The programme of the Master in Textile Engineering is a full-time programme, organised at different locations, lectured in English. All major universities in Europe and worldwide offering a textile degree, participate in the programme. As such, the programme benefits from the strengths of all participating universities, allowing to cover all modern areas related to textiles. The first three semesters are each time hosted in a different university. The fourth and last semester is dedicated to the dissertation at one of the participating universities (to be chosen by the student) under supervision of a tutor, possibly in co-operation with the industry. Students who are admitted spend one year and a half (three semesters) in three geographically spread regions in Europe (one semester can be chosen in Japan) where they are taught by a large number of professors of the participating universities as well as from the industry. Each lecturer passes on his or her specific knowledge in a course module covering one or two weeks. Elective courses allow students to take an internship or summerschool or to follow specialist courses at one of the hosting universities. Next to the traditional lecturing methods, active methods are used such as blended learning, case studies, projects, practical work in laboratories etc. To link theory with practice, industry is actively involved.
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree. The master’s dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The master’s dissertation consists of a literature review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic.
The degree master of textile engineering can lead to different careers involving textile knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. Students obtain a thorough understanding of all aspects related to textiles and are hence well-prepared for jobs requiring elaborate knowledge in textiles. Graduates go for a career in academia and industry.
The jobs imply technical functions, R&D functions and (general) management functions mainly in three types of sectors:
- the textile and clothing industry;
- sectors that supply textile companies with raw materials, chemical products and machines;
- end users such as transportation (cars, planes, trains), medical products, furniture and many more.
Employment has an explicit international dimension thanks to the international and global character of the programme itself. .