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Got a passion for marketing? Hoping to improve your suitability for senior marketing roles? Southampton Solent University’s MA Marketing Management programme can help you to develop an advanced understanding of key marketing concepts, looking at industry practices from a strategic, international and ethical perspective.

- Students are able to tailor the course to their own unique career ambitions, choosing either the ‘digital marketing’ or ‘marketing management’ pathway.
- A range of optional units supplement each pathway, helping students to specialise even further.
- Graduates automatically qualify for membership into the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
- The course is taught by tutors with experience in a wide range of industry roles.
- Guest speakers, networking events, live client briefs and marketing consultancy projects offer students valuable opportunities to interact with the industry.
- Students have the chance to gain PRINCE2 and Google Analytics qualifications alongside their postgraduate degree.
- Flexible study is available, including a two-year part-time variation.

The industry -

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with many businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival-oriented recession years. Studying a postgraduate degree in marketing positions students perfectly to help drive that growth, delivering quality marketing research and then making decisions accordingly.

The programme -

Core units look at the significance of communication; the development of existing and emerging marketing strategies; new marketing technologies; globalisation; and relationship marketing. Students also learn how best to apply academic theory to real-life marketing scenarios, eventually researching and writing their own 12,000 word dissertation. This is an ideal opportunity to explore an area of marketing that is related to their own unique career ambitions.

Professional qualifications are offered alongside the core postgraduate curriculum. These include Chartered Institute of Marketing, CAM Foundation, PRINCE2 and Google Analytics awards. Professional qualifications of this kind are valued by many employers, giving students an advantage when it comes time to look for work.

Marketing management students also benefit from our strong links with industry, gaining access to a range of exciting guest lectures, live briefs and industry assessments. The Marketing Consultancy Project unit sees students working on marketing projects with either a commercial or not-for-profit business. Past students have completed work for Symantec, Southampton City Council, the Leprosy Mission, the Nuffield Theatre, Cunard, Microsoft, Bath Travel, Morgan Motor Company, Rotary International and Arlington Fleet Services.

The course team can help students to secure additional work placement opportunities throughout the course. Students also have the chance to develop freelance experience by pitching for work at Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency.

Course Content

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is classroom-based and involves group and individual study. It includes field trips to Morgan Motor Cars in Coventry and local marketing communications agencies.

Work experience -

Several units provide opportunities to work on live projects. For the Marketing Consultancy Project, for example, past students have completed research for Symantec, Southampton City Council, the Leprosy Mission, the Nuffield Theatre, Cunard and Microsoft.

Placements are available during the summer vacation, giving you the chance to work closely with a UK business and, by agreement, undertake research for your dissertation.

Assessment -

Assessment is through individual and group work. There are no examinations.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

Our graduates are well placed to pursue high-flying careers in a variety of areas, including strategic management, digital and social media marketing, marketing communications and PR, product management and marketing research.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Strategic management
- Digital and social media marketing
- Marketing communications and PR
- Product management
- Marketing research

Links with industry -

We have strong links with industry and welcome regular guest speakers and visiting fellows from industry and commerce.

You’ll have opportunities to complete practical projects and placements during the course.
The course is supported by a number of organisations, including Lawton Communications, Carswell Gould and the Institute of Commercial Management.

Transferable skills -

You will develop skills and knowledge in a range of areas, including business and client communications, market research, marketing planning, presentation, project management, teamwork and marketing strategy.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £5,140

International full-time fees: £11,260

UK and EU part-time fees: £430 per 15-credit unit

International part-time fees: £940 per 15-credit unit

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Is it time to take your marketing career to the next level? By combining the skills, knowledge, and professional qualifications gained during your time studying here at Southampton Solent, you’ll be better prepared to work in a range of senior marketing roles.

Visit the MA Marketing Management page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!





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