Strategic Innovation Management Fashion and Textiles MSc/Diploma
- Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
- Programme type: Taught Programme
- Study location: Scottish Borders
- Entry date: September
The School has developed an enhanced postgraduate programme designed to respond to the needs of local and global textile industries, utilising our unique combination of traditional and contemporary expertise in science, technology and creativity. The benefits of our location within Scotland's manufacturing centre of high-end cashmere and textile production and design, are extended and maintained through international links in fashion and textiles. Studying within a school that reflects such high-quality collaborations, research and teaching, positions our graduates highly within these rapidly evolving sectors.
Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles.
The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. Students concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that is conducive to their individual project intentions. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory.
The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation.
- Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles
- Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries
- Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation
- Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles
- Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.
- MSc: 3 semesters, 12 months
- PGDip: 2 semesters, 9 months
During semesters 1 and 2, all students study the core modules:
- Design context
- Creative and Critical Thinking: Research principles
- Management Studies in Design
- Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise
- Design Technologies and Textiles Futures
- Reflective Practice to plan the agreed course of study
- Industrial placement
- Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise
- Digital Marketing project leading to MSc Strategic Innovation Management in Fashion and Textiles
Students are assessed through a combination of practical and written course work, examinations and the Masters project. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual creative development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.
How to apply
Applications are made by submitting a completed application form to the Postgraduate Office at the Edinburgh Campus. Additionally, before our ﬁnal decision can be given, applicants will be asked to supply documentation to provide proof of academic background and suitability as a candidate:
- A copy of your degree(s) certificates and relevant transcripts
- A portfolio of past design work where appropriate
- Proof of having being awarded a first degree(s)
- Proof of your ability in the English language if this is not your mother tongue
- Proof of how your tuition fee and personal maintenance costs are to be met
- Two academic referees
Attracting applicants from design, product and management backgrounds, resulting in industrial projects that develop and manage innovation in fashion and textiles.
You should hold a good (ﬁrst or second class) Honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or Overseas University. In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Pre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance. Please contact us for more information.
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* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
Scholarships & bursaries
All Alumni of the School wishing to undertake a 1 year course
Alumni Scholarship Scheme
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
Colin McDowell Scholarship
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
Dr Oliver Educational Trust Scholarships
Overseas (non EU applicants)
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
International Scholarships Programme
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
Local Education Authority Awards
Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme
All currently enrolled students
The Premier School of Textiles and Design Scholarship
Overseas (non-EU) applicants
The Silver School of Textiles and Design Scholarship
Overseas (non EU) applicants
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen Scholarship
Students undertaking postgraduate projects involving UK wool
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.