If you are a graduate in a physical science or similar discipline, this course is a great way to enter or develop your knowledge of the leather production and associated industries.
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.
When you finish this course, you will be able to find research and development roles in chemical companies and tanneries or progress into an academic career or enter business at a managerial level.
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
This course is a way for you to develop a specialism in the leather industry and improve your technical skills.
You will carry out supervised research projects and submit theses for examination, with the aim of leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD. We are currently supporting research in some fascinating areas
- 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
- low float and no float tanning technologies
While developing and setting up research projects, you will initially receive general, discipline based and project specific training so that you can go on to conduct your research work effectively and independently.
You will carry out supervised research projects and submit theses for internal and external examination, with the aim of leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD.
Facilities and Special Features
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 focused department.
- 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
- An optional 1 week trip to Italy, visiting a chemical company and various machinery manufacturers. The cost is usually around £150 for travel, due to subsidies from industry contacts
In the current climate, there are more job opportunities than applicants in the leather industry and so after finishing this course you will have a choice of career options. Technical management, research and development, technical services, material production, chemical industries, higher education and government services are just some of the roles that will be available to you.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applications can be made throughout the year, with a September or February start available.
We would expect you to have a recognised either First or 2:1 honours degree or Master’s Degree from a UK university or International equivalent in a relevant subject area. If you have lower level qualifications or qualifications in a different subject area, but with relevant experience you will also be considered on an individual basis. If English is not your first language will need to demonstrate that you 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 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
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- £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, £35 (Sponsorship may be available)
- a field trip 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.