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Marketing communications covers the selection and application of the main communication tools available to an organisation in pursuit of its marketing goals. Read more

Marketing communications covers the selection and application of the main communication tools available to an organisation in pursuit of its marketing goals. This work is often carried out by specialist agencies, and involves both strategic thinking and the development of creative solutions. It calls for a blend of research-based knowledge with the practice of high-level, often extremely creative, skills. The course includes a study of the tools that underpin the development of a marcomms strategy and the media platforms to deliver a marcomms campaign.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to study digital marketing, which makes up the syllabus for the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing. This will prepare you to take the Diploma exams after your MA if you so wish.

The course covers the main marketing communication techniques. It provides you with a sufficient foundation in marketing to enable you to work easily with people involved throughout the marketing management process. The ultimate aim of the course is to enhance individual career advancement prospects through knowledge of how to apply academic learning to best marketing communications practice.

A highlight for many students is the residential at a Cambridge college and talks from practitioners and alumni organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending learning in new environments. 

Course structure

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

Year long module

In semester one you will study the underpinning concepts and strategies for marketing communications.

Semester one modules

In semester two you will study in greater depth the tools and media platforms for marketing communications. The January cohort will begin these modules during the summer school.

Semester two modules

Professional association

This course is accredited by the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI).

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 Communications postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in both specialist agencies and within in-house marketing departments.

Past students have gone on to successful careers in advertising, public relations, brand management, direct and interactive marketing, sales promotion, market research and data manipulation.

With the MA Marketing Communications, you'll be particularly well-placed to pursue opportunities with organisations that require marketing specialists with the ability to think strategically and develop creative solutions.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing's Introductory Certificate gives you CIM membership during your MA qualification.



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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) this course provides the unique opportunity to gain both work experience and a post graduate education in integrated marketing communications. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) this course provides the unique opportunity to gain both work experience and a post graduate education in integrated marketing communications.

Your choice to study this programme will enable you to develop internship experience embedded in the MSc Marketing Communications , achieve a thorough education in Marketing Communications, be exposed to practitioners in the field of marketing communications through guest lectures and workshops and be prepared for either client or agency side of marketing communications.

The MSC Marketing Communications (with Internship) offers students the opportunity to work in industry for up to 5 months full time or longer part time. The programme offers the opportunity for students to reflect upon their learned skill set to enable further development of their professional career development.

Collaboration with client companies and agencies will guide the programme structure and content. Direct practitioner involvement in lectures and presentations offering cutting-edge topics and analysis.

Teaching and learning

The course offers a highly qualified teaching team of strong, research-active marketing communications academics who have published widely in books, journals and reviews. The team has broad industry experience in marketing communications as consultants, senior managers and agency directors.

Student engagement with industry-led research, practitioner shadowing and career opportunities feature as does access to the growing LSBU Marketing alumni network that actively participates in career and marketing events and regularly provides job opportunities.

Student on this course have the added advantage of having access to the substantial international marketing communications and consumer behaviour research undertaken by the Ehrenberg Centre for Research in Marketing, based at London South Bank University. Members of the Centre, as well as visiting researchers from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute in Adelaide will continue to disseminate new findings to students.

Careers

Marketing executives help develop marketing campaigns to promote a product, service or idea. The work can be exceptionally varied – from sourcing and placing adverts, to producing marketing materials such as leaflets and e-newsletters, to organising events.

Excellent writing and confident presentation skills are essential to work in marketing. Good people skills are also a must as networking is particularly important. So is having a creative and adaptive mind.

A traditional career path leads from marketing executive to senior marketing executive, then to marketing manager, and finally to marketing director. However the marketing industry is very broad, with many companies in all different sectors requiring varying degrees of marketing expertise, so options for progression vary considerably.

Graduate success

Successful graduates having gained valuable work experience will be equipped to work in a variety of organisations including multinational and global companies, public sector organisations, charities and start-ups. Many of our alumni work for advertising, brand, and market research agencies. Equally our graduates are successful in client-based companies such as manufacturers and banks.

Alumni connections

Students will have direct access to the growing LSBU Marketing alumni network that actively participates in career and marketing events and regularly provides job opportunities. Our Alumni currently work in a wide range of marketing careers across the world, including corporate marketing, advertising and communication, as university academics, and in public sector and not for profit marketing functions.

LSBU Employability Services

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

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

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Marketing communications are messages and related media used to communicate with a market. Read more
Marketing communications are messages and related media used to communicate with a market. This programme explores and investigates the marketing communications business, how marketing communications work, how to plan a marketing communications campaign, and ethical considerations when implementing marketing communications in practice.

You will demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of marketing communications issues and how marketers define and solve problems, and will gain an appreciation of how the marketing communications function relates to other business functions.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Gain insights into marketing communications theory and practice in a range of industries and organisations, so you can identify appropriate practical tools.
Understand the processes and requirements underpinning organisational decision-making, enabling you to contribute to marketing communications management.
Appreciate how marketeers formulate and implement marketing communications policies, programmes and strategies.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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The digital revolution has resulted in a widening of the number and types of organisations involved in communications. Previously advertising was often confined to larger commercial organisations, however, there is now a need to have a strong web presence. Read more
The digital revolution has resulted in a widening of the number and types of organisations involved in communications. Previously advertising was often confined to larger commercial organisations, however, there is now a need to have a strong web presence. Organisations of all kinds have had to become far more professional in how they communicate with customers, the public and other audiences.

The MSc in Marketing Communications will give you a solid grounding in marketing, while also allowing you to position yourself as a marketing communications specialist. Whether you choose to go on to work in an agency, in house as part of a communications team, or as a freelance consultant, the course will help you gain the skills and insight needed to establish yourself confidently in this field.

Course detail

This course can be taken as a one-year full-time programme, which is ideal if you are at the start of your marketing career. It is also of particular interest to professionals in the creative sector, who can choose to take the flexible part-time route, if they wish to study without taking a career break.

We take a structured approach to developing the professional skills you need to be successful in this field. This includes both intellectual skills exploring different ways of thinking; and practical skills, such as communication, numerical and presentation capabilities.

The course draws heavily on real-world issues, so you will learn the theory but also how to apply it to real-life situations. You will also have plenty of opportunity to engage with employers, with guest lecturers from industry, and research opportunities where you can work on real marketing problems.

Modules

Core modules:

• Contemporary Marketing Practice
• Strategic Marketing Planning
• Principles of Marketing Communications
• Marketing Analytics
• Research Methods for Marketing
• Digital Marketing
• Corporate Communications Dissertation Research Methods

Optional modules:

You will choose one additional subject from the optional modules* below:

• Customer Relationship Management
• Social Marketing Principles and Policy
• Promotion and Society

* The availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Dissertation

In addition to these modules, your dissertation gives you the chance to research an area of marketing communications that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career or company. You will have the choice of working on an academic-type dissertation or a work-based one, where you will work on a live communications project.

You will attend a number of dissertation workshops to provide you with the research training sufficient to produce a quality dissertation.

Format

This is a 'conversion' Masters course, and we assume no prior study of marketing communications. You'll learn though formal classes and seminar sessions, as well as through group work and independent study. The work will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your problem-solving skills.

You will also have access to a range of study materials online through our virtual learning environment. This includes online lectures, five-minute 'talking head' discussions and other syllabus-related material to support your learning.

Assessment

Assessment is through supervised mini-projects, presentations, time-constrained assignments and examinations.

Careers / Further study

Getting the right message across to the right people is fundamental to business success and those with expertise in marketing communications are always going to be in demand in roles such as advertising copywriter, PR manager, direct marketing executive, senior brand manager, account manager and marketing communications manager.

If you are already working in the sector, the course will help you take that vital step up the ladder or move into a more specialist role. Graduates of this course have gone on to work with employers such as Creative England, SCISYS and Telefónica UK. Many of our graduates also go on to further academic study by embarking on a PhD.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The importance of marketing communication in delivering clear, consistent and competitive messages about an organisation and its products is crucial to organisational success. Read more
The importance of marketing communication in delivering clear, consistent and competitive messages about an organisation and its products is crucial to organisational success. Rather than seeing marketing communications as creating favourable brand images merely in the eyes of consumers, the field has witnessed a renewed focus on the effects of communication on the multiple stakeholders organisations address, including their employees and the media.

Why study Marketing Communications at Middlesex University?

Across multiple sectors the utilisation of multi-channel communication strategies is growing and with this so is demand for professionals with expertise in this exciting field. Reflecting this need for a more corporate perspective and strategic approach to communications this course, developed with industry experts, is designed for new graduates with a background in marketing, media, management and social sciences, and practitioners seeking career development. The course also has a strong emphasis on the application of theory to practice through activities such real-life case studies, problem-solving exercises and a residential week with industry professionals

The course focuses on three strands key to the field; ‘Strategic Analysis and Thinking’ enhances understanding of markets, and the application of critical and analytic methods in solving communications problems; ‘Execution’ develops skills around writing and presenting communications plans and advertising briefs; and ‘Tools, Media and Settings’ contextualises the use of both traditional and innovative modes of communication in different settings, whether social, national or global.

Course Highlights

Covers fundamentally important subjects such as media strategy and consumer research, as well as highly sector relevant topics including digital marketing skills and creativity
Optional modules allow for routes of specialisation on the course in a range of fields such as public relations and global communications
Opportunity to incorporate a 6 month placement through which to further explore learning in an industry based setting
Week-long residential incorporating workshops and talks from industry professionals.
*Course currently subject to validation

Course content

What will you study on the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Corporate and Marketing Communications?
The course allows you to choose from a range of optional modules which build upon the content of the core modules and explore more specialised and niche aspects of communications. For example if you want to focus on marketing communications then modules on advertising, experiential marketing and events would be an appropriate route to take. If you have an interest in consumers and stakeholders within a communications context then modules on psychology, analytics and research would suit you. For a more strategic communications approach then modules on PR, crisis communications and cross-cultural communication would be the pathway to follow. You will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation project in an area of marketing communications that you have a particular interest in and matches with your career specialism.
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 will Corporate and Marketing Communications be taught?

The course features a number of different modes of learning that help enhance your understanding of the subject. These can range from traditional lectures and seminar sessions where you will engage with concepts and theories, explore key questions and carry out tasks such as devising and analysing marketing activity. You will also have group and individual tutorials, engage in self-directed learning and take part in a residential to enhance understanding of practice issues.

Assessment
You will be required to complete a number of assignment for assessment, in particular exams and coursework. The coursework can be individual, such as plans, reports, memorandum and essays, or group which will involve activity including presentations and reports. Tutorials will also feature formal and informal feedback.

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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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Advanced communications practitioners can give companies a strong competitive edge, taking their brand into global markets through well-executed advertising campaigns, targeted communications and clear, sustainable strategies. Read more

Advanced communications practitioners can give companies a strong competitive edge, taking their brand into global markets through well-executed advertising campaigns, targeted communications and clear, sustainable strategies. Our MSc is designed for graduates and practising managers already familiar with basic marketing concepts. Building on your existing skills, you will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of integrated marketing communications within a strategic marketing context and managerial framework. 

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this programme will prepare you for a high-level career in marketing communications. You will develop your critical awareness of contemporary strategic marketing issues, have a clear understanding of the role of communications in marketing, and take a critical approach to planning, creating, managing and evaluating communications campaigns, incorporating both traditional and new media.

Course details

This programme is designed for recent graduates and practising managers already familiar with basic marketing concepts. It will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of integrated marketing communications but within a strategic marketing context and managerial framework.

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

The programme will develop your critical awareness of contemporary strategic marketing issues, the role of communications in marketing, and a critical approach to the principles and practice involved in planning, creating, managing and evaluating communication campaigns which incorporate both traditional and new media.

Programme content

Core modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Marketing Communications
  • Advertising and Sales Promotions
  • PR and Media Skills
  • Direct and Interactive Marketing

These are followed by the opportunity to deepen and apply your understanding of marketing communications through a range of specialist elective modules and a major personal research dissertation or company project.

Learning and teaching

Through working on two major consultancy projects you will develop an understanding of the principles and challenges of consulting in the communications sector and develop skills in facilitation, communication, negotiation, project management, problem-solving, relationship-handling, project leadership and team work. Part of your skills training will take place off campus at the university's Priestley Centre on Lake Coniston in Cumbria. 

Your projects will link to real live communication issues facing organisations – evaluating consumer reactions to recent advertising campaigns, developing media plans, evaluating approaches to branding, or developing new web designs. Your performance on your two projects (one group-based and one individual) will be evaluated not just on content but also your professionalism and client relations. Your second project will also form part of your dissertation. You will also have some media skills training as part of the programme.

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 marketing programmes 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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This Masters degree gives you the opportunity to study in two European countries and achieve two Master's awards within one year. Read more

This Masters degree gives you the opportunity to study in two European countries and achieve two Master's awards within one year. Take advantage of the leading management and digital expertise at ESCEM School of Business and Management (France) and University of Greenwich's Business School (UK).

As part of this programme, you will also undertake a work placement which will equip you with essential skills necessary for your future career. 

You will strengthen your intercultural competence, learn how to develop integrated communications strategies, and benefit from both institutions' extensive networks.

This course is designed to provide graduates and professionally qualified managers with understandings of key aspects of marketing communications and the necessary skills to research, assess and evaluate aspects of the communications mix.

Two Master's awards

On completion of the requirements of both institutions, you will be awarded two degrees:

  • MA Strategic Marketing Communications from the University of Greenwich and,
  • MSc International Marketing Communications from ESCEM School of Business and Management in France.

The entire programme is delivered in English and no knowledge of French is required.

Location

The first term is located at our Greenwich Campus in London and the second is Tours Campus in France. The third term is usually in the UK or another chosen country by negotiation. 

University of Greenwich Business School

Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. We enjoy strong links with industry and work with employers to develop relevant programmes accredited by professional bodies. We were the first UK University to offer a specialist degree in marketing communications and continue to develop our innovative portfolio. 

ESCEM School of Business and Management

ESCEM puts students into real business situations, pushing them to explore new ways of learning and encourage independent thinking. Campuses are located in Tours, Orléans and Poitiers which welcome more than 65,000 students a year.

You will be taught in Tours which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a perfect example of French art, history and excellence. It is a metropolis in the heart of the Loire chateaux valley and is host to several international competitive clusters, know as a tech hub.

Find out more about ESCEM Tours Campus: http://www.escem.fr/en

Scholarship

A limited number of students may be eligible for a scholarship through the Erasmus+ overseas exchange programme. Further details will be provided upon successful receipt of an unconditional/conditional offer on the programme.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Foster a creative yet systematic approach to problem-solving in communications via both academic and practical activities in the UK and France
  • Develop, improve and extend your analytical, conceptual, research and consultancy skills in strategic marketing via industrial links in the UK and France
  • Provide you with a set of tools and a range of skills to become a more effective communicator, negotiator and coach.

What you'll study

Term 1 University of Greenwich courses (60 credits)

  • Foundations of Scholarship
  • Developing Advertising and Promotional Strategy (30 credits)
  • Inside the Customer's Mind (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)

Term 2 ESCEM courses (60 credits)

  • International Negotiations in Marketing and Communications (10 credits)
  • International Public Relations and Sponsorship (10 credits)
  • Branding Strategy in International Business (15 credits)
  • Communications and Social Media Marketing (10 credits)
  • Global Communication Strategies (10 credits)
  • Business Strategy Simulation (5 credits)

Term 3 Cross sessional - Recruiting Institution

  • Dissertation Project (30 credits)
  • Work Placement (30 credits)

Assessment

You will be assessed through a wide range of methods, including individual and group presentations, tests, reports, essays, article reviews, examinations and a project.

Professional recognition

Students can usually gain exemptions from Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Direct Marketing examinations.

Careers

You will be able to work as a marketing/marketing communications manager, brand strategist, social media strategist, corporate media executive, marketing research manager or marketing/communication consultant in a wide range of multinational companies, non-government and public sector organisations, and consultancies.

Employability

You can reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO).

Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. 

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Industry contacts

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice and curriculum input. Sector professionals are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses.

As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives are invited to pass on their insights and experience.

Extracurricular activities

The student Marketing Society has over 100 members. The Society combines a mixture of academic and social activities. It's a great chance to hear about the industry from experts, previous speakers include IBM and Mediacom, and an opportunity for you to create business contacts.

Our marketing students achieved first place in the latest national marketing competition organised by the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.

Rankings

Our marketing programmes are ranked among the top five for student satisfaction and second overall in London by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine (2016).



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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this course will equip you for a career in the marketing arena in areas such as corporate marketing, advertising, public relations and market research. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this course will equip you for a career in the marketing arena in areas such as corporate marketing, advertising, public relations and market research.

This programme will familiarise you with the concepts and tools of marketing communication and its vital role in business enabling you to implement both the tactical and strategic decisions available to the marketing communications manager.

The core units provide the student with the necessary grounding in the marketing communications field. In addition to core marketing units the course provides specialist units in advertising, public relations and options in associated fields. In addition the contemporary themes associated with Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) will also be developed.

Modules

Integrated marketing communications (20 credits)
Cross cultural buyer behaviour (20 credits)
Creative and media strategy (20 credits)
Emerging issues in marketing communications (10 credits)
International brand management (20 credits)
Research methods (20 credits)
Dissertation 20,000 words (60 credits)

Plus one elective unit (10 credits):

Public relations
International marketing
Social marketing strategy
Market driven marketing
Digital and social media

Graduate success

LSBU Marketing graduates are employed in a variety of organisations such as OgilvyOne Worldwide, eSearchVision, Osney Media.

Alumni connections

Students will have direct access to the growing LSBU Marketing alumni network that actively participates in career and marketing events and regularly provides job opportunities. Our Alumni currently work in a wide range of marketing careers across the world, including corporate marketing, advertising and communication, as university academics, and in public sector and not for profit marketing functions.

LSBU Employability Services

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

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

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This course is designed to offer students who hold the CIM Level 7 Diploma in Marketing Communications the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a Masters degree. Read more
This course is designed to offer students who hold the CIM Level 7 Diploma in Marketing Communications the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a Masters degree.

The core modules provide the necessary grounding in the marketing communications field. In addition to core marketing modules the course provides specialist modules in advertising, public relations and options in associated fields. In addition the contemporary themes associated with Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) will also be developed. A variety of speakers from industry provide insight and evidence of current marketing communications practice.

Modules

Research methods (20 credits)
Integrated marketing communications (20 credits)
Dissertation

Plus one elective (from the following specialist 10 credit modules below)

Emerging issues in 21st century
PR
Digital and social media
Market driven marketing
International marketing
Social marketing strategy

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Marketing Communications is a creative and exciting industry within the growing global media environment. This popular course combines both marketing strategy and the powerful tools of integrated marketing communications, to support your entry into, or progress in, a career in marketing. Read more
Marketing Communications is a creative and exciting industry within the growing global media environment. This popular course combines both marketing strategy and the powerful tools of integrated marketing communications, to support your entry into, or progress in, a career in marketing.

Why study MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Marketing Communications at Middlesex University?

This course is targeted to those who want to challenge their existing knowledge and become leaders in the marketing field or move onto postgraduate study.

Studying in London, a commercial and political 'hot spot', offers you an excellent base for Marketing Communications study. Here you will achieve an understanding and possess a critical reflection of current theories, models, concepts and professional practice in marketing and communications. You will learn to acquire and analyse data, synthesise a range of information to solve business problems and complete research reports and projects. Upon graduating, you can apply the skills learned on this course to roles such as product marketing, public relations, political marketing, retailing and brand management in sectors comprising of public, private and not-for-profit.

Course highlights:

- We provide a week-long residential stay in a UK city with all travel and hotel costs included in the fees.
- Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including Kaba Elzett, Interbuine, Syslomm International, - Preston International College, CSM Management, ICOK Corporation and SGG London.
- We offer a regular schedule of guest lectures by prominent speakers on key issues in business and marketing.
- The Charted Institute of Marketing, Institute of Direct Marketing, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and many other professional bodies offer career support to members and highlight job opportunities for all our graduates.

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We were the first UK university to offer a specialist degree in marketing communications and we have continued to develop our portfolio since then. . Read more

We were the first UK university to offer a specialist degree in marketing communications and we have continued to develop our portfolio since then. 

Course structure

This Master's has been created to enable graduates and professionally qualified managers to gain a greater understanding of marketing communications.

Our programme will build your understanding of communications planning, consumer decision-making and behaviour, traditional and new media to help you better meet the competitive challenges of a changing marketplace.

You will study advertising and promotional strategies, marketing, branding, how to manage direct and digital marketing relationships, and ways to get inside the customer's mind. 

This degree will develop your management skills which are central to the relationship between organisations and customers. You will develop an understanding of ethical, global and cultural issues and the impact they have on marketing.

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

Rankings

Our marketing programmes are ranked top five for student satisfaction and second overall in London by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Develop your critical understanding of current theoretical developments in marketing strategy which can be applied to organisations and their markets
  • Foster a creative yet systematic approach to problem-solving in the area of strategic marketing
  • Develop, improve and extend your analytical, conceptual, research and consultancy skills
  • Learn to collate, synthesise and analyse a range of data to help solve marketing problems.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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

Assessment

You will be assessed through essays, reports, an examination, a research proposal and a dissertation.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working as consultants and as marketing and marketing communications managers for companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Co-op Group, Italian automotive technology manufacturer Magneti Marelli and Norwegian food products manufacturer Mills DA, as well as various private companies, non-profits and government organisations around the world.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs. The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

Extracurricular activities

The student Marketing Society has over 100 members. The Society combines a mixture of academic and social activities. It's a great chance to hear about the industry from experts, previous speakers include IBM and Mediacom and an opportunity to create business contacts.

Our marketing students achieved first place in the latest national marketing competition organised by the Institute of Direct Marketing.



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Be part of the merging sectors of marketing and communication by cultivating your future as a professional. The Master of Marketing Communications arms you with disciplinary-specific knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise that gives you the adaptive capabilities to thrive in this ever-changing profession. Read more

Be part of the merging sectors of marketing and communication by cultivating your future as a professional. The Master of Marketing Communications arms you with disciplinary-specific knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise that gives you the adaptive capabilities to thrive in this ever-changing profession.

As vocational program with an internship option, the Master of Marketing Communications integrates your skills in the marketing and communications disciplines by teaching you how to adapt to the changing industry of the digital age. Graduates emerge as creative and reflective practitioners equipped to face dynamic industry challenges with practical skills in content marketing, advertising, public relations and strategic communications.

Developed with industry experts, this program is co-taught by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Melbourne Business School.

WHO’S IT FOR?

Designed for those with a keen analysis of emerging technology and their impact on modern marketing and communications. If you want to understand theory and practice, the Master of Marketing Communications will teach you how to address opportunities across Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world. Explore cross-cultural communication and develop a range of professional skills, such as report writing, budgetary expertise and strategic leadership. Utilise your knowledge through a practical internship or group-based capstone experience, or conceptualise, plan and execute an independent, research project.

WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?

With a Master of Marketing Communications, you can enter professional fields including:

  • Content marketing and advertising
  • External relations
  • Public relations
  • Social media coordination
  • Digital brand management.

With 5–10 years’ experience, you can expect to progress to roles such as:

  • Communications manager
  • Community manager
  • Senior public relations and media relations A
  • Campaign strategy director.


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Our Marketing Communications and Advertising MSc, accredited by CIM, places each student under the spotlight. Read more
Our Marketing Communications and Advertising MSc, accredited by CIM, places each student under the spotlight. Can you put your sound theoretical understanding into practice? Will your communications plan, and the research it's built on, withstand academic scrutiny? Do you present work confidently? Would a seasoned ad agency director trust your recommendations? Graduates are ready to leap into advertising, communications or public relations roles, and answer any question their clients throw at them.

-Industry application and critique: on this course you will pitch to a panel of real marketing agency professionals, who will critique your technique as well as your response to the brief. You will learn to use research to become an expert in a given area, and to communicate these findings to others quickly and effectively. You will gain broad and also deep knowledge of each marketing communications channel, with a focus on advertising.
-Contacts in the sector: guest speakers, from marketing directors to media planners, come to Kingston to share up-to-the-minute information from their campaigns with our students. Even the course syllabus itself is designed and refined in consultation with a panel of marketing experts. With easy access to central London, there are plenty of opportunities to build up a network of contacts.
-Career-ready: the work you complete during your masters builds into a portfolio you can be proud to show recruiters. Graduates from this course typically enter the workplace in a variety of communications, public relations and consultant roles, and have a strong foundation on which to progress their careers to the top.

"The links with our Marketing Expert Panel mean there's always an opportunity to ask what's changed and what's new in the campaigns you've been working on?' and to bring that up-to-the-minute input into the course." – Patricia Harris, director of studies

You do not need to have a background in business to study this course, but you will need to have a strong interest in gaining a masters in advertising and marketing communications.

Assessment

Coursework.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Available modules
-Marketing Communications Strategy
-Digital Communications and Analytics
-Public Relations
-Global Marketing Management
-Buyer Behaviour
-Market Research and Data Analysis
-Research Proposal and Dissertation

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With communication technologies developing at an unprecedented rate, managing the interface between a business and its key stakeholders is an exciting and challenging role for marketers. Read more
With communication technologies developing at an unprecedented rate, managing the interface between a business and its key stakeholders is an exciting and challenging role for marketers. This course provides a comprehensive study of core marketing principles with a particular focus on key communications issues to enable students to prepare for a career in marketing communications.

The course has been designed to develop cutting edge expertise in marketing communications. It is theoretically robust with an emphasis on applied critical thinking and analysis. We seek to maximise your opportunity to put marketing and marketing communications theory into practice through the use of live case studies, an on-line marketing simulation and by encouraging you to enter marketing competitions such as the annual Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing (IDM) competition. As such, the focus of this course is the development of applied marketing and marketing communications leaders of tomorrow.

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