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Focusing on applying social marketing principles to the key health, environmental and civic issues in contemporary society, the Social Marketing PGCert will give you the skills and confidence to plan and manage social marketing campaigns. Read more

Focusing on applying social marketing principles to the key health, environmental and civic issues in contemporary society, the Social Marketing PGCert will give you the skills and confidence to plan and manage social marketing campaigns.

This course will appeal to graduates who are looking for a career that contributes something positive or beneficial for society, or experienced professionals interested in accrediting existing social marketing skills.

The Social Marketing postgraduate certificate will develop your ability to:

  • plan behavioural change programmes based on an understanding of what moves and motivates people
  • apply social marketing theory and concepts to practical behavioural problems
  • demonstrate a critical analysis of social marketing strategy, both in practice and policy making settings
  • show competence in social marketing planning techniques and the application of behaviour theory to live projects
  • apply commercial marketing and other management tools to behaviour change programmes.

This flexible course is designed to fit around your personal and professional commitments. You can choose to start in November (subject to numbers) or May.

Course structure

The course is designed to fit around your personal and professional commitments, with start dates throughout the year. You may determine the length of the course, which can vary between six months and four years, depending on your individual circumstances.

You take a Social Marketing module over four consecutive days, with additional supervision and assessment time. On completion of this module you can choose to follow one of two routes:

  1. the modules route
  2. the work-based route.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the best combination of modules and projects with your tutor.

You need 60 credits to achieve the Social Marketing PGCert. The compulsory Social Marketing module is worth 20 credits; you can earn the other 40 credits either through two 20-credit modules or a work-based project.

You can take modules one at a time. For example, you could pay for one 20-credit module, then pay for another one at a later date until you have earned the 60 credits necessary for the PGCert award. For more details on studying individual modules, contact the course team at 

1. Modules route

This route allows you to choose two modules in addition to the compulsory Social Marketing module.

Each module is taught in weekly blocks, not including supervision and assessment time.

Modules

  • Meeting the Challenges: Public Health
  • Research Methods for Critical Appraisal
  • Behavioural Economics
  • The Dynamic Public Service Environment
  • Service Planning and Commissioning
  • Sustainable Joint Working
  • Marketing for the Not-for-Profit Sector

2. Work-based project route

The work-based project can be completed at a pace that suits you and your employer (between six months and four years). It is based around your own professional interests and carried out under the supervision of the course team.

Should you decide to take this route, you will be required to produce a coherent account of an applied social marketing initiative.

The project provides an opportunity to create strategies to overcome the barriers that social marketing professionals face when creating complex behaviour change programmes.

You will be expected to:

  • identify a social marketing problem of your choice (in consultation with tutors)
  • explore relevant social marketing/behaviour change models to provide insight into an audience in relation to the particular issue
  • analyse the primary and secondary data, with reference to social marketing theory and literature
  • draw sound conclusions from your investigation
  • identify realistic and feasible social marketing recommendations, such as the development of a behavioural intervention or a review of the way a public service is provided.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for graduates wanting to develop social marketing skills, as well as experienced professionals interested in accrediting existing social marketing skills. 

It will be of particular interest to:

  • professionals with marketing or business experience interested in working in health or environment sectors
  • public health, health promotion, commissioning and environmental professionals who are interested in social marketing and behavioural change
  • people working internationally within the disciplines of environment, business and social science
  • health and environmental professionals who have completed a basic introduction to social marketing course
  • communications professionals working in local authorities and NHS organisations
  • non-profit, voluntary and other public sector managers from charities and social enterprises.

Careers and employability

On completion of this course you will have an advanced understanding of social marketing strategy. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge sought after by employers in national, regional and local government, social marketing consultancies, the NHS and not-for-profit organisations.

The course demonstrates your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers. The government’s recognition of the value of the social marketing means that a large number of relevant roles and vacancies are available in the public sector.



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Our CIM-accredited Marketing (Social Marketing) MSc explores the nuances of marketing for the wider benefit of society, preparing you for a marketing career in the public sector, health authorities, not-for-profit organisations and social marketing consultancies in the UK and internationally. . Read more

Our CIM-accredited Marketing (Social Marketing) MSc explores the nuances of marketing for the wider benefit of society, preparing you for a marketing career in the public sector, health authorities, not-for-profit organisations and social marketing consultancies in the UK and internationally. 

On the course, you will:·    

  • understand how to use the motivations of target audiences when planning programmes to influence, and ultimately change, behaviour     
  • develop your knowledge of both the theory and practice of marketing at an advanced level    
  • gain an in-depth and critical understanding of research methodologies, and marketing planning and strategy 

This course is part of our Marketing MSc programme. All students complete the same core modules to give you practical knowledge in key marketing subjects, then from the end of your first term you will be able to tailor your course to your interests or career aspirations through a choice of specialisms and option modules, or continue on a more generalist route with our Marketing MSc.

Course structure

The course is organised into three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities, which are based on specialist reading, research and case studies. Modules are assessed through essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

All of our Marketing MSc courses share six core modules (Moving to Masters, Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice, Marketing Planning and Strategy, Marketing Research I: quantitative methods, Marketing Research II: qualitative methods, and a dissertation).

This specialist route includes one subject-specific module (Social Marketing), but you can also select from a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations.

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice, which will require you to make recommendations for real-life marketing practice. Throughout your dissertation, you will receive support from a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.

Syllabus

All students will study seven core modules. You will also select one option module, which will allow you to specialise in an additional strand of marketing.

Modules

  • Moving to Masters
  • Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Planning and Strategy
  • Marketing Research I: quantitative methods
  • Marketing Research II: qualitative methods
  • Social Marketing
  • Dissertation

One from:

  • International Marketing
  • Branding and Communications
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Digital Marketing
  • New Product Development

Chartered Institute of Marketing

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers. The CIM have awarded the course Multiple Award Pathway status, which means that you will have a number of exemptions from CIM qualifications.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and – alongside our Marketing MSc – will ensure that you are equipped with the best education for a successful marketing career.

CIM membership 

You will be entitled to free CIM affiliate-level membership, giving you access to a range of benefits and services. CIM membership is a clear demonstration of your commitment to ongoing professional development.

Membership benefits include:

  • The Marketer – the members' magazine
  • Studying Member e-news
  • Learning Zone website – study resources
  • Marketing library and online archive resources

You will also be able to take modules from your course that will help you gain the following CIM qualifications:

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing

To obtain this certificate you will need to pass the CIM’s Integrated Communications module and one option module. You will be exempt from the CIM’s Marketing module.

CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to pass the CIM’s Marketing Metrics module and one option module. *

CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to take the Branding and Marketing Communications module and pass the CIM’s Digital Marketing Essentials module and one option module. You will be exempt from the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour module.

Teaching excellence

Most of our tutors worked in industry before joining the university and continue to consult for corporate firms, which allows them to integrate the latest commercial developments into our courses. They are also active researchers at the forefront of marketing theory.

Industry representatives advise on the content and development of our courses and contribute to teaching as guest lecturers. Their talks help to bring classroom theory to life by sharing real-world case studies, results and pitfalls.

You will learn transferable skills in research, presentations, group work and conflict resolution, all of which are highly sought after in today's highly competitive job market.

Class sizes are small enough for there to be a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff know students by name and can closely monitor their progress.

Careers and employability

A Marketing (Social Marketing) MSc from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career in marketing.

The course has been designed for people wanting a successful and rewarding careers in sectors such as:

  • advertising
  • branding
  • communications
  • creative and design
  • digital marketing
  • direct marketing
  • event management
  • market research
  • marketing (general)
  • media
  • product marketing
  • public relations
  • sales.

The course is ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level or working as a professional researcher in marketing.



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Our CIM-accredited Marketing MSc develops your understanding of marketing from a strategic perspective, with specialisms available in Digital Marketing, Branding and Communications, Social Marketing and International Marketing. Read more

Our CIM-accredited Marketing MSc develops your understanding of marketing from a strategic perspective, with specialisms available in Digital Marketing, Branding and Communications, Social Marketing and International Marketing.

Using a mix of lectures, practical experience from live client projects and case studies our course will prepare you for a career in marketing. You will learn about both the theory and practice of marketing at an advanced level, and cover topics such as research methodologies, marketing planning and strategy. 

At the end of the first term, you will also have the option to specialise in one of four areas:

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s leading professional marketing body, this course progresses you towards Chartered Marketer status through exemptions from examinations of the institute.  

Course structure

The course is organised into three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities, which are based on specialist reading, research and case studies. Modules are assessed through essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice, which will require you to make recommendations for real-life marketing practice. Throughout your dissertation, you will receive support from a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.

Syllabus

All students will study six core modules including a masters transition module and a dissertation. Optional modules will allow you to specialise in the areas of marketing that interest you most.

Modules

  • Moving to Masters
  • Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Planning and Strategy 
  • Marketing Research I: quantitative methods
  • Marketing Research II: qualitative methods
  • Dissertation

Two from:

  • International Marketing 
  • Branding and Communications 
  • Social Marketing 
  • Behavioural Economics 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • New Product Development

Chartered Institute of Marketing

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers. The CIM have awarded the course Multiple Award Pathway status, which means that you will have a number of exemptions from CIM qualifications.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and – alongside our Marketing MSc – will ensure that you are equipped with the best education for a successful marketing career.

CIM membership 

You will be entitled to free CIM affiliate-level membership, giving you access to a range of benefits and services. CIM membership is a clear demonstration of your commitment to ongoing professional development.

Membership benefits include:

  • The Marketer – the members' magazine
  • Studying Member e-news
  • Learning Zone website – study resources
  • Marketing library and online archive resources

You will also be able to take modules from your course that will help you gain the following CIM qualifications:

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing

To obtain this certificate you will need to pass the CIM’s Integrated Communications module and one option module. You will be exempt from the CIM’s Marketing module.

CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to pass the CIM’s Marketing Metrics module and one option module. *

CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to take the Branding and Marketing Communications module and pass the CIM’s Digital Marketing Essentials module and one option module. You will be exempt from the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour module.

Teaching excellence

Most of our tutors worked in industry before joining the university and continue to consult for corporate firms, which allows them to integrate the latest commercial developments into our courses. They are also active researchers at the forefront of marketing theory.

Industry representatives advise on the content and development of our courses and contribute to teaching as guest lecturers. Their talks help to bring classroom theory to life by sharing real-world case studies, results and pitfalls.

You will learn transferable skills in research, presentations, group work and conflict resolution, all of which are highly sought after in today's highly competitive job market.

Class sizes are small enough for there to be a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff know students by name and can closely monitor their progress.

Careers and employability

A Marketing MSc from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career.

The course has been designed for people wanting a successful and rewarding career in sectors including advertising, branding, communications, digital marketing, direct marketing, event management, public relations and sales.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level or working as a professional researcher in marketing.

Previous graduates have started successful careers with the following companies:

  • Product Manager for Astra Zeneca, Milan
  • Brand manager for Campari, Switzerland
  • Account Executive for Blaze Communications, UK
  • Marketing Manager for Mitchells and Butlers, UK
  • Marketing Manager for Cartier, Taiwan
  • Brand Manager for L'Oreal, Greece.

By the time you graduate, you will be equipped with the skills to think and act independently, and to arrive at considered judgements and decisions in co-operation with others. You will be able to interpret information, data and ideas to produce creative solutions to problems and identify market opportunities.



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Our CIM-accredited Marketing (Digital Marketing) MSc is designed for those seeking to develop their knowledge of digital marketing and e-commerce at an advanced level, preparing you for a career in marketing, advertising or social media. Read more

Our CIM-accredited Marketing (Digital Marketing) MSc is designed for those seeking to develop their knowledge of digital marketing and e-commerce at an advanced level, preparing you for a career in marketing, advertising or social media.

On the course, you will:    

  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to manage digital marketing campaigns within a modern marketing communications mix    
  • Examine the range of digital marketing channels and contextualise emerging digital marketing opportunities
  • Hear guest speakers from the digital marketing industry discuss best practice in email, mobile, social media, SEO and digital strategy.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s leading professional marketing body, this course progresses you towards Chartered Marketer status through exemptions from examinations of the institute.  

This course is part of our Marketing MSc programme. All students complete the same core modules to give you practical knowledge in key marketing subjects, then from the end of your first term you will be able to tailor your course to your interests or career aspirations through a choice of specialisms and option modules, or continue on a more generalist route with our Marketing MSc.

Course structure

The course is organised into three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities, which are based on specialist reading, research and case studies. Modules are assessed through essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

All of our Marketing MSc courses share six core modules. This specialist route includes one subject-specific module (Digital Marketing), but also shares a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor the course to your own interests and career aspirations.

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice, which will require you to make recommendations for real-life marketing practice. Throughout your dissertation, you will receive support from a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.

Syllabus

You will learn through a combination of structured teaching and independent study and research. Modules will be assessed with a mixture of essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

Students select six core modules and select one optional module.

Modules

  • Moving to Masters
  • Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Planning and Strategy
  • Marketing Research I: quantitative methods
  • Marketing Research II: qualitative methods
  • Digital Marketing
  • Dissertation

One from:

  • International Marketing
  • Social Marketing
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Branding and Communications
  • New Product Development 

CIM

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers. The CIM have awarded the course Multiple Award Pathway status, which means that you will have a number of exemptions from CIM qualifications.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and – alongside our Marketing MSc – will ensure that you are equipped with the best education for a successful marketing career.

CIM membership 

You will be entitled to free CIM affiliate-level membership, giving you access to a range of benefits and services. CIM membership is a clear demonstration of your commitment to ongoing professional development.

Membership benefits include:

  • The Marketer – the members' magazine
  • Studying Member e-news
  • Learning Zone website – study resources
  • Marketing library and online archive resources

You will also be able to take modules from your course that will help you gain the following CIM qualifications:

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing

To obtain this certificate you will need to pass the CIM’s Integrated Communications module and one option module. You will be exempt from the CIM’s Marketing module.

CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to pass the CIM’s Marketing Metrics module and one option module. *

CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to take the Branding and Marketing Communications module and pass the CIM’s Digital Marketing Essentials module and one option module. You will be exempt from the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour module.

International Study Exchange 

Through our partnership with MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business you have the opportunity to gain an international perspective to your studies. On our study exchange programme you would join MIP’s International Master in Multichannel Marketing Management course, which is taught in English.

You will be able to choose from a range of modules including Design & Marketing: the Italian way in different sectors including for example Design, Fashion and Furniture, Automotive, Wine and Sports Marketing. 

Careers and employability

Digital media and marketing has grown into a multi-billion pound industry. As demand for digital marketing has grown, so has the number of specialist digital jobs in companies and agencies. 

This course is ideal for potential marketing professionals and digital marketing specialists.

Graduates are likely to be able to choose from a wide variety of marketing careers, from those traditionally associated with marketing (such as advertising, direct marketing, event management, market research, public relations and sales) to specialist digital marketing roles such as: 

  • Analytics Manager
  • CRM (Customer Relationship Marketing) and email marketing Manager
  • Digital Agency Account Manager and Sales Director
  • Copywriter
  • Digital Marketing Manager and Web Manager
  • Ecommerce Manager
  • PPC (Pay Per Click) Search Manager
  • Search Manager / SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Manager
  • Social Media Manager or Community Manager
  • Web Developer and Web Designer


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Our CIM-accredited Marketing (International Marketing) MSc is designed for those seeking to develop their knowledge of global and multi-cultural marketing – positioning you for a career in a multinational organisation. Read more

Our CIM-accredited Marketing (International Marketing) MSc is designed for those seeking to develop their knowledge of global and multi-cultural marketing – positioning you for a career in a multinational organisation.  

On the course, you will:

  • examine how cultural differences, new technologies and the rapid emergence of Brazil, Russia, China and India create opportunities and challenges·
  • develop your knowledge of both the theory and practice of marketing at an advanced level
  • gain an in-depth and critical understanding of research methodologies, and marketing planning and strategy

 Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s leading professional marketing body, this course progresses you towards Chartered Marketer status through exemptions from examinations of the institute.  This course is part of our Marketing MSc programme.

All students complete the same core modules to give you practical knowledge in key marketing subjects, then from the end of your first term you will be able to tailor your course to your interests or career aspirations through a choice of specialisms and option modules, or continue on a more generalist route with our Marketing MSc.

Course structure

The course is organised into three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities, which are based on specialist reading, research and case studies. Modules are assessed through essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

All of our Marketing MSc courses share six core modules (Moving to Masters, Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice, Marketing Planning and Strategy, Marketing Research I: quantitative methods, Marketing Research II: qualitative methods, and a dissertation).

This specialist route includes one subject-specific module (International Marketing), but also shares a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations.

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice, which will require you to make recommendations for real-life marketing practice. Throughout your dissertation, you will receive support from a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.

Syllabus

All students will study seven core modules. You will also select one option module, which will allow you to specialise in an additional strand of marketing.

Modules

  • Moving to Masters
  • Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Planning and Strategy
  • Marketing Research I: Quantitative Methods
  • Marketing Research II: Qualitative Methods
  • International Marketing
  • Dissertation

One from:

  • Branding and Communications
  • Social Marketing
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Digital Marketing
  • New Product Development

Chartered Institute of Marketing

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers. The CIM have awarded the course Multiple Award Pathway status, which means that you will have a number of exemptions from CIM qualifications.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and – alongside our Marketing MSc – will ensure that you are equipped with the best education for a successful marketing career.

CIM membership 

You will be entitled to free CIM affiliate-level membership, giving you access to a range of benefits and services. CIM membership is a clear demonstration of your commitment to ongoing professional development.

Membership benefits include:

  • The Marketer – the members' magazine
  • Studying Member e-news
  • Learning Zone website – study resources
  • Marketing library and online archive resources

You will also be able to take modules from your course that will help you gain the following CIM qualifications:

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing

To obtain this certificate you will need to pass the CIM’s Integrated Communications module and one option module. You will be exempt from the CIM’s Marketing module.

CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to pass the CIM’s Marketing Metrics module and one option module. *

CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to take the Branding and Marketing Communications module and pass the CIM’s Digital Marketing Essentials module and one option module. You will be exempt from the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour module.

International Study Exchange 

Through our partnership with MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business you have the opportunity to gain an international perspective to your studies. On our study exchange programme you would join MIP’s International Master in Multichannel Marketing Management course, which is taught in English.

You will be able to choose from a range of modules including Design & Marketing: the Italian way in different sectors including for example Design, Fashion and Furniture, Automotive, Wine and Sports Marketing. 

Careers and employability

A Marketing (International Marketing) MSc from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career.

The course has been designed for people wanting a successful and rewarding career in sectors such as:

  • advertising
  • branding
  • communications
  • creative and design
  • digital marketing
  • direct marketing
  • event management
  • market research
  • marketing (general)
  • media
  • product marketing
  • public relations
  • sales

The course is ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level or working as a professional researcher in marketing.



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Our course is designed to update your knowledge and enhance your understanding of the principles and theories underlying effective marketing practice and provide you with leading edge contemporary marketing skills. Read more

Why take this course?

Our course is designed to update your knowledge and enhance your understanding of the principles and theories underlying effective marketing practice and provide you with leading edge contemporary marketing skills. You will explore this dynamic and challenging field to an advanced level.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Benefit from advice and interaction with our many professional visiting speakers
Apply live case studies to your coursework through the wide links we have with companies and organisations
Work in teams on the Market2win simulation software gaining invaluable experience of strategic marketing decision-making

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (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. The University of Portsmouth has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. Those graduating with a mark of 50% or more will be exempted from the Strategic Marketing module in the CIM Level 6 Professional Diploma in Marketing for a period of three year following graduation. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures you have best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

This course aims to enhance your career prospects and prepare you for roles in marketing and marketing-related functions.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development
Direct marketing
Marketing research
Digital marketing
Marketing communications
Sales

Module Details

The MA Marketing course at Portsmouth Business School aims to make you highly employable in the field of marketing. You will develop advanced marketing knowledge and skills and also develop skills in critical appraisal, team working, debating, writing, research and giving presentations.

In the first teaching block you will critically examine the fundamental concepts and practices of marketing. Alongside this you will explore the tools and techniques used by marketing departments in business analysis and research.

In the second teaching block you will interact with senior marketing practitioners and explore contemporary issues in marketing such as digital marketing and the impact of social media, sustainability, crisis management and the relationship between marketing and sales.

Alongside this you will examine how marketers can offer shareholder value by developing customer relationships and managing brands for value, and you will gain invaluable experience of strategic marketing decision-making by using the Market2win simulation software.

The culmination of your Master's course will be either a Dissertation or a Critical Marketing Study.

Here are the units you will study:

Essentials of Marketing: This unit explores the fundamental concepts and practices of marketing, which include:

Business orientations
Macro and micro marketing environments
Segmentation, targeting and positioning
Marketing planning and research
Consumer and organisational behaviour
Tools, media and content
Marketing across borders
Ethics and marketing

Marketing Analysis and Decision: This unit is designed to provide you with a foundation in the tools and techniques used by marketing departments in business analysis and research. It will include:

Business finance for marketing
Marketing metrics
Marketing planning
Marketing information systems
Marketing research
Customer relationship management (CRM)

Contemporary Issues in Marketing: This unit is largely delivered by senior marketing practitioners who will expose you to Contemporary and often controversial issues that organisations are grappling with in the real world. Topics may include:

Digital marketing
Managing innovation
Globalisations of SMEs
Integration of sales and marketing
Sustainability and marketing

Strategic Marketing Management: This unit focuses on the strategic role of marketing in delivering value to stakeholders. You will examine:

Marketing and shareholder value
Customer relationships
Growth strategies
Competing for organisational resources
Managing products and brands for value
Value-based pricing
Innovation

Dissertation: a substantial piece of independent research drawing on secondary and primary data

or

Critical Marketing Study: requiring evaluation of an organisation's marketing activities using secondary sources only.

You will be provided with extensive support in research methods, and a supervisor to guide you, as you complete your Dissertation or Critical Marketing Study.

Programme Assessment

You will experience a range of stimulating teaching methods including tutor-led presentation of material, case study analyses, student presentations, computer-based simulation group work and in-class discussion. You will also be encouraged to read widely and critically evaluate academic and practical materials.

You will be assessed throughout the course by means of coursework assignments and examinations. Here’s how:

Group work
Presentations
Essays
Case study analysis or reports
Closed or open book exams

Student Destinations

This course will provide you with credibility in a highly competitive field and the confidence you will need to obtain the most sought-after roles. In particular, it demonstrates a commitment to marketing and an expertise in the field, immediately enhancing your career prospects.

You will be qualified to enter a wide range of marketing-related jobs. Previous graduates have been successful in securing roles in a variety of organisations, including advertising, financial services, airlines, manufacturing, textiles and market research.

If you are already employed in marketing positions, you will find this course enhances your promotion prospects and provides a stepping stone to more senior positions.

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This masters degree offers the perfect starting point for a career in strategic marketing, particularly in an international business environment. Read more

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.

Academic excellence

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.

Accreditation

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.

Course content

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.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take nine compulsory modules, plus either a research dissertation or consultancy project.

  • Consumer Behaviour Across Cultures 15 credits
  • Marketing Research 15 credits
  • Marketing Communications 15 credits
  • Global Marketing 15 credits
  • Marketing Strategy 15 credits
  • International Services Marketing 15 credits
  • Global Distribution and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • Professional Skills and Employability 15 credits
  • Company Marketing Project 15 credits
  • Dissertation or Marketing Consultancy Project 30 credits

Optional modules

You’ll choose one further optional module.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability 15 credits
  • Direct, Digital and Interactive Marketing 15 credits
  • Social Media Marketing 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Marketing Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

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

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Careers support

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.



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Branding is one of the most important aspects of marketing. This course is designed for those seeking to develop a specialist understanding of brand management and communications. Read more

Branding is one of the most important aspects of marketing. This course is designed for those seeking to develop a specialist understanding of brand management and communications. If you want to kick-start a career in one of these exciting fields, this is the course for you.

Communications contribute to the competitive advantage of a business through differentiation and building brand value and equity. This degree will introduce you to the various tools businesses use - including advertising, promotion and PR to communicate with target markets.

The degree develops your knowledge of both the theory and practice of marketing at an advanced level. It will provide you with an in-depth and critical understanding of research methodologies, as well as marketing communications planning and strategy.

You will critically analyse real world branding and develop a marketing communications strategy for a real client. This will provide you with the commercial marketing experience that employers are looking for.

Course structure

The course is organised into three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities, which are based on specialist reading, research and case studies. Modules are assessed through essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.

All of our Marketing MSc courses share six core modules (Moving to Masters, Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice, Marketing Planning and Strategy, Marketing Research I: quantitative methods, Marketing Research II: qualitative methods, and a dissertation).

This specialist route includes one subject-specific module (Branding and Communications), but also shares a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations.

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice, which will require you to make recommendations for real-life marketing practice. Throughout your dissertation, you will receive support from a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.

Syllabus

All students will study six core modules including a masters transition module and a dissertation. You will also choose an option module to study. This will allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

Modules

  • Moving to Masters
  • Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Planning and Strategy 
  • Marketing Research I: Quantitative Methods
  • Marketing Research II: Qualitative Methods
  • Branding and Communications
  • Dissertation

One from:

  • International Marketing 
  • Social Marketing 
  • Behavioural Economics 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • New Product Development

Chartered Institute of Marketing

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers. The CIM have awarded the course Multiple Award Pathway status, which means that you will have a number of exemptions from CIM qualifications.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and – alongside our Marketing MSc – will ensure that you are equipped with the best education for a successful marketing career.

CIM membership 

You will be entitled to free CIM affiliate-level membership, giving you access to a range of benefits and services. CIM membership is a clear demonstration of your commitment to ongoing professional development.

Membership benefits include:

  • The Marketer – the members' magazine
  • Studying Member e-news
  • Learning Zone website – study resources
  • Marketing library and online archive resources

You will also be able to take modules from your course that will help you gain the following CIM qualifications:

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing

To obtain this certificate you will need to pass the CIM’s Integrated Communications module and one option module. You will be exempt from the CIM’s Marketing module.

CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to pass the CIM’s Marketing Metrics module and one option module. *

CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing

To obtain the diploma you will need to take the Branding and Marketing Communications module and pass the CIM’s Digital Marketing Essentials module and one option module. You will be exempt from the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour module.

Careers and employability

A Marketing (Branding and Communications) MSc from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career.

The course has been designed for people wanting a successful and rewarding career in sectors including advertising, branding, communications, digital marketing, direct marketing, event management, public relations and sales.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level or working as a professional researcher in marketing.

Previous graduates have started successful careers with the following companies:

  • Product Manager for Astra Zeneca, Milan
  • Brand manager for Campari, Switzerland
  • Account Executive for Blaze Communications, UK
  • Marketing Manager for Mitchells and Butlers, UK
  • Marketing Manager for Cartier, Taiwan
  • Brand Manager for L'Oreal, Greece


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About the Program. Read more

About the Program

The MSc in Marketing Management and Digital aims to deliver a specialized training in marketing techniques and methodologies of marketing focused on the Asian market – knowledge of marketing survey and strategic analysis tools, mastering of the various aspects of operational marketing, capacity to implement, plan and budget the various marketing actions required in a company. Beyond the essential marketing fundamentals (toolbox, analysis and process), the program lays strong emphasis on the managerial and digital dimensions in order to understand and master the digital revolution in marketing, sales and communication, etc. 

The program is intended for students who want to acquire new skills or to develop existing skills in Marketing. Students will receive sound training on the fundamentals of managing the marketing function in a world marked by digital transformation, and acquire in-depth marketing training applied to a specific sector or field of activity through different majors.

Curriculum

You will acquire all the concepts and techniques of marketing, digital tools and know-how, managerial skills and good professional practices, enabling you to succeed in the marketing trades, to access management functions in marketing or digital marketing field, across all sectors of activity

The program will also focus on social and ethical dimensions in marketing issues, equipping you with the knowledge and skillsets to analyze, reflect, implement and audit marketing and digital marketing policies, in order to accompany the managerial and digital transformation of companies.

Common Core in Management, Marketing and Digital

Modules in Management include: Team Building and Leadership, Management and Society, Contemporary Economic Issues, Financial Accounting for Managers, and Negotiation for Managers

Modules in marketing and digital include: Consumer Behavior in Asia, Digital Marketing / e-business in Asia, Marketing of Innovation, Marketing Analytics, Strategy and Brand Capital, New Product Development, and Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Majors

> Digital Marketing Major

Modules include: Social Media Marketing, Inbound Marketing, and Mobile Marketing

> Luxury Brand Management Major

Modules include: Fundamentals of Luxury Brand Management, The Art of Luxury Service in the Digital Age, and Innovation and Disruption in the Luxury Industry

International study trip 

A study trip is included in the program and is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with companies and professionals based in the chosen city. Depending on the destination, which changes each year, you will be able to discover a wide range of sectors and delve into local issues.

Read: Masters Study Trip to Shanghai by Devika Kulkarni, MSc in Marketing Management and Digital Student Ambassador 2018

Internship or Academic dissertation 

You will be able to apply the knowledge and skillsets you have picked up and built on during the program through an internship. 

Alternatively, if you are interested in market research, you can also choose to complete a research paper based on an independent research project on a digital marketing or marketing issue you have identified. The original research project will be conducted under the supervision of a professor in the marketing department of ESSEC.

Faculty

The faculty members at ESSEC Business School are best characterized by their academic excellence, a global frame of mind and original and outstanding teaching.

Professors from the Department of Marketing at ESSEC conduct research on topics including business strategy, consumer behavior and marketing decision support. They have also published in some of the most highly-regarded academic journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Psychology & Marketing and International Sports Marketing.

In addition to the full-time faculty, you will get to learn from our industry lecturers and practitioners, who bring with them a wealth of expertise, experience and network. 

Careers

Prepare yourself for a fulfilling career in Marketing

Graduates of the program can take up various positions, from the most traditional to the most conventional, a sign that marketing today is at the heart of several functions and spreads across numerous fields of activity: digital marketing, product development, brand management, marketing operations, account management, trade marketing, geo-marketing, marketing communications, etc.

Career Services Support

Students can benefit from a wide range of tools and resources developed in partnership with Career Services, partner companies and ESSEC alumni, such as career coaching, workshops to fully prepare students for entry into the professional world and interaction and experience sharing by experienced professionals.



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Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs. In our social media and mobile-driven world, data and digital marketing have never been more vital. Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs

In our social media and mobile-driven world, data and digital marketing have never been more vital. Enroll in our Digital Marketing and Data Analytics online master's program to gain critical, in-demand skills and advance your marketing career. With courses in digital campaigns, branding, web and predictive analytics, social and mobile marketing, customer segmentation, and more, graduates of this program develop the digital and analytic skills you need to compete in today's insight­-driven market.

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Design mobile-friendly marketing programs focused on user experience
  • Implement digital storytelling and content marketing strategies that connect consumers with brands
  • Use web and social media analytic tools to evaluate online interactions to generate consumer leads
  • Incorporate best practices for digital campaign testing and measurement

The 32-credit program can be completed in one year for students choosing to take the accelerated course schedule, or in a 16-month or longer period. The program is designed to be flexible, meeting the needs of working professionals.

Ready to advance your career in digital marketing and analytics? Apply to our online graduate program in Digital Marketing and Data Analytics today.

The MA in Digital Marketing and Data Analytics can also be completed as individual certificate programs. Student have the opportunity to develop critical skills through our 16-credit graduate certificates in Digital Marketing or Data Analytics.

Program Details

Our expertly designed online curriculum empowers working professionals to advance their careers in the areas of digital marketing and data analytics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for advertising and marketing managers will grow by 9% over a 10-year span. With a balanced curriculum of digital-centric marketing and omni-channel customer analytics courses, graduates of the program develop digital and analytic skills that are necessary to compete in today's dynamic insight-driven marketing environment. 

You can complete our 32 credit program entirely online. The program curriculum is made up of four classes (16 credits) for Digital Marketing and four classes (16 credits) for Data Analytics. The online environment provides the flexibility to meet the needs of busy working professionals. Students can choose to take between 1-3 classes a semester and can complete the program in as little as 1-year with our accelerated option.

The program allows students who are eager to gain critical, in-demand digital marketing or data analytics skills to choose one of our 16 credit certificate options. Upon completion of a certificate, students have the option to apply to continue and complete the full degree program. The certificate program is made up of the 4 Digital Marketing or Data Analytics courses.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes of the Digital Marketing and Data Analytics program balance the priorities of both digital marketing and data analytics. Students will be able to:

Digital Marketing

  • Develop targeted, customer-centric digital marketing campaigns across a range of digital interfaces
  • Design marketing programs that account for the unique user experience needs of mobile consumers
  • Implement digital storytelling and content marketing strategies that connect consumers with brands across all major social media platforms
  • Use their knowledge of digital consumer behaviors and trends to design marketing programs that motivate consumers to engage and remain loyal to a brand

Data Analytics

  • Develop consumer personas and segments that provide the framework to deploy targeted and personalized marketing treatments
  • Build predictive models that forecast individual consumer behaviors and enable proactive marketing communications
  • Use web and social media analytic tools to evaluate online interactions and identify new opportunities to generate consumer leads and build even stronger customer relationships
  • Incorporate best practice digital campaign testing and measurement approaches that accurately assess the ROI of marketing investments

Emerson Advantage

Drawing upon Emerson's longstanding expertise in strategic communication, the Department of Marketing Communication has created a unique online master's program that equips working professionals with the cross-functional skills required to be successful in today's insight-driven marketing environment.

Our online learning and collaboration platform offers a student-centric learning experience. Enrollment in each course is capped at 20 to maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio. Smaller class sizes promote interactive learning and stimulating discussions with peers and faculty.

Students in this program are exposed to industry leading analytics software such as SAS Studio, SAS Enterprise Miner, Google Analytics, and social analytics platforms to acquire the skills to turn data into valuable insights that support better decision-making across myriad business applications.



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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. The course includes a study of the tools that underpin the development of a marcomms strategy and the media platforms to deliver a marcomms campaign.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to study digital marketing, which makes up the syllabus for the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing. This will prepare you to take the Diploma exams after your MA if you so wish.

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 is the residential at a Cambridge college and talks from practitioners and alumni organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending learning in new environments. 

Course structure

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

Year long module

In semester one you will study the underpinning concepts and strategies for marketing communications.

Semester one modules

In semester two you will study in greater depth the tools and media platforms for marketing communications. The January cohort will begin these modules during the summer school.

Semester two modules

Professional association

This course is accredited by the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI).

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

As a Marketing Communications postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in both specialist agencies and within in-house marketing departments.

Past students have gone on to successful careers in advertising, public relations, brand management, direct and interactive marketing, sales promotion, market research and data manipulation.

With the MA Marketing Communications, you'll be particularly well-placed to pursue opportunities with organisations that require marketing specialists with the ability to think strategically and develop creative solutions.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing's Introductory Certificate gives you CIM membership during your MA qualification.



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ESCP Europe's MSc in Marketing & Creativity is an 18-month programme taught in English at our. London. and. Paris. campuses. Its groundbreaking curriculum integrates traditional. Read more

ESCP Europe's MSc in Marketing & Creativity is an 18-month programme taught in English at our London and Paris campuses. Its groundbreaking curriculum integrates traditional lectures and creative seminars, as well as a professional internship, thesis, direct experience in a developing market, and consultancy project for a corporate client.


The application process for the January 2019 intake of the MSc in Marketing & Creativity is now open! Click here to begin yours

Choose "Master - Master of Sciences" in the "Admission" section after having created your account.

Aimed at postgraduates holding Honours degrees in any discipline, the MSc in Marketing and Creativity course offers all the elements of a high-level MSc programme and an innovative approach which places creativity at its very core. Our graduates excel in their subsequent dynamic careers by learning to unleash the value of creativity both in themselves and in those around them.

The creativity element is infused throughout the MSc in Marketing and Creativity's 18-month programme and reflected in the illustrative cases and best practices from the creative industries. Specialist seminars on fashion, design, architecture, film, music, language, art, theatre and advertising are built in throughout thanks to our partnerships with UK and European beacons of creativity. Students benefit from studying in both London and Paris, two of the world's recognised centres of creative excellence, as well as from the support of the School's outstanding world-class faculty.

By pairing this unique focus with almost 200 years of expertise, we provide MMK students with one of the most striking, thought-provoking and – above all – career-broadening Marketing masters currently available.

Please note, the MSc in Marketing and Creativity programme is taught entirely in English and has only one intake per year (January).

Is our MSc in Marketing and Creativity right for you?

Yes, if you are a looking for:

  • an accredited generalist postgraduate marketing programme that places the value of creativity at the centre of marketing practice
  • a ground-breaking programme that brings together creative minds to teach a fresh approach to marketing
  • a practical programme in which you launch your future career with support from a network of creative professionals
  • an insightful programme based on decades of experience in teaching marketing at the postgraduate level by a world-class faculty
  • an innovative programme that reflects the most up-to-date thinking in marketing so you can run ahead of the curve in this fast-changing field
  • an international programme that brings together perspectives and experiences from across Europe
  • a value-focused programme that lets you enhance your creative talents to develop outstanding skills and mindset for a successful marketing career

There are many Masters in Marketing out there, but there are none quite as innovative as ESCP Europe's MSc in Marketing and Creativity. We look forward to your application!

Key Features

With its focus on creativity, the programme integrates a strong core curriculum in marketing with practical applications, highly relevant cases, best practice examples and an exploration of creative disciplines. It features:

  • An eight-month taught course (January to October) with a practical approach to marketing and creativity. (Please note that including internship and thesis portions, the programme's length is 18 months in total.)
  • Seminars offered in conjunction with our partners in leading creative fields
  • Opportunities to attend seminars on one or more of the other ESCP Europe campuses
  • A supervised team-based marketing consultancy project
  • The support of our London and Paris-based marketing faculty, careers services, network of corporate partners and alumni
  • A (minimum) 16-week individual internship
  • A professional research thesis
  • A unique approach to education that we like to call 'Not By The Book'.
  • Read more about our highly successful techniques


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The Strategic Marketing MSc will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to become a successful marketing leader of the future. Read more

The Strategic Marketing MSc will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to become a successful marketing leader of the future. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Market Research Society (MRS), you will gain an in-depth understanding of marketing, including marketing strategy, digital marketing, branding, communications, marketing consulting, CRM, key account management, market research, omnichannel marketing and big data marketing analytics.

Who is it for?

  • Recent graduates who want to boost their academic credentials and prepare for a first professional role in marketing.
  • Marketing professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and progress their career.

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our Strategic Marketing MSc will provide you with a thorough grounding in the core disciplines of marketing and how to apply them. Programme highlights include:

  • Interactive teaching approach by leading international faculty, authors of best-selling marketing texts and of articles in Harvard Business Review or Sloan Management Review.
  • Designed with senior marketing practitioners to give you up-to-date knowledge and skills in strategic marketing. 
  • Practical skills are developed through your participation in a marketing consultancy project provided by an external business client, and through international marketing case studies.
  • Master classes with reputable industry partners provide insight into cutting-edge and innovative marketing techniques and practices.
  • The diverse, multi-national cohort provides an international learning opportunity enabling you to share marketing insight and experience.
  • Our unique, self-contained campus, just one hour from London, offers a friendly postgraduate-focused learning environment, with small class sizes and unrivalled access to lecturers and support staff.

As one of the top schools for postgraduate marketing education, we develop proactive marketing professionals who can put their practical skills straight to work in the marketplace.

Informed by Industry

Our Strategic Marketing MSc faculty are experts in their field and have considerable industry experience. They work with the operating boards of many of the world's leading multinationals so bring the latest insights and best practice to their lectures.

Our faculty are supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who also bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom.

The leadership of the course is informed by a panel of high-profile marketing professionals, the Practice Advisory Board. Our Practice Advisory Board informs the design and development of the master's in marketing programme. Comprising leading figures from the world of marketing, it recommends additions and amendments to the course to reinforce its relevance to the modern marketing world.

Accreditation

The Strategic Marketing MSc is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Graduate Gateway accredited degree, enabling you to achieve CIM’s professional marketing qualifications and awards alongside your Cranfield degree. 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 professionals. More information can be found at: http://www.cim.co.uk

The Strategic Marketing MSc is also one of only a few master's degrees in the UK that is accredited by the Market Research Society (MRS). This means that while studying for your master's in marketing, you also have the opportunity to work towards achieving the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice, and with appropriate work experience you will be eligible to join the Market Research Society after graduation. More information can be found at: http://www.mrs.org.uk

Course details

The course has been developed to produce practical, proactive strategic marketers, and our teaching methods are specifically geared towards encouraging participation, self-development and team working. As well as studying a number of core modules, you will complete a marketing consultancy project carried out in teams and have the opportunity to undertake a research project, which can be either company-sponsored, or an empirical project in an area of marketing you are passionate about.

Consultancy project

The marketing consultancy project simulates a real-life consultancy assignment. You will work in teams in a time-constrained environment, competing against your class colleagues to make the strongest marketing strategy presentation to senior executives from partner firms. You will attend a briefing meeting to define the project, research the situation and consider your options. You will then formulate your recommendations and present them to company leaders at the final client presentation. On completion you will receive feedback from your supervisor and an industry expert. Companies students have worked with include Google, Nike, Cobra Beer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Acer and Sainsbury’s.

Research project

The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake a research project, which can be either company-sponsored, or an empirical project in an area of marketing you are passionate about (usually involving direct research with either marketing professionals/managers or with customers).

Assessment

Taught modules 60%, MSc thesis project 40%

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Cranfield Strategic Marketing MSc graduates have secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Vodafone, TJX, Kerry, Christian Dior, Henkel, GE, Schlumberger, Ernst & Young, Estée Lauder, Coca-Cola, Mars, Beiersdorf, KMPG Nunwood and Microsoft. Their roles have included Customer Insight Consultant, Junior Manager, Buying and Merchandising Graduate Programme trainee, Marketing Manager and Associate Consultant.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).



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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) the MSc International Marketing (with Internship) offers students the opportunity to complement their studies with work experience in industry for up to 5 months full-time or longer part-time. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) the MSc International Marketing (with Internship) offers students the opportunity to complement their studies with work experience 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.

This specialist course examines current global marketing issues and aims to provide the skills you will need to stay at the forefront of this discipline throughout your career.

The main thrust of this program is to equip future marketing managers with the knowledge, understanding and experience to make and implement marketing decisions for the international arena. The taught component of the course will provide you with the most current thinking in marketing management, including marketing science, changing consumer behaviour, new media and the communications process, pricing across borders, and marketing in emerging markets.

Modules

Year 1

Core Modules:

Strategies for international market entry
Cross cultural buyer behaviour
International brand management
International pricing and performance
Research methods

Electives (one from):

Digital and social media
Global operations and logistics
Market driven marketing
Marketing communications
Public relations
Social marketing strategy

Year 2

15,000 word research dissertation as well as internship reflective practice project.

Teaching and learning

The highly qualified teaching team has broad industry experience in various areas of marketing, such as product management, market research and marketing communications. They are also research active, widely published in books, journals and reviews.

The Ehrenberg Centre for Research in Marketing, based at LSBU and the Ehrenberg Bass Institute in Australia regularly contribute to the curriculum and industry practitioners are often invited into the classroom.

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.

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.

Alumni connections

Students will have direct access to the growing LSBU Marketing alumni network that actively participates in career and marketing events and regularly provides job opportunities. Our Alumni currently work in a wide range of marketing careers across the world, including corporate marketing, advertising and communication, as university academics, and in public sector and not for profit marketing functions.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Gain insight into the different activities that make up the marketing mix and other essential communication strategies. Organisations today face many challenges and opportunities. Read more
Gain insight into the different activities that make up the marketing mix and other essential communication strategies.

Organisations today face many challenges and opportunities. As technology has evolved and consumer needs and wants have changed, organisations once dominant in their industries have faltered (eg, think Nokia, Yellow Pages, Kodak, or Sony), and organisations which were lesser known have prospered and come to dominate the markets they serve (think Google, Tata or Huawei). More recently, even the mighty Apple has come under increased threat from competitors who have arguably understood customer needs better, and who have been able to provide customers with superior value.

The MSc in Marketing will help you understand these issues and provide you with the skills to apply your knowledge to real world marketing challenges.

This programme is for business and management graduates as well as non-business graduates who wish to enhance their marketing knowledge and expertise. It covers all aspects of marketing, equipping the modern marketing manager with the necessary tools for a successful career. The programme places great emphasis on socially responsible marketing, and the role of marketing within society. You will learn from an internationally recognised team of marketing and business thinkers who are experts in their areas, and you will be encouraged to pursue your own development as an individual with marketing expertise, and real world skills that are in demand.

Graduates may go on to choose a career in consumer or business to business marketing. You will be equipped to work in a variety of marketing functions including marketing analytics, marketing communications, sales and brand management, in public and private sectors, NGOs, consultancies and across a diverse range of sectors and industries.

Accreditation

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)(http://www.cim.co.uk/) 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. Kent Business School has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside the Marketing MSc degree, ensuring you are equipped with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities (https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/msc/funding.html) for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for progressing University of Kent undergraduates and our Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird entitles students who apply early (before 31 March 2016) and commit early, 10% off their tuition fees.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page - https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

About Kent Business School

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes (https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/msc/index.html) demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies - https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/whychooseus/rank-accred.html

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure

Modules -

The course structure provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Please check the module content for suitability if you have significant prior knowledge or experience of marketing.

CB9065 - Buyer Decision Making (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB9065
CB9066 - Applied marketing research (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB9066
CB933 - Marketing (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB933
CB935 - Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB935
CB937 - Financial and Management Accounting (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB937
CB952 - Integrated Marketing Communications (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB952
CB953 - International Marketing Strategy (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB953
CB9067 - Digital Marketing (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB9067
CB900 - Corporate Responsibility and Globalisation (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB900
CB9027 - New Product Development and Innovation Management (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/CB9027
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Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June.

Once these are completed, students then work full time on the Marketing Report. This provides an opportunity to apply the techniques and insights presented in the programme and apply them to a particular problem area.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide a pre-experience Master’s programme, and develop specialist skills and knowledge in marketing and management, for those wishing to pursue a career in marketing and/or management
- educate individuals as managers and marketing specialists and thus improve the quality of marketing and management as a profession, through a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding markets and consumers
- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in marketing and/or management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- add value to first degrees by developing in students an integrated and critically aware understanding of marketing and management within a wide range of organisations, and assist them to take effective roles within such organisations
- develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a variety of organisations, and the external context in which they operate
- develop the ability of individuals to critically apply marketing and management theories in a range of different contexts, through the development of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- enhance the development of lifelong learning skills to foster students’ abilities to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large
- bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with marketing and management within organisations
- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.
- build on the University's close ties with European institutions
- support sustainable national and regional economic success and an understanding of international marketing and management practices.

Careers

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Professional recognition

Kent Business School have partnered with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)(http://www.cim.co.uk/), the leading professional body for marketers worldwide, to give you the unique opportunity to gain highly sought after CIM qualifications alongside the MSc in Marketing through their Graduate Gateway.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Learn more about Kent

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International Students - https://www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/

Why study at Kent? - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

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