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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Strategic Marketing at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Strategic Marketing at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This new course in Strategic Marketing is being introduced at the School of Management from September 2017. Course structure and content for the MSc in Strategic Marketing has been developed in line with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Certificate in Professional Marketing.

Key Features of the MSc in Strategic Marketing

- All modules on the Strategic Marketing programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

Strategic Marketing graduates will gain a strong grounding in both the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary marketing, including an in-depth understanding and appreciation of relevant ethical issues and social responsibility; arming students with the skills and tools that will allow them to play a valuable part in delivering a sustainable, inclusive and innovative future economy.

Modules

Modules on the Strategic Marketing programme may include:

Consumer Psychology

Strategic Marketing

Digital Marketing

Marketing in Society

Integrated Marketing Communications

Marketing Research

Managing and Marketing Tourist Experiences

Marketing Metrics

Strategic Brand Management

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Strategic Marketing programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Strategic Marketing programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

School of Management

The School of Management at Swansea University is building on long-established foundations as one of the UK's top providers of Management, Accounting & Finance and Economic education.

The School of Management's vision is to make a difference to society and the economy locally and globally through excellence in research-led teaching that has resulted in the School being ranked 17th in the UK for research impact* and 26th in the UK for research excellence, all working towards continuing our trend of becoming one of the top business schools in Wales and the UK.

Environment:

The School of Management comprises over 150 staff and more than 2000 students studying at the new £450million Bay Campus, with the School of Management building itself providing truly world-class facilities with an impressive communal Atrium, new teaching rooms, meeting room and IT equipment.

School of Management, alongside the Great Hall, also proudly offers high quality conferencing and event capacity all within half a mile of the M4 corridor, that has already attracted several high profile and key events during the short time that the Bay Campus has been open.

Ambition:

Through its enterprise and innovation activities of business engagement the School plans to focus on three global challenges: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Society and Sustainable Economies. The School of Management's aim is to deliver world-class education through collaboration, innovation and fresh thinking, and we pride ourselves on the outstanding student experience on offer here at the School of Management ensuring a rich learning environment, while also developing our staff in line with Swansea University's wider ambition to anchor and underpin everything we do with a core set of values.

Opportunity:

School of Management aspires to be known globally as a centre for educational excellence, working in partnership with other Swansea University departments and organisations to create joint programmes that reflect the skillsets required by an evolving workplace.

*THE Research Excellence Framework 2014: Institutions ranked by subject



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Today’s customers are more knowledgeable than ever before, demanding wider variety and better quality in products and services. Organisations are looking to marketing strategists to ensure they understand the needs of their customers, how to evolve and grow their customer base and provide the drive towards innovation that will secure them a place in new and emerging markets

Why study MSc Strategic Marketing at Middlesex University?

Any strategic marketing role requires both a broad vision for the organisation and an understanding of the impact of differing marketing channels. Developed for marketing practitioners and graduates from areas such as marketing, management and social sciences, this course provides knowledge and skills in the three key areas of strategic marketing; Strategic Analysis, Strategic Marketing and Leadership, and Implementation.

The course has a strong focus on applying theoretical concepts to practice situations, employing real-life case studies and a week-long residential to give you a true understanding of strategic marketing practice. There is also the option to take 6 month work placement as part of the 18 month version of the course to further develop practice understanding and professional competencies.

Course Highlights

Gain practice skills and in depth knowledge in the three core subject areas of Strategic Marketing and Leadership, Strategic Analysis, and Implementation.
Opportunity to incorporate a 6 month placement through which to further explore learning in an industry based setting
Week-long residential incorporating workshops and talks from industry professionals.

Course content

What you will study on the MSc Strategic Marketing?
The course starts by embedding the fundamentals of the subject in the learning through core modules covering key areas such as brand management, leadership from a marketing perspective and planning for a global market place. From here you will select four optional modules in areas in which you would like to specialise or across the spectrum to give a broad knowledge base.

These modules consists of insights based topics such as consumer psychology and customer analysis, strategy based subjects such as marketing communications and product management, and implementation in areas such as digital marketing and experiential marketing. The course ends with a dissertation, allowing you to explore in depth a strategic marketing topic of your choice.

Modules

Marketing Strategy, Leadership and Planning (30 credits) Compulsory
Strategic Brand Management (30 Credits) Compulsory
Customer Analysis and Relationship Marketing (15 Credits) Compulsory
Consumer Psychology (15 Credits) Optional
Innovation-Driven Marketing (15 Credits) Optional
Strategic Product Management (15 Credits) Optional
Multichannel Marketing Management (15 Credits) Optional
Strategic Marketing Communications (15 Credits) Optional
Digital Marketing (15 Credits) Optional
Experiential Marketing and Events (15 Credits) Optional
Research methods & dissertation (60 Credits) Compulsory
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Teaching - how is the MSc Strategic Marketing taught?

Lectures

Lectures are a useful way to discuss key material or approaches, deal with issues, explore questions, concepts and theories, or introduce business case study material. During lectures, note taking and listening are essential as they will help you to make sense of what you have seen and heard, to identify and remember key points to understand difficult concepts and organise your material by making links and associations with other material.

Seminars

For small groups – these are structured, student-led sessions in which you might explore ideas in discussion, carry out practical tasks, or practice your research skills. All of these sessions are intended to provide forms of space in which you can discuss and share ideas; as well as develop skills and materials in preparation for assessments. In seminars, reading module materials, note taking and participating in discussion are essential. Actively participating and engaging in seminar discussion enhances presentation skills and the articulation of arguments and ideas and helps you prepare materials for assessment tasks.

Group or individual tutorials

Include structured, formal and informal feedback from your tutors on work in progress or on your ideas for a specific module assignment or project task.

Self-directed/ independent learning

Much of your learning at university takes place outside class sessions. This encourages autonomous learning, providing you with the opportunity for critical self-reflection or space for self-directed reading or research. An example might be a research or practical project linked to a module's learning outcomes that you undertake independently or with a small group supported by your tutor.

Assessment
You will be required to complete a number of coursework assignment for assessment. The coursework can be individual, such as plans, reports, memorandum and essays, or group which will involve activity including presentations and reports. Tutorials will also feature formal and informal feedback.

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The MSc in Strategic Marketing is designed to provide you with the foundation for a successful career in marketing.

You will study modules which cover the fundamentals of marketing including strategic marketing management, behavioural aspects of marketing, research in strategic marketing, integrated marketing communications, measuring marketing effectiveness, marketing and society, international marketing and digital media marketing.

Once you have completed the taught modules you will embark upon a Marketing Project working with a real organisation. The Marketing Project gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the taught modules to address a live marketing issue and to present possible solutions.

The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of students from both developed and developing countries with career aspirations in a wide variety of marketing situations.

It provides you with expertise in all aspects of strategic marketing and is excellent preliminary training for those who wish to pursue further research for a PhD with a view to an academic or similar research-orientated career.

This degree programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for the CIM Dual Award. Students graduating successfully from Business Management (Marketing) are entitled to attain the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing by studying for and passing two CIM assessments instead of the four normally required.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

• A live Marketing Project working with an organisation gives you the chance to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-life marketing issue.

Structure

The programme has two academic stages, leading to the award of a Master’s Degree. The programme is for full-time students and runs for one calendar year.

• Stage 1 consists of eight modules (120 credits in total).
• Stage 2 consists of a Marketing Project of 60 credits.

This course is taught from September to June and you will take a range of core modules.

Upon successful completion of the taught phase you will proceed to the Marketing Project which takes the place of a traditional dissertation.

The Marketing Project aims to integrate and apply core marketing course concepts, skills and techniques holistically, experientially and in a self-guiding context in order to construct and present a complete marketing project report for an organisation based on a defined brief.

Core modules:

Strategic Marketing Management
Behavioural Aspects of Marketing
Research in Strategic Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communications
Digital Media Marketing
Measuring Marketing Effectiveness
Marketing and Society
International Marketing
Project

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

This MSc aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in marketing in the UK or overseas in industry, commerce or the public sector, or to pursue further research for a PhD.

Graduates from this course have gone on to careers in digital marketing, tourism marketing, advertising, product development marketing, customer relationship management, etc.

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Marketing managers oversee the research that provides market knowledge to help guide their decisions. This double degree (Groningen and BI Oslo) will teach you how to become a market-oriented manager. Read more
Marketing managers oversee the research that provides market knowledge to help guide their decisions. This double degree (Groningen and BI Oslo) will teach you how to become a market-oriented manager.

How can you obtain knowledge about what your customer really wants? How can you implement this knowledge in a financially sound marketing plan? How can insights from marketing research be used in marketing plans?

Truly market-oriented (marketing) managers need customer insights to guide decision-making on issues such as which markets to target, which new products to develop, and what communication themes and channels will best build customer and brand equity.

In the Groningen programme the focus is on customer relations and gaining insight into customers. You will learn to collect qualitative and quantitative data about customers and to analyze it using the latest and most advanced marketing research methods.

In the Oslo programme the focus is on strategic marketing theory, statistical methods and financial implications of marketing investments. In both programmes, practitioners in the field relate theory to practice.

The two degrees you get are:
* MSc in Marketing/profile Marketing Intelligence (University of Groningen)
* MSc in Strategic Marketing Management (BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo)

Degree: MA/MSc in Marketing

Why in Groningen?

The programme is a unique combination of two degrees, in Groningen and Oslo. You learn about marketing research and strategic marketing management in an international environment. Besides, it is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

This double degree has been designed for individuals who aspire to a career as a market researcher in the private or public sector, as a strategic marketing expert, customs relations manager, product or brand manager, database analyst or market intelligence expert.

Graduates qualify for a range of positions in international, multinational or transnational companies.

Some examples:
› strategic marketing expert› customer relationship manager› market researcher› product or brand manager› database analyst or market intelligence expert

Graduates have also acquired the qualifications to enter PhD programmes and work in international research institutions.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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The Strategic Marketing MSc degree aims to develop a strategic marketing focus and link it to the strategy process within an organisation. It emphasises customer care as well as competitive advantage.

Companies the world over, whether they are involved in consumer sales, B2B, intermediaries, charities or NGOs, all recognise the importance of marketing and therefore the need to employ qualified and skilled marketing graduates.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Enables you to interpret market data, provide a situational analysis and make recommendations for strategic developments
students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme providing the opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation
-Shows you how to adapt to changing market conditions and excel in teamwork and leadership
-Aims to give a pathway to study marketing at a higher level by focussing on strategic decision making and to provide a grounding in statistical analysis
-Modules designed to give students a range of cognitive, practical and transferrable skills appropriate to future management roles

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

All students study a common core in semester one.

In semester two you will study modules specific to your chosen award, which would include material on:
-Positioning and perception in marketing, and an appreciation of the way brands are developed
-Value added partnerships and mega marketing
-Power and conflict within relationships and wider marketing networks
-Expeditionary marketing and the launching of new products
-New initiatives in marketing for the 21st century

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The MSc Strategic Marketing is suited to graduates seeking career development and opportunities at management level with strategic and operational responsibilities in marketing. Previous graduates have secured exciting and rewarding positions in a wide variety of marketing areas such as brand management, creative advertising development, working with the leading organisations worldwide such as Airbus, Millward Brown, Silverstone and many others.

Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this course is also mapped for maximum exemptions against the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing. This means that you have the opportunity to work towards achieving the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing while studying and may graduate with an enhanced qualification that is highly sought after by employers. Our students need only complete two units of the Diploma to gain the qualification in full.

With appropriate work experience you will be eligible for Associated/Member status from CIM and awarded designatory letters ACIM/MCIM. With this you will be well on your way to Chartered Marketer status, the mark of an up-to-date, qualified and experienced marketing professional (additional fees may apply).

WORK PLACEMENTS

As part of the Strategic Marketing MSc degree students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme.

This module normally lasts between 8–12 weeks and provides students with an opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation.

Coventry University Business School works closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships.

Students must successfully meet the following assessment criteria:
-Academic: successfully complete all Semester 1 modules including research methods at the first attempt;
-CV shortlisting: submit a CV, which will be used for competitive short listing by the internship panel;
-Presentation: prepare and successfully deliver a formal presentation;
-Interview: interview with the university internship panel.

After completing the Internship, you are required to write an extensive report based on the managerial and educational experience derived from the internship itself and present your findings to both the employers and academic staff.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This specialist programme will provide you with a detailed understanding of contemporary marketing principles, techniques and trends from an international perspective and will promote an appreciation of how these are utilised in strategic marketing planning.

Why this programme

◾You will develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and manage market opportunities within an international context and prepare for a career in both large and smaller enterprises.
◾You will foster a critical appreciation of relevant theoretical, methodological and technical source material from across the marketing discipline.


◾You will gain analytical and interpretive skills, which will enable you to integrate these with essential marketing management skills, relating to other management functions.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend networking events and guest speaker lectures by business leaders. Previous speakers have included the head of Amazon UK, Microsoft Scotland, and senior managers from a range of industries.
◾You will be taught by staff who have particular strengths in the areas of ethics, brand management, and services marketing, with a strong focus on digital platforms for some.

Programme structure

You will take nine core and three optional courses, followed by a substantial independent piece of work. Reflecting, evaluating and presenting are commonplace and facilitated at every stage by simulations, real life case studies and scenario investigations. You will also be given the opportunity to pursue in-company projects and business simulations.

Core courses
◾Consumer behaviour
◾Global business environment
◾International strategic management
◾Managing across cultures and comparative management
◾Marketing communications
◾Marketing ethics and society
◾Marketing planning and decision making
◾Services marketing
◾Strategic marketing management.

Sample optional courses
◾Analytical problems in marketing futurecast
◾Business simulation
◾Export marketing
◾E-Marketing strategy
◾International brand management
◾Internationalisation of SMEs
◾Marketing research
◾Retail marketing
◾Sales management and techniques
◾Strategic marketing consultancy.

Career prospects

This programme emphasises reflective learning, active participation, and the development of interpretive, evaluative and problem-solving abilities which provide benefits for employers and enhance the career prospects of our graduates. You will participate in career development sessions involving essay and exam answering workshops, CV writing sessions, interview simulations, careers advice shops and job market analysis meetings. Many students have taken fast track routes to senior positions such as marketing managers, group brand managers, marketing research executives and account managers. Some international companies which have appointed our graduates include Siemens, Citigroup, and Procter & Gamble.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability

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The MSc in Strategic Marketing is designed for students from a range of backgrounds who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills in marketing from a strategic perspective.

The programme will provide you with the knowledge, technical skills and expertise to develop marketing strategies which deliver a competitive advantage through a clear customer focus. You will also develop an understanding of the full range of marketing tools and techniques available, and how to integrate them to plan and implement successful marketing programmes.

Suitable for students with or without prior experience of business, marketing or management subject areas, it is aimed at both recent graduates and those with a first degree and work experience. The programme delivers many opportunities to gain practical skills in marketing and strategic marketing through the use of module assignments, case studies, industry speakers and consulting projects.

Why Bradford?

University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools in Britain and home to more than 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.

At our Bradford campus and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.

Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master’s qualification from a leading UK university.

Modules

Core modules
-Marketing Planning and Strategy
-International Business Environment
-Marketing Communications
-Consumer Behaviour
-Marketing Research: Theory & Practice
-Operations Management
-Corporate and Social Responsibility
-Strategic Management
-Entrepreneurship and Innovation
-Strategic Marketing Simulation
-Dissertation

Elective modules - Choose two subject from the following options:
-Cross cultural Management
-International Business in Emerging Economies
-International Business Strategy
-International Services Marketing
-Services Marketing

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:
-One-to-one support
-Careers workshops
-Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
-Online resources
-Job opportunities

This programme prepares students for a general or specialist career in marketing and management within a wide range of organizations, from large multi-national firms to SME’s within the private sector, and public service and non profit organizations.

Typical marketing roles would include marketing management, product or service management, advertising, market research, communications, and consultancy.

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Our Strategic Marketing MSc has been designed with senior marketing practitioners to ensure you gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills in strategic marketing. The programme 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. It will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to become a successful marketing leader of the future.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of areas including marketing strategy, digital marketing, branding, communications, marketing consulting, CRM, key account management, market research, omnichannel marketing and big data marketing analytics.

Practical skills are developed through topical case studies, in-class debates, master classes and guest lectures by high-profile industry partners, and by a real-life Marketing Consulting Project involving a reputable organization.

The diverse, multi-national cohort provides an international learning opportunity enabling you to share marketing insight and

Our unique, self-contained campus, just one hour from London, offers a friendly postgraduate-focused learning environment with unrivalled access to lecturers and support staff.

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Designed for recent graduates or practising managers who are already familiar with basic marketing concepts, this programme will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary and complex strategic challenges facing marketers, and to deepen your insights in the theory and practice of specialist aspects of marketing.

The suite of MSc Marketing programmes have been approved and accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is recognised by the ESRC for research training.

The programme will develop your critical thinking, research and communications skills and, uniquely, will feature consultancy projects as a vehicle for learning and as a means of developing further personal skills for later marketing and consulting careers.

Programme content

The programme will focus on developing your knowledge and understanding of marketing through advanced modules on Contemporary Issues in Strategic Marketing, Strategic Management and Marketing Analytics, Problem Solving & Strategic Marketing as Practice. Subsequently you will deepen your understanding by undertaking a live consultancy project alongside a range of specialist elective modules (including Retail Marketing, Strategic Brand Management, Strategic Environmental Sustainability and Marketing Communications). The final component of the programme is an individual consulting project and dissertation, adding a further opportunity to apply theory to practice and a further company experience for your CV.

On this programme our students have undertaken live consultancy projects with a range of top companies – for example, Cadbury, Hobbs, Honeywell, Land Rover/Jaguar, Cogent Elliot, TRW, Helix and Aston Villa Football Club. These consultancy projects will give you valuable experience and substantially enhance your marketing career prospects. Graduates from the programme have moved into a range of marketing and consultancy roles with top UK and international companies.

About the Birmingham Business School

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Our dedication to providing our students with a rich educational experience within our Business School has led to increased investment in our career services and corporate relations programme. This will further enhance the already excellent career prospects of our graduates, with additional opportunities for project work and internships with leading global businesses.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

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

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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We were the first UK university to offer a specialist degree in marketing communications and we have continued to develop our portfolio since then. 

Course structure

Our Master's degree has been especially created to enable graduates and professionally qualified managers to gain a greater understanding of the latest knowledge and practices in strategic marketing.

You will gain comprehensive understanding of marketing strategy, market research, direct and digital marketing, brand management, marketing consultancy and global marketing. 

Advance your marketing skills

This programme will advance your marketing skills and prepare you for the competitive challenges of the global marketplace. You will develop management skills central to the relationship between an organisation and its customers. 

Start September or January

For September start, our teaching runs from September to April followed by dissertation work. 

For January start, our teaching runs from January to July followed by dissertation work. For details on term dates refer to our academic calendar.

Rankings

Our marketing programmes are ranked top five for student satisfaction and second overall in London by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Develop your critical understanding of current theoretical developments in marketing strategy which can be applied to organisations and their markets
  • Foster a creative and systematic approach to problem-solving in the area of strategic marketing
  • Learn to collate, synthesise and analyse a range of data to help solve marketing problems.

The courses shown in the 'Full time' drop down below are being updated. If you have any queries please contact us.

What you'll study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

You will be assessed through examinations, research reports, presentations and a dissertation.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working as consultants and as marketing and marketing communications managers for companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Co-op Group, Italian automotive technology manufacturer Magneti Marelli and Norwegian food products manufacturer Mills DA, as well as various private companies, non-profits and government organisations around the world.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

 You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs. The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Extracurricular activities

The student Marketing Society has over 100 members. The Society combines a mixture of academic and social activities. It's a great chance to hear about the industry from experts, previous speakers include IBM and Mediacom and an opportunity to create business contacts.

Our marketing students achieved first place in the latest national marketing competition organised by the Institute of Direct Marketing.



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The MSc Strategic Marketing programme has been developed in response to the increasing global focus on marketing as a highly strategic management function. Read more
The MSc Strategic Marketing programme has been developed in response to the increasing global focus on marketing as a highly strategic management function.

During the programme you will examine marketing fundamentals, explore a range of topics in advanced marketing and strategy, understand the critical role of technology as a marketing challenge and opportunity, and apply this knowledge in the context of established companies and entrepreneurial ventures. Technology is an integral part of our programme. A range of teaching innovations will enhance your learning and bring digital media, particularly social media, into the classroom.

The programme

You will be required to study 13 taught modules. Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. In the autumn and spring term you will study modules designed to equip you with practical tools for the application of marketing strategies in key areas such as pricing and branding. Core modules include:
• Branding
• Consumer Behaviour
• Contemporary Marketing Practice I
• Contemporary Marketing Practice II
• Marketing Strategy and Finance
• Digital Marketing
• Integrated Marketing Communications
• Marketing Analytics
• Quantitative Services Marketing
• Marketing Decision Making
• Pricing
• Relationship Marketing
• Strategic Product Management

In the Summer term you will study how to apply leading edge strategies to marketing plan development and implementation. You will take part in an exciting Marketing Consulting Project for a real client organisation, develop a clear multi‑channel marketing plan for the Marketing Plan Competition and write a 5,000 word unsupervised report on a current strategic marketing topic.

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This part-time blended learning course will teach you how marketing is delivered at a strategic level across cultures and geographies for maximum impact. Read more
This part-time blended learning course will teach you how marketing is delivered at a strategic level across cultures and geographies for maximum impact.

Course outline

MSc Strategic Marketing Management features core marketing modules, a selection of specialist marketing modules and a choice of optional modules enabling greater appreciation of other related business functions. Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds including business and non-business specific specialisms. You'll undertake blended learning online mixed with face-to-face sessions at Aston University or with our partner universities around the world making this part-time course very flexible.

Subject guide and modules

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of marketing processes and procedures, including marketing research, marketing planning and strategy, marketing communications and brand portfolio building. In addition, the modules we teach will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers.

Topics that will be covered on this course include:
-Strategic Marketing Management
-Global Marketing Management
-Consumer Behaviour
-Strategic Brand Management
-Market Research
-Integrated Marketing Communications
-Services Marketing
-Entrepreneurial Marketing
-Digital Marketing
-Marketing Channels

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

A wide range of general and specialist roles including product and brand management, market research, market planning and product development, marketing communications/ promotions, media relations and direct marketing. Recent graduate positions include:
-Assistant Marketing Manager – Hyundai
-Brand Manager – Pepsico International (Cyprus)
-Global Communication Executive – Merlin Entertainments (Austria)
-Graduate Trainee Marketing Insight Programme – Tesco (UK)
-Marketing Product Manager – L’Oréal

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MSc Strategic Marketing Management features core marketing modules, a selection of specialist marketing modules and a choice of optional modules enabling greater appreciation of other related business functions. Read more
MSc Strategic Marketing Management features core marketing modules, a selection of specialist marketing modules and a choice of optional modules enabling greater appreciation of other related business functions. Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds including business and non-business specific specialisms.

Subject guide and modules

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of marketing processes and procedures, including marketing research, marketing planning and strategy, marketing communications and brand portfolio building. In addition, the modules we teach will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers.

Core Modules:
-Marketing Management
-Analysis for Dissertation Research
-Marketing Research
-Marketing Strategy
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose four)**:
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-Marketing Channels & Strategic Sales Force Management
-Integrated Marketing Communications
-Consumer Behaviour
-Strategic Brand Management
-Services Marketing
-International Marketing Management
-Digital Marketing
-Strategic Management

**No more than 2 elective modules can be studied in any term and no more than two from Accounting for Non-Financial Manager, Strategic Business Sustainability, Intellectual Property Strategy & Management and Strategic Management.

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

A wide range of general and specialist roles including product and brand management, market research, market planning and product development, marketing communications/ promotions, media relations and direct marketing. Recent graduate positions include:
-Assistant Marketing Manager – Hyundai
-Brand Manager – Pepsico International (Cyprus)
-Global Communication Executive – Merlin Entertainments (Austria)
-Graduate Trainee Marketing Insight Programme – Tesco (UK)
-Marketing Product Manager – L’Oréal

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston.

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We were the first UK university to offer a specialist degree in marketing communications and we have continued to develop our portfolio since then. . Read more

We were the first UK university to offer a specialist degree in marketing communications and we have continued to develop our portfolio since then. 

Course structure

This Master's has been created to enable graduates and professionally qualified managers to gain a greater understanding of marketing communications.

Our programme will build your understanding of communications planning, consumer decision-making and behaviour, traditional and new media to help you better meet the competitive challenges of a changing marketplace.

You will study advertising and promotional strategies, marketing, branding, how to manage direct and digital marketing relationships, and ways to get inside the customer's mind. 

This degree will develop your management skills which are central to the relationship between organisations and customers. You will develop an understanding of ethical, global and cultural issues and the impact they have on marketing.

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

Rankings

Our marketing programmes are ranked top five for student satisfaction and second overall in London by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Develop your critical understanding of current theoretical developments in marketing strategy which can be applied to organisations and their markets
  • Foster a creative yet systematic approach to problem-solving in the area of strategic marketing
  • Develop, improve and extend your analytical, conceptual, research and consultancy skills
  • Learn to collate, synthesise and analyse a range of data to help solve marketing problems.

The courses shown in the 'Full time' drop down below are being updated. If you have any queries please contact us.

What you'll study

Full-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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

Part-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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

Assessment

You will be assessed through essays, reports, an examination, a research proposal and a dissertation.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working as consultants and as marketing and marketing communications managers for companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Co-op Group, Italian automotive technology manufacturer Magneti Marelli and Norwegian food products manufacturer Mills DA, as well as various private companies, non-profits and government organisations around the world.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs. The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

Extracurricular activities

The student Marketing Society has over 100 members. The Society combines a mixture of academic and social activities. It's a great chance to hear about the industry from experts, previous speakers include IBM and Mediacom and an opportunity to create business contacts.

Our marketing students achieved first place in the latest national marketing competition organised by the Institute of Direct Marketing.



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CATÓLICA-LISBON - located in Lisbon, Portugal, is the Top Portuguese Business School accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and is one of the very few schools in the world holding the famous Triple Crown accreditation. Read more
CATÓLICA-LISBON - located in Lisbon, Portugal, is the Top Portuguese Business School accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and is one of the very few schools in the world holding the famous Triple Crown accreditation. CATÓLICA-LISBON is the Leading Portuguese Business School to be ranked amongst the Top European Business Schools according to the Financial Times.

The MSc in Management with a Specialization in Strategic Marketing prepares students for careers in all areas of marketing. The program provides the conceptual frameworks, analytical skills, and industry knowledge to assume a variety of marketing roles, such as product managers, branding specialists or consumer insight analysts.

KEY FEATURES

International

- A network with the Best Schools Worldwide.
- International Immersion: an exchange semester abroad in a partner school.
- A passport to the World: CATÓLICA-LISBON develops in students, a global mindset preparing you to work in a multicultural context and provides international opportunities.
- Learn new language skills as an open door to the world.

Immersion in the Business World

- 98% of CATÓLICA-LISBON Master Students have been placed in the job market within a maximum of three months after graduation.
- CATÓLICA-LISBON students have access to our outstanding graduates with high-level careers in Business and Economics through the Mentoring Program.
- At CATÓLICA-LISBON, students have access to internships, company based projects and entrepreneurial start-up projects and participate in ventures with companies and NGO. For example, CATÓLICA-LISBON students started microcredit projects in Africa helping finance start-up companies managed by local communities

APPLICATIONS
September 2017 intake - Feb 2017

ADMISSION

- 1st cycle degree in Business/Management or Economics
- English Proficiency (highly valued by the Admission Jury)
- Professional experience/intenship (up to 2 years)
- International experience (exchange, summer school or internship abroad)
- Extra-curricular activities
- When considering your application we take into account your academic performance and the reputation of the institution awarding your degree. A GMAT Exam or equivalent may be required.
- Our MSc courses are pre-experience programmes for newly qualified graduates yet to start their career.


SCHOLARSHIP
Católica Top+ is a scholarship program for Economics and Management students with an outstanding academic record.
Implemented by CATÓLICA-LISBON, this program allows high-potential students to complete their MSc at CATÓLICA-LISBON with a partial waiver of tuition fees.
We encourage outstanding students to apply to these scholarships; especially those that have completed their first cycle degree at the top of their classes (for example, average final grades of 75% or above).

The following criteria are highly valued by the jury:
- Undergraduate GPA
- International Experience
- Extracurricular activities
- Professional experience (e.g. internships)
- Contribution to the diversity of the group
- Contribution to School activities

Loans:
Top international bank institutions offer low-interest loans to students that cover tuition fees and study-related expenses. The applications for these loans should be submitted directly to the bank.
In addition, we strongly encourage you to check out the financial institutions in your home country.

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