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Marketing Communications (MSc)

Course Description

Marketing communications are messages and related media used to communicate with a market. This programme explores and investigates the marketing communications business, how marketing communications work, how to plan a marketing communications campaign, and ethical considerations when implementing marketing communications in practice.

You will demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of marketing communications issues and how marketers define and solve problems, and will gain an appreciation of how the marketing communications function relates to other business functions.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Gain insights into marketing communications theory and practice in a range of industries and organisations, so you can identify appropriate practical tools.
Understand the processes and requirements underpinning organisational decision-making, enabling you to contribute to marketing communications management.
Appreciate how marketeers formulate and implement marketing communications policies, programmes and strategies.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Marketing Communications (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Michael Losada

4063.jpg Michael Losada is a Santander Scholar, and was awarded £5000 towards the tuition fees for his MSc Marketing Communications at Birkbeck. For the past seven years Michael, from Bogota in Colombia, has worked at the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation promoting Colombian Coffee and managing its brand portfolio in the Marketing Department through digital communication platforms.

He is pursuing the MSc Marketing Communications with the aim of strengthening his knowledge and skills to develop platforms and campaigns for agricultural goods or crafted products that improve the lives of their producers by creating value through branding, marketing and communications. Michael says: ‘Receiving the Santander Scholarship – as well as being a really big help financially – is an acknowledgement of my commitment to working towards improving the lives of coffee producers. It is really important to me that my aim and plans in this area have been acknowledged in this way.’

Explaining why he chose to study his Master’s degree at Birkbeck, Michael says: ‘I researched a lot of universities in the UK but Birkbeck’s programme content was the most appealing. I also knew that as part of the University of London my qualification would be recognised worldwide and that I would receive a high-quality education. ‘

‘The fact that I am studying alongside other professionals at Birkbeck was also a real advantage offered by Birkbeck. It will enrich my experience here, as I am able to learn from everyone’s experiences.’

‘I wanted to study in London because of its rich history and global connections. London is like a window onto so many cultures because there are people from Europe and all over the world here.’

Having been in London for just over a month Michael says: ‘Living in London is very different to being on holiday here but I’m getting to know the city – using the tube and buses and trying to live like a local. So far it’s been great – although I was expecting more rain!’

Michael’s classes are also living up to his expectations: ‘I was worried that as an international student I might not be able to relate to case studies and examples if they focussed on British industries, but the lecturers are very aware that they have international students in the group and use a really good range of examples. They are all really straight-forward and easy to understand and I feel that I’m able to get the most from all my classes.’

(Student Profile)

Cansu Kucuk

4067.jpg Cansu had decided to study an MSc in Marketing Communications at Birkbeck following her breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 25 as she became painfully aware of the fragility of life. She had previously registered for Birkbeck’s Open Evenings, yet had never signed up for a course. Her cancer diagnosis was one of the triggers that prompted her to enrol. Cansu added: ‘I had always wanted to return to university, but had kept putting it off and thought I was too old to go back. I had registered for Birkbeck’s Open Evenings for a few years, but had never actually taken the next step. Once I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012, I thought I can’t continue to put my dreams on hold. I went to the Open Evening the same day as I had one of my Zoladex injections.’ She found out about being able to pay her tuition fees in monthly instalments and decided to embrace studying again.

‘Birkbeck was ideal. The part-time teaching was a must-have for me. Being part of the University of London, Birkbeck’s reputation is really strong. Its students are mature and combine so many life obligations. Employers realise that you must be hard-working if you can combine work and family life with your studies.’

She said: ‘The most appealing part of the course was learning about different marketing strategies – the use of the internet, and PR. All the students were focused, enthusiastic and friendly. I’ve made good friends for life.’

‘If anybody is coming up with excuses why they should not go to university this year, they should just go ahead and sign up. You can’t worry about time or age, or let your dreams be put on hold. You never know when your time will end. If you really want to do something, it does not matter how old you are – you just have to go for it.’


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa

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