Masters degrees in Retail Management equip postgraduates with the skills and knowledge required to run and develop commercial trading activities, from small enterprises to large corporations.
Courses range from taught MA and MSc programmes, to professional MBAs and research-orient MRes degrees. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Business Studies.
Training in Retail Management can kick-start a wide range of careers – it isn’t simply about knowing how to manage a store. It is possible to explore many industries across the world and specialise in any aspect of this field.
Generally, you will gain an understanding of the logistics associated with roles in the industry, such as operations and facilities management, supply chain surveillance, procurement and human resource management.
You will receive practical training in legislative and monetary tasks such as accounting and financial planning, payroll systems and taxes. You will also examine retail in the wider context of business economics, covering topics such as forecasting, information systems, strategic development and organisational structure.
Careers may include executive roles in large corporations such as automation dealerships; international retail, such as global outsourcing or offshoring services; consultancy for SMEs (small/medium enterprises) or government agencies.
The MSc International Retail Marketing programme is designed for those looking to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of retail marketing and its application in the fast changing International and Digital Business environment. The programme will also deepen your knowledge of Business Management in general and Marketing in particular.
The student experience on this programme combines interactive lecture classes with seminars delivered to smaller groups. Moreover, our guest speakers from the industry, with their practical examples and cases, will help students to reflect on what they learn, take examples from the very best but also develop their own professional network.
The competitive significance of advanced Retail Marketing practices is increasingly acknowledged, especially in the modern Fast-Paced Digital World, making this programme highly relevant for future managers in retail and related professional services.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. 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.
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 retail marketing.
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 the retail sector and draws upon a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this sector. 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.
Knowledge and understanding
Upon completing the course, students will have:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will gain the ability to:
Professional practical skills
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Key / transferable skills
Students will have 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.
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.
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.
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).