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This specialised postgraduate degree is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading marketing professionals and is highly geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry.

The one-year course has been designed in line with the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and its content reflects the very latest developments in the field, including location-based marketing, user experience, customer journey mapping and mobile marketing.

It focuses on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in modern marketing and you’ll build a portfolio of materials to present to future employers including created web content, video content, profile infographics, customer journey maps, campaign proposals and analytics.

The course offers the chance to complete a Masters consultancy project in place of a dissertation, and we’ll discuss that option with you towards the end of your first semester. In the second year of this course you’ll undertake study in another country. Employers often prefer applicants who have a strong international awareness. Our exchange option will increase your experience and it’ll help you stand out from others.

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.

Northumbria University has joined forces with the 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 our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by experts who posses a real passion for marketing and its digital evolution, including guest lecturers.

The members of staff who deliver this course are recognised thought leaders in digital marketing and include a writer of a leading text on direct and digital marketing, PhD qualified academics and respected marketing practitioners. The team also has a great track record in preparing Northumbria students for the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) National Student Competition.

Teaching And Assessment

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops combining theory with case studies and examples. Guest lectures from visiting professionals will support your learning and industry practitioners will set live project briefs and offer personal feedback.

Given the ever-changing nature of the digital marketing field, you will be encouraged to innovate and apply emerging technologies to solve business problems.

You’ll be supported extensively with your personal and professional development, particularly around reflection, self-awareness and group skills and be offered the chance to take part in a residential weekend to build on these. You’ll also get the chance to develop leadership and management skills in both theoretical and real-life settings.

During the second year you’ll spend a whole semester studying in another country. We organise exchanges with universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, allowing you to take your international experience to another level. You’ll deepen your understanding of relevant topics and there may also be studies related to the language and culture of the host region. On your return you’ll complete your dissertation or consultancy project.

The main assessment method will be via individual assignments and business reports where you’ll be expected to take a deep and critical approach and demonstrate your ability to think widely about the issues presented.

You’ll also be required to submit a 15,000 word, subject-specific dissertation where you’ll explore a digital theme in depth, applying research skills and methodologies that will be covered as part of your dissertation preparation.

You will have the option to undertake a Masters’ consultancy project as an alternative to the dissertation, which will be discussed during the course.

Module Overview
Year One
BM9706 - Marketing Metrics and Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9700 - Strategic Marketing in the Digital Era (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9701 - The Digital Customer Journey: Data, Profiling and CRM (Core, 20 Credits)
MK9702 - Digital Campaign Management and Media (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
NX0478 - Masters' Study Abroad (Core, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University has an elite, global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

You’ll learn in exceptional facilities that feature everything you need to support your studies, from Harvard-style lecture theatres to a Starbucks coffee shop.

Newcastle Business School attracts students from around the world and this internationally diverse student population will help you expand your global marketing perspectives.

On certain modules, you’ll be taught in a workshop environment where IT will be at the heart of your learning experience and you’ll be encouraged to use technology including business simulations, Prezi and Google Analytics.

Each semester you’ll get the chance to share your views on individual modules, the learning environment and anything else you want to tell us about the course.

Research-Rich Learning

The academic staff involved in this programme have developed a growing reputation for their research work in the digital marketing arena, contributing to leading journals and delivering digital marketing training programmes for major organisations.

Key staff include Richard Gay, an experienced academic with a leading textbook in the digital marketing field and currently researching into multichannel marketing at doctorate level, and Kirk Dodds, a former marketing practitioner who’s currently researching into mobile marketing at doctorate level, included within this is a signature research area into the wider field of digital business.

Newcastle Business School is a vibrant and research-rich business school with a history of applied research and strong engagement with the local economy, public and voluntary sectors.

Your curriculum will feature a mix of research-oriented and research-led content and you’ll be supported to carry out your own research work.

You’ll also develop the skills to independently and collaboratively create new knowledge through independent research, particularly through your dissertation where you’ll learn about the process of knowledge construction.

Give Your Career An Edge

Because this course is designed and delivered in collaboration with leading professionals and geared towards the needs of the digital marketing industry, it offers a real advantage when it comes to securing a great job in the modern marketing arena.

As well as gaining specialist knowledge, you’ll leave with invaluable skills including team working, managing business intelligence and project management, plus a highly developed sense of cultural, emotional and ethical awareness.

You’ll also leave with an impressive, industry-relevant portfolio for future employers.

In the second year of the course you’ll be extending your international experience and widening your knowledge of business topics. You’ll develop an inter-cultural awareness that will help you stand out from other job applicants. Our network of partners and academic links will make it easier for you to find the right university in the right country to suit your interests and aspirations.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

This postgraduate course offers an excellent foundation for your future career in marketing or digital marketing management.

Some employers require completion of a two-year master’s and this course will meet their requirement.

This is a fast-growing sector and your specialist knowledge of the digital marketing arena will set you apart from your peers and give you a real edge when it comes to securing rapidly emerging job opportunities in this very competitive field.

Visit the Digital Marketing with Study Abroad - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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