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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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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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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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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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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 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 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.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to take exams for the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing and upon successful completion of the exams become a professional member of the Digital Marketing Institute.

Course content

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 are the study trips and company visits organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending learning in new environments.

Modules

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

Year-long module
-CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Semester one modules
-BUYER BEHAVIOUR FOR MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
-MARKETING AND BRAND STRATEGY
-MARKETING AND MEDIA RESEARCH MANAGEMENT
-SUMMER SCHOOL

Semester two modules
-ADVERTISING MANAGEMENT
-DIRECT MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL AGE
-PROMOTIONAL MARKETING AND EVENT MANAGEMENT
-PUBLIC RELATIONS AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT
-INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN PLANNING PROJECT

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Graduates of the course are employed throughout the world in marketing, media and communications organisations. These include advertising and digital agencies such as Mind Share and J.W.Thompson; media organisations including television, publishing, and Google; and large companies such as Procter and Gamble, and Coca Cola. Our students take up posts such as marketing managers, marketing planners, brand managers, corporate communication managers and social media community managers.

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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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Keen to work on managing budgets and developing marketing strategies? Or in a multi-cultural environment?. Gain two Master's awards within one year from ESCEM School of Business and Management, France and University of Greenwich Business School, UK. Read more
  • Keen to work on managing budgets and developing marketing strategies? Or in a multi-cultural environment?
  • Gain two Master's awards within one year from ESCEM School of Business and Management, France and University of Greenwich Business School, UK
  • Advantage of both institutes’ extensive business, social and professional networks
  • Undertake a work placement to reinforce studies
  • Study a marketing degree ranked second overall in London (Complete University Guide 2017).

Overview

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 people say

"The lecturers bring with them a world of information from the outside world; they've got good links with industries outside so we get real time information, like real-world information that we can use to develop our thoughts."

Nita Nair

MA Strategic Marketing Communications

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:



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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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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.

The courses shown in the 'Full time' drop down below are being updated. If you have any queries please contact us.

What you'll study

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.

Part-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

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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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. Read more
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.

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.

About the Birmingham Business School

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Our dedication to providing our students with a rich educational experience within our Business School has led to increased investment in our career services and corporate relations programme. This will further enhance the already excellent career prospects of our graduates, with additional opportunities for project work and internships with leading global businesses.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This course delivers an exceptional mix of new and best practice in contemporary digital and social media communications, along with significant communications and strategic insight into the digital sector. Read more
This course delivers an exceptional mix of new and best practice in contemporary digital and social media communications, along with significant communications and strategic insight into the digital sector. This is gained from access to experienced researchers and practitioners in the area.

This ground-breaking course combines best practice in digital and social media marketing with cutting edge academic thinking and contemporary professional development. The Digital Marketing Communications award is designed for:
-Graduates in business and marketing who want to move into a more digital role
-Graduates from non-business awards, such as the humanities, technology and sciences, who need to develop as digital channel specialists

Networking, contemporary industry experience and practice are key features as students come into contact with professionals from across their sectors and leading academics from the Business School.

We also offer a part-time MSc Digital Marketing programme with start dates in September and February.

Features and benefits of the course

-You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
-We have conducted extensive research within the digital and social media communications community to articulate the precise design of this programme and the specified units for the award have been tightly defined to encompass the views of the sectors.
-The teaching team have significant links into the national and global digital and social media communications community and combine practitioner insight with employer demand to create this curriculum.
-This programme is based on our extensive experience of running the UK’s longest running part-time Masters in Digital Marketing – this experience has highlighted specific new developments and concepts that have been incorporated into the design of this course.
-For students who do not come with any marketing experience or learning (non-cognate applicants), we ensure parity of knowledge as those students who do by offering the option to study Integrated Communications. This ensures they are able to operate with the same level of confidence as their peers who have knowledge and experience of marketing.
-Students (cognate applicants) with previous marketing learning and experience are able to build on their existing communications background by accessing the option unit on Rich User Experience.
-The curriculum is designed to introduce cognate and non-cognate graduates into this specialised discipline. Based on our part-time experience with our MSc Digital Marketing, we ensure that all learners are able to operate at postgraduate level through the Digital Masters Level Learning unit, allowing all learners to participate in an informed way in postgraduate learning.

Postgraduate internship programme

Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All Masters students at the Business School are encouraged to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies.

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to fourteen weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript.

A dedicated Placement and Project Coordinator will guide you through this process, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice, and supporting you to make speculative applications to source your own Internships.

Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes.

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