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Masters Degrees in International Marketing

We have 204 Masters Degrees in International Marketing

Masters degrees in International Marketing equip postgraduates with a working knowledge of the techniques employed by various organisations to market goods and services to other countries.

Courses range from taught MA and MSc degrees, to professional MBAs and research-based MRes programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.

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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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This programme provides students with an understanding of marketing strategies and practices in a global context, by analysing the global marketing environment, culture and varying behaviours, marketing opportunities and strategy options, and the global marketing mix. Read more

This programme provides students with an understanding of marketing strategies and practices in a global context, by analysing the global marketing environment, culture and varying behaviours, marketing opportunities and strategy options, and the global marketing mix.

Not sure which pathway to choose (International Marketing or Digital Marketing)? Apply for the one that you feel fits you better and you will be able to change the pathway within the first few weeks from your arrival to the university.

Students taking this programme are trained to critically assess the marketing strategies adopted by a range of global and small enterprises and offer possible solutions. The added complexity of trading across borders digitally is also featured in this very popular programme.

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Market Research 
  • International Strategic Management
  • International Business Environment

What career can you have?

Career and personal development planning is integral to our master's courses. We have a team of career professionals offering support, to give you the fundamental tools needed to achieve your career aspirations.



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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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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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Different countries and cultures bring their own set of challenges in terms of marketing. So introducing a product or service needs sensitivity, understanding and respect. Read more

Different countries and cultures bring their own set of challenges in terms of marketing. So introducing a product or service needs sensitivity, understanding and respect. This MSc is open to graduates from all disciplines who are interested in a career in the lively world of international marketing. You will explore all the up-to-date thinking, theories, principles and practice of the discipline. 

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, this programme is run and supported by experienced academics and marketing practitioners. Globally renowned for their expertise, they will give you significant insights into key areas of international marketing, including brand marketing; advertising; e-marketing; and innovation and strategy.

Course details

This is a conversion programme for applicants without previous knowledge or experience in marketing, but who wish to particularly explore the theory, principles and practice of marketing in the context of a global market environment and the challenges of marketing across countries and cultures.

This programme is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

For recent graduates and practising managers already familiar with basic marketing concepts, please also see our Marketing Communications MSc and Strategic Marketing and Consulting MSc programmes.

Programme details

The 12 month masters degree programme begins at the end of September. Initially you will spend time developing your understanding of core principles, theory and practice in marketing management, marketing research and marketing strategy and planning. Case studies will explore the particular applications of concepts in an international marketing context. You will also take a compulsory module exploring the principles, theory and practice of international marketing strategy, including approaches to international market selection, entry mode, and planning the marketing mix globally and/or locally. You will also study a compulsory module on Cross-Cultural Communication to help appreciate the challenges and strategies for effective communication when managing in an international context.

Beyond the core modules, the programme offers a wide choice of elective modules. You will be able to specialise in the areas of marketing that you feel will best prepare you for your chosen career path. We offer an exciting elective which explores the challenges of international marketing decisions in practice, using an innovative computer-based simulation in association with a USA-based company.

Learning and teaching

During the year you will undertake a major independent research dissertation, which must be related to an international marketing issue. Academic members of the Marketing Group will suggest topics consistent with their ongoing research, or you can choose a topic that is directly related to your chosen career path.

There are a host of potential topics for an international marketing dissertation.

Topics have included:

  • International marketing strategies for a new cosmetics brand
  • Comparative analysis of Nestle’s marketing strategies in Europe and Africa
  • Positioning strategies for car manufacturers in China
  • Launching and licensing new magazine concepts in Thailand
  • Standardisation vs adaptation in international advertising
  • The impact of country of origin on the marketability of Georgian wines
  • Evaluating franchising vs concessions for an international fashion brand

Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Employability

Recent graduates from our two conversion programmes (MSc Marketing and MSc International Marketing) have gone on to work in a wide range of careers in companies such as Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, American Express, Accenture, Whitbread, Beiersdorf, DaimlerChrysler, AstraZeneca, Tesco, AC Nielsen, Mazda Motors, Leo Burnett, Nissan, both in the UK and in their home country for returning international students

Strong industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice.

Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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MSc International Marketing Strategy is specifically designed to provide a strong foundation for a successful career in the exciting and fast moving world of international marketing. Read more

MSc International Marketing Strategy is specifically designed to provide a strong foundation for a successful career in the exciting and fast moving world of international marketing.

Marketing is no longer just a business function. It is a way of doing business that places the consumer at the centre of organisational activity. As such, marketing is an essential component of organisational success not only in businesses, but also in the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Indeed, few organisations remain unaffected by patterns of change in the global marketplace. Whether actively seeking opportunities in other countries, or working with global influences in a home market, international marketing strategy affects us all. This course will enable you to develop the professional marketing skills and knowledge required to work effectively in this increasingly complex environment. It will also enhance your ability to think strategically about marketing issues and challenges.

You also have the option to study this programme via Distance Learning.

Course content

The MSc International Marketing Strategy is made up of several modules that combine to provide comprehensive coverage of the challenging and dynamic discipline of international marketing. The content of the course reflects the key strategic decisions that underpin international marketing, the decision to internationalise, market identification, screening and selection, market entry, tactical action programmes, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Examples of specific issues that are covered include: standardisation adaptation, cultural drivers of customer behaviour, the impact of global trends, country of origin effect, international branding issues and the use of social media. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to complete a substantial piece of independent research on an international marketing topic of your choice.

For further information about this course please visit the award map: http://oldweb.northampton.ac.uk/caf/pgmsaward/international-marketing-strategy-msc.htm

Course modules (17/18)

-Marketing: Principles and Management

-Global Marketing Strategy

-International Marketing Research

-Global Marketing Issues

-Strategic Digital Marketing

-International Marketing Communications

-Dissertation and Research Methods

Schedule

One year, full time over three trimesters.

In addition to attending lectures and seminars (around 10-12 hours a week) you will be expected to spend significant time (25 or more hours a week) engaged in preparing for classes and additional self-directed study as well as participating in the support programme.

Assessments

An innovative range of individual and group based assessments are used involving the preparation of essays, marketing plans, case study analyses, portfolios and presentations as well as the dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

Throughout the course you are taught by experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge of their subject areas. Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lecture and seminar sessions, with a strong emphasis on participation and discussion. To bring concepts and theories to life, extensive use is made of real world case-studies and practical exercises supplemented by extensive on-line learning materials

To integrate these modules and enrich the experience of the student there is a supporting programme of workshop activities and events. Typically these include a Summer School as well as guest speakers, marketing games, study trips and learning skills development sessions throughout the year.

Summer School

In July 2015, students studying on the course benefitted from a week-long Summer School that provided the opportunity to have marketing concepts brought to life through study trips, visiting speakers and participating in a Marketing Challenge based on Northampton’s leather heritage.

The students were able to find out how leather products are produced with a tour of the tannery at the University’s Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. Professor Mike Redwood spoke on the way luxury leather brands market themselves and the particular issues they face in developing markets.

Careers

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for a career in international marketing with the potential to achieve success as a senior marketing manager with a multi-national organisation. Our marketing graduates can be found working in a range of organisations large and small in areas such as brand management, business development, digital and online marketing, marketing communications and marketing research.



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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 business and marketing is a powerful combination if you have set your sights on a high-flying career in a leading global organisation. Read more

International business and marketing is a powerful combination if you have set your sights on a high-flying career in a leading global organisation. Our MSc equips you with the vision, professional credibility, practical skills and specialist knowledge you need to excel.

  • Focus on applied analysis in international business sectors, markets and marketing as well as international policy and global strategy
  • Network with business leaders who provide guest lectures, consultancy projects, case studies and professional mentoring
  • Gain vital hands-on experience in our brand new Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, using real-world data for research into companies and markets across the globe
  • Work on real-world consultancy projects, harnessing the theory you learn in the classroom to help businesses and other organisations improve their performance and productivity
  • Enhance your CV and boost your employability with our unique Futures Award in Leadership in International Business and on our industry-standard leadership residential
  • Undertake a major independent study into an area of international business and marketing that matches your interests and career plans
  • Be inspired by a teaching team with industry experience, extensive contacts and a strong profile for influential research
  • Learn alongside students from around the world, sharing experiences to deepen your understanding of global business and cultural diversity

Join our highly successful network of alumni now pursuing lucrative careers in international and multinational organisations

  • Our exciting new MSc is designed to nurture the next generation of forward-thinking, energetic and ambitious business and marketing professionals with a truly global outlook.
  • In tune with today’s business world
  • Leading employers worldwide increasingly expect their senior staff to have a specialist postgraduate degree like our MSc International Business and Marketing.
  • This multidisciplinary course is an excellent choice if you want to develop a thorough understanding of the economic, marketing, strategic, legal and cultural factors facing international business. It brings together disciplines such as strategy, international economics, marketing, brand management and law.
  • Drawing on real-world case studies, you’ll hone your skills in applied research as you conduct wide-ranging business, marketing, international economic and market analysis. You’ll also focus on how to create and implement strategic marketing plans which address business challenges in original ways.
  • Learning at the cutting edge
  • Our impressive new Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab is the ideal setting for you to gain hands-on experience, working with the same information and technology used by financial and business professionals all over the world. You’ll gain vital insights into extracting and analysing real-time market and international economic and financial data, undertaking applied analysis using appropriate statistical software.
  • We are among the top universities to have invested in such exceptional learning facilities in partnership with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader. You will receive training from Bloomberg specialists and can work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate alongside your degree to boost your professional profile.
  • Powerful partnerships to inspire you
  • The MSc International Business and Marketing is designed and delivered with input from business leaders operating at local, national and international levels. We collaborate directly with prestigious names such as Lloyds Bank, Smiths of Derby, Eversheds, Price Waterhouse Cooper, PKF Cooper Parry, Bloomberg and major marketing analytic firms including GI Solutions Group.
  • Many of our business partners contribute to the MSc with thought-provoking guest lectures and masterclasses. You’ll hear first-hand what happens at the sharp end of business and marketing across vastly different organisational cultures.
  • You can also extend your contacts through networking at Institute of Directors workshops, company taster days and events held by our Network of Entrepreneurs. Our annual Marketing 2020 programme – a rare opportunity to hear from some of the country’s leading marketers – sets the scene for the future of the profession.
  • Company visits will give you fresh insights too. Previous examples include behind-the-scenes tours of the Pride Park Stadium, Derby Arena, Crown Derby and high performance engineering company epm:technology.
  • Benefit from professional mentoring
  • We offer you the opportunity to receive mentoring from influential business figures who are happy to share their experiences and insights with you. Our mentors range from international trade experts and banking specialists to senior marketing managers from our partner companies.
  • Career development planning is an integral part of your studies and you’ll benefit from the support of a personal tutor. You’ll also have access to our first-class professional career service throughout your studies and even after you’ve graduated. 
  • Build an impressive portfolio of skills
  • We’re committed todelivering a stimulating learning experience, which includes our two-day industry-standard residential course in leadership.
  • You could also contribute to specialist research projects in the region or work in a team of marketing consultants with our partners. Recent examples include an economic impact study of the Buxton Festival, branding ideas for Haddon Hall, and customer research for the Derwent Rural Counselling Service.
  • In addition, we support you to take part in competitions such as the IBM University Business Challenge and the University Trading Challenge. You could even publish your research in our monthly Economic Bulletin and our academic journal, Critical Perspectives on Business Management.
  • Focus on areas that interest you most
  • The culmination of the MSc International Business and Marketing is your Independent Study where you investigate a topic that reflects your interests and ambitions. This is your chance to conduct in-depth research, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills which will serve you well in future. You’ll ask searching questions, critically review literature, analyse data, draw conclusions and make recommendations.
  • The range of topics covered is vast. Among recent examples, our MSc students have investigated knowledge transfer in the South African hotel sector; international marketing of satellite TV packages in Africa; consumer complaint behaviour in Chinese online shopping; international leadership challenges in SMEs; international marketing in higher education; and how consumers become ‘fans’.
  • Employability sessions including psychometric testing, interview experience and assessment centre training.


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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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Cultural and national differences pose various problems for organisations who market their products and services around the world. Read more

Cultural and national differences pose various problems for organisations who market their products and services around the world.

Our MSc International Marketing Management programme will provide you with a comprehensive framework for understanding the theories, concepts, applications and unique challenges of marketing in a fast changing international and global context.

The programme will develop your appreciation of strategies and tactics for international markets, along with their implications, and build your understanding of marketing management for multinational and global organisations.

The core modules cover topics in international business and marketing, while our optional modules allow you tailor the programme according to your interests.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year, until a total of eight is reached. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to provide a high quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to- date, as well as relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and other professionals in international marketing management.

In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the programmes aim to develop generic management skills necessary to be effective in todays’ challenging business environment.

The programme has a business management orientation related to international marketing management and draws upon a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this business function.

It takes an integrated approach so as to provide a coherent exploration of the inter-relationships between the various components. The, programme is international in scope and coverage, and lecturers draw upon the most recent research to inform their teaching.

The programmes aim to develop students as independent and reflective learners, able to continue their learning once in their chosen profession.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Upon completing the programme, students will have:

  • A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to international marketing management
  • A high level of theoretical and applied knowledge of the management, operation, organisation and provision of business sector education
  • An understanding of the research process

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will have the ability to:

  • Independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to international marketing management
  • Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others’ work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied

Professional practical skills

Students will ble able to:

  • Conduct research and produce a high quality Dissertation: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of the research work
  • Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological approaches

Key / transferable skills

Students will gain a range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation. These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research.

Graduate prospects

Our marketing graduates who enrol with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as an Affiliate can study CIM qualifications without having to complete all of the modules. For most qualifications, students will only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three and therefore, students will add an individual award to supplement their degree. There is a fee to join CIM.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).



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Our MSc International Luxury Marketing course enables you to learn about planning and applying luxury marketing management strategies within a framework of international marketing. Read more

Our MSc International Luxury Marketing course enables you to learn about planning and applying luxury marketing management strategies within a framework of international marketing. You will approach luxury marketing and its business challenges from a very international perspective.

The course integrates academic and practical knowledge with practical case studies and live scenarios and you learn to assess situations from financial, commercial and cultural standpoints, to reach decisions on solutions and actions. If you begin your course in September you have the choice to apply for an 8 month paid work placement in a marketing role instead of completing either a dissertation or client project. By gaining this professional experience you will be well prepared for your future career. By gaining this professional experience you will be well prepared for your future career.

With specialist modules in luxury businesses you develop marketing strategies in a luxury context and develop and understand how building customer trust and champion luxury brands is critical. You will gain the insights and critical skills to make decisions about the operational and strategic business activities of luxury brands and their distribution channels in a range of international business environments.

Graduates will be well placed to be employed in marketing roles throughout the world in luxury sectors such as jewellery, fashion, tourism, fine wine, spirits and prestige cars. These positions are not confined to in-house marketing management, but also can be in media, digital, brand and communications agencies, in particular those specialising in the luxury marketplace.

Course content

Compulsory Modules

You will study eight compulsory modules and a module which helps develop your professional and academic skills. In addition, you will choose two optional modules and you can complete either a dissertation or client project or, if you start the course in September, you also have the opportunity to apply for an 8 month paid work placement in a marketing role. If you choose not to take a work placement, the course lasts 12 months. If you start in September and take the work placement the course last 17 months.

Please also refer to the course structure charts:

MSc International Luxury Marketing September entry

MSc International Luxury Marketing January entry

  • Introduction to the Principles of Marketing
  • Understanding Customer Behaviour
  • Research Methods for Events and Marketing
  • Professional and Academic Development
  • Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • Global Marketing Strategy
  • International Luxury Marketing
  • Managing the Luxury Experience

Optional Modules: choose one from the following three modules

  • Dissertation
  • Client Project
  • Placement Project

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments and online group-based marketing simulation.

You will gain practical experience and put your knowledge of marketing approaches and theory into practice during live research projects for an organisation. Teaching staff at the Business School are engaged in academic research and/or come from an industry background with in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from the world of business, consultancies and research bodies augment the programme through leading edge discussions and specialist events.

Specialist facilities

We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Oxford Brookes Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • the Faculty of Business brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • a new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • social learning spaces and a cafe
  • a new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Teaching Location

If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.



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This Marketing MA is aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing an intellectual understanding of the theories underpinning marketing concepts and processes. Read more

This Marketing MA is aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing an intellectual understanding of the theories underpinning marketing concepts and processes. You will build a sound knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues relating to marketing, consumers and culture. It is a distinct, research-led course based on contemporary theory and case material which is challenging and innovative. It draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of our academics. 

On graduating you will have an in-depth and critical understanding of a world increasingly defined by a culture of consumerism and the role played by marketing activities in building strong customer relationships and business opportunities. You will cover specialist marketing subjects, especially written for this Master’s programme and chosen for their relevance to contemporary marketing practice and research and develop forms of analysis and understanding at the very cutting edge. Your studies will cover issues such as the critical and practical understandings of marketing and consumers and branding. You will also explore the new marketing and consumer environment which both challenges and builds upon traditional marketing concepts.

As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential. 

  • Distinctive from traditional marketing programmes by focusing on marketing and consumer culture from critical and creative perspectives.
  • Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as: arts marketing, marketing communications and marketing ethics.
  • Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.
  • International profile created from regularly hosting visits by leading international marketing academics who present their research to faculty and students.
  • Innovative and rising Management School, moving up the rankings 11 places in just one year (Guardian University Guide in 2015) and Marketing ranked 4th(Complete University Guide 2017).

Course structure

Pre-course preparation

  • Foundations of Modern Management and Organisational Analysis

Core modules

  • Marketing - A Critical Introduction
  • Consumers and Brands
  • Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Arts Marketing
  • Marketing, Environment and Society
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Marketing
  • Services Marketing
  • Sports Marketing
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Consumption, Markets and Cultures
  • Technology and Macromarketing

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Your future career

On graduating with a MA in marketing you will have a theoretical and empirical knowledge of marketing and employed a variety of academically based marketing techniques and practices as well as a critical awareness of current issues at the forefront of marketing in society. Our graduates are highly employable with the potential to move into variety of different marketing-related roles.

Graduates in recent years have been appointed into roles including Marketing Consultant at Viewpress TV, Sales Officer at Standard Chartered, Category Analyst at Kantar World Panel UK, Research Assistant at Maritz Research Europe and Private Banker at ICICI Bank.

“My degree from Royal Holloway helped me get this role at Microsoft, thanks to the valuable insights into the digital Marketing world I gained, it also taught me how to team work in an international environment. An experience I can only highly recommend to prospective Marketing students.” Vera Hoelscher. Sales Solutsion Specialst at Microsoft (MA Marketing, 2010)



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This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. Read more
This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. It explores the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of marketing within the context of business and management and will focus on developing academic and applied skills in Marketing including advertising, brand management and loyalty, customer service, public relations and market research.

For the Advanced Taught Programme students will choose four Applied Business Projects from a list which currently includes the following titles:

1. e-Business and Value Chain
2. Human Resource Management
3. International Business
4. Investment and Private Banking
5. Operations Management
6. Business Planning

Compulsory modules:

Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

International Marketing: The globalization of companies is the involvement of customers, producers, suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders in the global marketing process. International marketing reflects the trend of companies selling products and services across national boundaries. This module provides an overview of contemporary international marketing issues and trends as well as the international marketing planning process. On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions regarding international market entry strategies and the development and management of global brands.

Consumer Behaviour in a Global & Digital World: This module will introduce students to the main theories which purport to explain consumer behaviour from the perspective of gaining an understanding of the consumer as an individual as well as how consumers are influenced by their cultural environment. Given that the internet has become an essential part of modern day life this module will provide students with an understanding of how consumer behaviour is impacted as a result of changes in the way goods and services are marketed and sold online. This module also examines the critical issues and trends whereby the internet has changed consumer behaviour spanning across traditional/geographic boundaries.

Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.

International Marketing Communication: This module examines the processes by which integrated marketing communications (IMC) programs are planned, developed and executed. Individual communication vehicles included in an Integrated Marketing Communication plan are explored.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Your optional modules must include AT LEAST ONE of the following:

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Other optional modules include:

New Venture Creation: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Global Business and Culture: This module will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the challenges of managing across national boundaries. Culture is assessed in the context of a range of contemporary classifications and discussed in a variety of conceptual, methodological and practical situations relating to the measurement and application of culture at various levels of analysis (national, industry, corporate, individual). On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions involving culture as an input. Case studies are used to illustrate the complexities of cross-cultural negotiations, international expansion, and cross-border alliances/ mergers & acquisitions.

International Business: This module analyses the conditions in the international environment that drive trade between nations involving multinational enterprises (MNEs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

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MSc Marketing Online Programme Delivery. The programme is 180 credits with 11 modules. Read more

MSc Marketing Online Programme Delivery

The programme is 180 credits with 11 modules. Classes are 7 weeks long and the full programmes consist of 90 credits core courses, 45 credits focused on marketing electives and/or business electives, and a 30-credit dissertation (with a supporting 15-credit Research Skills module). The programme can be completed in 2 years. Classes are 100% online, and you’ll join a diverse group of professionals from a variety of industries. You’ll participate in class discussions, lectures and assessments at your own pace. Collaborate with fellow students, faculty, and staff to tackle case studies and challenges from the marketing field. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the advantage of building a career network while completing your postgraduate degree.

Class materials are accessible 24/7, and courses are delivered in an innovative online learning environment. We offer six intakes per year so you can start your online postgraduate marketing degree when you’re ready. A Student Support Advisor will work with you throughout the programme to help you succeed.

The online marketing programme’s dissertation is designed to test your cumulative knowledge. You’ll be asked to apply classroom concepts, experience, and theory to a real-world scenario. The dissertation portion of the online programme may be a valuable portfolio piece that shows potential employers the direct application of your marketing degree.

MSc Marketing Online Curriculum

Core Modules - 90 Credits

Marketing Strategy

 The aim of this module is to introduce marketing as a central feature of the strategic planning process. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. A marketing perspective focuses on an in-depth and critical understanding of desires and decision processes of customers and businesses. This module will introduce the stages of an organisation’s marketing strategy as: strategic analysis; strategic choice; strategic implementation; and monitoring and control. Understanding the processes involved in these stages, from both theoretical and practical perspectives will develop participant’s awareness of the changing role of marketing in today’s organisations. The module content is structured around practical examples and case studies that aim to help you develop skills of critical analysis and problem-solving.

Understanding Consumer Behaviour

The aim of the module is to understand the behaviour of people as consumers and the strategic implications of this understanding for marketing managers. This understanding is one of the critical components of marketing analysis in examining and diagnosing problems and reaching effective decisions. Principles from several social sciences including psychology, sociology, and anthropology are integrated to understand and analyse consumer actions, experiences, feelings, and judgment processes.

Integrated Marketing Communications

Consumers find themselves increasingly surrounded by media and marketing-related messages and the impact of technology, and digital communication are transforming the way consumers interact with each other and organisations. Consumers are active and engaged, often generating their own content and co-creating communications with producers and other consumers. This raises both opportunities and challenges for organisations. This module will give students an in-depth understanding of the marketing communication mix both from a theoretical and practical perspective, exploring how different forms of communication work together, acknowledging the development of the new mediums by which organisations may communicate with stakeholder and influencer groups and how such communications affect business and society.

Principles of International Business

Business is increasingly international in scope as managers take advantage of greater access to foreign markets, not only to sell products, but also to access inputs, knowledge and skills. This module addresses several questions. ‘How does becoming an international business change a company that previously operated only in the home market?’ ‘How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?’ ‘What factors determine an international business is successful?’ While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives. These are the Resource Based View, which focuses on the resources and capabilities of the firm and the Institution Based View which requires studying the differences in the business environment around the globe, to which successful companies need to adapt. The module considers political, economic and cultural difference and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries.

Marketing Analysis & Research

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in market research, which provides a foundation to understand markets and consumers. A variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analysis methods for descriptive, causal, and exploratory research designs will be discussed and compared, alongside the utilisation of these techniques in market research. The research design process (problem identification, proposal writing) will also be taught.

Digital Marketing Strategy

This module focuses on the role and consequences of digital technology and social media developments for marketing theory and practice. Digital marketing has fast become an essential area of marketing for many, if not all, organisations. Digital marketing is not only marked by significant cultural changes, but also changes in the ways that marketers operate and relate to consumers. Along with these changes come far-reaching implications related to data security and privacy, social relations, mixed realities, and Big Data, among many others. Looking across a variety of issues within digital marketing, the course interrogates the relationship between digital and ‘traditional’ marketing strategy, with a critical eye to societal implications. As such, this course begins by examining theory around marketing, particularly from a sociological perspective to consider how ‘consumers’ engage with digital marketing and what it means to live in a digital world. Next, the course examines digital marketing practices that are now integral, if not essential, to marketing strategy from a ‘real world’ perspective, including the role and practice of communication, market research, campaign planning and evaluation. Finally, the course considers the implications of digital marketing, not only related to marketing practice but also to the social.



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MSc Marketing is a one year full-time program that is designed to develop your understanding of key areas in consumer behavior and consumption, marketing management, strategy, analytics and critical marketing. Read more

MSc Marketing is a one year full-time program that is designed to develop your understanding of key areas in consumer behavior and consumption, marketing management, strategy, analytics and critical marketing. Develop your understanding of consumption and consumer behaviour, service, international, not-for-profit, relationship and business to business marketing, and marketing strategy with this Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) backed course.

With strong quality teaching and research, our marketing division has an impressive international profile, which provides the students with first-class teaching and practically focused and grounded in the latest ideas and principles in marketing practices. As located in China, we also work with many Chinese and international organisations and industry to ensure that the teaching remains relevant to employers.

This MSc is suitable for any discipline including business and management. However, this course is not suitable for students who have previously studied a significant amount of marketing.

CIM accredited

Thanks to a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), you can complete the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing alongside your MSc studies at no extra cost. This means you will graduate with two internationally recognised professional qualifications:

  • an MSc in Marketing from a leading business school
  • a diploma from one of the world’s foremost professional bodies for marketing.

Many employers require these for a career in marketing and communications. It will give you a distinct advantage in today’s competitive jobs market as it clearly demonstrates your commitment to a career in marketing. The CIM diploma is delivered by Cambridge Marketing College.

After graduating, you can choose to continue your studies with the CIM and, with appropriate employment experience in a marketing related role, gain full member status (MCIM) and become a Chartered Marketer.

Industry input

Small group teaching reinforced by core seminar sessions is something you will not find everywhere. You will have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers and participate in industry placements and field trips.

In addition, we have close partnership with industry and companies to provide industry experiences and reflective learning. We have regular collaborated recruitment fairs with international companies such as L’Oreal, Nielsen, China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd, KPMG, and Mars China, which to provide marketing career opportunities for graduates.

Programme structure

Please note that the following structure and modules may be subject to change.

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Marketing Management
  • Consumer Behaviour and Consumption
  • Marketing Research and Analytics
  • Strategic Marketing in the Digital Economy

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Research Methods

Restricted

  • International Marketing
  • New Product/Service Development and Management
  • Branding and Marketing Communications
  • Critical Marketing, Ethics and Sustainability
  • Tourism and Sustainability
  • E-Business
  • Innovation Management
  • Launching New Ventures
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Contemporary developments in HRM/OB
  • Market Relationships: A Strategic Approach

Summer

Students will prepare either an individual marketing dissertation or an applied marketing project on an approved subject relevant to the MSc Marketing.

  • Marketing Dissertation
  • Applied Marketing Project

More information is available on key facts about the delivery of the programme.



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