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Our course is designed to update your knowledge and enhance your understanding of the principles and theories underlying effective marketing practice and provide you with leading edge contemporary marketing skills. Read more

Why take this course?

Our course is designed to update your knowledge and enhance your understanding of the principles and theories underlying effective marketing practice and provide you with leading edge contemporary marketing skills. You will explore this dynamic and challenging field to an advanced level.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Benefit from advice and interaction with our many professional visiting speakers
Apply live case studies to your coursework through the wide links we have with companies and organisations
Work in teams on the Market2win simulation software gaining invaluable experience of strategic marketing decision-making

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (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. The University of Portsmouth has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. Those graduating with a mark of 50% or more will be exempted from the Strategic Marketing module in the CIM Level 6 Professional Diploma in Marketing for a period of three year following graduation. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures you have best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

This course aims to enhance your career prospects and prepare you for roles in marketing and marketing-related functions.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development
Direct marketing
Marketing research
Digital marketing
Marketing communications
Sales

Module Details

The MA Marketing course at Portsmouth Business School aims to make you highly employable in the field of marketing. You will develop advanced marketing knowledge and skills and also develop skills in critical appraisal, team working, debating, writing, research and giving presentations.

In the first teaching block you will critically examine the fundamental concepts and practices of marketing. Alongside this you will explore the tools and techniques used by marketing departments in business analysis and research.

In the second teaching block you will interact with senior marketing practitioners and explore contemporary issues in marketing such as digital marketing and the impact of social media, sustainability, crisis management and the relationship between marketing and sales.

Alongside this you will examine how marketers can offer shareholder value by developing customer relationships and managing brands for value, and you will gain invaluable experience of strategic marketing decision-making by using the Market2win simulation software.

The culmination of your Master's course will be either a Dissertation or a Critical Marketing Study.

Here are the units you will study:

Essentials of Marketing: This unit explores the fundamental concepts and practices of marketing, which include:

Business orientations
Macro and micro marketing environments
Segmentation, targeting and positioning
Marketing planning and research
Consumer and organisational behaviour
Tools, media and content
Marketing across borders
Ethics and marketing

Marketing Analysis and Decision: This unit is designed to provide you with a foundation in the tools and techniques used by marketing departments in business analysis and research. It will include:

Business finance for marketing
Marketing metrics
Marketing planning
Marketing information systems
Marketing research
Customer relationship management (CRM)

Contemporary Issues in Marketing: This unit is largely delivered by senior marketing practitioners who will expose you to Contemporary and often controversial issues that organisations are grappling with in the real world. Topics may include:

Digital marketing
Managing innovation
Globalisations of SMEs
Integration of sales and marketing
Sustainability and marketing

Strategic Marketing Management: This unit focuses on the strategic role of marketing in delivering value to stakeholders. You will examine:

Marketing and shareholder value
Customer relationships
Growth strategies
Competing for organisational resources
Managing products and brands for value
Value-based pricing
Innovation

Dissertation: a substantial piece of independent research drawing on secondary and primary data

or

Critical Marketing Study: requiring evaluation of an organisation's marketing activities using secondary sources only.

You will be provided with extensive support in research methods, and a supervisor to guide you, as you complete your Dissertation or Critical Marketing Study.

Programme Assessment

You will experience a range of stimulating teaching methods including tutor-led presentation of material, case study analyses, student presentations, computer-based simulation group work and in-class discussion. You will also be encouraged to read widely and critically evaluate academic and practical materials.

You will be assessed throughout the course by means of coursework assignments and examinations. Here’s how:

Group work
Presentations
Essays
Case study analysis or reports
Closed or open book exams

Student Destinations

This course will provide you with credibility in a highly competitive field and the confidence you will need to obtain the most sought-after roles. In particular, it demonstrates a commitment to marketing and an expertise in the field, immediately enhancing your career prospects.

You will be qualified to enter a wide range of marketing-related jobs. Previous graduates have been successful in securing roles in a variety of organisations, including advertising, financial services, airlines, manufacturing, textiles and market research.

If you are already employed in marketing positions, you will find this course enhances your promotion prospects and provides a stepping stone to more senior positions.

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This Master's degree offer a strategic perspective on marketing management, a discipline that is increasingly being seen as critical to success in achieving business goals, and as a core function in many organisations. Read more

This Master's degree offer a strategic perspective on marketing management, a discipline that is increasingly being seen as critical to success in achieving business goals, and as a core function in many organisations. Depending on your choice of modules, your final award could be either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc).

Students on this course are eligible for an Affiliate Professional Membership of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and access to a range of professional events.

You will develop a strategic perspective and broaden your existing understanding of marketing and its integration into an overall corporate strategy and structure. You will hone your capacity for analysing complex marketing and business situations and reaching decisions on appropriate courses of action. You will also improve your career prospects in marketing and general business areas.

A highlight for many students is the residential weekend organised as part of this course – a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network and get to know your fellow students.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Fast-track marketing management MA/MSc

A fast-track route to the Marketing Management MA qualification is available for holders of the CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (or equivalent). Holders of this qualification will be exempt from all but two modules: 

  • For MA: Marketing Creativity and Innovation Marketing Dissertation
  • For MSc: Quantitative Analysis for Marketing and Management Marketing Dissertation

The fees will be proportional to the number of credits studied. Dissertation (40 credits) Quantitative Analysis for Marketing Management (20 credits)

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules – MA

Core modules – MSc

Professional association

Students on this course are eligible for an Affiliate Professional Membership of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and access to a range of professional events.

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

As a Marketing Management postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in both UK and international specialist agencies and within in-house marketing departments.

With the MA/MSc Marketing Management, you will be particularly well-placed to pursue marketing opportunities with organisations who want marketing specialists with business analytical skills. And with the MSc, you'll also be well-placed to pursue opportunities with organisations involved in technical or financial products.

During your study, you will be offered one-year Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Affiliate Professional Membership and opportunities of attending the CIM professional development and networking events which are accredited towards your CPD.



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MSc Marketing Online Programme Delivery. The programme is 180 credits with 11 modules. Read more

MSc Marketing Online Programme Delivery

The programme is 180 credits with 11 modules. Classes are 7 weeks long and the full programmes consist of 90 credits core courses, 45 credits focused on marketing electives and/or business electives, and a 30-credit dissertation (with a supporting 15-credit Research Skills module). The programme can be completed in 2 years. Classes are 100% online, and you’ll join a diverse group of professionals from a variety of industries. You’ll participate in class discussions, lectures and assessments at your own pace. Collaborate with fellow students, faculty, and staff to tackle case studies and challenges from the marketing field. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the advantage of building a career network while completing your postgraduate degree.

Class materials are accessible 24/7, and courses are delivered in an innovative online learning environment. We offer six intakes per year so you can start your online postgraduate marketing degree when you’re ready. A Student Support Advisor will work with you throughout the programme to help you succeed.

The online marketing programme’s dissertation is designed to test your cumulative knowledge. You’ll be asked to apply classroom concepts, experience, and theory to a real-world scenario. The dissertation portion of the online programme may be a valuable portfolio piece that shows potential employers the direct application of your marketing degree.

MSc Marketing Online Curriculum

Core Modules - 90 Credits

Marketing Strategy

 The aim of this module is to introduce marketing as a central feature of the strategic planning process. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. A marketing perspective focuses on an in-depth and critical understanding of desires and decision processes of customers and businesses. This module will introduce the stages of an organisation’s marketing strategy as: strategic analysis; strategic choice; strategic implementation; and monitoring and control. Understanding the processes involved in these stages, from both theoretical and practical perspectives will develop participant’s awareness of the changing role of marketing in today’s organisations. The module content is structured around practical examples and case studies that aim to help you develop skills of critical analysis and problem-solving.

Understanding Consumer Behaviour

The aim of the module is to understand the behaviour of people as consumers and the strategic implications of this understanding for marketing managers. This understanding is one of the critical components of marketing analysis in examining and diagnosing problems and reaching effective decisions. Principles from several social sciences including psychology, sociology, and anthropology are integrated to understand and analyse consumer actions, experiences, feelings, and judgment processes.

Integrated Marketing Communications

Consumers find themselves increasingly surrounded by media and marketing-related messages and the impact of technology, and digital communication are transforming the way consumers interact with each other and organisations. Consumers are active and engaged, often generating their own content and co-creating communications with producers and other consumers. This raises both opportunities and challenges for organisations. This module will give students an in-depth understanding of the marketing communication mix both from a theoretical and practical perspective, exploring how different forms of communication work together, acknowledging the development of the new mediums by which organisations may communicate with stakeholder and influencer groups and how such communications affect business and society.

Principles of International Business

Business is increasingly international in scope as managers take advantage of greater access to foreign markets, not only to sell products, but also to access inputs, knowledge and skills. This module addresses several questions. ‘How does becoming an international business change a company that previously operated only in the home market?’ ‘How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?’ ‘What factors determine an international business is successful?’ While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives. These are the Resource Based View, which focuses on the resources and capabilities of the firm and the Institution Based View which requires studying the differences in the business environment around the globe, to which successful companies need to adapt. The module considers political, economic and cultural difference and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries.

Marketing Analysis & Research

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in market research, which provides a foundation to understand markets and consumers. A variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analysis methods for descriptive, causal, and exploratory research designs will be discussed and compared, alongside the utilisation of these techniques in market research. The research design process (problem identification, proposal writing) will also be taught.

Digital Marketing Strategy

This module focuses on the role and consequences of digital technology and social media developments for marketing theory and practice. Digital marketing has fast become an essential area of marketing for many, if not all, organisations. Digital marketing is not only marked by significant cultural changes, but also changes in the ways that marketers operate and relate to consumers. Along with these changes come far-reaching implications related to data security and privacy, social relations, mixed realities, and Big Data, among many others. Looking across a variety of issues within digital marketing, the course interrogates the relationship between digital and ‘traditional’ marketing strategy, with a critical eye to societal implications. As such, this course begins by examining theory around marketing, particularly from a sociological perspective to consider how ‘consumers’ engage with digital marketing and what it means to live in a digital world. Next, the course examines digital marketing practices that are now integral, if not essential, to marketing strategy from a ‘real world’ perspective, including the role and practice of communication, market research, campaign planning and evaluation. Finally, the course considers the implications of digital marketing, not only related to marketing practice but also to the social.



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The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing. WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAMME ?. Read more

The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing.

WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAMME ?

The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students for a career in international marketing by:

  • Focusing on French centres Excellence as benchmarks for the development of wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of France's outstanding position in international marketing.
  • Analysing in detail marketing strategy and tactics in different French industries to develop distinctive applicable techniques.
  • Providing managerial and operational skills required to excel in the world of international marketing.
  • Studying recent developments in French academic research and practical problem solving to develop the ability to adapt and innovate in real-time.

France occupies a unique position, excelling in cultural diversity, scientific endeavour, hospitality, and business acumen. The programme uses examples from global industries in which France excels to teach advanced marketing theory and techniques. The curriculum also includes an internship and a final dissertation. It provides a unique challenging experience for students, while maximizing their opportunities for long-term personal and career development.

CURRICULUM

The MSc in Marketing French Excellence programme starts with the fundamentals of Marketing and culminates with the internship and a final dissertation. It is organised in semesters:

SEMESTER 1 – October to December, Fundamentals of Marketing

  • Millenial Marketing

Discover how the digital revolution has changed the field of marketing, and how the most cutting edge tools are impacting marketers globally, as well as how those tools are used, both by and in an attempt to target, the current generation. Topics include, but are not limited to: web marketing, social media marketing, big data, apps, netnography, and more.

  • Operational Marketing

Marketing tools, theories, and knowledge required for the successful planning and execution of effective marketing activities.

  • International Strategic Marketing

Definition of frame for a comprehensive marketing analysis, including the global environment, culture and customer and competitor analysis. Choice of market and integration of different variables within an overall international strategic approach.

  • Quantitative Tools for Marketing

Use of quantitative information as an essential element in marketing decisions. Understanding and interpreting key marketing statements within the business.

  • Consumer Behaviour

Motivation and the buying process from a French sociocultural perspective.

SEMESTER 2 – January to May, French Marketing

  • Brand Management

Understanding how brand marketing works and examining the actions and responsibilities of the marketing team, to maximize the potential of the major brands they control.

  • Market Intelligence

Mastering and implementing sophisticated research techniques related to data collection and analysis to address complex marketing problems with the most appropriate methodology

  • Luxury Marketing

Learning the tools and techniques that maintain France’s position as a global leader in the luxury goods sector

  • Retail Marketing

Since the invention of the original hypermarket concept, France has consistently excelled in the development of innovative retailing and merchandising solutions.

  • High-Tech Marketing

Study the dominance of the French aerospace, nuclear and rail transport industries.

  • Cultural Marketing

What makes France different and special? This module focuses on the concept of National Brand Identity and examines how French marketers integrate culture as a positioning tool to gain competitive advantage and differentiate themselves.

  • Service Marketing

Focus on France’s status as the world’s most visited country and the success of leading French service companies in the tourism, hotel and hospitality industries.

SEMESTER 3 – June to December, Marketing in practice

  • Internship (4-6 months)

Provides an essential opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills learnt during the first two semesters to a professional environment. You are free to carry out your internship in France, or abroad, subject to approval by the internship director, based on its relevance to the MSc programme and course content.

  • Research Dissertation

You will be assigned a research tutor and choose a research topic that you will study throughout the semester and present to a panel of professors.

CAREERS

The M.Sc. in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing.

A few of the possible jobs to which you can aspire:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Category Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Event Manager
  • PMarketing Operations Manager


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About the Program. Read more

About the Program

The MSc in Marketing Management and Digital aims to deliver a specialized training in marketing techniques and methodologies of marketing focused on the Asian market – knowledge of marketing survey and strategic analysis tools, mastering of the various aspects of operational marketing, capacity to implement, plan and budget the various marketing actions required in a company. Beyond the essential marketing fundamentals (toolbox, analysis and process), the program lays strong emphasis on the managerial and digital dimensions in order to understand and master the digital revolution in marketing, sales and communication, etc. 

The program is intended for students who want to acquire new skills or to develop existing skills in Marketing. Students will receive sound training on the fundamentals of managing the marketing function in a world marked by digital transformation, and acquire in-depth marketing training applied to a specific sector or field of activity through different majors.

Curriculum

You will acquire all the concepts and techniques of marketing, digital tools and know-how, managerial skills and good professional practices, enabling you to succeed in the marketing trades, to access management functions in marketing or digital marketing field, across all sectors of activity

The program will also focus on social and ethical dimensions in marketing issues, equipping you with the knowledge and skillsets to analyze, reflect, implement and audit marketing and digital marketing policies, in order to accompany the managerial and digital transformation of companies.

Common Core in Management, Marketing and Digital

Modules in Management include: Team Building and Leadership, Management and Society, Contemporary Economic Issues, Financial Accounting for Managers, and Negotiation for Managers

Modules in marketing and digital include: Consumer Behavior in Asia, Digital Marketing / e-business in Asia, Marketing of Innovation, Marketing Analytics, Strategy and Brand Capital, New Product Development, and Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Majors

> Digital Marketing Major

Modules include: Social Media Marketing, Inbound Marketing, and Mobile Marketing

> Luxury Brand Management Major

Modules include: Fundamentals of Luxury Brand Management, The Art of Luxury Service in the Digital Age, and Innovation and Disruption in the Luxury Industry

International study trip 

A study trip is included in the program and is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with companies and professionals based in the chosen city. Depending on the destination, which changes each year, you will be able to discover a wide range of sectors and delve into local issues.

Read: Masters Study Trip to Shanghai by Devika Kulkarni, MSc in Marketing Management and Digital Student Ambassador 2018

Internship or Academic dissertation 

You will be able to apply the knowledge and skillsets you have picked up and built on during the program through an internship. 

Alternatively, if you are interested in market research, you can also choose to complete a research paper based on an independent research project on a digital marketing or marketing issue you have identified. The original research project will be conducted under the supervision of a professor in the marketing department of ESSEC.

Faculty

The faculty members at ESSEC Business School are best characterized by their academic excellence, a global frame of mind and original and outstanding teaching.

Professors from the Department of Marketing at ESSEC conduct research on topics including business strategy, consumer behavior and marketing decision support. They have also published in some of the most highly-regarded academic journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Psychology & Marketing and International Sports Marketing.

In addition to the full-time faculty, you will get to learn from our industry lecturers and practitioners, who bring with them a wealth of expertise, experience and network. 

Careers

Prepare yourself for a fulfilling career in Marketing

Graduates of the program can take up various positions, from the most traditional to the most conventional, a sign that marketing today is at the heart of several functions and spreads across numerous fields of activity: digital marketing, product development, brand management, marketing operations, account management, trade marketing, geo-marketing, marketing communications, etc.

Career Services Support

Students can benefit from a wide range of tools and resources developed in partnership with Career Services, partner companies and ESSEC alumni, such as career coaching, workshops to fully prepare students for entry into the professional world and interaction and experience sharing by experienced professionals.



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Overview. Marketing is a key aspect of every business and a fascinating work context. Choosing marketing for your graduate studies will equip you with a strong understanding of the modern business environment and will place you at the core of a company’s decision making. Read more

Overview

Marketing is a key aspect of every business and a fascinating work context. Choosing marketing for your graduate studies will equip you with a strong understanding of the modern business environment and will place you at the core of a company’s decision making. The ALBA MSc. in Marketing can prepare you for these challenges. It is a rigorous program aiming to provide current and prospective marketers with a blend of strategic thinking, analytical skills and contemporary marketing tools. The program provides students with an extensive coverage of digital marketing strategies and applications along with marketing metrics and marketing analytics tools to help them foster marketing accountability across their organizations.

Key features of the program

  • Weekday classes between 18:00 – 22:00,twice or three times per week on average.
  • A 14-month program
  • 13 core modules and 4 workshops
  • Assessment: group reports/presentations, case study analysis, mid-term tests, final exams
  • Dissertation or Internship or Elective courses

The MSc in Marketing Is Designed for:

  • Recent university graduates who want to launch a career in marketing and deepen their knowledge of the field.
  • Working professionals with an interest in and commitment to marketing, aiming to advance their careers in this field.
  • Individuals seeking to (a) enhance their knowledge in digital marketing tools (b) employ marketing analytics o develop marketing consulting skills and (c) advance their critical thinking around marketing to foster marketing accountability in their organizations

Highlights

International Recognition: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

A focus on applied learning: the program is designed to provide students with opportunities to test the practical relevance of the marketing topics taught through project work, case study analysis, and software applications.

The internship opportunities, for eligible students, it offers in positions relative to the Marketing field.

Innovative curriculum: the program offers a number of unique courses and workshops:

  • Digital Marketing presents with the latest tools of digital marketing communications.
  • Marketing Metrics demonstrates key marketing performance indicators.
  • Marketing Engineering involves computer-assisted marketing analysis and planning.
  • Marketing Consultancy Project relates to a project for a real company
  • Nielsen Retail Measurement present the Nielsen Methodology on retail data analytics.
  • SAS Marketing Analytics applies big data analytics in marketing decision making.

Career

After completing the program participants should be able to:

  • Apply relevant marketing knowledge to simple and complex marketing problems.
  • Readily transfer practical skills and marketing tools to professional marketing positions.
  • Strategically think about markets, product and service offerings
  • Analyze customers, competitors, and the internal company environment in a creative and measured way.
  • Design, implement and tangibly evaluate marketing programs.


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The MSc in Marketing & Technology aims to transform students into uniquely-trained individuals possessing the knowledge and skills required to be successful marketers in dynamic and technology-driven industries. Read more

The MSc in Marketing & Technology aims to transform students into uniquely-trained individuals possessing the knowledge and skills required to be successful marketers in dynamic and technology-driven industries.

Companies such as Netflix, Airbnb, and Tesla have one thing in common: they break with the norms of existing markets and employ unconventional, technology-driven marketing approaches. Traditional marketing education all too often neglects the marketing abilities that these companies possess. 

The MSc in Marketing & Technology departs from the rather passive marketing logic that assumes markets and marketing channels are fixed features of reality. Instead, it shows how managers can proactively shape and create new markets and marketing landscapes.

The goal of this programme is to transform students into uniquely-trained individuals who understand how to leverage emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and the Internet of Things, to design unique customer experiences, disrupt existing markets, and create entirely new ones.

The programme will direct students’ attention to significant and emerging technological trends, and show how they can address important social and environmental problems.

It seeks to enable students to discover new market opportunities that will have a positive impact on the economy, society, and the environment. Students will be equipped with the skills required to effectively navigate today’s technology-dominated marketing environments, and they will learn how to be successful marketers in the digital marketing era. 

You will find this programme valuable if you:

  • aim to find a marketing job in an entrepreneurial company, in a creative or technology-dominated industry, and/or in the area of digital marketing.
  • prefer working in dynamic and fast-changing environments
  • have an entrepreneurial mindset and enjoy thinking outside the box.
  • are fascinated by human ingenuity and the latest technological discoveries.
  • seek to make a positive impact on society.

Modules & structure

The MSc Marketing & Technology consists of:

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

You will study the following core modules:

Research project

You'll undertake an independent piece of research focusing on the intersection of marketing, technology management, and innovation. The research dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. You'll be advised by an experienced supervisor.

Optional modules

You can choose two optional modules to make up the remaining 30 credits

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills & careers

Companies across many industries have to cope with increasingly technology-dominated marketing environments. This programme is a response to the marketing needs of such companies. Also, entrepreneurial, technology-based firms will value the skills provided by this programme. Typical jobs include, but are not limited to, the positions of marketing manager, product manager, brand manager, advertising manager, PR manager, media manager, digital communications manager, account manager, marketing strategist, marketing analyst, marketing consultant, or sales manager.



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This Marketing MA is aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing an intellectual understanding of the theories underpinning marketing concepts and processes. Read more

This Marketing MA is aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing an intellectual understanding of the theories underpinning marketing concepts and processes. You will build a sound knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues relating to marketing, consumers and culture. It is a distinct, research-led course based on contemporary theory and case material which is challenging and innovative. It draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of our academics. 

On graduating you will have an in-depth and critical understanding of a world increasingly defined by a culture of consumerism and the role played by marketing activities in building strong customer relationships and business opportunities. You will cover specialist marketing subjects, especially written for this Master’s programme and chosen for their relevance to contemporary marketing practice and research and develop forms of analysis and understanding at the very cutting edge. Your studies will cover issues such as the critical and practical understandings of marketing and consumers and branding. You will also explore the new marketing and consumer environment which both challenges and builds upon traditional marketing concepts.

As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential. 

  • Distinctive from traditional marketing programmes by focusing on marketing and consumer culture from critical and creative perspectives.
  • Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as: arts marketing, marketing communications and marketing ethics.
  • Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.
  • International profile created from regularly hosting visits by leading international marketing academics who present their research to faculty and students.
  • Innovative and rising Management School, moving up the rankings 11 places in just one year (Guardian University Guide in 2015) and Marketing ranked 4th(Complete University Guide 2017).

Course structure

Pre-course preparation

  • Foundations of Modern Management and Organisational Analysis

Core modules

  • Marketing - A Critical Introduction
  • Consumers and Brands
  • Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Arts Marketing
  • Marketing, Environment and Society
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Marketing
  • Services Marketing
  • Sports Marketing
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Consumption, Markets and Cultures
  • Technology and Macromarketing

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Your future career

On graduating with a MA in marketing you will have a theoretical and empirical knowledge of marketing and employed a variety of academically based marketing techniques and practices as well as a critical awareness of current issues at the forefront of marketing in society. Our graduates are highly employable with the potential to move into variety of different marketing-related roles.

Graduates in recent years have been appointed into roles including Marketing Consultant at Viewpress TV, Sales Officer at Standard Chartered, Category Analyst at Kantar World Panel UK, Research Assistant at Maritz Research Europe and Private Banker at ICICI Bank.

“My degree from Royal Holloway helped me get this role at Microsoft, thanks to the valuable insights into the digital Marketing world I gained, it also taught me how to team work in an international environment. An experience I can only highly recommend to prospective Marketing students.” Vera Hoelscher. Sales Solutsion Specialst at Microsoft (MA Marketing, 2010)



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Centennial College's Marketing Research and Analytics program positions you at the forefront of a cutting edge job market in which organizations have oceans of data available to them but struggle to make sense of it as marketing becomes increasingly data-driven. Read more
Centennial College's Marketing Research and Analytics program positions you at the forefront of a cutting edge job market in which organizations have oceans of data available to them but struggle to make sense of it as marketing becomes increasingly data-driven. As a result, there is a large and growing demand for trained researchers who can harness the power of big data using the latest tools and analytical techniques to uncover new insights and drive businesses forward.

This Marketing Research and Analytics program combines advanced courses in marketing research and big data analytics with training on leading commercial technologies and platforms and the opportunity to gain in-demand industry certifications.

This program equips you with knowledge, skills and training in leading business intelligence and marketing research technologies and tools used in the field. Among them are SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner, Environics Analytics Envision (used to develop comprehensive profiles of selected target markets), SPSS, Tableau (the leading data visualization software), Excel, XL Miner, Dell Factiva and NVIVO (qualitative research and text analysis software).

Upon graduation, you receive an Ontario Graduate Certificate from Centennial College, plus certificates of recognition from SAS and Environics Canada. In addition, you are put on an accelerated track to earning the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation, the premier credential in Canadian marketing research from the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA).

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-The Marketing – Research and Analytics program combines marketing research principles and skills with cutting edge "big data" analytics techniques to equip you with the training required to deliver insights and strategies to help organizations make smarter and more impactful business decisions.
-Employed is an extensive use of learner-centered approaches such as case studies, simulations and project-based learning, with a focus on developing project management, teamwork, analytical thinking, and report writing and presentation skills.
-Hands-on learning covers areas such as questionnaire design, data manipulation, quality control, statistical output and program development.
-There is a strong focus on applying marketing research and analytics to strategic marketing decision-making.
-In the second semester, you develop and implement a capstone project that will integrate and apply your learning.
-In addition to market research technologies, you also have access to the full suite of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Excel, XL Miner, Access and PowerPoint.
-Once you graduate, you have the option to take the Comprehensive Marketing Research Exam (CMRE) on campus at Centennial College, which leads to the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation.

Articulation Agreements
Start with a graduate certificate, and continue to a master of business administration through our degree completion partnership. Successful graduates of this Marketing – Research and Analytics program may choose to continue with courses leading to a graduate degree.

Career Outlook
-Marketing research specialist or analyst
-Research analyst
-Marketing research and intelligence coordinator
-Market intelligence specialist or analyst
-Customer insights analyst
-Consumer research manager
-Business intelligence analyst
-Market research analytics manager
-Web marketing analyst
-Customer experience analyst
-CRM analyst
-Direct response analyst
-Digital marketing analyst
-Social media analyst
-Data and analytics specialist
-Business analytics specialist
-Loyalty program analyst
-Sales analyst
-Marketing strategy analyst

Program Outcomes
-Optimize the financial results produced by interactive marketing programs through the application of marketing analytics
-Contribute to the design of a marketing analytics team project (develop charter, business case financials, technical requirements, design, test plan, test results, approval to proceed) and the management of the resulting project
-Create, manage and mine, and apply modelling and decision making functions to a database
-Utilize data auditing techniques and quality control processes that are consistent with current marketing research codes of conduct and Canadian privacy principles to ensure the integrity of the data collection, storage, analysis and presentation processes
-Compare and contrast, evaluate and select appropriate data sources to meet specific marketing objectives
-Conduct industry, competitor and customer analyses using a wide variety of secondary research sources
-Produce reliable and analyzable data through the application of sound questionnaire design principles to marketing research projects
-Design marketing research projects and interactive marketing programs that are founded in sound sampling techniques, hypothesis testing and research design
-Solve business and marketing problems by identifying, selecting and applying effective, current and relevant techniques such as descriptive and inferential analysis
-Prepare provisional output of analyses including cross-tabulations and pivot tables that address the needs of analysts and prepare final output, including research reports, presentation sides and visual representations of data that address the needs of management
-Develop actionable recommendations based on situation analyses and research findings

Areas of Employment
-Retail corporations
-Organizations with in-house analytical and research functions
-Marketing research firms

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This specialised postgraduate degree is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading marketing professionals and is highly geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry. Read more
This specialised postgraduate degree is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading marketing professionals and is highly geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry.

The two-year course with advanced practice has been designed in line with the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and its content reflects the very latest developments in the field, including location-based marketing, user experience, customer journey mapping and mobile marketing.

It focuses on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in modern marketing and you’ll build a portfolio of materials to present to future employers including created web content, video content, profile infographics, customer journey maps, campaign proposals and analytics.

In the second year of this course you’ll undertake an internship or further consultancy project. The fee for the second year will be much lower because of the amount of time that you’ll be spending in workplace learning.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (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.

Northumbria University has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by experts who posses a real passion for marketing and its digital evolution, including guest lecturers.

The members of staff who deliver this course are recognised thought leaders in digital marketing and include a writer of a leading text on direct and digital marketing, PhD qualified academics and respected marketing practitioners. The team also has a great track record in preparing Northumbria students for the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) National Student Competition.

Teaching And Assessment

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops combining theory with case studies and examples. Guest lectures from visiting professionals will support your learning and industry practitioners will set live project briefs and offer personal feedback.

Given the ever-changing nature of the digital marketing field, you will be encouraged to innovate and apply emerging technologies to solve business problems.

During the second year you’ll undertake an internship or consultancy project for a whole semester. You’ll follow this up with an Applied Management Work Investigation Report that will critically analyse an issue related to your practical experience.

The main assessment method will be via individual assignments and business reports where you’ll be expected to take a deep and critical approach and demonstrate your ability to think widely about the issues presented.

You’ll also be required to submit a 15,000 word, subject-specific dissertation where you’ll explore a digital theme in depth, applying research skills and methodologies that will be covered as part of your dissertation preparation.

You will have the option to undertake a Masters’ consultancy project as an alternative to the dissertation, which will be discussed during the course.

Module Overview
Year One
BM9706 - Marketing Metrics and Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9700 - Strategic Marketing in the Digital Era (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9701 - The Digital Customer Journey: Data, Profiling and CRM (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9702 - Digital Campaign Management and Media (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
NX0470 - Applied Management Work Investigation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0479 - Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX9740 - Masters’ Internship (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University has an elite, global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

You’ll learn in exceptional facilities that feature everything you need to support your studies, from Harvard-style lecture theatres to a Starbucks coffee shop.

Newcastle Business School attracts students from around the world and this internationally diverse student population will help you expand your global marketing perspectives.

On certain modules, you’ll be taught in a workshop environment where IT will be at the heart of your learning experience and you’ll be encouraged to use technology including business simulations, Prezi and Google Analytics.

Each semester you’ll get the chance to share your views on individual modules, the learning environment and anything else you want to tell us about the course.

Research-Rich Learning

The academic staff involved in this programme have developed a growing reputation for their research work in the digital marketing arena, contributing to leading journals and delivering digital marketing training programmes for major organisations.

Key staff include Richard Gay, an experienced academic with a leading textbook in the digital marketing field and currently researching into multichannel marketing at doctorate level, and Kirk Dodds, a former marketing practitioner who’s currently researching into mobile marketing at doctorate level, included within this is a signature research area into the wider field of digital business.

Newcastle Business School is a vibrant and research-rich business school with a history of applied research and strong engagement with the local economy, public and voluntary sectors.

Your curriculum will feature a mix of research-oriented and research-led content and you’ll be supported to carry out your own research work.

You’ll also develop the skills to independently and collaboratively create new knowledge through independent research, particularly through your dissertation where you’ll learn about the process of knowledge construction.

Give Your Career An Edge

Because this course is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading professionals and geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry, it offers a real advantage when it comes to securing a great job in the modern marketing arena.

As well as gaining specialist knowledge, you’ll leave with invaluable skills including team working, managing business intelligence and project management, plus a highly developed sense of cultural, emotional and ethical awareness.

You’ll also leave with an impressive, industry-relevant portfolio for future employers.

In the second year of the course you’ll be gaining workplace experience and putting your new learning into practice. You’ll develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We’ll help you find an internship / project that matches your interests and career aspirations, building on Newcastle Business School’s very successful background in placing students.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

This postgraduate course offers an excellent foundation for your future career in marketing or digital marketing management.

Some employers require completion of a two-year master’s and this course will meet their requirement.

This is a fast-growing sector and your specialist knowledge of the digital marketing arena will set you apart from your peers and give you a real edge when it comes to securing rapidly emerging job opportunities in this very competitive field.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This specialised postgraduate degree is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading marketing professionals and is highly geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry. Read more
This specialised postgraduate degree is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading marketing professionals and is highly geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry.

The one-year course has been designed in line with the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and its content reflects the very latest developments in the field, including location-based marketing, user experience, customer journey mapping and mobile marketing.

It focuses on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in modern marketing and you’ll build a portfolio of materials to present to future employers including created web content, video content, profile infographics, customer journey maps, campaign proposals and analytics.

The course offers the chance to complete a Masters consultancy project in place of a dissertation, and we’ll discuss that option with you towards the end of your first semester. In the second year of this course you’ll undertake study in another country. Employers often prefer applicants who have a strong international awareness. Our exchange option will increase your experience and it’ll help you stand out from others.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (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.

Northumbria University has joined forces with the CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by experts who posses a real passion for marketing and its digital evolution, including guest lecturers.

The members of staff who deliver this course are recognised thought leaders in digital marketing and include a writer of a leading text on direct and digital marketing, PhD qualified academics and respected marketing practitioners. The team also has a great track record in preparing Northumbria students for the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) National Student Competition.

Teaching And Assessment

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops combining theory with case studies and examples. Guest lectures from visiting professionals will support your learning and industry practitioners will set live project briefs and offer personal feedback.

Given the ever-changing nature of the digital marketing field, you will be encouraged to innovate and apply emerging technologies to solve business problems.

You’ll be supported extensively with your personal and professional development, particularly around reflection, self-awareness and group skills and be offered the chance to take part in a residential weekend to build on these. You’ll also get the chance to develop leadership and management skills in both theoretical and real-life settings.

During the second year you’ll spend a whole semester studying in another country. We organise exchanges with universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, allowing you to take your international experience to another level. You’ll deepen your understanding of relevant topics and there may also be studies related to the language and culture of the host region. On your return you’ll complete your dissertation or consultancy project.

The main assessment method will be via individual assignments and business reports where you’ll be expected to take a deep and critical approach and demonstrate your ability to think widely about the issues presented.

You’ll also be required to submit a 15,000 word, subject-specific dissertation where you’ll explore a digital theme in depth, applying research skills and methodologies that will be covered as part of your dissertation preparation.

You will have the option to undertake a Masters’ consultancy project as an alternative to the dissertation, which will be discussed during the course.

Module Overview
Year One
BM9706 - Marketing Metrics and Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9700 - Strategic Marketing in the Digital Era (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9701 - The Digital Customer Journey: Data, Profiling and CRM (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9702 - Digital Campaign Management and Media (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
NX0478 - Masters' Study Abroad (Core, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University has an elite, global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

You’ll learn in exceptional facilities that feature everything you need to support your studies, from Harvard-style lecture theatres to a Starbucks coffee shop.

Newcastle Business School attracts students from around the world and this internationally diverse student population will help you expand your global marketing perspectives.

On certain modules, you’ll be taught in a workshop environment where IT will be at the heart of your learning experience and you’ll be encouraged to use technology including business simulations, Prezi and Google Analytics.

Each semester you’ll get the chance to share your views on individual modules, the learning environment and anything else you want to tell us about the course.

Research-Rich Learning

The academic staff involved in this programme have developed a growing reputation for their research work in the digital marketing arena, contributing to leading journals and delivering digital marketing training programmes for major organisations.

Key staff include Richard Gay, an experienced academic with a leading textbook in the digital marketing field and currently researching into multichannel marketing at doctorate level, and Kirk Dodds, a former marketing practitioner who’s currently researching into mobile marketing at doctorate level, included within this is a signature research area into the wider field of digital business.

Newcastle Business School is a vibrant and research-rich business school with a history of applied research and strong engagement with the local economy, public and voluntary sectors.

Your curriculum will feature a mix of research-oriented and research-led content and you’ll be supported to carry out your own research work.

You’ll also develop the skills to independently and collaboratively create new knowledge through independent research, particularly through your dissertation where you’ll learn about the process of knowledge construction.

Give Your Career An Edge

Because this course is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading professionals and geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry, it offers a real advantage when it comes to securing a great job in the modern marketing arena.

As well as gaining specialist knowledge, you’ll leave with invaluable skills including team working, managing business intelligence and project management, plus a highly developed sense of cultural, emotional and ethical awareness.

You’ll also leave with an impressive, industry-relevant portfolio for future employers.

In the second year of the course you’ll be extending your international experience and widening your knowledge of business topics. You’ll develop an inter-cultural awareness that will help you stand out from other job applicants. Our network of partners and academic links will make it easier for you to find the right university in the right country to suit your interests and aspirations.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

This postgraduate course offers an excellent foundation for your future career in marketing or digital marketing management.

Some employers require completion of a two-year master’s and this course will meet their requirement.

This is a fast-growing sector and your specialist knowledge of the digital marketing arena will set you apart from your peers and give you a real edge when it comes to securing rapidly emerging job opportunities in this very competitive field.

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Different countries and cultures bring their own set of challenges in terms of marketing. So introducing a product or service needs sensitivity, understanding and respect. Read more

Different countries and cultures bring their own set of challenges in terms of marketing. So introducing a product or service needs sensitivity, understanding and respect. This MSc is open to graduates from all disciplines who are interested in a career in the lively world of international marketing. You will explore all the up-to-date thinking, theories, principles and practice of the discipline. 

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, this programme is run and supported by experienced academics and marketing practitioners. Globally renowned for their expertise, they will give you significant insights into key areas of international marketing, including brand marketing; advertising; e-marketing; and innovation and strategy.

Course details

This is a conversion programme for applicants without previous knowledge or experience in marketing, but who wish to particularly explore the theory, principles and practice of marketing in the context of a global market environment and the challenges of marketing across countries and cultures.

This programme is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

For recent graduates and practising managers already familiar with basic marketing concepts, please also see our Marketing Communications MSc and Strategic Marketing and Consulting MSc programmes.

Programme details

The 12 month masters degree programme begins at the end of September. Initially you will spend time developing your understanding of core principles, theory and practice in marketing management, marketing research and marketing strategy and planning. Case studies will explore the particular applications of concepts in an international marketing context. You will also take a compulsory module exploring the principles, theory and practice of international marketing strategy, including approaches to international market selection, entry mode, and planning the marketing mix globally and/or locally. You will also study a compulsory module on Cross-Cultural Communication to help appreciate the challenges and strategies for effective communication when managing in an international context.

Beyond the core modules, the programme offers a wide choice of elective modules. You will be able to specialise in the areas of marketing that you feel will best prepare you for your chosen career path. We offer an exciting elective which explores the challenges of international marketing decisions in practice, using an innovative computer-based simulation in association with a USA-based company.

Learning and teaching

During the year you will undertake a major independent research dissertation, which must be related to an international marketing issue. Academic members of the Marketing Group will suggest topics consistent with their ongoing research, or you can choose a topic that is directly related to your chosen career path.

There are a host of potential topics for an international marketing dissertation.

Topics have included:

  • International marketing strategies for a new cosmetics brand
  • Comparative analysis of Nestle’s marketing strategies in Europe and Africa
  • Positioning strategies for car manufacturers in China
  • Launching and licensing new magazine concepts in Thailand
  • Standardisation vs adaptation in international advertising
  • The impact of country of origin on the marketability of Georgian wines
  • Evaluating franchising vs concessions for an international fashion brand

Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Employability

Recent graduates from our two conversion programmes (MSc Marketing and MSc International Marketing) have gone on to work in a wide range of careers in companies such as Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, American Express, Accenture, Whitbread, Beiersdorf, DaimlerChrysler, AstraZeneca, Tesco, AC Nielsen, Mazda Motors, Leo Burnett, Nissan, both in the UK and in their home country for returning international students

Strong industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice.

Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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Business to business, customer relationships, internal communications… marketing an organisation’s products or services makes you an ambassador of the brand, a key part in its commercial and reputational success. Read more

Business to business, customer relationships, internal communications… marketing an organisation’s products or services makes you an ambassador of the brand, a key part in its commercial and reputational success. This programme is for graduates from all disciplines, and explores the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of marketing, with a strong emphasis on current thinking and contemporary issues. This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, this programme is run and supported by experienced academics and marketing practitioners. Globally renowned for their expertise, they will give you significant insights into key areas of marketing, including brand marketing; advertising; consumer behaviour and innovation and strategy.

Course details

Programme content

The programme involves six taught modules, including four core modules (Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Management, Marketing Research and Marketing Strategy and planning) followed by a number of specialist modules such as Retail Marketing, Strategic Brand Management, Strategic Environmental Sustainability and Marketing Communications. You will also undertake a substantial research dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice. Recent dissertations have included investigations in areas such as interactive marketing, marketing communications and retail marketing.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

For recent graduates and practising managers already familiar with basic marketing concepts, please also see our Marketing Communications MSc and Strategic Marketing and Consulting MSc programmes.

Programme details

The 12-month full-time programme begins at the end of September. The first nine months are spent developing knowledge through six or seven taught modules, comprising four compulsory modules and two/three specialist modules chosen from a list of options designed to give you flexibility.

A 24 month MSc Marketing programme is also available where students first take a nine month general business qualification, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) if they do not meet the 12 month course requirements. If a satisfactory performance on this GDBA is achieved students can then progress to the 12-month MSc Marketing programme.

Learning and teaching

During the year you will undertake a major independent research dissertation, which must be related to an international marketing issue. Academic members of the Marketing Group will suggest topics consistent with their ongoing research, or you can choose a topic that is directly related to your chosen career path.

There are a host of potential topics for an international marketing dissertation.

Topics have included:

  • International marketing strategies for a new cosmetics brand
  • Comparative analysis of Nestle’s marketing strategies in Europe and Africa
  • Positioning strategies for car manufacturers in China
  • Launching and licensing new magazine concepts in Thailand
  • Standardisation vs adaptation in international advertising
  • The impact of country of origin on the marketability of Georgian wines
  • Evaluating franchising vs concessions for an international fashion brand

The home of Birmingham Business School is University House, conveniently situated on the edge of the main campus opposite the main gate of the University. To the elegant old house of 1908, that houses staff rooms and social space, a new multi-million pound state of-the-art teaching and learning complex has been added giving a unique combination of historic elegance and cutting-edge facilities.

Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Birmingham Business School’s brand new Postgraduate Teaching Centre opened its doors to students in autumn 2016. The building is called the Alan Walters Building after the noted economist of the same name. The high quality facilities provide a dedicated space for the Business School’s postgraduate students, and includes communal areas for studying and group work, which will look out over the Green Heart when completed in 2019.

Employability

Recent graduates from our two conversion programmes (MSc Marketing and MSc International Marketing) have gone on to work in a wide range of careers in companies such as Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, American Express, Accenture, Whitbread, Beiersdorf, DaimlerChrysler, AstraZeneca, Tesco, AC Nielsen, Mazda Motors, Leo Burnett, Nissan, both in the UK and in their home country for returning international students. 

Strong industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice.

Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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Programme description. This course provides students with the theoretical foundations of marketing along with an added appreciation of the skills required in solving analytical and practical marketing problems. Read more

Programme description

This course provides students with the theoretical foundations of marketing along with an added appreciation of the skills required in solving analytical and practical marketing problems.

Students will consider the use and application of management science techniques in a variety of marketing and business contexts through participation in courses in marketing management, marketing decision analysis, business statistics and forecasting, marketing research methods, and more advanced applications in credit risk management, problem solving and spreadsheet modelling skills and data mining.

This practical application of quantitative marketing, taught alongside the theoretical underpinnings of marketing aptly prepares students for careers as market analysts, business consultants, database managers and marketing researchers.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

On graduating from your MSc in Marketing and Business Analysis, you will be able to:

  • Define, explain and apply the key terms, concepts and theories in marketing and business analysis.
  • Critically evaluate analytical tools and frameworks used in marketing and business analysis.
  • Discuss the challenges facing marketing decision-makers in modern organisations.
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise a range of information sources to inform discussion on topical issues in marketing and business analysis.
  • Explain, apply and evaluate qualitative and quantitative approaches to marketing and business analysis problems.


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Digital marketing is driving customer insights, and proves key in improving return on investment and company performance. There is a shortage of skilled people who can manage this process and interpret data to provide a justification for decision making; meaning this MSc Strategic Digital Marketing course is attractive to employers.

Strategic Digital Marketing is an essential aspect of any marketing strategy. By studying this course you will develop the skills and knowledge much sought after in the market place, allowing you to contribute strategically to a business’s success in the digital marketing arena.

You will explore contemporary approaches to strategic marketing in a digital context, and how these can be applied now and in the future. This will give you, your organisation, or prospective employer, a distinct competitive advantage.

The course also provides many opportunities for you to network with fellow students, sharing your experience and workplace ideas, and offers an innovative approach to the issues that today’s marketers face.

The course is currently being considered for accreditation by the IDM (Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1247-msc-strategic-digital-marketing

What you will study

This course focuses on strategic entrepreneurial marketing and the development of new business models and value propositions based on in-depth insights of both customer and industry/market sector analysis.

It has a clear emphasis on the strategic utilisation of digital marketing theory, strategy, tools and tactics as well as analysis and evaluation of key analytics and metrics in meeting organisational key performance indicators.

You’ll study 180 credits on the course. These credits are made up of the following modules:

- Digital Marketing Management (September – December)
On this module you will learn key aspects of strategic digital marketing planning as well as the changing nature of customer markets and strategic business models. You will be expected to set strategic digital marketing objectives to meet strategic business aims.

- Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing (September – December)
Gain an understanding of key constructs associated with Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing, Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing interfaces with business strategy; and the differentiation between Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing, and normative marketing planning and management.

- Content Marketing and PR (January to March)
You will be provided with a solid foundation for writing and factual story-telling as well as verbal communication within a marketing and PR context.

- Digital Tools, Technologies and Metrics (January to March)
You will learn about how digital tools and technologies can be used to engage and influence customer conversations and interactions as well as customer retention. You’ll also understand and critique best practice and relevant tools and technologies, application, remuneration and controls to deliver results and find out about how digital tools and technologies interface with business activities to meet strategic aims and objectives.

- Campaign Planning for Marketing and PR (April – May)
On this module you will learn about key constructs associated with Campaign Planning for Marketing and PR; and how strategic digital Campaign Planning for Marketing and PR interfaces with overall organisation strategies and actions.

- Research Methods
Develop your understanding and skills of research in a management and/or professional development context whilst undertaking a critical review of research methodologies and methods.

- Dissertation
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered full-time daily and is term-based. Part time students, depending on prior qualifications and experience will be counselled on the flexible options available to them.

You will study through a series of lectures, workshops and internship/work-based learning. The course team work closely with digital marketing professionals who co-deliver elements of the course.

Teaching staff come from a range of academic and practitioner backgrounds. Their expertise comes from a wide range of private and public practice areas as well as academic and research-focussed subjects.

Alumni form an important part of delivery through communicating experiences and inspiring our students. Through social media, we have captured graduates who have studied the course and related modules. It is hoped that this group will facilitate networking and information sharing. A LinkedIn course area has been developed to ensure prospective and current students and alumni can engage and build their professional network.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The MSc Strategic Digital Marketing draws students from a range of backgrounds who share the common goal of wanting to develop as strategic digital marketers. Graduates should greatly enhance their career prospects across a variety of industries in both private and public sectors but may also choose to start up their own business in this growth area. Career options include Social Media Lead, Digital Marketing Manager, Digital Strategy Manager, Marketing Manager, Digital Communications Manager or E-Marketing Manager.

Throughout the course guest speakers representing employers from public, private and third sector industries and organisations provide students with career advice. These sessions will provide you with a broad overview of the different opportunities available to you.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a variety of methods, including individual coursework (reports and portfolio work), group projects (reports, presentations, and case studies) and a dissertation/business research project. There are no examinations.

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