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This course is designed to balance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in marketing roles in international based fashion and textile brands. Read more

Summary

This course is designed to balance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in marketing roles in international based fashion and textile brands. It develops a focused view of the professional buyer and consumer, the impacts of globalisation, fast fashion, sustainability, and the key issues that impact upon the highly-discerning fashion and textile consumer.`

Modules

Modules: Design 1; research skills
Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist pathways and enhance employability

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. On this MSc Marketing course, starting in January, you will develop the knowledge and skills essential for a career in marketing. Read more
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

On this MSc Marketing course, starting in January, you will develop the knowledge and skills essential for a career in marketing. You will work on live case studies and consultancy projects throughout the course, including a marketing research project for an organisation. Along with the theory, you will gain the practical marketing experience that employers are looking for. Additional workshops further improve your career opportunities, through gaining knowledge from experts and by developing key transferable skills. You will gain a good understanding of how these marketing are applied.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/marketing-january/

Why choose this course?

- Employability: This course helps you develop academically and professionally through professional skills workshops held throughout the course. This enhances your future employment prospects. You will benefit from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) dual award for a professional diploma. Oxford Brookes is also recognised as an exam centre for the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM). You can access the IDM's resources and job website. By focusing on the digital aspects of marketing you will be prepared for a range of careers including customer relationship management and direct marketing.

- Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Marketing. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Oxford Brookes University Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

- Experiences: Our course is interactive and social. We provide you with the chance to bond with your classmates and get to know your new surroundings. One way in which we do this is through the GPS Oxford Challenge. You will search Oxford for clues and tasks, earning points for completing the challenges on the tablet device, with the winning team announced at the end of the day.

- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world’s great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments and online group-based marketing simulation. You will gain practical experience and put your knowledge of marketing approaches and theory into practice for an organisation in a supervised marketing project. This project will be in response to a briefing by a client organisation.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments and online group-based marketing simulation. You will gain practical experience and put your knowledge of marketing approaches and theory into practice for an organisation in a supervised marketing project. This project will be in response to a briefing by a client organisation.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Specialist facilities

Our Business School Postgraduate Centre at Wheatley Campus has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.

How this course helps you develop

- You will develop an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the most important and current marketing concepts, approaches and frameworks. Concepts are related to a wide variety of marketing contexts, with an international and multicultural dimension, to develop your ability to apply your learning to their specific circumstances.

- The class discussions, hands-on projects, consulting assignments and guest talks with marketing professionals from a broad range of organisations create an intellectually stimulating environment. You will learn about marketing management in practice, about the latest research developments and about what it takes to succeed in a career in marketing. We provide personalised guidance and access to a large range of workshops and networking opportunities. You can take advantage of the exemptions that the programme carries for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) professional certification and prepare for the Institute of Direct and Digital
Marketing (IDM) professional certificate.

Careers

- By completing this master's course you will ready for a career in marketing within many different types of organisations, including manufacturing and retailing, service organisations, charities and government.

- You will enhance your career opportunities and be well prepared for a range of roles including marketing manager, product and brand management, market analysis and research, customer relationship and services management, sales and account management, direct marketing, internet marketing, public relations, media and advertising.

- You will be equipped to start your own business.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Research areas covered in the department of Marketing include brand management (including brand equity, branded content, brand personality, political branding, brand mapping and place branding), customer engagement and retention strategies, digital marketing strategies, digital economy and social media.

Research in this department is grouped around three clusters: Brand Strategy, Customer Relationship Management and Digital Marketing.

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The Place Management and Leadership programme is an international part-time course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Read more
The Place Management and Leadership programme is an international part-time course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Place management encompasses a range of professions internationally, including town and city centre management, market management, Downtown and Mainstreet management, destination management and marketing, Business Improvement District management and city marketing and branding. It is increasingly involving civic society and the third sector, and embraces new approaches to place change such as the Transition Town movement. For this reason the course is also suitable for local politicians and local community members leading or contributing to place initiatives

The programme has been designed around the worldwide professional standards developed by the Institute of Place Management to support those that are already in, or wish to move into, a strategic role in place management. A blended learning delivery model is adopted. Each 30 credit unit is delivered through a 3 day block of master classes, followed by distance learning and tutor support.

This is a unique course and we are the only university to offer postgraduate qualifications in Place Management. The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Place Management. Delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, all assessments are designed to have impact on specific locations and you will be able to network with managers and leaders in a variety of places.

Units of Study

Principles of Place Management, Marketing and Branding
Combining theory from both business and geography with real-word practice, this unit will introduce you to the principles of place management, marketing and branding from an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective. Place management, marketing and branding draws from a variety of disciplines and professions. The unit will critically explore the following:
Definitions of place
The application of business principles to place
Cover issues such as place competition
Approaches to understanding exogenous and endogenous development
Neoliberalism and the homgenisation of place
Place communication and promotion
Place marketing and contemporary perspectives on branding
Contested places
Nested places
Concepts of place attachmentment and ‘embeddedness’

Place Leadership, Governance and Partnership Development
Drawing on theory from both public and private sector management, the unit will equip you with the ability to understand leadership and partnership development in the context of place, as well as understanding a range of governance structures within a variety of cultural and other contexts. The unit will also cover leadership theory within the context of place, as well as reviewing various forms of governance and exploring the partnership development process in place.

Place Development Theory and Practice
This unit aims to introduce students to critical perspectives on 21st Century place development drawing on theoretical and empirical material from an international context. Place development encapsulates different types and scales and places; for example, urban and rural places, neighbourhoods, cities and regions. The unit explores the influential theoretical underpinnings of place development, focusing on key readings of urban theorists, and scholars of regional and rural development.

Research Methods
This unit will develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills — including analysis and referencing — to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce students to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.

Dissertation
You are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. You may fulfil the requirements of the unit by undertaking one of five types of dissertation:

Consultancy based: Answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance to a specific place. This mainly features conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data) in the place, with the objective of offering an appropriate short to medium term solution to the location, and also drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance. This mainly features conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data) with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Library based: Answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Action Learning: Reflective examination and interpretation of a problem-solving, ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her place through the lens of relevant literature with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Enterprise-based Location Plan: The development a location plan for a social enterprise, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed location, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise partnership.

Special Features

• You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
• This course is accredited by the Institute of Place Management

Career Prospects

Two thirds of over 400 surveyed UK town centre managers have identified that they want additional development in this area. Graduates are expected to combine their Place Management qualification with their current qualifications and personal achievements to develop a unique profile that stands out from other candidate.

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Our marketing programmes offer up-to-date practical and academic training for the careers students want to take up. Read more
Our marketing programmes offer up-to-date practical and academic training for the careers students want to take up.

This programme runs alongside the MA Strategic Marketing Communications and has been specially created to enable graduates and professionally qualified managers to gain a greater understanding of the latest knowledge and practices in strategic marketing.

If you wish to develop a management career in marketing and would like to specialise in strategic marketing, then this is the programme for you.

This MA programme will advance your marketing skills and understanding in such areas as market research, direct marketing, brand management, marketing consultancy and global marketing - preparing you for the competitive challenges of the global market place.

We are proud to say that in London our Marketing programmes were ranked 1st in student satisfaction and 2nd overall by the Complete University Guide 2016.

The aims of this programme are:

- To develop a critical understanding of current theoretical developments in marketing strategy which can be applied to organisations and their markets

- To foster a creative and systematic approach to problem-solving in the area of strategic marketing

- To collate, synthesise and analyse a range of data to help in the solution of marketing-related problems.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/mark/stratm

Public Relations and Marketing

These programmes are ideal for marketing professionals looking to develop a greater understanding of the field they are in. The aim is to advance an individual's marketing skill and understanding to meet the competitive challenges of the marketplace.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
The Scholarship of Marketing (15 credits)
Creating Marketing Strategy (30 credits)
Inside the Customer's Mind (30 credits)
Managing Direct and Digital Marketing Relationships (30 credits)
Dissertation/Project (30 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Branding (15 credits)
International Marketing (15 credits)
Relationship Marketing and e-CRM (15 credits)
Hot Topics in Marketing (15 credits)
Digital Creativity (30 credits)
Promotional Effectiveness (30 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
The Scholarship of Marketing (15 credits)
Creating Marketing Strategy (30 credits)
Inside the Customer's Mind (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Managing Direct and Digital Marketing Relationships (30 credits)
Dissertation/Project (30 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Branding (15 credits)
International Marketing (15 credits)
Relationship Marketing and e-CRM (15 credits)
Hot Topics in Marketing (15 credits)
Digital Creativity (30 credits)
Promotional Effectiveness (30 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/645381/Strategic-Marketing-MA-P10204.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Enjoy a stimulating and flexible degree designed to help you develop a critical appreciation of key areas in marketing, while giving you the chance to hone your skills in a specific area. Read more
Enjoy a stimulating and flexible degree designed to help you develop a critical appreciation of key areas in marketing, while giving you the chance to hone your skills in a specific area.

As well as learning the fundamentals of marketing, you can also take one of our specialist pathways to ensure you really stand out in the job market and can demonstrate the practical key skills that employers are looking for.

Specialism pathways are offered in:
— Business-to-business
— Consumer behaviour
— International marketing
— Retailing
— Services

The MSc Marketing course also gives you a grounding in research methods, including techniques of data collection and analysis.

Course recognition
The course has been approved and accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing to provide direct entry onto the CIM’s Professional Diploma in Marketing.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

International Exchange
The exchange programme allows you to spend semester 2 at a partner university overseas. This experience enhances your global business and management learning and development. You can apply for a place once you are registered on the course.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Barry Callebant, Clay Rogers, Ernst & Young, Hays Japan, KPMG, L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Ocean Life Insurance, Post Office, Samsung Electronics, Sky, TNS Global, Unilever, Union MechaTronic Inc, Volkswagen Group UK.

Course structure (All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
––Critical Marketing
––Marketing Implementation
––Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics*
–– Strategic Marketing and New Product Development

Semester 2
Route 1 – MSc Marketing
––Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics*

Three elective units from:**
–– Business-to-Business Marketing
–– Consumer Behaviour
–– Corporate Social Responsibility
–– Crisis Management
–– Customer Experience Management and Relationship Marketing
–– Digital Technologies for Marketing
–– e-Business
–– Integrated Marketing Communication and Advertising
–– International Marketing
–– Retail Marketing
–– Services Marketing

Route 2 – MSc Marketing (Specialism)
––Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics*

Two elective units from Route 1 list:
–– Specialism core unit
–– Specialism-focused dissertation

MSc Marketing (Business-to-Business) Core unit: Business-to-Business
MSc Marketing (Consumer Behaviour) Core unit: Consumer Behaviour
MSc Marketing (International) Core unit: International Marketing
MSc Marketing (Retailing) Core unit: Retail Marketing
MSc Marketing (Services) Core unit: Services Marketing

**Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics is a dual-semester module worth 30 credits.
** By agreement with the Course Director, one elective unit may be taken from another Alliance MBS Masters course. All elective units are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Topics reflect the expertise of lecturers and you may be asked to select from a list of options
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
–– The visual branding of speciality coffee in the UK and China
–– The online customer experience: an exploratory study in the UK travel agency sector
–– The spill over effect of a consumer goods company's corporate brand image and its impacts on its product brands
–– The motivations for creating an international 48 joint venture: A study of the petroleum industry

Open Days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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

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

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

What will I study?

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

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

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

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

How will I study?

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

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

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

How will I be assessed?

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

Who will be teaching me?

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

What are my career prospects?

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

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

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MSc International Marketing Strategy is specifically designed to provide a strong foundation for a successful career in the exciting and fast moving world of international marketing. Read more
MSc International Marketing Strategy is specifically designed to provide a strong foundation for a successful career in the exciting and fast moving world of international marketing.

Marketing is no longer just a business function. It is a way of doing business that places the consumer at the centre of organisational activity. As such, marketing is an essential component of organisational success not only in businesses, but also in the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Indeed, few organisations remain unaffected by patterns of change in the global marketplace. Whether actively seeking opportunities in other countries, or working with global influences in a home market, international marketing strategy affects us all. This course will enable you to develop the professional marketing skills and knowledge required to work effectively in this increasingly complex environment. It will also enhance your ability to think strategically about marketing issues and challenges.

You also have the option to study this programme via Distance Learning, click on the link for more details: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/international-marketing-strategy-distance-learning-msc/

Course content

The MSc International Marketing Strategy is made up of several modules that combine to provide comprehensive coverage of the challenging and dynamic discipline of international marketing. The content of the course reflects the key strategic decisions that underpin international marketing, the decision to internationalise, market identification, screening and selection, market entry, tactical action programmes, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Examples of specific issues that are covered include: standardisation adaptation, cultural drivers of customer behaviour, the impact of global trends, country of origin effect, international branding issues and the use of social media. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to complete a substantial piece of independent research on an international marketing topic of your choice.

For further information about this course please visit the award map: http://oldweb.northampton.ac.uk/caf/pgmsaward/international-marketing-strategy-msc.htm

Course modules (16/17)

-Strategic Digital Marketing
-International Marketing Intelligence and Research
-International Marketing Strategy
-The Global Marketing Context
-International Marketing Communications
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Marketing: Principles and Management

Schedule

One year, full time over three trimesters.

In addition to attending lectures and seminars (around 10-12 hours a week) you will be expected to spend significant time (25 or more hours a week) engaged in preparing for classes and additional self-directed study as well as participating in the support programme.

Assessments

An innovative range of individual and group based assessments are used involving the preparation of essays, marketing plans, case study analyses, portfolios and presentations as well as the dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

Throughout the course you are taught by experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge of their subject areas. Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lecture and seminar sessions, with a strong emphasis on participation and discussion. To bring concepts and theories to life, extensive use is made of real world case-studies and practical exercises supplemented by extensive on-line learning materials

To integrate these modules and enrich the experience of the student there is a supporting programme of workshop activities and events. Typically these include a Summer School as well as guest speakers, marketing games, study trips and learning skills development sessions throughout the year.

Summer School

In July 2015, students studying on the course benefitted from a week-long Summer School that provided the opportunity to have marketing concepts brought to life through study trips, visiting speakers and participating in a Marketing Challenge based on Northampton’s leather heritage.

The students were able to find out how leather products are produced with a tour of the tannery at the University’s Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. Professor Mike Redwood spoke on the way luxury leather brands market themselves and the particular issues they face in developing markets.

Careers

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for a career in international marketing with the potential to achieve success as a senior marketing manager with a multi-national organisation. Our marketing graduates can be found working in a range of organisations large and small in areas such as brand management, business development, digital and online marketing, marketing communications and marketing research.

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Looking at the multiple audiences that brands must address, this master's degree covers the core subjects of strategic brand management, stakeholder communication and theories, brand analytics, and e-marketing and digital strategies across fields as diverse as city, region and nation branding, corporate and organisational branding, innovation-driven marketing, and sonic branding. Read more
Looking at the multiple audiences that brands must address, this master's degree covers the core subjects of strategic brand management, stakeholder communication and theories, brand analytics, and e-marketing and digital strategies across fields as diverse as city, region and nation branding, corporate and organisational branding, innovation-driven marketing, and sonic branding.

Why study MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication at Middlesex?

An in-depth immersion in multiple facets of branding, including areas such as strategic brand-building, sonic branding and digital marketing, is facilitated by a team of academics who are experts in the field of branding. The teaching team is led by senior lecture and top place branding academic Dr Keith Dinnie, author of the world’s first academic textbook on the topic of nation branding. The course is designed for students who have just completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to specialise in branding, as well as professionals currently working in marketing, who want to further their careers in the industry.

Being situated in London means you will be in a city that is a global hub for the branding, advertising and design industries, as well as learning in a highly cosmopolitan and diverse campus environment here at Middlesex. You will be studying with other like-minded marketing professionals and recent marketing graduates, helping you to develop a professional network and enhance the skills and knowledge required for a branding role whether client-side or agency-side.

Course Highlights

Learn from academics such as Dr Keith Dinnie and Dr Pantea Foroudi who are experts in the field of branding.
The integration of a stakeholder perspective into strategic brand management
An innovative and diverse set of optional modules, including City, Region and Nation Branding, Innovation-Driven Marketing and Sonic Branding

Course content

What will you study on the MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication?
The course begins by providing the core subjects of branding, focusing on strategy, stakeholders and communication, so as to embed a core understanding of the field. With this core knowledge you will progress onto two compulsory modules into the essential topics of analytics and digital, as well as two further optional modules which allow you to extend your understanding in areas of particular interest. Finally you will complete a dissertation project on a topic of interest that you select.

Modules

Strategic Brand Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Stakeholder and Communication Theory (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Brand Analytics: Methods and Strategies (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Digital Marketing (15 Credits) - Compulsory
City, Region and Nation Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
Corporate and Organisational Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
Innovation-Driven Marketing (15 Credits) - Optional
Sonic Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 Credits)
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication taught?

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and guest speakers to both enhance knowledge and encourage engagement with topics through discussion with academics and peers. Learning is also supported by online material and you will also engage in self-directed study.

Assessment
You will receive feedback on your work and modes of assessment will primarily focus on individual and group coursework, as well as your dissertation project.

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This marketing masters is designed to help you evolve into a critically informed professional with the key analytic and strategic skills employers need. Read more
This marketing masters is designed to help you evolve into a critically informed professional with the key analytic and strategic skills employers need.

During your studies, you will be introduced to ideas that will improve your strategic thinking and your ability to devise creative solutions to marketing problems.

Distinctiveness within the diet of study comes from a focus on the contemporary consumer. Today’s consumer is more marketing savvy, more environmentally aware of the responsibilities associated with the market place, and has greater engagement with technology. Understanding this emergent being is crucial to marketing practitioners in developing innovation within the marketing field. This greater understanding will help marketers to develop more appropriate strategies and communications methods and thus facilitate more effective bi-directional communication which will assist with organisational success, but also with the creation of a more satisfied customer base. The inclusion of modules such as ‘Innovation in Consumerism and Market Research’, ‘Trends in Marketing’ and ‘Social and Sustainability Marketing’ will allow the student to focus in depth on the matters that are crucial in developing organisational success that pays due regard to the customer base.

Course content allows you to focus on how research can inform practice, and strengthen performance in complex modern markets. You will explore why organisations adopt certain marketing strategies and tactics, and how practices are likely to evolve in today’s rapidly changing international business environment.

Your studies will also focus on the increased importance of brand and reputation management, the modern driving force of new media, and the challenge of re-appropriating traditional approaches to communications.

You will challenge the broad-based concepts and philosophies of modern marketing and consider the importance of a customer-centric, service dominant approach to marketing, where the balance of power is shifting from marketer to consumer. You will gain an insight into emerging trends in contemporary marketing practice, underpinned by cutting-edge approaches to managing an organisation’s reputation and its brands. You will also learn how to communicate with the end consumer and other stakeholders through traditional and new media.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/507-msc-marketing

What you will study

Throughout your studies, you will explore a wide range of marketing philosophies and functions, challenging traditional methods and contemporary thinking. Research skills will focus on the effect of new and emerging media on modern organisational thinking. You will test issues surrounding areas such as corporate ethics, branding, and marketing strategy, as well as question communications theory and develop new ideas in line with marketing thinking and consumption.

Modules you will study:

- Strategic Marketing
This module critically examines the key elements of strategic marketing and its interface with business strategy.

- 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.

- Brands and Reputation Management
This module aims to provide a critique of the key theoretical underpinning surrounding the consumption, construction and reputation management of brands – a key responsibility for modern PR practitioners.

- Social and Sustainability Marketing
You will gain an understanding of social, economic, ecological issues in domestic and global markets.

- Trends in Marketing
You will learn about contemporary and emergent issues in marketing.

- Creativity in Advertising and Promotion
On this module you will learn about the best use of creative processes of ads and promotion.

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

Learning and teaching methods

There is a varied lecture and seminar programme, case studies, visits, and analyses of contemporary marketing campaigns. Teaching is delivered by a team of research-active academics who maintain close links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). You will have access to some of the world’s top marketing journals and publications, as well as specialist guest lectures.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course will enable students with a limited marketing background to enhance their employability and skills, and will also enable those established practitioners to consolidate their knowledge through the contextualisation of theory within practice and vice versa. This will allow a deeper understanding of the discipline within the field.

This course has been designed to meet the development needs of those who want a career in marketing. As such, it reflects the requirements of dynamic organisations of various sizes and types, in a range of sectors.

Our marketing graduates can be found in a variety of senior marketing positions with national retailers, international charities, leading financial institutions and professional sports clubs.

Many graduates have also set up their own consultancy firms or continue their studies to doctoral level, becoming experts in their own specialist fields of marketing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is assignment-based, so you can explore each subject to develop your critical and analytical skills. The final requirement is a dissertation or business research project, where you will examine an aspect of marketing in depth.

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Top Rankings for Marketing. The University of Stirling Management School’s Marketing Division ranks among the top in the country. Read more

Introduction

Top Rankings for Marketing
The University of Stirling Management School’s Marketing Division ranks among the top in the country. We are positioned 2nd in Scotland and among the top 20 in the UK. Complete University Guide 2016.
Marketing is about creating, communicating and delivering exchanges of value between an organisation and its customers that satisfy the customer, the organisation and society at large. The MSc Marketing course offers students from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to understand and combine academic concepts and practice-related marketing issues. This unique combination of academic and practice allows for students to be well-positioned for future success in the field of marketing.
As part of the highly flexible method of learning, the following degree pathways are offered, all of which provide a route to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate qualification. All students will register for the MSc course in Marketing in the first instance and be given the opportunity to change degree pathway at the end of the first semester.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months
- Start date: Mid-September
- Course Director: Dr Keri Davies

Accreditation

CIM Dual Award
The MSc Marketing course at Stirling was one of the first in the country to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Upon the successful completion of the MSc Marketing Course, two modules will be waived, meaning students need only complete the remaining two modules (versus completing all four required modules) in order to gain a Professional Diploma in Marketing. This exciting opportunity will provide you with the competitive edge you are looking for to embark on a successful career.

MSc Marketing with Brand Management

The MSc Marketing with Brand Management is a specialist, 12-month full-time taught postgraduate course. The course offers students the opportunity to hone skills necessary to plan, manage and evaluate brand projects. This course provides a stronger focus on the specifics of developing and using brands and branding in the marketing context. All students will register for the MSc Course in Marketing in the first instance and be given the opportunity to change degree pathway at the end of the first semester.
The course is modular, so the credits awarded at the end of each assessed module can be accumulated towards a postgraduate qualification. Students of Marketing with Brand Management study three core topics in the Autumn Semester before deciding on their final course of study. In the Spring Semester MSc Marketing with Brand Management students have to apply this knowledge through a project undertaken for an external company and through an appreciation of Contemporary Issues in Marketing. To specialise in Brand Management students must also complete the modules on Brand Marketing and Digital marketing and Advertising and undertake an individual dissertation or group research project in the field of Branding.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

The taught modules of the MSc course are delivered using a variety of methods, for example, lectures, tutorials, case studies, role playing, computer simulations, fieldwork exercises, site visits, guest speakers and company projects. Much of the assessment is continuous and may include research reports, essays, briefings, management reports, case analyses, debates, literature reviews, marketing communication plans, poster sessions and presentations. Assessed work is often conducted in groups, as developing teamwork and communication skills are seen as important.

Why Stirling?

- REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK's top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.
Members of our academic staff regularly publish in journals such as British Journal of Management, Journal of Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Advertising, Industrial Marketing Management, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, and Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. Our staff consistently serve as conference and track chairs at international marketing conferences and hold editorial posts across a wide-variety of academic journals. Notably, current members of staff regularly consult industry across a number of high-profile issues such as the recent horse meat scandal, the role of marketing towards children and the issues facing the high street retailers across the UK.

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Digital marketing is a unique discipline that applies cutting edge technologies to enhance organisational efforts in engaging with consumers, partners and other stakeholders. Read more
Digital marketing is a unique discipline that applies cutting edge technologies to enhance organisational efforts in engaging with consumers, partners and other stakeholders. Organisations require and seek qualified employees who have current knowledge and skills to develop creative marketing solutions in the digital world.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The Digital Marketing MA degree provides a programme of study to equip you with the theoretical knowledge, intellectual frameworks and the practical skills required by today’s organisations to succeed in the management of their online presence. The programme deals with how to manage social media, understanding consumers in the digital domain, building online communities, web design, and analysis, creating and implementing digital campaigns.

Organisations are increasingly seeking to use digital technologies, online marketing and social media to reach and engage with their customers. This enables organisations to better understand their customers, create online word of mouth and reduce operational costs by using the, often free, platforms. Students will analyse the latest web designing software, practice web platforms and blogging techniques in order to develop their skills in manipulating new media for marketing and advertising applications using the DigiComm lab.

The course also aims to equip you with knowledge of the applied techniques of digital marketing, and an understanding of the development and direction of social media. The programme should appeal to students interested in increasing both their understanding of digital marketing in general and the strategic use of social media.

It provides opportunities to work on live projects so that students can gain further experience to assist you in the workplace.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course aims to provide you with the skills to:
-Apply and critically evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired to both the theory and practice of specialist marketing, advertising and branding areas
-Use appropriate analyses tools to critically evaluate marketing and/or advertising problems and develop appropriate solutions
-Develop the ability to reflect on the acquired skills with self-direction and independence
-Strategically analyse a range of international marketing situations through the exposure to different real life business cases, guest speakers and the application of online and offline marketing
-Excel in teamwork and leadership

These courses are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, needs of industry and government legislation.

Postgraduate courses are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, needs of industry and government legislation.

Semester 1
-Principles of Digital and Social Media Marketing
-Consumer Behaviour
-Global Marketing
-Web and Social Media Analytics

Semester 2
-Applied Brand Management
-Marketing Consultancy Research
-Advanced Digital and Social Media Design
-Contemporary Issues in Marketing

Semester 3
-Digital Marketing Portfolio or Company Internship

Marketing is a discipline that requires hands on experience of conducting and managing a research project. This course offers you several opportunities to engage in this experience. You will be able to conduct your own research project that will form basis of your dissertation. Alternatively, you will also have the option of enrolling on a company internship that will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The Digital Marketing MA is suited to graduates seeking career development and opportunities in digital marketing and social media, both in-house and marketing agency roles. Previous graduates have secured exciting and rewarding positions in a wide variety of digital marketing areas such as social media campaign management and website analysis working with the leading organisations worldwide such as McCann’s, Zurich and many others.

In addition, the Coventry University’s suite of Marketing courses is currently one of only a few marketing courses in the UK that are accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for a Dual Award. The Dual Award means that while you are studying for your postgraduate qualification you also have the opportunity to work towards achieving the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing as part of your degree, enabling you to graduate with an enhanced qualification that is sought after by employers. With appropriate work experience you will be eligible for Member status from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and awarded designatory letters MCIM. With MCIM you are well on the way to Chartered Marketer status, the mark ofan up to date, qualified and experienced marketing professional.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Social marketing is the systematic application of marketing concepts and techniques to achieve specific behavioural goals leading to an individual or social good. Read more

Course overview

Social marketing is the systematic application of marketing concepts and techniques to achieve specific behavioural goals leading to an individual or social good. Social marketing builds on and complements the core discipline of marketing. For health, behaviour change, environment and public communications specialists it is a way of understanding how tools of commercial marketing can help with the development of effective services and interventions based on consumer insight.

The Marketing (Social Marketing) MSc has a strong focus on understanding the motivations of the target audience when planning programmes to influence, and ultimately change, behaviour.

The course develops your knowledge of both the theory and practice of marketing at an advanced level. It will provide you with an in-depth and critical understanding of research methodologies, and marketing planning and strategy.

At the end of your time in Brighton you will have a good understanding of social marketing strategy, with the skills and knowledge sought after by employers such as national government, local government, social marketing consultancies, health authorities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and internationally.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Course content:

Normally students attend three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities based on specialist reading, research and case studies.

You will be taught using a combination of structured teaching and independent study and research. Modules will be assessed with a mixture of essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

- Moving to Masters
- Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
- Marketing Planning and Strategy
- Marketing Research I: quantitative methods
- Marketing Research II: qualitative methods
- Social Marketing
- Dissertation

Choose one option from:
- International Marketing
- Branding and Communications
- Behavioural Economics
- Digital Marketing
- New Product Development

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This programme runs alongside the MA Strategic Marketing and has been created to enable graduates and professionally qualified managers to gain a greater understanding of marketing communications. Read more
This programme runs alongside the MA Strategic Marketing and has been created to enable graduates and professionally qualified managers to gain a greater understanding of marketing communications.

This full-time programme is designed for students who wish to develop a management career in marketing with a particular emphasis on strategic communications.

The programme builds students' skills - business, academic and personal - as well as their understanding of aspects of marketing communications such as communications planning, consumer decision-making and behaviour, traditional and new (interactive) media and leading edge academic ideas to better meet the competitive challenges of a changing marketplace.

The programme also offers the opportunity of a visit to a partner school in France to explore communications in a different cultural and disciplinary context.

We are proud to say that in London our Marketing programmes were ranked 1st in student satisfaction and 2nd overall by the Complete University Guide 2016.

The aims of this programme are:

- To develop a critical understanding of current theoretical developments in marketing communications which can be applied to organisations and their markets

- To foster a creative and systematic approach to problem-solving in the area of strategic marketing communications

- To collate, synthesise and analyse a range of data to help in the solution of marketing-related problems.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/mark/stratmcomms

Public Relations and Marketing

These programmes are ideal for marketing professionals looking to develop a greater understanding of the field they are in. The aim is to advance an individual's marketing skill and understanding to meet the competitive challenges of the marketplace.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
The Scholarship of Marketing (15 credits)
Branding (15 credits)
Developing Advertising and Promotional Strategies (30 credits)
Inside the Customer's Mind (30 credits)
Managing Direct and Digital Marketing Relationships (30 credits)
Dissertation/Project (30 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

International Marketing (15 credits)
Relationship Marketing and e-CRM (15 credits)
Hot Topics in Marketing (15 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

The Scholarship of Marketing (15 credits)
Developing Advertising and Promotional Strategies (30 credits)
Inside the Customer's Mind (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Branding (15 credits)
Managing Direct and Digital Marketing Relationships (30 credits)
Dissertation/Project (30 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

International Marketing (15 credits)
Relationship Marketing and e-CRM (15 credits)
Hot Topics in Marketing (15 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/645380/Strategic-Marketing-Communications-MA-P10205.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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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 thefollowing December to complete your 20,000 word dissertation.

The workshops will normally take place in February,September, November and January.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/digital-marketing-top-up-idm-msc

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.

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.

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.

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This programme is aimed at Marketing and Business graduates, or graduates from related disciplines. The courses are designed to enhance career prospects and employability by obtaining in-depth knowledge in Digital Marketing. Read more
This programme is aimed at Marketing and Business graduates, or graduates from related disciplines. The courses are designed to enhance career prospects and employability by obtaining in-depth knowledge in Digital Marketing. Vocational and higher level academic aspects are linked in to provide students with a sound academic and professional background for their further career.

Course Overview

The course consists of two parts, a taught Part 1 and an Independent Research Project in Part 2. Part 1 must be completed successfully before Part 2 can be attempted.

Part I introduces students to key concepts and aspects of Marketing and Digital Marketing. It is designed to enable students to critically engage with theory and practical issues related to Digital Marketing. The modules selected focus on topics central to contemporary thinking in Digital Marketing. Together, this part accounts for 120 credits.

Part 2 of the programme centres on an independent piece of work which is achieved with supervisor support. This part accounts for 60 credits, and can take one of three forms: a traditional dissertation; an integrated case study or a business proposal. Students will discuss and negotiate topic ideas with their allocated supervisor or the Programme Director, towards the end of Part 1 of the programme and will be guided as to which of the three options of dissertation, integrated case study or business development proposal would be best suited to their ideas.

Modules

Part 1 of this course currently consists of six compulsory modules:
-Marketing Strategy and Planning
-Consumer Insights in the Digital Age
-Emerging Themes
-Marketing Communications & Branding
-Digital Marketing
-Social Media Marketing and Web Analytics

Part 2 consists of a series of workshops on research methods and a choice of:
-A dissertation
-An integrated case study
-A business development proposal

Key Features

This MSC in Digital Marketing aims to provide a progression route for students with undergraduate degrees in related subjects who wish to study at postgraduate level in the area of digital marketing. It also offers the opportunity for further study to experienced marketers who wish to enhance their career with a postgraduate qualification in digital marketing.

The programme combines a theoretical approach with practical and promotes an understanding of key concepts from an applied perspective. Students will study a combination of marketing and digital marketing modules which will enable them to critically understand the theoretical and practical challenges that digital marketing presents. Graduates from the programme will have developed transferable employability skills such as research, problem solving, data interpretation and critical thinking as well as gaining the knowledge and practical skills applicable to digital marketing.

Key features of the course include:
-Available as full time and part time programme
-Builds on excellent industry and academic links
-Combines theory based discussion with practical application
-Learner focused approach
-Emphasis on critical and sustainable use of new technologies

Assessment

Assessment includes a variety of coursework formats which engage students in critical thinking about practical issues. In addition to more traditional essays and reports, assessment across the programme also includes presentations, blogs, web sites, reflective document, critical discussion, case studies, portfolio, poster presentation. Development of web presence.

Career Opportunities

The programme combines a theoretical approach with practical skills relevant for digital marketing and promotes an understanding of key concepts from an applied perspective. Graduates from the programmes will have developed transferable employability skills such as research, problem solving, market research, data interpretation and critical thinking as well as gaining the knowledge and practical skills applicable to digital marketing. UWTSD students benefit from extensive external engagement with the sector through applied research, guest lectures, live projects and by assisting students in gaining relevant work experience.

The Faculty enjoys excellent and well established links to the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the key professional body in this area. Team members also have links to the Federation of Small Businesses.

The Faculty is active in local and national industry networks to ensure industrially relevant curriculum development. It has an Industrial Liaison Group consisting of core lecturers, local employers and members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) who meet to discuss study programmes to ensure their relevance to industry. Growing out of these networks, the Faculty offers a rich and varied programme of guest speakers who present lectures, lead workshops and hold discussions.

Professional Accreditations

Chartered Institute of Marketing accreditation and exemptions are planned.

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