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Sustainable Textiles M.Eng.

You already earned a Bachelor's degree in Textile Engineering and you feel the need to gain deeper knowledge to understand the global challenges of the textile industry? If you are interested in responsible production & environmental protection, in legal regulations and labour rights, the Master's program Sustainable Textiles is just right for you.

With a Master‘s degree in Sustainable Textiles, you have excellent career opportunities, both in Germany and world-wide. Go for studying at Hof University and start a Master‘s program that is unique in Germany!

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In this Master's program, you will gain deeper knowledge about the challenges of the global textile industry today. It is about the quality of renewable and petrochemical based materials, responsible production and environmental production, legal regulation and labour rights.It is about about achieving transparency in the complex global value chain in order to create the future textile industry. 

During your studies, you will acquire the skills needed to create (more) sustainable processes in textile chemistry, optimize production processes and conduct research on innovative fibres and finishings.  

With this Master’s program, you 

  • gain a deep understanding of the global challenges of the textile industry, 
  • develop sustainable solutions and
  • implement and evaluate them in interdisciplinary teams.

In addition, you benefit from

  • an innovative and diverse mix of teaching methods - practical lab work, virtual learning, blended learning, and case studies besides regular lectures
  • a perfect interdisciplinary toolbox of knowledge and skills in responsible production, environmental protection and labour rights
  • development of your intercultural competence
  • excellent career perspectives

    As a graduate, you ... 

    • have excellent career opportunities, both in Germany and abroad
    • you are qualified for a variety of interesting positions in the global textile value chain, such as:
      • Research & development (R&D) in the textile chemistry industry
      • Project manager or leading position in research and sustainability teams in textile industry (brand, retail, manufacturing, production)
      • Project manager or leading position in development department in institutions/ organizations (governmental or nongovernmental)
      • Cooperative PhD

    You are ready to work as

    • Head of Quality Assurance in textile industry or textile chemistry industry
    • Research and Development Manager
    • Quality Manager/ Certification officer
    • Technical Advisor
    • Compliance Manager

    The Master’s program is based on a hands-on, interdisciplinary concept. Current topics like circular economy, materials made from renewable sources, and resource efficient processes are interconnected with classic technologies applied in textile production and textile chemistry. In addition, digitalization, innovation and international legal requirements for the textile value chain are considered.

    Theory and practical training are closely connected. Our campus Münchberg is excellently equipped:  on an area of over 5,500 m2, weaving, braiding, nonwovens and knitting pilot plants as well as laboratories for pre-treatment, dyeing, chemical finishing and testing of textiles are available.

    Semester 1 and 2: Practice-oriented theory

    • Textile Technology / Textile Chemistry 
      • Advanced Textile Production
      • Advanced Textile Chemistry
      • Effect and Process Auxiliaries
      • Resource Efficient Application Technologies
    • Management / International Law
      • Legal Framework and Digitalization of the Textile Value Chain
      • Sustainable Project Management
    • Sustainability and Renewable Products
      • Circular Economy/ Certificates and Eco Labels
      • Sustainable Functionalization and Surface Modification of Textiles
      • Renewable Products for the Textile Industry (Fibers, Auxiliaries, Dyestuffs)
    • Electives (choose one)
      • Project Simulation
      • Sustainable Products for Medical or Hygienic End-Use
      • Simulation and Optimization

    Semester 3: Internship

    • practical work-experience 
    • Master‘s thesis with a company

    Academic requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree or similar  in engineering or natural sciences providing sufficient knowledge in textile technology and textile chemistry from an accredited university, at least 210 ECTS or equivalent (depending on home country); minimum grade 2,5 according to the German grading system

    • Sufficient knowledge means that you achieved at least  60 credits (or their equivalent) in textile technology and 20 credits in (textile) chemistry during your first degree

    • Applicants with less than 210 credits (ECTS) will be accepted but have to gain the missing credits by attending appropriate modules at Hof University. In this case,  please calculate an additional (fourth) semester.

    Language requirements

    • Proof of English language proficiency by either of the following options:
      • TOEFL minimum 90
      • IELTS 6.5 or above 
    • Proof of basic German language skills for applicants from abroad (Certificate for minimum level A1 according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR))

    All applications must be submitted online via our online application portal Primuss. If you acquired your university entrance certificate abroad, uni-assist must assess the certificate before you can send it to Hof University. We advise you to send your documents to uni-assist at least 4 weeks before the application deadline at Hof University.

    The application period for

    • winter semester is between April 15 and May 31.

    • summer semester is between November 05 and November 30.

    The admission committee intensively validates all applications and decides about the final admission. You will receive your Admission Letter approx. 4 weeks after the application deadline.

    If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact admission(at)

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    Sustainable Textiles

    Degree awarded
    3 semesters
    Winter and summer semester
    Application period

    Winter-semester: April 15 - May 31

    Summer-semester: November 5 - November 30

    Tuition fees
    Language of instruction

    Campus Münchberg

    The campus Münchberg is located about 20 km south of our main campus. Here you will find a library, high-tech laboratories and our textile technical center.

    More about Campus Münchberg

    Perfect connections for your future

    Hof University is part of several textile-related networks (e.g. TEGEWA e.V. or the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles). This is a unique opportunity for our students to establish business contacts with potential employees at an early stage, e.g. for internships and research topics for the Master‘s thesis.

    Study excursions to innvative textile tech companies and discussions with experts from research and industry form a vital part of the Master‘s program.

    Our campus locations Hof and Münchberg are important centers for textile and materials research. Our Institute for Materials Science (ifm) develops innovative and sustainable products and processes by using the core competencies of mechanical engineering, system materials, textile technology, composites, textile design, industrial and environmental engineering. This interdisciplinary approach enables the creation of composites with improved qualities and special functionalities.

    The Fraunhofer Application Center for Textile Fiber Ceramics is located on our campus Münchberg and dedicated to processing carbon and ceramic yarns. The approx. 1,000 m2 technical center is equipped with stateof- the-art textile technology facilities for the production of 3D fabrics.

    „With „Sustainable Textiles“, an outstanding Master‘s program was created on Campus Münchberg. The focus on the connection of textile chemistry and sustainability in the textile production chain is unique and future-oriented. Thus, graduates have great perspectives for their future careers. TEGEWA member companies are looking forward to your applications for internships as well as topics for the Master thesis.“

    TEGEWA e.V.

    TEGEWA e.V. is a specialist association of the chemical industry, representing more than 100 producers of surfactants, cosmetic basic materials as well as additives and colourings for the textile, leather and paper industry.

    What our students say

    Ankit from India on campus of Hof University
    Liying from China on the campus of Hof University

    Ankit from India

    Sustainable Textiles is a very young and new concept. The program Master’s in Sustainable Textiles is very well planned and gives students exposure to recent developments taking place in the area of sustainability and textile technology. It also teaches to build more eco-friendly ideas and focuses on social responsibilities required in today’s textile industries. The professors are highly professional and make the sessions interactive and entertaining.

    Liying from China

    "Münchberg campus is a place with strong skillfulness in the textile industry and possesses its own affiliated research institute. The campus Münchberg itself is like a mini-industrial park, including knitting-, weaving-, dyeing-, printing- and finishing workshop, etc., all of which provide a comprehensive platform for combination between theoretical and practical knowledge.

    The professors here are all experienced, most of them have worked in industrial companies for decades and share their practical knowledge with us selflessly. The students in the same major are also enthusiastic about professional research, and most of them take the initiative to participate in additional study projects.“


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