If you are a scientist or technologist wanting transition into an industry with exciting career opportunities or are already involved in the leather industry but wanting to increase your knowledge and skills, this is an ideal course for you.
Here at the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT), you will cover the science and technology of leather manufacture in a way designed to suit graduates for senior tannery positions. Whilst developing the critical mind it provides an excellent base for a move into Research and Development departments within chemical companies, tanneries and brands or into academic careers.
Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject area. Students with lower level qualifications or qualifications in a different subject area, but relevant experience in the leather industry will also be considered on an individual basis. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single or a number of modules.
The MSc Leather Technology (Professional) course is unique in that it aims to provide the opportunity to acquire and/or enhance technical skills within the subject of leather technology. Students will study within an environment that encourages the development of intellectual creativity as well as providing transferrable skills to undertake research with respect to advanced technologies, developing skills and flexibility necessary to discriminate between technical and entrepreneurial issues and relating these to the needs of the leather industry such as successful management of the commercial operations.
Special course features
100% employment of graduates in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
this course is unique to the University of Northampton and not offered anywhere else in the UK or Europe.
the University has an on campus tannery and laboratories for teaching
modules to cater for leather career choices in practical leather making and testing
industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts,
continual networking with potential employers within the industry
opportunities to attend international leather fairs in Hong Kong, Milan and Shanghai
bursaries and scholarships available for leather students
Leather Process Operations
Performance Leather Process Operations
Quality Evaluation and Systemic Problem Solving
Sustainable Manufacture within the Leather Industry
Research and Analytical Methods
From the Hide to High Street
Marketing: Principles and Management
International Marketing Strategy
Podiatry: Applied to the Footwear Industry
Graduates of this course are in high demand and are able to secure suitable posts in leather making or associated industries, including technical management, research and development, technical services, higher education and government bodies. When it comes to jobs in the leather industry, demand exceeds supply and opportunities are available worldwide with excellent progression prospects. Employment opportunities can also be found in other materials production or chemical industries. Successful graduates from this course can also proceed to undertake MPhil or PhD studies with us.
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