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The MA in Luxury Brand Management equips you with the management, entrepreneurial, marketing and professional skills to work in the luxury goods and experiential luxury industry. Read more

The MA in Luxury Brand Management equips you with the management, entrepreneurial, marketing and professional skills to work in the luxury goods and experiential luxury industry.

The luxury brands sector encompasses the fashion and retail industry, as well as sectors such as tourism, hospitality, food and beverage, film, digital media, dance, music and theatre. This MA debates the concept of luxury in a historical and cross cultural context, and offers a strong academic underpinning on theories of luxury and consumption. You will explore the role of luxury in conserving traditional arts, especially with regard to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

The programme combines formal teaching with dissertation research, underpinned with visits to key luxury brand enterprises in London and elsewhere, and draws on Goldsmiths’ alumni for inspirational talks. This programme offers practice based assignments and voluntary intern opportunities in various cultural organisations and luxury corporations that have established links with Goldsmiths.

Modules & structure

Core Modules

You will take the following core modules:

Option Modules

Students can make up the remaining credits with the modules below:

Skills

This programme has a strong critical and theoretical underpinning, enabling you to write a dissertation that could serve as a stepping stone to a higher level academic study and/or careers within research or academia.

Careers

This MA will provide you with the management, entrepreneurial marketing and professional skills required to pursue a career in the luxury brand field. 

This sector covers a wide range of creative industries and the combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop specific knowledge and skills, to enhance your career prospects and succeed in relevant career/professional paths.



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Course content. The Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

Course content

The Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

It is a one-year full time (with part time routes available) programme of study designed for graduates from either Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences who are seeking to gain professional recognition through the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP).

Graduates would therefore practice as an Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist.

The MSc will also act as a suitable postgraduate qualification for those seeking research positions and other professions.

Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise psychologists (eg, working with individual athletes or clubs, teaching in further and higher education and health promotion).

Coupled with such growth has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has developed procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification.

Similarly BASES require applicants for Supervised experience to also have a postgraduate qualification in a specialist discipline. 

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology therefore seeks to provide students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfill the initial requirements for BPS and BASES accreditation, to develop their specialist knowledge of the psychology and to increase their skills in applying such knowledge in both sporting and exercise populations.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.  Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

The course prepares students for a range of graduate careers; our students have gone on to further work or training in a variety of fields including:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher research Degrees (PhD)
  • Teaching
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports coaching
  • Exercise Referral
  • Business management and recruitment

For those wishing to commence training for BPS QSEP Stage 2 and BASES SE, there are opportunities for supervision from academic staff who are qualified supervisors and associates of the Sports Performance Rehabilitation Unit.

Indicative modules

All students are required to complete six taught modules, five discipline modules and one in research methods and statistics. In addition, students will complete a research dissertation. 

Modules currently available are: 

  • Social Processes in Sport
  • Performance Psychology 
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Enhancing Physical Activity and Wellbeing 
  • Professional Practice in Sport & Exercise Psychology 
  • Advanced Applied Research Skills for Sport
  • Research Dissertation 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered in small groups and is interactive. Students are encouraged to debate topics and lead their fellow students through presentations and discussions. In a number of modules there is also a practical element to gain experience of delivering mental skills techniques and developing the skills needed for applied practice. 

Requirements for exit qualifications:

  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology students need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a sport science support placement.

Course delivery

The full time course runs from the start of the academic year in September through to the following August. 

Students undertake 3 taught modules in the autumn (September to December) and spring (January to May) semester. 

The dissertation or supervised experience is conducted and completed over the summer semester (June to August). Taught classes are held on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Part-time routes are available and those wishing to complete their studies part-time should contact the programme co-ordinator to discuss the options.



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Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology deals with human capital issues and is instrumental in helping businesses become more effective and profitable, as well as improving employees' wellbeing and performance. Read more

Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology deals with human capital issues and is instrumental in helping businesses become more effective and profitable, as well as improving employees' wellbeing and performance. This brand new MSc will prepare students for academic research and professional practice in this field.

About this degree

Our students will be exposed to the latest psychological tools and interventions currently used in business and other applied fields. Some of the key areas that we will be covering are: talent management, consultancy skills, and business seminars. In the latter, students will follow a series of talks from professionals in the area, which provide a great opportunity to explore the latest techniques as well as network with like-minded professionals in the area.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Consulting Psychology
  • Talent Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Business Psychology Seminars
  • Influence and Negotiation
  • Statistics

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Applied Decision Making
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Cognition
  • Current Issues in Attitude Research
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups
  • Social Psychology
  • Principles of Cognition
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, case studies, practical experiments and statistical and computational work. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group projects, dissertation and oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology MSc

Careers

After the successful completion of the programme our students are eligible to apply for a number of consultancy roles. One of the most popular routes has been management consulting, where graduates are currently enjoying successful careers. In addition, a number of our applicants have found positions as HR professionals within established as well as boutique firms in the UK and internationally. Finally, given the diverse and well-rounded training, some graduates have entered the word of marketing and communications where they apply the theories they have learnt to communicate with other companies and consumers more effectively.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Assistant Business Psychologist, YSC
  • Business Analyst, Mercuri Urval
  • Defence Psychologist, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Human Resources (HR) Practitioner, United Nations (UN)
  • Project Co-Ordinator, STO

Employability

UCL's Industrial Organisational and Business Psychology group includes luminaries from the talent management and consumer psychology industries, as well as illustrious academics. In addition, our programme features speakers from Google, RBS, Havas Worldwide, Dunnhumby, Sainsbury's, Quantcast and many more.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

One of the key principles that govern this programme is our focus on preparing practitioners utilising the latest theories in the area of organisational and business psychology. This unique focus drives our teaching methodology (applied workshops and training courses) and pedagogical focus (experiential learning).

Our cohort of students comes from a very diverse background and we make sure that we create an environment in which everyone can learn from one another. The modules, created by experts in their fields, have been designed to deepen students' understanding as well as prepare them for successful careers in the area of industrial organisation and business psychology.

A number of the tutors hosting our business seminars are among the leading professionals in the area of business psychology. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be exposed to the latest thinking, and to network and develop projects.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The concept of branding is moving away from the traditional idea of creating an "image" to represent the name and the values of a company, by exploring… Read more

Overview

The concept of branding is moving away from the traditional idea of creating an "image" to represent the name and the values of a company, by exploring a broader view, that incorporates several disciplines, from visual design to sound design, from storytelling to consumers' psychology and marketing techniques, thus addressing a strongly integrated approach whose aim is to identify the core assets and to orchestrate them into a consistent brand identity.

Branding is now much more than the definition of a visual image: it's the creation of a rich and attractive environment, to catch the consumer's attention and bring him into the brand world, to share the brand values and to become an informal sponsor of the brand. The Master in Visual Brand Design is a unique opportunity to acquire hands-on competencies and in-depth knowledge on how to design the identity of a company and/or organization, by integrating graphic design skills with strategic thinking. The program includes an internship in a company working in the disciplinary field. Careers

The Master Program in Visual Brand Design is aimed at giving the participants the skills to become visual brand designers with a complex and rich approach, or brand managers capable of orienting the company needs towards an innovative direction, working as freelances or inside medium/big sized companies in the fields of Fashion, Design, Events and Expos Management, Digital Media and Services, or in Public Administrations.

Audience

Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate and with a knowledge of the English language (IELTS 5.0 academic or equivalent certificate).
The program is addressed to candidates with a curriculum in Visual and Graphic Design, Design, Communication and Marketing, or other disciplines related to the program’s field of study.

Job Opportunities

The Master in Visual Brand Design aims to form Visual Brand Designers and dynamic Brand Managers figures open to innovations, that are visionary and versatile, direct and effective. Designers who have a rich and complex approach that can guide the needs of the company in a new direction, either as freelancers or as employees of medium to large companies operating in the fields of fashion, design, events, trade shows, services, digital media or in public administration.

Companies

A network of professionals and leaders of different areas of interest are in constant and proficient interaction and collaboration with the Master in Visual Brand Design of Domus Academy, actively participating in educational programming, workshops and international competitions organized by the department.

The Master has worked with:

Bastard, Danone, Forevermark, Fundacion Escultor Berrocal, Glamour, Mondadori, Park Hyatt, Royal Rose, Smartbox, Unieuro.
For more information please visit http://www.domusacademy.com

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The MA in Luxury Brand Management is designed to equip individuals, at any stage of their career, with the necessary scholarly and professional skills to develop a deep and critical understanding of luxury brand management, whilst preparing you for an uncertain and competitive future. Read more

Overview

The MA in Luxury Brand Management is designed to equip individuals, at any stage of their career, with the necessary scholarly and professional skills to develop a deep and critical understanding of luxury brand management, whilst preparing you for an uncertain and competitive future. The programme is suitable for recent business and marketing graduates seeking to pursue a career as a brand managers or for those who seek to develop or deepen their specialist knowledge of the luxury brand management sector.
Studying in the heart of London, in South Kensington, a centre for the luxury industry, you will develop the skills required to manage leading brands in a highly competitive environment

Content

Drawing from the opinions of industry experts and recent research undertaken by our faculty, every effort has been made to create a masters degree that balances historical perspectives with emerging trends in the luxury brand sector. The programme takes a holistic approach to this growing field, and you will be exposed to concepts from business and management theory, alongside behavioural psychology, psychoanalysis, culture theory, anthropology and design. There is also a strong emphasis on understanding different consumption practices globally – linked to various cultures, sub-cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities.

Assessment

Through the use of innovative assessments, where you will be required to produce industry reports, strategy documents, and video documentaries: you will be immersed in an interactive classroom experience, which also brings in visiting faculty from industry – with the aim of encouraging you to enhance your critical thinking, commercial skills, and entrepreneurial flair.

Core Modules

Global History of Luxury
Strategic Brand Management
Consumer Culture Theory and Insight
Advertising, Public Relations, and Sponsorship
Emerging and Future Industry Trends

Internship and Networking

Industry Networking & Internships

The programme benefits from exceptionally strong links with luxury brand management industry with teaching by practitioners, a wide range of distinguished guest speakers, and events involving brand leaders. These links not only ensure that students are aware of the latest developments in London’s luxury brand industry but also facilitate internships and help students with their career development.

How to Apply

Apply online using the application form available at http://www.richmond.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-admissions/ please send your completed form to us by email to or by mail to the following address: Admission Office, Richmond, the American University in London, Queens Road, Richmond Upon Thames TW10 6JP, UK

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As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. Read more
As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. With this programme you’ll explore the value of brand and design management in an era of increasingly saturated markets. As well as developing brand-related theoretical understanding and practical focus, you’ll have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, leadership, research and communications skills.

Key features

-Receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced brand professional currently working with a locally, nationally or internationally recognised organisation. Take advantage of their expertise to develop your practical skills and understanding of the industry, and access the insider information to help you prepare to enter the workplace.
-Build the breadth of knowledge that allows you to succeed by developing a practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of brand and design management, including: consumer psychology; managing creative people; trademark, copyright and branding law; entrepreneurship; leadership and product policy and portfolio management.
-Explore the wider context of brands in today’s society and how they are affected by and influenced by political and cultural trends. You will develop the “big picture” thinking help you stand out of the crowd.
-Benefit from access to a dedicated seminar series delivered by executives from organisations within the industry and branding, advertising and design agencies.
-Build the practical skills with a programme focused upon hands-on learning, delivered by staff that are active researchers within the subjects they teach.
-Supplement your academic studies with field trips to visit organisations that have developed or have been instrumental in developing unique, innovative or powerful brands, giving you access to unique insights into the industry.

Course details

Core modules
-MKT712 Consumer Psychology and Brand Behaviour
-SRE712 Research Methods for Decision Making
-LAW711 Trademark, Copyright and Design Law
-MKT711 Brands and the Value of Design
-HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials
-MKT709 Strategic Brand Management
-MKT710 Brands, Culture and Society
-MKT707 Product Policy and Portfolio Management
-ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The MSc in Political Psychology is an exciting new programme exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. Read more

Overview

The MSc in Political Psychology is an exciting new programme exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. By combining modules from the Schools of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations the programme offers a unique interdisciplinary focus on key current issues in political psychology.

Information about the existing interdisciplinary research on the links between psychological processes and politics, is available from the Kent Political Psychology Lab website - http://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/research/political/index.html

Course structure

The MSc in Political Psychology is likely to be composed of 5 compulsory modules and 1 optional module. Modules will be taught both at the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations. Compulsory modules will cover introduction to political psychology, advanced intergroup relations, public opinion, statistics and methods as well as a supervised empirical dissertation.

This is a brand new programme and the course structure is currently under development. Further details about the course structure will be published as soon as they become available.

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This Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business and is delivered by schools that enjoy an international reputation in their respective fields. Read more
This Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business and is delivered by schools that enjoy an international reputation in their respective fields. The marriage of both disciplines is a natural one, as understanding behaviour and specifically consumer behaviour in the world of business can be crucial to organisational success. Today's successful businesses and organisations need highly trained people who can help them understand their consumers and understand issues such as: what makes them choose one product over another? Do brand names and advertising really affect our thinking? Will the Internet change the face of urban and suburban shopping areas?

In the first semester, Consumer Psychology and Business studies will be in equal proportions, however in Semester 2 there will be a greater focus on consumer psychology, and the dissertation is undertaken in this field. It is also possible to undertake a Business with Consumer Psychology Masters degree that will involve a dissertation in Business. Candidates may choose between the MA or MSc routes, which are differentiated by the nature of the dissertation. The MSc dissertation will involve undertaking empirical research.

Compulsory Modules
- Research Dissertation - Students will collect, analyse and interpret their data, and present their empirical project in a formal thesis.
- Consumer Psychology: Theory - Provides a basic knowledge of market research, practical issues in consumer science, and an introduction to some of the key psychological perspectives on these problems.
- Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis - The aim of this module is to provide students with in depth understanding of research methods
- Marketing Strategy - Introduces the "fundamentals" of marketing, by illustrating strategies in a wide range of situations, and covering the various schools of thought in marketing, together with relevant analytical models and management practices.
- Organisations and People - Provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.
- Advanced Statistics - This module focuses on the statistical techniques that are used in studying psychology
- Applied Consumer Psych - The module provides practical research experience in consumer psychology and involves hands-on work with viable commercial enterprises.

Optional Modules
- Nudges & Behaviour Change
- New Venture Creation
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Financial Crises & Bank Regulation
- Marketing Communication

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This joint Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business. Read more
This joint Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business. The programme is delivered by schools which enjoy an international reputation in their field.

The marriage of both disciplines is a natural one, as understanding behaviour and specifically consumer behaviour in the world of business can be crucial to the success of businesses.

Today’s successful businesses and organisations need highly trained people who can help them understand their consumers and understand issues such as: What makes them choose one product over another? Do brand names and advertising really affect our thinking? Will the internet change the face of urban and suburban shopping areas?

In the first semester, Business and Consumer Psychology studies will be in equal proportions; however in Semester 2 there will be a greater focus on business, and the dissertation is undertaken in a business-related subject. It is also possible to undertake a Consumer Psychology and Business Masters degree that will involve a dissertation in Consumer Psychology. Please click here for further details.

Candidates may choose between the MA or MSc routes, which are differentiated by the nature of the dissertation. The MSc dissertation will involve undertaking empirical research, whilst the MA dissertation will involve an extended literature review.
Course Structure

The MSc and MA degrees in Business with Consumer Psychology are scheduled for a duration of 12 months. Each degree programme consists of two parts.

Part 1:

Is a wholly taught component, contributing 120 credits. All taught modules carry a credit weighting of 15 credits. Part 1 is taught during the two semesters which make up the academic year. Teaching during semester 1 normally runs from late-September to December, with examinations in January. Teaching during Semester 2 normally runs from late-January to early-May, with examinations in May and June.

Part 2:

Consists of a supervised Dissertation of around 10,000 words completed during the summer months, from late May to September. You are expected to submit your Dissertation by September in the calendar year following your initial registration for your postgraduate degree.

Compulsory Modules:

Consumer Psychology: This module is an introduction to consumer science as it is currently practiced in the marketplace and to relevant research in academia.
Nudges and Behaviour Change: Module details are currently not available.
Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.
Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches.
Applied Consumer Psychology: This module’s aim is to provide practical research experience in consumer psychology and involves hands-on work with viable commercial enterprises. Students are partnered with local companies and are required to design and conduct a practical consumer research project, typically involving field work.

Optional modules (choose 3):

European Business: This module examines the opportunities and constraints faced by businesses that operate on a pan-European basis. Emphasis is placed on the multi-dimensional characteristics of an economic and social space that is subject to a unique system of supra-national governance
New Venture Creation: This module examines the advantages and disadvantages of the various routes to business start-up, including new venture creation, or establishing a business based on your own expertise, experience and ideas; buying an established busi9ness; purchasing a franchise; and succession through a family firm, an increasingly common way of becoming involved in entrepreneurial activity.
Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.
Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.
Enterprise by design: module information currently unavailable.
Marketing Communication: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.
Entrepreneurial Marketing: This module explores relationship marketing theory and practice in a range of global environments and business contexts. Theoretical approaches, integrated with relationship marketing models and analytical tools will be used to develop managerial understanding and competence.

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Advertising is everywhere. Always transient, sometimes trivial, yet it can be incredibly powerful in changing our perceptions, our beliefs and our behaviour. Read more

Advertising is everywhere. Always transient, sometimes trivial, yet it can be incredibly powerful in changing our perceptions, our beliefs and our behaviour. Through this programme, you will develop an advanced understanding of how advertising affects the human mind, giving you unique and valuable insight into the industry.

This unique course provides an interface between theory and practice, understanding and skills, by giving you a thorough grounding in the psychology underpinning persuasion, in the context of how it is applied – and how it might be applied more radically – in the communications industry.

The course combines small-group ‘knowledge-exchange’ with innovative student-led teaching, built around our outstanding expertise in cognitive, developmental, social and neuropsychological aspects of advertising. You will benefit from perspectives and contributions from academic researchers, seasoned advertising practitioners, and original commercially-oriented research.

Studying a combination of skills and theory-based modules, you will develop a high-level of technical understanding of the discipline. You will have the opportunity to practise and develop analytical and interpretation skills alongside modules that will enhance your ability to conduct and present psychology research.

Your knowledge and understanding of the psychology of advertising and advertising theory will also develop as you engage with specialist modules focused on these topics. Studying the relationship between advertising and the human mind, and applying your learning to advertising strategy, positioning, brand, and marketing communications will prepare you for the competitive world of advertising and marketing. The advanced skills and knowledge you develop through these modules will be invaluable as you progress into a career or further research.

During the year, you will also complete a dissertation project, supported by an academic supervisor. This will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate everything that you have learnt and put theory into practice. You will develop your data-handling skills as well as your ability to accurately and appropriately present your research.

In addition, your dissertation can be completed in parallel or sequentially with an industry placement. This would give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, while applying your skills and knowledge to address a real-world, industry-focused challenge. This practical, relevant experience of working for an external organisation (and the networking opportunities this brings) is hugely beneficial when applying for jobs at the end of the course.

This course is designed for graduates who come from a wide range of disciplines and plan to pursue a career in advertising or communications, or who wish to refresh their skills or shift focus to a more planning-based trajectory. It is also suitable for those who wish to undertake further research into the psychology of advertising and related fields at PhD level.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



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This MA will develop your understanding of marketing communications and branding by examining a range of contemporary marketing and marketing communications topics, while also engaging you in research methods and the undertaking of a significant research exercise. Read more
This MA will develop your understanding of marketing communications and branding by examining a range of contemporary marketing and marketing communications topics, while also engaging you in research methods and the undertaking of a significant research exercise.

You will develop a clearer vision and understanding of the changing role and perception of marketing communications and branding within the context of changing global markets, competition and shifting societal values. On successful completion of the programme, you will be prepared to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations with a wide array of marketing communications needs.

If you want to immerse yourself in the dynamic and fascinating world of marketing communications and branding, then this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You will study a set of modules that will broaden your knowledge and understanding of marketing, advertising, branding and public relations. The programme also requires you to complete a dissertation, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in cutting-edge research and demonstrate an array of transferable skills.

Modules provide a contemporary perspective on strategic marketing planning, brand psychology and management, integrated marketing communications and public relations campaigns. You will also critically analyse a range of popular, well-established marketing concepts and discuss their relevance and suitability in the 21st century.

The programme adopts an international perspective, recognising that every country operates within a global economy and that the barriers in world trade are being broken down.

A dedicated module allows you to examine the methods and methodology of research in marketing and management. This will prepare you for your research project in a specific topic or issue relevant to marketing or branding, chosen by yourself and agreed with the programme team.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. For full-time students this typically requires two days attendance per week, with one day per week the usual requirement for part-time students.

As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios and presentations.

Extensive use is made of information technology (for example, via our Virtual Learning Environment) to support classroom activities.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the programme, there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability, and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working. Case studies and problem solving exercises are used. Examinations take a variety of forms, using both seen and unseen questions.

Who will be teaching me?

The course is delivered by specialists in areas such as marketing, advertising, branding, e-commerce and small and medium sized enterprises. The team includes academically and professionally qualified staff, as well as active researchers who publish in academic journals. All members of the programme team have an energy and enthusiasm for their subject areas and are passionate about student learning and development.

What are my career prospects?

This MA will equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in the specialist field of marketing. You will graduate ready to lead, or contribute to, the development of an organisation’s marketing, communications and branding strategies.

Typical career paths include marketing roles in public and private sector management, retailing and enterprise. However, an understanding of marketing is essential for all managers, meaning the course also provides a sound foundation for a more general business career.

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What are the challenges facing marketing and branding today? What links are there between management, marketing and culture?. Modern marketing requires a global mind-set. Read more
What are the challenges facing marketing and branding today? What links are there between management, marketing and culture?

Modern marketing requires a global mind-set. Today’s marketers don’t just need an understanding of consumer needs, they must be able to communicate to diverse, global audiences and be sensitive to cultural and international differences. At Essex, we equip you with the skills that organisations demand in a complex global economy.

On this course, you learn how to analyse and apply marketing and brand communication theories and develop an understanding of their social, political and cultural context. We look beyond the marketing mix to explore the wider implications on the discipline and the challenges marketers face, such as gender stereotyping, marketing ethics and promoting products and services internationally. You develop visual literacy and the capacity to think creatively and independently.

You gain an in-depth knowledge of areas including:
-Managerial and cultural perspectives on marketing
-Branding and consumer behaviour, including cultural considerations
-Strategic brand communication
-Corporate marketing strategy

MSc Marketing and Brand Management is run by Essex Business School, ranked in the UK top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. We’re also in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014), ensuring your course content is relevant to the issues currently being faced by organisations around the world. Our Masters students join us from more than 40 countries, so you join a lively, international community.

This course is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

As well as learning from our internationally renowned academics, you hear from a range of professionals already working in the field. They help you to understand how to use your degree in a professional context, meaning that you graduate as an experienced independent researcher, marked by both academic rigor and business relevance.

Specialist facilities

This degree is based at the Colchester Campus, at the state-of-the-art Essex Business School building, with its zero carbon design.

You benefit from a range of excellent learning and social facilities, including modern teaching rooms, a winter garden and sun terrace, with plenty of space for group working, and Bonds café. You can also access study skills workshops and advice from the EBS Learning Team.

The Silberrad Student Centre is open to all students and is home to the Students’ Union Creative Suite. This collection of Apple Macs installed with the latest editing software, such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, has a similar feel to the offices of modern marketing agencies and provides you with free-to-use technology that can greatly enhance your studies.

Your future

This course provides an excellent foundation to build your career in marketing and brand management by developing your skills in creativity, innovation and ethical awareness.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Read our graduate profiles to see the types of organisations our students progress to work at.

Whether you want to work for a leading global organisation or start your own business, our employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre can help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Management and Organisational Behaviour
-Research Methods in Management and Marketing
-Strategic Brand Communication
-Consumer Behaviour (optional)
-Perspectives on Marketing
-Corporate Marketing Strategy (optional)

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Psychology plays an important role in many aspects of business and marketing. Consumer psychology is the key to understanding buyer behaviour, enabling organisations to design innovative products and create effective communication messages. Read more

Psychology plays an important role in many aspects of business and marketing. Consumer psychology is the key to understanding buyer behaviour, enabling organisations to design innovative products and create effective communication messages.

This course will prepare you for careers building on both disciplines – whether you wish to pursue a successful career in marketing, or more generally apply psychological theories to the world of business.

Your studies will culminate in a research project that bridges both disciplines.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you carry out your research project.

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, projects, examinations and presentations.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals. For more information on Masters Scholarships visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships

Careers

This course will open up career options in both senior marketing management as well as psychologist roles in business and other sectors. This includes areas such as:

-FMCG and retail marketing,

-Brand management

-Communications

-Market research

-Consumer psychology

-Consultancy



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The Master in International Marketing Management (MIMM) provides a broad learning and training experience that helps students enter in the job market. Read more

The Master in International Marketing Management (MIMM) provides a broad learning and training experience that helps students enter in the job market. The program aims at preparing students for a successful career in international marketing management, whether in a large multinational firm, a smaller company, or their own business.

The Master is characterized by active learning and student interaction, aimed at developing individual skills of analysis and decision-making. In particular, the traditional teaching methods will be integrated by the presence of academics of international standing and managers, case discussions, role playing, individual group projects and seminars.

Learning objectives

The Master aims at developing knowledge, competences and abilities in order to analyze the international markets and to assume managerial, commercial and marketing responsibilities. It enables to operate in international contexts thanks to original, dynamic and unique approaches, culture and knowledge coming from a training process that virtuously integrates the economical-managerial disciplines with the psychological-organizational ones. A classroom mix of different competencies will benefit the learning environment and allow students to share different perspectives of the marketing field. The Master aims at training professionals able to comprehend and put into action a cross-cultural approach in the negotiation and strategy development phase. The learning objectives are to develop an open culture, flexible to changes and a long lasting set of competences able to continuously adequate themselves to various and dynamic economical contexts. Students will complete the program by taking an internship at one of the Master’s partner companies, either in Italy or abroad.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

Graduates from the Master will gain full marketing management knowledge and practices. They may take positions in any company or agency to carry out tasks related to marketing and customer management and marketing research. Graduates from the Master can take positions in market research centers and institutes or marketing offices of multi- nationals as well as smaller companies, as market analysts, marketing managers, product and brand managers etc.

Curriculum Propedeutic courses

● Propedeutic psychology course* (10 ECTS/CFU)

○ Fundamentals of social sciences and psychology for marketing

○ Principles of applied social research methodology

● Propedeutic economics course** (10 ECTS/CFU)

○ Fundamentals of business and management

○ Principles of marketing

* Those courses should be considered mandatory only for students coming from faculties other than Psychology.

** Those courses should be considered mandatory only for students coming from faculties other than Economics.

Core courses (32 ECTS/CFU)

● International Business

● Understanding international markets

● Consumer behavior

● International marketing research

● Marketing strategies in an international setting

● Evaluating companies and markets for action

● Managing the international marketing mix

● Managing psychology in an intercultural context

Field projects and seminars (6 ECTS/CFU)

Teaching method includes seminars and conferences from guest speakers and practical activities:

● Field works implemented by small groups and coached by partner firms

● Project works

Internship and final report (12 ECTS/CFU)

Problem solving

The Master is structured to guide students in developing strategic capabilities in the search for innovative and creative customer-based marketing strategies for enterprises’ competitiveness. Students will be able to introduce a new and effective way of approaching and managing markets internationally.

World class faculty

Academics, professionals and key note speakers with international profiles will enhance students’ learning experience in the Master.

Interdisciplinary approach

The Master has a methodology and a cultural approach which embraces two different scientific fields of study: Management and Psychology. This extends and enriches students’ perspectives and capabilities to understand markets and customers in greater depth.

A 360 degree experience

The strong relationship among the students, their involvement in different activities and the specific contexts, as well as the city of Milan, and Università Cattolica will make the Master an extraordinary living experience.



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Who is it for?. The course is suitable for recent graduates in economics, psychology and related social science or quantitative disciplines who are looking to develop a career in the fast-paced world of behavioural economics, either in the public or private sector. Read more

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for recent graduates in economics, psychology and related social science or quantitative disciplines who are looking to develop a career in the fast-paced world of behavioural economics, either in the public or private sector.

As the course is offered in full-time and part-time modes, it is also suited to professionals who want to enhance their theoretical knowledge and practical skills and would benefit from an academic environment.

Objectives

Behavioural economics applies psychological insights into human behaviour to investigate how people make economic decisions under various conditions of constraint (e.g. time and knowledge) and influence (e.g. social pressure). This is an important field in modern economics, and the social sciences more generally.

Commercial organisations have long known the limitations of individual decision making and they routinely use this knowledge in their commercial practices (e.g. anchoring effect of minimum payment on credit cards). The practical implications of behavioural economics are varied and significant, and acknowledged to provide a powerful and cost-effective approach to improving human welfare.

The Behavioural Economics MSc will develop your skills and knowledge to prepare you for a wide variety of roles in the private or public sector that require a solid understanding of human behaviour.

Teaching and learning

The modules are taught by lecturers from the economics and psychology department with research interests in behavioural economics.

In each module you will receive typically 30 hours of face-to-face contact, supported by online resources (e.g., videos and advanced readings provided on the learning platform Moodle) for your self-directed study. You will be required to take responsibility for your own learning and to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered (e.g., invited speakers programme and online resources). The learning and teaching strategies for each module will expose you to a range of methods, comprising: lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group work, workshops, small group discussions, tutorials, reflective reports and research project supervision.

Assessment

In order to assess your full range of learning, you will complete reflective reports, essays, examinations, interpretation of statistical analyses, formal research proposals and a research dissertation. Most individual modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. In addition, you will be directed to independent study and receive detailed feedback on your coursework as an aid to your further learning. These different forms of assessment have the aim of assessing your knowledge, skills and appreciation in different areas of behavioural economics (e.g., theoretical knowledge and applied aspects of behavioural techniques).

Modules

Full-time students take four modules in each of the first two terms, followed by a written research dissertation in the third term.

Most of the modules are structured as a combination of two-hour lectures (to present information) and one-hour seminars or clinics (to understand and assimilate lecture material) or lab sessions. Teaching and learning is enhanced by technology-supported resources, and teaching staff are available for one-to-one interaction and feedback.

It is expected that full-time students will spend about three hours in lectures/seminars plus self-directed, independent study hours for each module per week. You should also expect to attend seminars given by invited speakers and seminars on dissertation writing (about one to two hours per week).

Your workload might vary from week to week.

Term 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Cognitive and Economic Science of Rational Choice
  • Psychological Processes: Individual and Social
  • Behavioural Research Methods: Design and Analysis

Term 2

  • Experimental Economics and Game Theory
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Science
  • Applied Econometric and Psychological Research Methods
  • Professional Aspects of Behavioural Economics

Term 3

Research Dissertation

Students with a strong background in Economics may substitute 'Principles of Economics' with a microeconomics module from one of the MSc programmes offered by the Department of Economics. You may also substitute an appropriate elective from one of the MSc modules offered by the Department of Economics for 'Professional Aspects of Behavioural Economics' - this will allow a pathway through the programme that is focused on theoretical and research economic themes.

Career prospects

Whilst there is not yet a specific occupation of 'behavioural economist', the knowledge and skills acquired are highly valuable in a range of sectors:

  • Economic consultants undertaking marketing activities
  • Health economics consultants developing sales/markets for products (from branded medicines to health insurance schemes)
  • Public policy specialist who advises on the choice architecture of decision making (e.g., transport decisions)
  • Political campaigns and public relations more generally
  • General marketing, sales and consumer psychology (preferences, sensitivity to incentives, and default behaviour)
  • Brand awareness consultancies
  • Financial trading and risk assessment
  • Internet auction companies
  • Design consultancies (e.g. websites)
  • In large international institutions, e.g. World Bank, EBRD, Central Banks etc.

City’s Behavioural Economics postgraduate course would be especially valuable for professionals who already work in occupations which involve the need to understand the scientific dynamics of human decision making and behaviour (e.g., financial traders who require the right psychological attitude as much as appropriate strategy knowledge).



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