught by the best of the best. Our approach is to integrate the scientific and technical elements with the commercial aspects, so that you will be industry ready when you graduate.
- 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
- Award PhD
- Qualification Postgraduate
- Award MSc
- Qualification Postgraduate
- Length 1 Year
When you graduate from this course, you will find yourself in high demand from employers. We have requests from more employers than we have graduates to fill their vacancies. Roles include technical management, chemical sales and technical support within research and development, as well as advisory positions in 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. 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 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Full Time:||£9,000 (£1,300 per 20 credit module)|
- £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
- individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
- a fieldtrip to Italy usually costing around £150, due to subsidies from industry contacts
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.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
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.