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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll take nine compulsory modules, plus either a research dissertation or consultancy project.
You’ll choose one further optional module.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
-Marketing: Principles and Management
-Global Marketing Strategy
-International Marketing Research
-Global Marketing Issues
-Strategic Digital Marketing
-International Marketing Communications
-Dissertation and Research Methods
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join our highly successful network of alumni now pursuing lucrative careers in international and multinational organisations
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.
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.
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.
Knowledge and understanding
Upon completing the programme, students will have:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will have the ability to:
Professional practical skills
Students will ble able to:
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.
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).
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.
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:
Optional Modules: choose one from the following three modules
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.
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:
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.
If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.
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.
The International Marketing Programme is designed as a specialist course for those who want to build on a previous business and marketing degree and study Marketing at an advanced level. It’s also appropriate for recent business graduates or established executives who are seeking either to acquire new skills or supplement the skills they have developed in a practical context.
The programme allows you to develop advanced-level academic expertise in international marketing. You’ll gain the technical and personal skills to operate across a range of dynamic and competitive international environments.
The course features a wide choice of elective subjects; many include international dimensions, reflecting the current diversity in global marketing practice. The course has many value added features including but not limited to:
Our students are truly international with representations from all parts of the globe which further enhances the learning experience.
You’ll study seven compulsory and four optional choice classes.
Teaching methods include case studies, simulations, seminars, presentations, team work, problem-solving exercises, and ‘hands-on’ real-life business projects.
The teaching methods are designed to facilitate integration of the theoretical and practical aspects of the programme and to encourage interaction among students. All modules require a high level of student participation in class.
For many students our dynamic programme (organised early in the first semester to enhance the development of leadership, teamwork and cross cultural skills) provides many memorable experiences.
The programme is organised in conjunction with independent specialists and provides the ideal chance to network with your colleagues and develop key management skills.
Our Department of Marketing is one of the oldest, largest and best marketing departments in Europe. We’ve an international reputation for the quality of teaching and research. Our staff also as advisors to private and public organisations; some hold senior positions in the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Marketing Research Society and other professional associations.
Our courses are accredited by:
The course has a dedicated careers specialist for group sessions, employability seminars, individual interviews and CV compilation and continues to support graduates for a year after graduation.
There is a wide range of university social activities and clubs for students. The Marketing department organises its own events in addition to the programme run by the International office of the University. These include:famous student ceilidh in October with Scottish country dancing, the Marketing Works Grand Finale and Gala Dinner in June, sporting competitions and events; students also sometimes organise an end of programme celebration themselves.
A comprehensive support package is provided to enhance students' learning and to ensure maximum student benefit during their period of study. This includes, but is not limited to:
Students are also asked each year to evaluate the perceived value of both the quality of the teaching and the associated support package to ensure that the highest of standards are maintained.
The taught component of the course will be covered in semester 1 and 2. Both of these semesters will run for 12 weeks. At MSc level the dissertation is taken during the summer term.
The Learning and Teaching methods will vary between courses. These will include:
Assessment methods vary between core and elective classes. Assessment for core classes is a combination of examinations worth 60% and assignments worth 40%. Elective classes have no examinations and are assessed in a variety of ways using essay/report based assignments worth 100%.
Where are they now?
Our Masters is recognised globally for its excellence and graduates develop careers in marketing and related employment all over the world. A very small selection of job titles and employers is represented in the following examples*
Job titles include:
*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2014/15 and 2013/14).
The MSc in International Marketing is designed for graduates and business professionals who have some marketing experience or for others considering starting a new career in marketing or for those who have a real interest in specialist areas.
The course will help you launch or develop your career in marketing with the benefit of a broad understanding of topical contemporary marketing issues. You will study a range of diverse areas, from the new digital landscape to sustainable marketing challenges and global opportunities.
You will benefit from:
• experienced practitioner lecturers
• live industry case studies
• using academic research to solve real-world problems
• an enduring and supportive network
• strategic perspective through detailed exploration, critical appraisal and in-depth study
• an understanding of brands, marketing, consumers and the changing contexts in which organisations do business
• learning how to think creatively, critically and strategically about marketing issues and challenges.
We also aim to help you develop professionally by combining intellectual, analytical, strategic and critical thinking skills with professional drive and ambition. This will prepare you to become an entrepreneur or succeed in businesses across the world.
You will also gain practical experience during a project focussing on a real life marketing problem.
• Global Marketing
• Digital and Social Media Marketing
• Diversity in Consumer Behaviour
• Strategic Marketing
• Brand Management
• International Advertising and Corporate Communication
• International Marketing Project (including taught part on research methods).
• Employment law
• Corporate Responsibility
• Project Management
• Contemporary Marketing Challenges
• Logistic and Supply Chain Management
• New Venture Development.
Our assessment strategy focuses on applying knowledge and skills to real-life marketing management situations. We use a variety of assessment methods, reflecting the different tasks and issues an international manager is likely to experience. These include written case study analysis, literature review, essays, written reports, presentations and examinations.
Our Masters students go on to successful careers locally, nationally and internationally in:
• digital marketing
• marketing communication
• marketing management
• international management
• marketing consultancy
• media relations
• public relations.
Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Doctorate study enables you to develop research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.