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approaches to understanding consumer preferences, judgements, decision-making and behaviour. You will learn how to use this knowledge to improve organisational strategy and success, in terms of targeting, product placement, advertising, marketing, influencing and protecting consumers. Read more

approaches to understanding consumer preferences, judgements, decision-making and behaviour.

You will learn how to use this knowledge to improve organisational strategy and success, in terms of targeting, product placement, advertising, marketing, influencing and protecting consumers.

The programme aims to enhance your employability by fostering the development of the real-life and job-relevant competencies and skills that are required to succeed in today's competitive job market. You will be provided with the strong knowledge base and hands-on research experience needed for succeeding in careers such as marketing, media, communications, advertising, consumer research, entrepreneurship, and public relations.

You will develop the skills necessary to conduct independent research and to understand:

  • the psychological impact of various types of media
  • the psychological processes underlying consumer behaviour
  • the psychology of consumer preferences
  • psychological theories of attitude change, persuasion, and influence
  • the psychology of branding
  • behavioural economics (including the psychology of pricing)

The Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths benefits from staff who conduct high impact, applied research and who have excellent links with industry. For example, recent speakers in our Innovation Case Studies series have included fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, 'city super woman' Nicola Horlick, and editor of Monocle Tyler Brûlé.

The MSc Consumer Behaviour contributes to and strengthens Goldsmiths’ reputation as being one of the premier institutions of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Modules & structure

The MSc in Consumer Behaviour consists of:

  • five core modules (90 combined credits)
  • two optional modules (30 combined credits)
  • a research dissertation (60 credits)

The modules are organised within the IMS and most have a strong practical component.

All lecturers on this programme have a strong research profile, which they bring to bear when presenting the theoretical, technical, and applied components of consumer behaviour.

Research Project (60 credits)

You'll undertake an independent piece of research related to consumer behaviour. The dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. You'll be allocated to an appropriate supervisor.

Option modules

You can choose one approved 30 credit module, or two approved 15 credit modules. The list of approved modules will include those run by the Institute of Management Studies and by other departments at Goldsmiths that have modules relevant to Consumer Behaviour.

Skills

You will become adept at assessing marketing techniques, problem solving, interpreting human behaviour, influencing consumer choice, analysing complex information, working in teams and excelling in individual projects.

Careers

Possible careers for graduates of the programme include:

  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Communications
  • Advertising
  • Consumer research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public relations


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This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. Read more
This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. It explores the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of marketing within the context of business and management and will focus on developing academic and applied skills in Marketing including advertising, brand management and loyalty, customer service, public relations and market research.

For the Advanced Taught Programme students will choose four Applied Business Projects from a list which currently includes the following titles:

1. e-Business and Value Chain
2. Human Resource Management
3. International Business
4. Investment and Private Banking
5. Operations Management
6. Business Planning

Compulsory modules:

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. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

International Marketing: The globalization of companies is the involvement of customers, producers, suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders in the global marketing process. International marketing reflects the trend of companies selling products and services across national boundaries. This module provides an overview of contemporary international marketing issues and trends as well as the international marketing planning process. On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions regarding international market entry strategies and the development and management of global brands.

Consumer Behaviour in a Global & Digital World: This module will introduce students to the main theories which purport to explain consumer behaviour from the perspective of gaining an understanding of the consumer as an individual as well as how consumers are influenced by their cultural environment. Given that the internet has become an essential part of modern day life this module will provide students with an understanding of how consumer behaviour is impacted as a result of changes in the way goods and services are marketed and sold online. This module also examines the critical issues and trends whereby the internet has changed consumer behaviour spanning across traditional/geographic boundaries.

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.

International Marketing Communication: This module examines the processes by which integrated marketing communications (IMC) programs are planned, developed and executed. Individual communication vehicles included in an Integrated Marketing Communication plan are explored.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Your optional modules must include AT LEAST ONE of the following:

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Other optional modules include:

New Venture Creation: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

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.

Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Global Business and Culture: This module will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the challenges of managing across national boundaries. Culture is assessed in the context of a range of contemporary classifications and discussed in a variety of conceptual, methodological and practical situations relating to the measurement and application of culture at various levels of analysis (national, industry, corporate, individual). On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions involving culture as an input. Case studies are used to illustrate the complexities of cross-cultural negotiations, international expansion, and cross-border alliances/ mergers & acquisitions.

International Business: This module analyses the conditions in the international environment that drive trade between nations involving multinational enterprises (MNEs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

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Applicants for the September intake may choose to study part-time over 2 years. Part-time teaching times. Trimester 1. Fridays 1pm-5pm; Trimester 2. Read more
Applicants for the September intake may choose to study part-time over 2 years
Part-time teaching times: Trimester 1: Fridays 1pm-5pm; Trimester 2: Fridays 1pm-4pm
(Teaching would extend to Fridays 1pm-6pm in Trimester 2, if required)

Overview

Gain an advanced understanding of the psychology of consumer behaviour. Explore the psychology of people’s product choice, purchase decisions, and the use of services. Discover strategies of changing and learning from consumer attitudes and behaviours. Analyse advertising effectiveness and persuasion processes.

Developed for both recent graduates of Psychology, Business, Marketing as well as current business development, marketing, advertising or market insight/research professionals, this course covers the workings of the consumer mind in the increasingly saturated and global markets. Specifically you will learn about what captures consumers’ attention, how their perceptions and attitudes may be altered as well as factors that affect the consumer decision-making process.

You will also consider the social-psychological aspects of consumers’ functioning such as social influence tactics used in sales, persuasion and advertising alongside the role of personality and identity in consumer’s functioning. Furthermore, you will learn about the most commonly used statistical techniques as well as the theoretical and practical complexities of conducting psychologically based consumer research.

You will learn and put your research skills into practice throughout your Masters which will culminate in your own piece of independent research. Your project could support the business you currently work within or be based on a sector or company you would like to work for in the future such as the FMCG or advertising sectors.

Upon graduation you'll be well placed to provide businesses, government bodies and charitable institutions with expertise and insights into psychological aspects of marketing, branding, advertising and consumer behaviour.

Our teaching team include Course Leader Dr Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Dr Magdalena Zawisza, Dr Suzanna Forwood and Dr Richard Piech. All have extensive experience in furthering the understanding of consumer behaviour. In addition, we regularly invite speakers from industry.

Our psychology research has been classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we continue to work with industry to generate relevant research outcomes that lead to measurable impact. For more information about who we work with please click on the individual links of the course lecturers.

Careers

This Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology. The fact that this course is relevant to many job industries such as marketing, PR, advertising, and consumer research, marketing research and product development and is currently not commonly taught in the UK, will give the students a distinctive edge in a job market that is often competitive.

In order to further provide students with a springboard into the job market we will endeavour to facilitate internship opportunities by encouraging students to engage with the Consumer Research Group based at ARU. The aim of the research group is to bridge the gap between academic research and business application by working closely with locally based businesses. The abilities gained by undertaking the MSc in Consumer Psychology will place students in a strong position for pursuing a professional career in Consumer Psychology or further postgraduate study (e.g., a PhD) and research, or employment in a university.

Assessment

We use a number of ways for you to demonstrate your learning from the modules, and to ensure you develop the knowledge and skills required to complete the course. These include presentations, exams, essays, reports and projects.

Where you'll study

Your faculty -

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-technology

Where can I study?

Cambridge - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

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The digital revolution has led to an unprecedented volume of information about consumers, which progressive organisations are eager to understand and use. Read more

The digital revolution has led to an unprecedented volume of information about consumers, which progressive organisations are eager to understand and use. This innovative masters degree will give you the practical skills to analyse consumer data and provide insights for successful marketing strategies.

Taught by leading academics from Leeds University Business School and School of Geography, you’ll explore a range of analytical techniques including applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and retail modelling, consumer and predictive analytics and data visualisation. You’ll also develop the softer skills to use the results of these analyses to inform decisions about marketing strategy.

Thanks to our connections with businesses worldwide, you’ll have access to emerging trends in topics such as consumer behaviour, decision science and digital and interactive marketing. You’ll further develop your practical skills with the opportunity to work on a live data project provided by a company.

Academic excellence

This courseoffers you a rare combination of teaching expertise; the Business School’s academic excellence in Marketing alongside world-class teaching from the School of Geography, which draws on the knowledge of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy.

The University of Leeds is a major centre for big data analytics and you’ll benefit from affiliation with the UK’s Consumer Data Research Centre. The centre aims to make data that are routinely collected by businesses and organisations accessible for academic purposes. Coordinating and analysing this large and complex data has the potential to increase productivity and innovation in business, as well as to inform public policy and drive development.

Read an interview with the academic team to learn more about our expertise and the growing importance of this emerging subject area.

Course content

Core modules will introduce you to a range of analytical methods, ensuring you develop a solid foundation in the essential skills for consumer analytics and marketing strategy.

You’ll learn how to analyse geographic data using GIS software and understand the application of this in retail modelling, to evaluate new markets and locations. You’ll study predictive analytics, big data and consumer analytics, business analytics and decision science, and learn how to communicate results through data visualisations.

Alongside this, you’ll learn how to deploy data to inform decisions about marketing strategy. Marketing modules include marketing strategy, consumer behavior and direct, digital and interactive marketing. You’ll also deliver your own data-driven marketing research project for a company.

Optional modules allow you to further your knowledge in a related area of interest, either corporate social responsibility, internal communications and managing change, or applied population and demographic analysis.

By the end of the course, you’ll submit an independent project. You can either research a topic in-depth and submit a dissertation, or gain practical experience through a consultancy project working with an external organisation.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take the nine compulsory modules below, plus your dissertation, which can be a choice of either a research dissertation or marketing consultancy project.

  • Geographic Data Visualisation & Analysis 15 credits
  • Big Data and Consumer Analytics 15 credits
  • Predictive Analytics 15 credits
  • Applied GIS and Retail Modelling 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
  • Marketing Research Consultancy Project 15 credits
  • Direct, Digital and Interactive Marketing 15 credits
  • Marketing Strategy 15 credits
  • Dissertation OR Marketing Consultancy Project 30 credits

Optional modules

You'll take one further optional module.

  • Applied Population and Demographic Analysis 15 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability 15 credits
  • Internal Communications and Change Management 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our academics, including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.

Independent study is also vital for this course, allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will be equipped with advanced skills in consumer analytics and marketing strategy, ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in consumer data analytics, marketing and/or management.

Due to the digital revolution, companies from around the world and in many industrial sectors have access to greater amounts of data.

The most progressive companies in the world are particularly interested in marketing graduates with strong analytical skills, and typical roles could include marketing or consumer data analyst, direct marketing manager, marketing manager, retail manager, or marketing or management consultant.

Careers support

As a masters student you will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to marketing students. They work in partnership with our academics to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills.

Read more about careers support at the Business School.



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Our MSc in Management (with specialism in Marketing) is an intensive one-year programme that offers you a unique opportunity to explore your interest in marketing while gaining a thorough grounding in the core theories and concepts that are central to a career in management today. Read more
Our MSc in Management (with specialism in Marketing) is an intensive one-year programme that offers you a unique opportunity to explore your interest in marketing while gaining a thorough grounding in the core theories and concepts that are central to a career in management today.

You will start by studying management theory across a range of core disciplines including: Finance and Accounting, Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Management. In term two you will gain a deeper knowledge and insight into marketing by studying our two marketing units: Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Management. Finally, in the summer term, the dissertation provides an opportunity for independent research and links your studies to a genuine investigation around a marketing theme.

Our programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who aspire to a career in management and/or marketing. You do not require any prior academic or practical experience in business or management but you need to have a curious and creative mind and a genuine interest in marketing.

You will be part of a dynamic and diverse body of staff and students at the School of Economics, Finance and Management and will be taught by experts, many of whom are actively engaged in conducting pioneering research at international level. Our school was ranked sixth in the UK for its research impact, reflecting the quality and contribution our research plays in shaping policy and practice in the UK, Europe and globally.

Programme structure

Term One
You will study the four core units that are common to all of our MSc Management programmes:
- Finance and Accounting for Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Strategic Management
- Studying Management

Term Two
You will deepen your understanding of marketing and management by studying two marketing units in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Management. This will be supported by your choice of two further management units that will broaden your skills and give further opportunity to tailor your studies to your own interests and career aspirations.

- Consumer Behaviour
- Marketing Management
- Two further management units. Optional units vary from year to year but typically include:
- Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- E-Commerce
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- International Business
- Leadership
- Managerial Economics
- Operations Management
- Organisational Creativity
- Project Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Strategic Management Accounting

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Term Three
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of between 12,000 to 15,000 words in which you will research a current theme or topic in marketing. You will be able to tailor your investigation to a setting that reflects your personal interests or future career aspirations. The dissertation provides the perfect opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned in both the management and the marketing aspects of the programme. It is also a powerful way of showcasing your talent to future employers.

Careers

The MSc Management (with specialism in Marketing) provides excellent preparation for a career or further professional training in management and marketing. Previous graduates from the School of Economics, Finance and Management have gone on to work around the world at a variety of leading companies, such as Lloyds TSB, L’Oréal, Deutsche Bank, LG Electronics, WHO-US, Hangzhou, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Marks & Spencer.

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This course is designed to offer students who hold an Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing (IDM) QCA Level 7 diploma qualification, with weighted average pass of 50% or more, the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a Masters degree. Read more
This course is designed to offer students who hold an Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing (IDM) QCA Level 7 diploma qualification, with weighted average pass of 50% or more, the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a Masters degree.

This course was designed in conjunction with The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM), the leading body for the professional development of direct, data and digital marketing and will develop both the theoretical and practical knowledge of digital and marketing concepts that are vital in today's business environment.

The focus of this programme is to equip future marketing managers with the knowledge and understanding of the traditional academic theories, concepts and frameworks of marketing strategy and planning and be able to apply them in the contemporary digital environment. Students will learn the strategic importance of technical change and innovation in the context of information technology and knowledge management. They will also become highly aware of the regulations, legislation, and codes of practice affecting digital marketing and gain the ability to work with others to formulate appropriate and ethical business solutions.

It is anticipated that a high number of students applying for this course will be in full-time employment. Therefore a number of flexible study routes are offered:

Traditional campus based course

The traditional university campus based route of face to face learning will require weekly attendance over the 15 week semester. Teaching takes place during the daytime and would require attendance at the university.

Full-time route (12 months)

This route require you to take three modules over one semester starting in January and finishing in June. You will then have until December to submit your 20,000-word dissertation. International students will need to study full time and complete the whole course in two semesters due to visa requirements.

Part-time route (24 months)

The part time route will enable modules to be taken over two semesters. Starting in January you will finish the taught element 12 months later and will then have until the following December to complete your 20,000 word dissertation.

Blended route (24 months)

The blended learning route will enable you to study at home for two semesters before progressing to the dissertation. Each semester will include one or two intensive workshops introducing the core subjects, which are then supported extensively by online learning materials, presentations and webinars. Starting in January you will finish the taught element 12 months later and will then have until the following December to complete your 20,000 word dissertation.
The workshops will normally take place in February,September, November and January.

Modules

Contemporary Marketing (20 Credits)

This module provides a theoretical look at the world of consumers and their behaviour in the digital environment, drawing on consumer behaviour, product, brand and communications theories to interpret and understand how consumers are respond to different technologies. This module sets out to enable students to learn how to operationalise the key marketing, consumer behaviour and communication theories to enable students to critically appraise the swiftly changing digital marketing channels in the light of marketing theory.

Digital and social media (10 credits)

This module provides an intensely practical education in the core digital technologies, such as websites, search, display media, affiliate networks and mobile. Students will explore how they are being used and can assist in the delivery of marketing goals.

Research methods (20 credits)

This module provides students with the learning, tools and techniques necessary for the completion of their dissertation, the final component for students wishing to obtain a Master's degree in Digital Marketing. Students will learn about the methods and tools of research and develop an understanding of the logic, sequence and structure of a research project, thus enabling students to design a logical structure for their dissertations. The aim of the module is to ensure that students are aware of the vast array of methodologies available to them and facilitating their ability to produce an original piece of work which adds to their existent body of knowledge and will help students explore the sources and types of information required for the research projects and the practical challenges associated with obtaining information.

Teaching and learning

The taught component of the LSBU course provides students with the module Marketing in the Digital Environment, which introduces elements of marketing science, changing consumer behaviour, new media, branding, and the communications process. In addition, the Research Methods module will develop your ability to apply qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to interpret relevant business data and derive effective and ethical solutions. You will also be given the opportunity, through the dissertation, to develop an individual approach to a research project, enabling you to specialise in a particular area of digital marketing that is of interest to you and your career.

Employability

The MSc Digital Marketing is designed to produce graduates with advanced expertise. You may find employment in middle to top management positions in large corporates or small charities, in modern e-businesses or public sector organisations. Digital marketing is the way of the business world for the future and the opportunities are vast.

Successful students from other LSBU marketing orientated Masters programmes have entered into many different types of organisations including multinational and global companies, public sector organisations, charities and startups.

Graduates have also found it a great addition to their professional Diploma qualifications, enabling them to develop a greater confidence in their work through being able to understand and apply more advanced levels of theory and practice to the marketing and business challenges that they face every day.

Sam Moore, (2012) said:"Being able to cover theory and real examples, both in Digital Marketing and Research Methods subject areas has given me valuable additional skills and knowledge to draw on in the workplace. The Masters requires commitment. If you're prepared to dedicate some time to the course, you'll reap the benefits both personally and at work."

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This masters degree offers the perfect starting point for a career in strategic marketing, particularly in an international business environment. Read more

This masters degree offers the perfect starting point for a career in strategic marketing, particularly in an international business environment.

You’ll learn to appreciate modern developments in marketing management theory and practice and explore essential areas including international marketing, marketing strategy and marketing research. You’ll also examine key topics such as international services marketing, consumer behaviour across cultures and global supply chains.

The course has a practical focus and you’ll develop professional skills through in-company assignments and case studies examining genuine business scenarios.

Our academics are experts in their field with extensive teaching, research and consultancy experience of international standing. As such, this course is globally recognised and attracts students from all over the world. You’ll gain cross-cultural experience and an understanding of the skills required to work in an international environment.

Academic excellence

The Marketing division at Leeds University Business School is one of the leading centres of research in marketing in Europe. As part of our research, we engage with companies, senior executives and academics across all five continents.

Our research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc International Marketing Management; our academics bring their world-leading expertise to you in the classroom. The Global and Strategic Marketing Research Centre is the Business School’s established and esteemed centre of excellence for scholarly research work.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), giving you the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. This means you can work towards CIM qualifications during your studies and will receive exemptions from selected assessments.

CIM is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees, which ensures you are equipped with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

The course is also accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE), the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.

Course content

Core modules will develop your understanding of international marketing in theory and practice.

You’ll learn how organisations use marketing research to understand their audience and complement this with an awareness of consumer behaviour in different cultures. Then you’ll examine how this information is turned into practical marketing strategies, with modules focusing on marketing communications and strategy as well as the challenges of international marketing.

From there, you’ll develop your knowledge by focusing on international services marketing and considering practical solutions to the problems of global supply chains. You’ll also choose an optional module in an area that interests you, such as social media marketing or corporate social responsibility. During the company marketing project, you’ll have the chance to work alongside an external organisation to research and develop strategies to address their marketing problems.

You can apply your research skills and knowledge to a dissertation which you submit by the end of the year, or you can take a different route. Our third semester consultancy projects give students the opportunity to work with a live business situation, make links with industry and gain work experience that can be exceptionally rewarding.

Throughout the course you’ll also benefit from a Professional Skills and Employability module, dedicated to developing the key skills employers are looking for when recruiting marketing graduates. Read what our current students say about the opportunities for professional development.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take nine compulsory modules, plus either a research dissertation or consultancy project.

  • Consumer Behaviour Across Cultures 15 credits
  • Marketing Research 15 credits
  • Marketing Communications 15 credits
  • Global Marketing 15 credits
  • Marketing Strategy 15 credits
  • International Services Marketing 15 credits
  • Global Distribution and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • Professional Skills and Employability 15 credits
  • Company Marketing Project 15 credits
  • Dissertation or Marketing Consultancy Project 30 credits

Optional modules

You’ll choose one further optional module.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability 15 credits
  • Direct, Digital and Interactive Marketing 15 credits
  • Social Media Marketing 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Marketing Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our academics, including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.

Independent study is also vital for this course, allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

This masters degree will prepare you to pursue a career in marketing management within an international or domestic environment. You’ll develop the professional skills to work within a range of business situations, from large multinational corporations to smaller organisations, or within your own business.

You’ll be able to pursue a career in many areas including international marketing, export marketing, marketing research, marketing consultancy, services marketing, social media marketing, direct, digital and interactive marketing, or supply chain management.

Top graduates who aspire to a research or academic career will also be prepared to pursue a PhD in marketing.

Careers support

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to marketing students. They work in partnership with our academics to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.

This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to secure employment and start a successful career.

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills.

Read more about our careers support.



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Changing human behaviour is at the heart of solving global problems central to wellbeing, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. Read more

Changing human behaviour is at the heart of solving global problems central to wellbeing, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. Government and public bodies, charities and companies routinely seek to integrate behaviour change within their policies and practices. This cross-disciplinary programme will train a new generation to work in this emerging field.

About this degree

This cross-disciplinary MSc programme will:

  • equip students with the ability to critically appraise theories, methods and evidence for understanding behaviour and behaviour change in a range of contexts.
  • train students in the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions.
  • enable students to support the translation of evidence into practice across disciplines and sectors.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MSc programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), three elective modules (45 credits) and a research-based dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, which consists of four core modules (75 credits) and three electives (45 credits), is also offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, which consists of three core modules (60 credits), is also available.

Core modules

  • Changing Behaviour: Intervention Development and Evaluation (30 credits)
  • Theories and Models of Behaviour Change (15 credits)
  • Behaviour Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health (15 credits) *
  • Research Project (60 credits) **

* MSc and PG Diploma Only

** MSc Only

Elective modules

MSc and PG Diploma students choose three of the following:

  • Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Transport Behaviour Change: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Energy, People and Behaviour (15 credits) †
  • Making Policy Work (15 credits) †
  • Wellbeing in Buildings: Theory and Practice (15 credits) †
  • Social Cognition: Affect and Motivation (15 credits) †
  • Social Psychology of Risk (15 credits) †
  • Public Ethics (15 credits) †
  • Consumer Behaviour (15 credits) †
  • Judgement and Decision Making (15 credits) †
  • Human Factors and Digital Health (15 credits) †
  • Persuasive Games (15 credits) †
  • Introduction to System Dynamics Modelling in the Built Environment (15 credits)†

† these electives are subject to availabilitiy

Dissertation/research project

MSc students undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words. Projects will also be presented at a mini-conference. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, small-group and project work and independent study. All tutors are highly experienced, internationally recognised researchers and/or practitioners in behaviour change from a range of disciplines, including: health, transport, built environment, digital technology, policy and ethics. Assessment is through coursework, unseen examinations and research projects. Although not formally offered, we can support students to find and complete a work experience placement as part of their programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Behaviour Change MSc

Careers

Students graduating from this programme will be equipped with a broad set of skills that can be applied to many different careers. Market research has shown there is a large demand for behaviour change expertise across the private, public and voluntary sectors and in roles relating to policy, practice and research. 

Graduate careers benefiting from this degree include policy officers, researchers and research managers, IT developers and user experience designers, human resource managers, health consultants, urban and transport planners. The range of modules available creates a unique opportunity for students to tailor their degree to their specific interests and career aspirations.

Employability

On completion of this degree, students will have acquired significant knowledge about behaviour change theories and techniques, skills in intervention design, implementation and evaluation and will have an advanced understanding and appreciation for effective interdisciplinary working. 

Students will also have knowledge of a broad range of research methodologies and MSc students will have had the opportunity to apply these and their acquired knowledge to an original piece of research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme draws on the world-renowned expertise of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC), led by Professor Susan Michie, that fosters interdisciplinary thinking and practice to address the challenges of changing behaviour globally.

CBC’s activities provide unparalleled opportunities (e.g. seminars, conferences and public events) for students to meet and work with leaders in research, policy and practice engaged in translating evidence to solve real-world problems.

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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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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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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The International Fashion Retailing masters course is an exciting and innovative course which aims to equip the global fashion-retail managers of the future with skills in e-business, technology and international business strategy. Read more

The International Fashion Retailing masters course is an exciting and innovative course which aims to equip the global fashion-retail managers of the future with skills in e-business, technology and international business strategy. With two pathways to choose from - Fashion Consumer and Business Process Improvement - this course is suitable for students from most academic backgrounds and equips graduates with the necessary management skills vital for a career in the fast-paced world of international fashion retailing.

Managerial know-how: The course will teach you how to be adaptive and to have the managerial and specific know-how to innovate and create attractive products for an increasingly competitive global environment. You will become competent in strategic problem-solving and supply-chain management, and develop your self-learning and time-management skills.

The Course: The complete MSc course is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation project. The taught course units, assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, cover a wide range of industry-relevant subject areas:

Common units

  • International Fashion Retailing
  • Fabric Structures
  • Research Methods

Fashion Consumer units

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Fashion Consumer Behaviour
  • Contemporary Retailing

Business Process Improvement units

  • Innovation Methods
  • External Environment
  • Retail Marketing

Multichannel Marketing units

  • E-Fashion Retailing
  • Multi-channel Marketing
  • Contemporary Retailing

Your dissertation is a chance to apply what you have learned to a focused five-month research project. Your choice of topic will be determined in consultation with your personal tutor and will develop further skills that can be applied to the real world.

Coursework and assessment

The first two semesters are spent following a programme of lectures and tutorials, which are continually assessed through written assignments. You take examinations in January and May and following a satisfactory assessment you commence a research project culminating in the submission of a dissertation in mid-September.

Course unit details

Typical course units include: International Business Strategy; International Supply Chain Management; Manufacturing Processes; Advanced Materials for Fashion; Consumer Behaviour; Research Methods; International Fashion Retailing; E-Business and E-Tailing.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The employment prospects for graduates from this programme are excellent. Recent graduates have been employed by IBM, Marks and Spencer, Oasis, Mercedes Benz, Next, Charnos, National Westminster Bank, Shell, Milliken and Harrods.



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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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Modern business is increasingly global - and we have designed a programme to match. This MSc gives you the comprehensive knowledge, expertise and skills you need to build a successful career in international business and make a positive impact on the world around you. Read more

Modern business is increasingly global - and we have designed a programme to match. This MSc gives you the comprehensive knowledge, expertise and skills you need to build a successful career in international business and make a positive impact on the world around you.

Drawing on GCU's close relationship to industry, we'll help you develop new insight into the cross-cultural challenges you'll face in today's global environment - and how to address them. You'll discover how technology can help you develop sustainable marketing practices, better understand consumer behaviour and plan marketing, branding and communication strategies. You'll also study marketing in both theory and practice, for a world-class education built on GCU's decades of academic and professional experience in the field.

As part of our welcoming, open and diverse GCU community, you'll also be in the ideal place to launch a marketing career that is globally engaged and socially responsible - truly serving the common good.

What you will study

Our well-established links with industry together with current thinking and research has shaped the structure of the programme, which consists of 6 modules, plus a Dissertation.

Strategic Marketing of Luxury Goods

Explores how the assets of a luxury company can be used to create and deliver value to stakeholders, particularly customers and stakeholders. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop a managerial overview of how marketing interacts with the other functional areas of the luxury business.

Legal Aspects of Brand Management

Focuses on and contextualises niche aspects of law so as to be accessible to those without prior legal study of intellectual property law or regulation. It provides foundations for critical, analytical and legally creative thinking while exploring legal issues related to trademarks, domain names, passing off, design rights, patent rights, copyright, and issues relating to advertising standards.

Developing Personal and Professional Competence

Enables students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. Students will be given the opportunity to undertake an industry placement, volunteer, study abroad or take part in desk based consultancy in order to be better prepared for their personal and professional life.

Consumer-Led Sustainable Marketing

Designed to provide an in-depth and critical understanding of consumer-led sustainable marketing practices. Students are introduced to the concept of customer insight and its role in marketing decision-making. The module evaluates the psychological, social and economic roots of the discipline of consumer behaviour and relates these to contemporary consumers.

Global Branding and Integrated Marketing Communications

Provides students with a critical understanding of branding theory through an examination of key theoretical frameworks relevant to brand identity, personality, brand relationships and brand culture. Various sectors including fashion, luxury, travel and entertainment are explored while providing students an understanding of marketing communication's mix.

Research Project: Design and Methods

Introduces students to research approaches and time management skills essential for their research project. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.

Dissertation

The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of Luxury Brand Marketing.

Graduate prospects

You'll graduate from our career-focused programme ideally positioned to create innovative marketing solutions in a variety of sectors - from fashion to travel, entertainment to technology. Our alumni pursue rewarding careers and create meaningful change in the UK and internationally.



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Modern business is increasingly global - and we have designed a programme to match. Our MSc Global Marketing gives you the comprehensive knowledge, expertise and skills you need to build a successful career in international business and make a positive impact on the world around you. Read more

Modern business is increasingly global - and we have designed a programme to match. Our MSc Global Marketing gives you the comprehensive knowledge, expertise and skills you need to build a successful career in international business and make a positive impact on the world around you.

Drawing on GCU's close relationship to industry, we'll help you develop new insight into the cross-cultural challenges you'll face in today's global environment - and how to address them. You'll discover how technology can help you develop sustainable marketing practices, better understand consumer behaviour and plan marketing, branding and communication strategies. You will study marketing in both theory and practice, for a world-class education built on GCU's decades of academic and professional experience in the field.

As part of our welcoming, open and diverse GCU community, you'll also be in the ideal place to launch a marketing career that is globally engaged and socially responsible - truly serving the common good.

What you will study

Global Marketing Strategy

Considers the challenges that organisations face in the contemporary global B2B and B2C marketplace and explores strategic options internationally. Adopting a strategic marketing planning perspective this module will equip students with the necessary tools, skills and insights to generate a comprehensive, cohesive and congruent strategic marketing plan to take an organisation global.

Product and Service Innovation and Global Logistics

Examines the interconnection of an entrepreneurial mind-set and its role in the process of product and service innovation in a private, public or third sector. By critically appraising effective and responsible marketing solutions for sourcing and global logistics, students will develop a portfolio of how to take their innovation to market and realise its benefits internationally.

Developing Personal and Professional Competence

Enables students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. Students will be given the opportunity to undertake an internship, volunteer, study abroad or take part in desk based consultancy. Students will be invited to apply the concepts of personal and professional development to what they are experiencing outside the classroom in order to be better prepared for their personal and professional life.

Consumer-Led Sustainable Marketing

Delivers a critical, in-depth understanding of consumer-led sustainable marketing practices. Students are introduced to the concept of customer insight and its role in marketing decision-making. The module evaluates the psychological, social and economic roots of the discipline of consumer behaviour and relates these to contemporary consumers.

Global Branding and Integrated Marketing Communications

Provides students with a critical understanding of how a brand may be marketed via digital communications and placed within the global marketplace. Various sectors including fashion, luxury, travel, entertainment and technology are explored while providing students with an in depth understanding of branding theory.

Research Project: Design and Methods

Introduces students to research approaches, time and project management skills essential for their dissertation and similar tasks in the future. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.

Dissertation

The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a relevant area of marketing which could become the starting point of your career in global marketing

Your career

You'll graduate from our career-focused programme ideally positioned to create innovative marketing solutions in a variety of sectors - from fashion to travel, entertainment to technology. Our alumni pursue rewarding careers and create meaningful change in the UK and internationally.



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This MSc will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing innovative product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries. Read more

This MSc will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing innovative product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries.

The management of innovation is the critical element ensuring successful new products and services are encouraged, survive, and flourish.

Every successful company from technologists like Google, Apple, and Spotify to think tanks and agencies like Ogilvy, Unruly Media or Mindshare, media like Monocle, BBC, and Wall Street Journal, and even movements like Bitcoin and Occupy understand the need for innovation and creativity.

Another common characteristic of these organisations is that senior executives or leaders from all of them have shared and discussed innovation challenges and opportunities with students on this programme. Recent speakers in our Innovation Case Studies series have included fashion designer Paul Smith, 'city super woman' Nicola Horlick, and editor of Monocle Tyler Brûlé.

Goldsmiths graduates have recently captured Academy Awards, Baftas, and Golden Globes (Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave), the Mercury Prize (James Blake) and the Turner Prize (Laure Prouvost). We have a long history of demonstrating innovation and our students have the unique opportunity of developing interdisiciplinary practical and theoretical management capabilities in this bustling creative and entrepreneurial environment. 

Modules & structure

You'll learn core leadership skills, and how to apply them to manage the near continuous need for innovations and changes in organisational products, structures, strategies, and processes. You can choose to study the latest techniques and strategies for consumer behaviour and marketing or seek to develop a fully formed business model for entreprenurial ventures.

The programme mixes theory and practice and allows you to obtain a professional qualification in project management and development, which will enhance your employment prospects.

The Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths benefits from excellent links with industry. Graduates of this programme will be capable of leadership and adaptive management styles, and will be able to direct and manage innovation in a variety of organisations.

Core Modules:

In addition to these modules, you'll also partake in a compulsory Research Project:

Research Project (60 credits)

You'll undertake an independent piece of research or a large-scale multimedia website and/or mobile application addressing a specific innovation gap or entrepreneurial opportunity related to digital entrepreneurship. The research dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. If you choose to develop a multimedia application you must provide an accompanying 3,000 word critical analysis essay reflecting on the production process. You'll be allocated to an appropriate supervisor.

Option modules 

Students on the MSc Management of Innovation programme can choose 45 credits of options. This offers opportunities for students to focus on specific aspects of management and innovation that fit with individual student interests from developing innovative ventures to product development and progressive and contemporary forms of managing and motivating human capital.

Please note as an enrolled postgraduate student it is often possible to take additional modules from other departments at Goldsmiths, however these audited modules are not for credit towards your MSc.

Skills

The programme will help you develop strong project management, problem-solving, decision-making and critical evaluation skills. You'll develop an understanding of theories of leadership, and the characteristics of the organisational and social structures within which leaders and talented individuals work. You'll learn about project management and how it can be applied to a range of project environments. You'll also learn about innovation approaches and challenges, and how to translate conceptual and theoretical implications of innovation to practical applications.

Careers

Graduates of the programme will be capable of managing projects full of change, transformation, and innovation in any size of organisation – from start-ups to non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Senior level industry guest speakers and analysts feature on several of the modules on the programme.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.



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