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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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/marketing-communications-internship-msc

Modules

Year 1:
- Integrated marketing communications
- Emerging issues in marketing communications
- Creative and media strategy
- Cross cultural buyer behaviour
- International brand management
- Research methods

Electives (one from)
- Digital and social media
- Public relations
- International marketing
- Market driven marketing
- Social marketing strategy

Year 2:
15,000 word research dissertation as well as internship reflective practice project

Employability

- Types of 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.

Salaries for marketing executives in the early stages of their careers generally range from £20,000-£30,000, while marketing professionals with a wealth of experience can earn up to £50,000. (All About Careers)

- 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.

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.

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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 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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/marketing-communications-msc

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

Employability

- Types of 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. Salaries for marketing executives in the early stages of their careers generally range from £20,000-£30,000, while marketing professionals with a wealth of experience can earn up to £50,000. (All About Careers).

- 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.

Professional links

Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

Marketing Communications Top-up to MSc

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.

See the website for the Top-up to MSc - http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/marketing-communications-top-up-to-msc

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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. 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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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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This one-year MA Strategic Marketing Communications programme (Dual Award) is designed to provide graduates and professionally qualified managers with an understanding of key aspects of marketing communications and give them the necessary skills to research, assess and evaluate aspects of the communications mix thereby enabling them to develop coherent and integrated communications strategies. Read more
This one-year MA Strategic Marketing Communications programme (Dual Award) is designed to provide graduates and professionally qualified managers with an understanding of key aspects of marketing communications and give them the necessary skills to research, assess and evaluate aspects of the communications mix thereby enabling them to develop coherent and integrated communications strategies.

While studying this programme, students will be undertaking a dual award at both the University of Greenwich in London and FBS in Poitiers, giving them an opportunity to strengthen their intercultural competence, take advantages of both institutes’ extensive business, social and professional networks, and enhance their employability with work placement.

On completion of the requirements for both institutions students will be awarded two degrees: MA Strategic Marketing Communications from University of Greenwich and MA International Marketing Communications from France Business School in Poitier. All study is in English. The first term is based in London, the second term is in Poitiers and the third term will usually be UK based.

Erasmus Grant funding is available for scholarship schemes on this programme, for a limited number of students. Further details will be provided upon successful receipt of unconditional or conditional offer on the programme.

The aims of this programme are:
• To foster a creative yet systematic approach to problem solving in the area of Strategic Marketing Communications via both academic and practical activities in UK and France
• To develop, improve and extend analytical, conceptual, research and consultancy skills in strategic marketing via industrial links in UK and France
• To provide students with a set of tools and a range of skills to become more effective communicators, negotiators and coaches via both national and international work placement programme.

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

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
• Placement (EU) (30 credits)
• Dissertation/Research Project (EU) (30 credits)
• Business Strategy Simulation (FBS) (6 credits)
• The Future of Marketing and Agencies (FBS) (6 credits)
• Negotiation in Marketing and Communications (FBS) (6 credits)
• International Brand Management (FBS) (12 credits)
• Measuring Advertising Effectiveness (FBS) (6 credits)
• New Media Marketing (FBS) (6 credits)
• Communications and Social Media Metrics (FBS) (6 credits)
• Developing Advertising and Promotional Strategies (30 credits)
• Inside the Customer's Mind (EU) (15 credits)
• Public Relations/Sponsorship (FBS) (6 credits)
• Foundations of Scholarship (EU)
• Research Methods (EU) (15 credits)
• Communications and Employability Skills (FBS) (6 credits)

Public Relations and Marketing

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

Fees and finance

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

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The aims of this programme are:

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

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

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

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

Public Relations and Marketing

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

What you'll study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fees and finance

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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/pgfunding

Open Days

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

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.

Special features

• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more.
• 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.
Adding value to your employability skills

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

• Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
• Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
• BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
• Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.

Consultancy dissertation

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations.

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.

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MSc Marketing Management is designed to offer students who currently hold the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) QCA Level 7 Diploma (with a weighted average pass mark of 50%) the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a full Masters degree. Read more
MSc Marketing Management is designed to offer students who currently hold the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) QCA Level 7 Diploma (with a weighted average pass mark of 50%) the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a full Masters degree.

The course aims to extend the understanding and competence gained via professional qualifications, and to enhance the ability of students to think strategically about marketing in the contemporary environment. A number of study routes are offered including both full time and part time learning. Delivery will be on campus during the daytime.

Full-Time route (12 months)

All UK/EU students can choose to complete the course in full-time or part-time mode. International students will need to study full time and complete the whole course in two semesters (due to visa requirements).

Part-Time route (24 months)

UK/ EU home students are also able to take the PT route, which will enable two or three units to be taken over two semesters.

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

Modules

To upgrade from the Diploma to Masters Degree eligible students are required to successfully complete two or three taught modules (Research Methods and one or two optional units from the existing portfolio), depending on their prior qualification(s). All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and exams.The list of available optional modules are detailed below:

- Optional Modules
Semester 1:
- Research Methods (see note 1) (20 credits)
- Integrated Marketing Communications (20 credits)
- Cross Cultural Buyer Behaviour (20 credits)
- Creative and Media Strategy (20 credits)
- Finance and HR for Marketing (20 credits)
- Strategies for International Market Entry (20 credits)
- Marketing Communications (see note 2,3,4) (10 credits)

Semester 2:
- International Brand Management (20 credits)
- International Pricing and Performance (20 credits)
- Research Methods (see note 1) (20 credits)
- Integrated Marketing Communications (20 credits)
- Marketing Communications (see note 3 and 4) (10 credits)
- Digital and Social Media (10 credits)
- Emerging Issues in Marketing Communications (10 credits)
- International Marketing (10 credits)
- Market Driven Marketing (10 credits)
- Social Marketing Strategy (10 credits)
- Global Operations and logistics (10 credits)

NOTES:
*1 Research methods is a compulsory unit. You need to take it once in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (It is the same unit in both semesters).

*2 IMC is an optional unit. You can only take it once in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (It is the same unit in both semesters).

*3 Marketing Communications is an optional unit. You can only take it once in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (It is the same unit in both semesters).

*4 If you are doing RM, plus 1 Option Unit then you will be accredited with prior learning for 10 credits. The APL will be the Marketing Communications unit.

*5 Please note that you can only do the credits you need. For example if you are doing RM, plus 1 Optional Unit plus dissertation your optional unit will need to be one 20-‐credit unit. If you are doing Research Methods, plus 2 optional units plus dissertation your optional units will need to be one 20 credit unit and one 10- credit option.

Employability

The MSc Marketing Management Top Up is designed to produce graduates with advanced expertise. You may find employment in middle to top management positions in large corporates or small charities, in modern e-businesses or public sector organisations. Successful students from other LSBU marketing orientated Masters programmes have entered into many different types of organisations including multinational and global companies, public sector organisations, charities and startups.

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

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.

Professional links

LSBU is accredited for its Dual Award programme by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM).

Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

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