This education is the only one in its kind in Scandinavia, and one of few in Europe. During the education, you develop your knowledge, skills, and assessment skills in textile technology. The Swedish School of Textiles is part of the University of Borås and all programmes within textile are located here, www.hb.se/en/The-Swedish-School-of-Textiles/
Here, the starting point is textile fibres: What do they consist of, what significance do they have, and what could be done with them. This education links together and specialises in different elements that develop both theoretical and practical knowledge. One of these recurring elements throughout the education is the sustainable development perspective.
The essence of textile engineering is to make textiles maintain their textile feel even when they get new abilities and interactivity through different technical processes. In order to succeed, the processes need to handle the special conditions of the textiles. This is why the courses emphasise process thinking with its aspects of sustainable development, which is also a decisive driving force for the faculty’s research. The students’ practical laboratory skills are trained through written assignments, and the demands on the scientific communication skills increase by every assignment.
The Swedish School of Textiles has well-equipped laboratories, both industrial workshops and intermediate and small-scaled research labs. Here you will gain hands-on experience in numerous assignments with increasing independence in order to foster scientific maturity. Notice that you should possess knowledge and skills in weaving, knitting and other textile structures when you enter the programme because they are not part of the curriculum. Assisted by highly skilled technicians you can design and make new fabrics it called upon your assignments. Also the research environment at the department offers many opportunities to interact with PhD students and staff regarding characterization techniques and running research projects.
During the first year, courses are offered in subjects such as textile material technology, followed by composite technology, and textile chemistry. Biocomposites and composite recycling are links in the sustainability chain. Other courses this year are textile product development and textile electronics.
During the second year of the programme, the research basis is particularly pronounced. It begins with courses in functional and smart textiles where you will have the opportunity to apply all your required abilities in textile electronics and chemistry to make conceptual textile artifacts. Now, you should be well prepared in to demonstrate your knowledge, abilities, and skills in your thesis project designed and conducted in connection with running research projects. Here is also a methodology course with an extensive literature review and a scientific methods course, both based on the current thesis subject.
After graduation, the career paths are open and the students can start working in industry at R&D departments, in production, quality positions. Or perhaps you want to dig deeper into textile science. Your Master’s degree qualifies you to apply for PhD positions at the Swedish School of Textiles and other universities with research education in the field. This could open up for an academic career. Everywhere where there are advanced textile products and technical features, you can now use your broad and deep knowledge and skills to take on new challenges.
In order to make the most of out the programme, you need good skills in mathematics, textile manufacturing methods, textile materials technology, and textile chemistry. Entry requirements are a Bachelor’s degree of 180 credits in textile engineering or equivalent qualifications. “Equivalent qualifications” means that the applicant should have completed a three-year engineering course including at least 15 credits in mathematics, 7.5 credits in chemistry (with at least half in organic chemistry), 7.5 credits in materials engineering (with at least half in polymer materials), and 15 credits in textile production methods. Furthermore, knowledge of English equivalent to English 6 is required.
The University of Borås has developed a self assessment test in which you can check out which areas you need to improve before you start your studies.
Watch how it works: https://play.hb.se/media/t/0_cn8vzj4z
Register for the test here: https://atom.hiryzr.com/candidate/onboarding/9r1n2