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Marketing Communications (MSc/Top-up to MSc)

Course Description

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this course will equip you for a career in the marketing arena in areas such as corporate marketing, advertising, public relations and market research.

This programme will familiarise you with the concepts and tools of marketing communication and its vital role in business enabling you to implement both the tactical and strategic decisions available to the marketing communications manager.

The core units provide the student with the necessary grounding in the marketing communications field. In addition to core marketing units the course provides specialist units in advertising, public relations and options in associated fields. In addition the contemporary themes associated with Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) will also be developed.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/marketing-communications-msc


- Integrated marketing communications (20 credits)
- Cross cultural buyer behaviour (20 credits)
- Creative and media strategy (20 credits)
- Emerging issues in marketing communications (10 credits)
- International brand management (20 credits)
- Research methods (20 credits)
- Dissertation 20,000 words (60 credits)

Plus one elective unit (10 credits)
- Public relations
- International marketing
- Social marketing strategy
- Market driven marketing
- Digital and social media


- 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. Salaries for marketing executives in the early stages of their careers generally range from £20,000-£30,000, while marketing professionals with a wealth of experience can earn up to £50,000. (All About Careers).

- Graduate Success
LSBU Marketing graduates are employed in a variety of organisations such as OgilvyOne Worldwide, eSearchVision, Osney Media.

- 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. Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

Marketing Communications Top-up to MSc

This course is designed to offer students who hold the CIM Level 7 Diploma in Marketing Communications the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a Masters degree.

The core modules provide the necessary grounding in the marketing communications field. In addition to core marketing modules the course provides specialist modules in advertising, public relations and options in associated fields. In addition the contemporary themes associated with Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) will also be developed. A variety of speakers from industry provide insight and evidence of current marketing communications practice.

See the website for the Top-up to MSc - http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/marketing-communications-top-up-to-msc

Visit the Marketing Communications (MSc/Top-up to MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kristen Cartwright

Arizona State University I became increasingly interested in the field of marketing—and the endless opportunities that come with it," explains Kristen.

"My ideal career would be working in public relations and events. And I've always been interested in the entertainment industry, so something that incorporated those fields would be amazing."

Kristen had previously spent a semester in London on a student exchange during her bachelor's degree. It was this experience in a new country that helped Kristen choose LSBU for postgrad study away from home. (Helpfully, meeting her boyfriend in London sealed the deal!)

Kristen is now completing her dissertation in the heart of Europe, one of the few truly international cities and home to some of the world's most exciting creative industries.

"Being a student at LSBU has not only taught me so much about the marketing field but also how to interact with individuals from all over the world.

"It's truly a world city—and the LSBU campus is right in the centre of it all. There are so many nationalities and different cultures represented. International experience is an advantage in any career but especially in business.

"Being an international student has also meant I have learnt so much about myself. I wouldn't trade this opportunity for the world."


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a related subject area. The course is designed for students whose first degree is business-related with some knowledge of marketing or who have practical experience of working as managers or marketers and who wish to specialise in the communications aspects of marketing.

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