The need for quantitative support for operational and strategic decisions is ever-increasing. Do you want to help businesses understand their customers better and make smarter decisions? Are maths, statistics and econometrics your forte? Do data science and the use of advanced methods appeal to you? The Business Analytics and Quantitative Marketing programme focuses on the most creative side of data science: converting big data into knowledge, finding opportunities and predicting behaviour.
This challenging programme teaches you how to solve business problems from an econometric point of view, perform quantitative research by using and further developing state-of-the-art data-analysis methods and translate findings into actionable advice.
At Erasmus School of Economics we are leaders in quantitative research and renowned for our high-quality practice-based teaching methods. Add this to our close ties to the business world and our many successful alumni in the field… and you know why Rotterdam is where you want to specialise in Business Analytics and Quantitative Marketing.
Solid (management) decisions in business and marketing increasingly depend on quantitative analysis. Not surprisingly, business analysts are in high demand. For the first step in their careers our alumni found jobs as a (marketing) researcher or data scientist at organisations like:
Such a position is also excellent stepping stone for a senior research or management position at similar corporations and institutions.
Are statistics and econometrics your thing? Would you like to dig deep, retrieve hidden information with state-of-the art techniques and contribute to sound decision-making? Our students share your interests. See how you match.
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The digital revolution has led to an unprecedented volume of information about consumers, which progressive organisations are eager to understand and use. This innovative masters degree will give you the practical skills to analyse consumer data and provide insights for successful marketing strategies.
Taught by leading academics from Leeds University Business School and School of Geography, you’ll explore a range of analytical techniques including applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and retail modelling, consumer and predictive analytics and data visualisation. You’ll also develop the softer skills to use the results of these analyses to inform decisions about marketing strategy.
Thanks to our connections with businesses worldwide, you’ll have access to emerging trends in topics such as consumer behaviour, decision science and digital and interactive marketing. You’ll further develop your practical skills with the opportunity to work on a live data project provided by a company.
This courseoffers you a rare combination of teaching expertise; the Business School’s academic excellence in Marketing alongside world-class teaching from the School of Geography, which draws on the knowledge of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy.
The University of Leeds is a major centre for big data analytics and you’ll benefit from affiliation with the UK’s Consumer Data Research Centre. The centre aims to make data that are routinely collected by businesses and organisations accessible for academic purposes. Coordinating and analysing this large and complex data has the potential to increase productivity and innovation in business, as well as to inform public policy and drive development.
Read an interview with the academic team to learn more about our expertise and the growing importance of this emerging subject area.
Core modules will introduce you to a range of analytical methods, ensuring you develop a solid foundation in the essential skills for consumer analytics and marketing strategy.
You’ll learn how to analyse geographic data using GIS software and understand the application of this in retail modelling, to evaluate new markets and locations. You’ll study predictive analytics, big data and consumer analytics, business analytics and decision science, and learn how to communicate results through data visualisations.
Alongside this, you’ll learn how to deploy data to inform decisions about marketing strategy. Marketing modules include marketing strategy, consumer behavior and direct, digital and interactive marketing. You’ll also deliver your own data-driven marketing research project for a company.
Optional modules allow you to further your knowledge in a related area of interest, either corporate social responsibility, internal communications and managing change, or applied population and demographic analysis.
By the end of the course, you’ll submit an independent project. You can either research a topic in-depth and submit a dissertation, or gain practical experience through a consultancy project working with an external organisation.
You’ll take the nine compulsory modules below, plus your dissertation, which can be a choice of either a research dissertation or marketing consultancy project.
You'll take 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.
As a graduate of this course you will be equipped with advanced skills in consumer analytics and marketing strategy, ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in consumer data analytics, marketing and/or management.
Due to the digital revolution, companies from around the world and in many industrial sectors have access to greater amounts of data.
The most progressive companies in the world are particularly interested in marketing graduates with strong analytical skills, and typical roles could include marketing or consumer data analyst, direct marketing manager, marketing manager, retail manager, or marketing or management consultant.
As a masters student you will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.
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.
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.
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The MSc Strategic Marketing programme has been developed in response to the increasing global focus on marketing as a highly strategic management function.
During the programme you will examine marketing fundamentals, explore a range of topics in advanced marketing and strategy, understand the critical role of technology as a marketing challenge and opportunity, and apply this knowledge in the context of established companies and entrepreneurial ventures. Technology is an integral part of our programme. A range of teaching innovations will enhance your learning and bring digital media, particularly social media, into the classroom.
You will be required to study 13 taught modules. Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. In the autumn and spring term you will study modules designed to equip you with practical tools for the application of marketing strategies in key areas such as pricing and branding. Core modules include:
• Consumer Behaviour
• Contemporary Marketing Practice I
• Contemporary Marketing Practice II
• Marketing Strategy and Finance
• Digital Marketing
• Integrated Marketing Communications
• Marketing Analytics
• Quantitative Services Marketing
• Marketing Decision Making
• Relationship Marketing
• Strategic Product Management
In the Summer term you will study how to apply leading edge strategies to marketing plan development and implementation. You will take part in an exciting Marketing Consulting Project for a real client organisation, develop a clear multi‑channel marketing plan for the Marketing Plan Competition and write a 5,000 word unsupervised report on a current strategic marketing topic.