The MSc in Marketing & Technology aims to transform students into uniquely-trained individuals possessing the knowledge and skills required to be successful marketers in dynamic and technology-driven industries.
Companies such as Netflix, Airbnb, and Tesla have one thing in common: they break with the norms of existing markets and employ unconventional, technology-driven marketing approaches. Traditional marketing education all too often neglects the marketing abilities that these companies possess.
The MSc in Marketing & Technology departs from the rather passive marketing logic that assumes markets and marketing channels are fixed features of reality. Instead, it shows how managers can proactively shape and create new markets and marketing landscapes.
The goal of this programme is to transform students into uniquely-trained individuals who understand how to leverage emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and the Internet of Things, to design unique customer experiences, disrupt existing markets, and create entirely new ones.
The programme will direct students’ attention to significant and emerging technological trends, and show how they can address important social and environmental problems.
It seeks to enable students to discover new market opportunities that will have a positive impact on the economy, society, and the environment. Students will be equipped with the skills required to effectively navigate today’s technology-dominated marketing environments, and they will learn how to be successful marketers in the digital marketing era.
You will find this programme valuable if you:
The MSc Marketing & Technology consists of:
You will study the following core modules:
You'll undertake an independent piece of research focusing on the intersection of marketing, technology management, and innovation. The research dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. You'll be advised by an experienced supervisor.
You can choose two optional modules to make up the remaining 30 credits
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
Companies across many industries have to cope with increasingly technology-dominated marketing environments. This programme is a response to the marketing needs of such companies. Also, entrepreneurial, technology-based firms will value the skills provided by this programme. Typical jobs include, but are not limited to, the positions of marketing manager, product manager, brand manager, advertising manager, PR manager, media manager, digital communications manager, account manager, marketing strategist, marketing analyst, marketing consultant, or sales manager.
This masters degree offers the perfect starting point for a career in strategic marketing, particularly in an international business environment.
You’ll learn to appreciate modern developments in marketing management theory and practice and explore essential areas including international marketing, marketing strategy and marketing research. You’ll also examine key topics such as international services marketing, consumer behaviour across cultures and global supply chains.
The course has a practical focus and you’ll develop professional skills through in-company assignments and case studies examining genuine business scenarios.
Our academics are experts in their field with extensive teaching, research and consultancy experience of international standing. As such, this course is globally recognised and attracts students from all over the world. You’ll gain cross-cultural experience and an understanding of the skills required to work in an international environment.
The Marketing division at Leeds University Business School is one of the leading centres of research in marketing in Europe. As part of our research, we engage with companies, senior executives and academics across all five continents.
Our research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc International Marketing Management; our academics bring their world-leading expertise to you in the classroom. The Global and Strategic Marketing Research Centre is the Business School’s established and esteemed centre of excellence for scholarly research work.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), giving you the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. This means you can work towards CIM qualifications during your studies and will receive exemptions from selected assessments.
CIM is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees, which ensures you are equipped with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.
The course is also accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE), the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.
Core modules will develop your understanding of international marketing in theory and practice.
You’ll learn how organisations use marketing research to understand their audience and complement this with an awareness of consumer behaviour in different cultures. Then you’ll examine how this information is turned into practical marketing strategies, with modules focusing on marketing communications and strategy as well as the challenges of international marketing.
From there, you’ll develop your knowledge by focusing on international services marketing and considering practical solutions to the problems of global supply chains. You’ll also choose an optional module in an area that interests you, such as social media marketing or corporate social responsibility. During the company marketing project, you’ll have the chance to work alongside an external organisation to research and develop strategies to address their marketing problems.
You can apply your research skills and knowledge to a dissertation which you submit by the end of the year, or you can take a different route. Our third semester consultancy projects give students the opportunity to work with a live business situation, make links with industry and gain work experience that can be exceptionally rewarding.
Throughout the course you’ll also benefit from a Professional Skills and Employability module, dedicated to developing the key skills employers are looking for when recruiting marketing graduates. Read what our current students say about the opportunities for professional development.
You’ll take nine compulsory modules, plus either a research dissertation or consultancy project.
You’ll choose one further optional module.
We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our academics, including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.
Independent study is also vital for this course, allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
This masters degree will prepare you to pursue a career in marketing management within an international or domestic environment. You’ll develop the professional skills to work within a range of business situations, from large multinational corporations to smaller organisations, or within your own business.
You’ll be able to pursue a career in many areas including international marketing, export marketing, marketing research, marketing consultancy, services marketing, social media marketing, direct, digital and interactive marketing, or supply chain management.
Top graduates who aspire to a research or academic career will also be prepared to pursue a PhD in marketing.
Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to marketing students. They work in partnership with our academics to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.
This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to secure employment and start a successful career.
You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills.
Read more about our careers support.
This Marketing MA is aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing an intellectual understanding of the theories underpinning marketing concepts and processes. You will build a sound knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues relating to marketing, consumers and culture. It is a distinct, research-led course based on contemporary theory and case material which is challenging and innovative. It draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of our academics.
On graduating you will have an in-depth and critical understanding of a world increasingly defined by a culture of consumerism and the role played by marketing activities in building strong customer relationships and business opportunities. You will cover specialist marketing subjects, especially written for this Master’s programme and chosen for their relevance to contemporary marketing practice and research and develop forms of analysis and understanding at the very cutting edge. Your studies will cover issues such as the critical and practical understandings of marketing and consumers and branding. You will also explore the new marketing and consumer environment which both challenges and builds upon traditional marketing concepts.
As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
On graduating with a MA in marketing you will have a theoretical and empirical knowledge of marketing and employed a variety of academically based marketing techniques and practices as well as a critical awareness of current issues at the forefront of marketing in society. Our graduates are highly employable with the potential to move into variety of different marketing-related roles.
Graduates in recent years have been appointed into roles including Marketing Consultant at Viewpress TV, Sales Officer at Standard Chartered, Category Analyst at Kantar World Panel UK, Research Assistant at Maritz Research Europe and Private Banker at ICICI Bank.
“My degree from Royal Holloway helped me get this role at Microsoft, thanks to the valuable insights into the digital Marketing world I gained, it also taught me how to team work in an international environment. An experience I can only highly recommend to prospective Marketing students.” Vera Hoelscher. Sales Solutsion Specialst at Microsoft (MA Marketing, 2010)
The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing.
The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students for a career in international marketing by:
France occupies a unique position, excelling in cultural diversity, scientific endeavour, hospitality, and business acumen. The programme uses examples from global industries in which France excels to teach advanced marketing theory and techniques. The curriculum also includes an internship and a final dissertation. It provides a unique challenging experience for students, while maximizing their opportunities for long-term personal and career development.
The MSc in Marketing French Excellence programme starts with the fundamentals of Marketing and culminates with the internship and a final dissertation. It is organised in semesters:
Discover how the digital revolution has changed the field of marketing, and how the most cutting edge tools are impacting marketers globally, as well as how those tools are used, both by and in an attempt to target, the current generation. Topics include, but are not limited to: web marketing, social media marketing, big data, apps, netnography, and more.
Marketing tools, theories, and knowledge required for the successful planning and execution of effective marketing activities.
Definition of frame for a comprehensive marketing analysis, including the global environment, culture and customer and competitor analysis. Choice of market and integration of different variables within an overall international strategic approach.
Use of quantitative information as an essential element in marketing decisions. Understanding and interpreting key marketing statements within the business.
Motivation and the buying process from a French sociocultural perspective.
Understanding how brand marketing works and examining the actions and responsibilities of the marketing team, to maximize the potential of the major brands they control.
Mastering and implementing sophisticated research techniques related to data collection and analysis to address complex marketing problems with the most appropriate methodology
Learning the tools and techniques that maintain France’s position as a global leader in the luxury goods sector
Since the invention of the original hypermarket concept, France has consistently excelled in the development of innovative retailing and merchandising solutions.
Study the dominance of the French aerospace, nuclear and rail transport industries.
What makes France different and special? This module focuses on the concept of National Brand Identity and examines how French marketers integrate culture as a positioning tool to gain competitive advantage and differentiate themselves.
Focus on France’s status as the world’s most visited country and the success of leading French service companies in the tourism, hotel and hospitality industries.
Provides an essential opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills learnt during the first two semesters to a professional environment. You are free to carry out your internship in France, or abroad, subject to approval by the internship director, based on its relevance to the MSc programme and course content.
You will be assigned a research tutor and choose a research topic that you will study throughout the semester and present to a panel of professors.
The M.Sc. in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing.
A few of the possible jobs to which you can aspire:
The programme is 180 credits with 11 modules. Classes are 7 weeks long and the full programmes consist of 90 credits core courses, 45 credits focused on marketing electives and/or business electives, and a 30-credit dissertation (with a supporting 15-credit Research Skills module). The programme can be completed in 2 years. Classes are 100% online, and you’ll join a diverse group of professionals from a variety of industries. You’ll participate in class discussions, lectures and assessments at your own pace. Collaborate with fellow students, faculty, and staff to tackle case studies and challenges from the marketing field. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the advantage of building a career network while completing your postgraduate degree.
Class materials are accessible 24/7, and courses are delivered in an innovative online learning environment. We offer six intakes per year so you can start your online postgraduate marketing degree when you’re ready. A Student Support Advisor will work with you throughout the programme to help you succeed.
The online marketing programme’s dissertation is designed to test your cumulative knowledge. You’ll be asked to apply classroom concepts, experience, and theory to a real-world scenario. The dissertation portion of the online programme may be a valuable portfolio piece that shows potential employers the direct application of your marketing degree.
Core Modules - 90 Credits
The aim of this module is to introduce marketing as a central feature of the strategic planning process. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. A marketing perspective focuses on an in-depth and critical understanding of desires and decision processes of customers and businesses. This module will introduce the stages of an organisation’s marketing strategy as: strategic analysis; strategic choice; strategic implementation; and monitoring and control. Understanding the processes involved in these stages, from both theoretical and practical perspectives will develop participant’s awareness of the changing role of marketing in today’s organisations. The module content is structured around practical examples and case studies that aim to help you develop skills of critical analysis and problem-solving.
Understanding Consumer Behaviour
The aim of the module is to understand the behaviour of people as consumers and the strategic implications of this understanding for marketing managers. This understanding is one of the critical components of marketing analysis in examining and diagnosing problems and reaching effective decisions. Principles from several social sciences including psychology, sociology, and anthropology are integrated to understand and analyse consumer actions, experiences, feelings, and judgment processes.
Integrated Marketing Communications
Consumers find themselves increasingly surrounded by media and marketing-related messages and the impact of technology, and digital communication are transforming the way consumers interact with each other and organisations. Consumers are active and engaged, often generating their own content and co-creating communications with producers and other consumers. This raises both opportunities and challenges for organisations. This module will give students an in-depth understanding of the marketing communication mix both from a theoretical and practical perspective, exploring how different forms of communication work together, acknowledging the development of the new mediums by which organisations may communicate with stakeholder and influencer groups and how such communications affect business and society.
Principles of International Business
Business is increasingly international in scope as managers take advantage of greater access to foreign markets, not only to sell products, but also to access inputs, knowledge and skills. This module addresses several questions. ‘How does becoming an international business change a company that previously operated only in the home market?’ ‘How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?’ ‘What factors determine an international business is successful?’ While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives. These are the Resource Based View, which focuses on the resources and capabilities of the firm and the Institution Based View which requires studying the differences in the business environment around the globe, to which successful companies need to adapt. The module considers political, economic and cultural difference and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries.
Marketing Analysis & Research
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in market research, which provides a foundation to understand markets and consumers. A variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analysis methods for descriptive, causal, and exploratory research designs will be discussed and compared, alongside the utilisation of these techniques in market research. The research design process (problem identification, proposal writing) will also be taught.
Digital Marketing Strategy
This module focuses on the role and consequences of digital technology and social media developments for marketing theory and practice. Digital marketing has fast become an essential area of marketing for many, if not all, organisations. Digital marketing is not only marked by significant cultural changes, but also changes in the ways that marketers operate and relate to consumers. Along with these changes come far-reaching implications related to data security and privacy, social relations, mixed realities, and Big Data, among many others. Looking across a variety of issues within digital marketing, the course interrogates the relationship between digital and ‘traditional’ marketing strategy, with a critical eye to societal implications. As such, this course begins by examining theory around marketing, particularly from a sociological perspective to consider how ‘consumers’ engage with digital marketing and what it means to live in a digital world. Next, the course examines digital marketing practices that are now integral, if not essential, to marketing strategy from a ‘real world’ perspective, including the role and practice of communication, market research, campaign planning and evaluation. Finally, the course considers the implications of digital marketing, not only related to marketing practice but also to the social.
The School of Education provides wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research. More than 82% of its research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*) in the 2014 REF
The MA by Research is research-based Masters programme. It is assessed by a thesis of 40,000 words maximum. Students are encouraged to participate in a research training programme, but they are not required to complete assignments for research training modules they attend.
This programme is suitable for applicants who are interested in developing their independent research skills and many students who complete this course progress onto PhD study afterwards.
We have a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provide wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research. Our academic expertise covers a broad range of disciplines grouped into three main departments:
We also have a number of highly successful research centres which reflect the diversity of our research activity
The interdependence of research with development and professional practice means that we particularly welcome the contribution of research students to our work. We provide a comprehensive programme of research training, together with opportunities to take part in research seminars where speakers with national and international reputations present work that is at the forefront of current debates within the field.
The Education MA by Research
The MA by Research is a pure masters level research course. Students will need to complete a thesis of 40,000 words maximum and a research training programme.
This programme is suitable for applicants who are interested in developing their independent research skills and many students who complete this course progress onto PhD study afterwards.
Please view our postgraduate research webpage to find out more about the type of research degrees on offer in the School of Education.
Perhaps the most important step in the formulation of your research project is to identify a member of academic staff with appropriate expertise to supervise your area of interest. Your supervisor will act as the main source of academic supervisory support and research mentoring during your time as a doctoral researcher at the University and as such, it is vital that you ensure that the department to which you are applying is able to offer appropriate supervisory support in your relevant research area. Before submitting your application to the University you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research and contact them directly about your research proposal.
Applicants are encouraged to view the research activity within each school department as well as on the individual staff profiles. You may also download a summary of staff research interests (PDF, opens new window).
Over the last five years, an impressive 98.3 % of Education postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.
Birmingham’s Education graduates choose to work in variety of education roles in schools and administrative roles in public and private sector organisations. Work in retail, sales and administration are also popular options. Some chose to continue their education and apply for professional courses such as teacher training. Some of our graduates are attracted to careers in education such as teaching, community and youth work or other public sector occupations such as social work, police, housing and probation. New opportunities in partnership enterprises within sport, leisure, education and community schemes appeal. Some graduates also consider work in the private sector such as retail, finance or marketing.
What type of career assistance is available to those who complete the Education MA by Research?
The College of Social Sciences, to which the School of Education belongs, has specially designated careers advisors and careers consultants who can provide guidance for students on career paths, CVs, training opportunities, application and interviews. The University’s central Careers’ Service also runs workshops and offers personally tailored advice and guidance including 1-1 careers advice and 1-1 CV advice. The Career’s Service runs CV writing workshops especially for postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, giving advice on how to compile CVs for both employment and for academic roles.
The University also has dedicated careers advisors who run workshops and provide networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with international postgraduate students.