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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. 

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.


Visit the Marketing: Social Marketing (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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