The MSc International Retail Marketing programme is designed for those looking to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of retail marketing and its application in the fast changing International and Digital Business environment. The programme will also deepen your knowledge of Business Management in general and Marketing in particular.
The student experience on this programme combines interactive lecture classes with seminars delivered to smaller groups. Moreover, our guest speakers from the industry, with their practical examples and cases, will help students to reflect on what they learn, take examples from the very best but also develop their own professional network.
The competitive significance of advanced Retail Marketing practices is increasingly acknowledged, especially in the modern Fast-Paced Digital World, making this programme highly relevant for future managers in retail and related professional services.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The programme aims to provide a high quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and other professionals in international retail marketing.
In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the programmes aim to develop generic management skills necessary to be effective in todays’ challenging business environment.
The programme has a business management orientation related to the retail sector and draws upon a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this sector. It takes an integrated approach so as to provide a coherent exploration of the inter-relationships between the various components.
The programme is international in scope and coverage, and lecturers draw upon the most recent research to inform their teaching. The programmes aim to develop students as independent and reflective learners, able to continue their learning once in their chosen profession.
Knowledge and understanding
Upon completing the course, students will have:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will gain the ability to:
Professional practical skills
Students will be able to:
Key / transferable skills
Students will have a range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation.
These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research.
Our marketing graduates who enrol with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as an Affiliate can study CIM qualifications without having to complete all of the modules. For most qualifications, students will only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three and therefore, students will add an individual award to supplement their degree. There is a fee to join CIM.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.
Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
This course is a conversion course, it is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.
Retailing is one of the largest sectors in the world economy. In some countries it is well established with large multinational companies constantly investing in customer-oriented marketing efforts to attract customer spending and loyalty. Marketing is an essential part of retailing.
This course deals with the learning and practical application of concepts essential for operating and marketing a retail business, and will help you to understand the contemporary retail environment and examine topical issues related to retail management and marketing.
You’ll learn from research-active, industry-experienced staff who have published innovative research into retail management and marketing issues. You'll develop analytical skills essential for operating and marketing in international retail environment by critically examining international retail development and activity, with a view to putting this knowledge into practice.
As part of this course you can take an optional minimum 30-week work placement giving you further hands-on experience and understanding of the industry. The placement will take place after the taught elements of the course are complete.
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The business of fashion is a global, cultural and economic force shaped by creative professionals who share a passion for innovative customer-centric solutions. The fashion marketplace requires senior managers who can seamless bring together material resources, human capital, and commercial vision to produce a personalised customer offering.
This programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading fashion retailers, represents a new direction in the integration of fashion retail management, fashion marketing, international consumer behaviour and supply chain planning. Its unique structure allows you to study at both the internationally renowned School of Design and Leeds University Business School, one of the top departments of its kind in the world. This means you'll have the opportunity to gain the varied knowledge and skills needed to for a managerial career in the exciting, dynamic and internationally-oriented fashion sector.
We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at the School of Design. You’ll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There are computer-aided design (CAD) suites with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs, EEG/eye-tracking technology and digital photography.
We also have an impressive range of resources you can use for research. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of our culture over time.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Fashion Marketing 15 credits
Dissertation Global Fashion Management 60 credits
Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
Consumer Behaviour Across Cultures 15 credits
Fashion Industry Analysis 15 credits
Sustainability and Fashion 15 credits
Textile Consultancy and Management 15 credits
Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development 15 credits
This programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group discussions. The modules will utilise methods of learning, teaching and assessment which are appropriate to Masters level study, such as group discussions, presentations, and report writing. Although a proportion of the contact time will be spent in teaching, emphasis will also be placed upon the use of group and independent learning. Discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of fashion retail and management further. You will have the opportunity to hear from external academic and professional speakers from the fashion and retail business world, and it may be possible to participate in retail colloquiums.
You'll be assessed by a variety of methods. Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to enhance and confirm your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.
Assessment within the modules will take various forms including: coursework assignments, reports, group work, presentations, examinations and the dissertation. You are encouraged to consider and discuss your work in tutorials using multiple assessment criteria related to modules Including, originality and appropriateness of concepts and treatments, communication strategy, project management, organisation, comprehension and professionalism.
The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you’ll have the chance to develop a unique blend of skills including management, analytical tools and customer marketing techniques. This will allow you to understand and shape global retail operations by managing multinational fashion organisations, international retail, foreign market entry, and global supply chains and value chains.
On graduating you'll be equipped to thrive in either further study or a diverse range of career paths. The knowledge you’ll have gained will make you especially employable in careers throughout the fashion value chain, including fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion public relations, merchandising and logistics management, management of the product development process, retail or brand management, product sourcing and supply chain management, and e-commerce.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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.
Read more about careers support at the Business School.