Institute of Textiles and Clothing

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2021 Entry


The Institute of Textiles and Clothing offers research degree programmes leading to the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The primary objective of the MPhil programme is to educate students at the Master's degree level with a view to preparing them for PhD studies in the near future. The PhD programme is primarily designed to prepare students for a career in academic research and teaching, and also enables students to pursue a career in research and industry.

Research Areas

Apparel Technology

Intelligent apparel manufacturing planning, scheduling and control CAD/CAM in textiles and clothing; sizing systems for clothing; 3D body scanning technology; apparel processing technology and management; clothing comfort; clothing functional design, and apparel product development.

Dr Tracy Mok2766

Fashion and Textile Business

Consumer behaviours in fashion; consumer psychology in fashion; fashion branding; fashion marketing and merchandising; fashion retailing; fashion business intelligence; quality management; fashion supply chain management; international trade of textiles and clothing. 

Prof. Christina Wong2766

Fashion and Textile Design

Inter-relationship between textiles and fashion; integrations among design, technology and business in fashion and textiles; innovative and/or smart fashion and textiles; the cultural and contextual aspects of design and development; design semiotic and symbolism; visual literacy.

Prof. Kinor Jiang2766

Textile and Apparel Materials and Products

Advanced flexible, soft and fibrous materials and structures: multi-scaled computational modelling and design, synthesis, characterisation; their applications in healthcare and biomedicine, personal protection, interactions between human and environment as well as between human and man-made devices/machines; multi-functional intelligent textiles and apparel technology; flexible bio-opto-electronic devices and wearable systems; sensory engineering, sustainable development of textile processing technologies, three dimensional and complex textile structures; textile physics and structural mechanics; technical textiles; biomedical textiles; shape memory polymers and textiles; nano-science and technology for textiles.

Prof. Xiaoming Tao2766

Textile Chemistry and Functional Materials

Functional textile surface treatments, new and smart material fabrication based on nanotechnology and other chemical synthesis technologies, novel and biodegradable polymers synthesis and applications, new polymeric fibres and nano-fibres, ink-jet printing technology, colour quality evaluation and communication technology, eco-friendly dyeing, effluent treatment.

Prof. John H. Xin2766

Research Facilities

Analytical Laboratory

CAD Laboratory

Chemistry Research Laboratory

Computer Laboratory

Colour Evaluation Laboratory

Coloration Laboratory

Dyeing & Finishing Laboratory

Garment Laboratory

Instrumentation Laboratory

Intimate Apparel Design Studio

Knitting Laboratory

Fabric Objective Measurement Laboratory

Laser Engraving Laboratory

Laser Treatment Laboratory

Material Synthesis & Processing Laboratory

Pattern Construction Laboratory

Plasma Treatment Laboratory

Physical Testing Laboratory

Project Laboratory 

Research Laboratory

Resource Centre

Spinning Laboratory

Weaving Laboratory

3D Body Scanner Laboratory

3D Coloration Laboratory


Please visit our website for more information about our research facilities.

Other Information

Points to note for all candidates


Please indicate the name of your confirmed or prospective chief supervisor in point 1 of your Research Degree Proposal.


Points to note for non-local candidates


  1. Non-local students must also hold a valid student visa to study in Hong Kong unless they hold a work permit and take a part-time programme, or hold a dependent visa as a spouse or child (up to 18 years old) of a non-local person permitted to work in Hong Kong. Normally, student visa is granted to those who will take up full-time study. The University will apply the student visa for non-local students after they have accepted our offer.
  2. As non-local students are normally not eligible for government grants and loans, they should ensure that they have sufficient funds for tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses, including medical insurance.    

Supporting Documents

Curriculum Vitae


Research Proposal

Compulsory - A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form.

Transcript / Certificate



Compulsory - i.e. publication records, scholarships, awards, international working/study experience (Please provide supporting documents.)