Fashion and textile student uses sewing machine
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022


Are you a creative and innovative thinker, with the ambition to lead the industry of the future? This MA Fashion and Textiles degree course will help you develop the skills and critical awareness to apply your creative talent in this exciting and constantly evolving industry.

On this course, you'll expand your core practice within a fashion or textile context. You'll identify and explore your own motivation and be challenged to create designs that respond to social and environmental issues. You'll also get the opportunity to develop and hone transferable skills, getting the confidence and tools to become a successful innovator and leader in your chosen field.

Whatever the direction and focus of your studies, we'll help you develop your creative, critical and practical skills to achieve considered and professional outcomes with commercial viability. Whether you're looking to move into a leadership or management role, or start your own business, this course will help you achieve your goals.

Entry requirements​

MA Fashion and Textiles Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process

An interview or online portfolio submission will be required as part of the selection process.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our MA Fashion and Textiles portfolio guide.

What you'll experience

On this Fashion and Textiles degree course, you'll:

  • Work in our creative studios and workshops with the latest tools and equipment
  • Get guidance and support from industry-experienced academic tutors and highly skilled technicians
  • Have opportunities to work across different disciplines or collaboratively on funded research and innovation projects
  • Get professional experience through work-based learning
  • Experiment with and combine traditional skills and techniques with new digital technologies
  • Build on your prior learning, skills and expertise in experimental and innovative ways across fashion and textiles
  • Produce a major project based on your own research, and supervised by academic, technical or business mentors
  • Hear from inspirational guest speakers from various creative fields through the Enrichment Programme
  • Organise individual or group exhibitions or events
  • Have opportunities to go on study visits to cultural and industrial hubs, in the UK and abroad

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you'll have the creative, critical, practical and business skills needed for a successful career.

What can you do with a Fashion and Textiles degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • fashion/textile design
  • starting your own business
  • leadership/management within an existing business
  • research and development in a leadership/management role within service and design-led industries
  • product development
  • PhD research/research related career
  • teaching

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this MA Fashion and Textiles degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You'll study units worth 180 credits over 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time).


Core modules
  • A Question of Research (30 credits)
  • Exploratory Practice (30 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Optional modules


  • Contextual Report (60 credits)

Or one of:

  • Transdisciplinary Experiences (30 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning (30 credits)
  • Concept Development (30 credits)


  • Context (30 credits)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • guest lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • group tutorials
  • peer assessment review and feedback
  • presentations
  • workshops

During the final stage of the course, learning becomes more independent and self-directed, making your timetable more flexible.

The learning environment is primarily studio, seminar room and workshop based, but also involves field trips and working within external companies.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to December
  • Teaching block 2 – January to April
  • Teaching block 3 – May to September

Most teaching takes place across 2 days, Monday to Friday (days to be confirmed). There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • portfolio
  • coursework
  • research journal
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. You'll get feedback from academics, industrial professionals and your peers.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • Full time: £8,100
  • Part time: £4,050 (may be subject to annual increase)

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full time: £8,100
  • Part time: £4,050 (may be subject to annual increase)
International students
  • Full time: £16,200
  • Part time: £8,100 (may be subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to cover the costs relating to the purchase of materials and/or reprographic requirements for work. These costs are normally in the region of £100–£1000, and will depend on the nature of the work and the media used.

You'll need to cover all of the costs for optional study trips. Trips abroad normally cost in the region of £200–£800. Trips around the UK will cost in the region of £50–£150.


Start your application by following the link below:

Starting in September 2022

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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