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Leather Technology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Northampton, United Kingdom
This course is unique to the University of Northampton. We are the only university in the UK to integrate leather technology with fashion, and the only university with a tannery. This course is a way for you to develop a specialism in the leather industry and improve your technical skills.
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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. 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.

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.  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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    The course has an intake in September and July each year. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      2 - 4 years on a fully time basis. 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.


Industry leading leather experts delivery research, science, technology and supply chain knowledge on an international level.  

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

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. 

Tuition Fee

For tuition fee and studentship information please email

Living costs for Northampton

  • 796 - 1510 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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