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Social Marketing PGCert

Course Description

Course overview:

Focusing on applying social marketing principles to the key health, environmental and civic issues in contemporary society, the Social Marketing Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) will give you the skills and confidence to plan and manage social marketing campaigns.

This course will be of particular interest to professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of social marketing theory and practice, and apply their learning to work-based projects.

The Social Marketing Postgraduate Certificate will develop your ability to:
- plan behavioural change programmes based on an understanding of what moves and motivates people
- apply social marketing theory and concepts to practical behavioural problems
- demonstrate a critical analysis of social marketing strategy, both in practice and policy making settings
- show competence in social marketing planning techniques and the application of behaviour theory to live projects
- apply commercial marketing and other management tools to behaviour change programmes.

After completing a compulsory Social Marketing module, you have the opportunity to undertake a work-based project or pick other modules that reflect your particular interests.

Modules are taught in weekly blocks. This a method of delivery attracts students working full-time, as well as students living significant distances from Brighton.

Career Opportunities:

On completion of this course you will have an advanced understanding of social marketing strategy. You will equiped with the with skills and knowledge sought after by employers such as national, regional and local government, social marketing consultancies, the NHS and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and internationally.

The course demonstrates your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers.

Why study with Brighton Business School?

We have a close working relationship with The Campaign Company (TCC), a communications consultancy that specialises in political, social and cause related marketing and campaigning. TCC helps organisations build relationships with hard-to-reach groups. Its clients include local authorities and NHS bodies. As visiting speakers, our partners from TCC bring classroom theory to life by sharing real-world case studies, results and pitfalls.

The Business School has a dedicated Social Marketing Unit that provides social marketing teaching, consultancy and research services. It aims to integrate marketing, health, environment and social science disciplines to support the development of social marketing in the UK and overseas.

Course content:

The course is designed to fit around your personal and professional commitments, with start dates throughout the year. You may determine the length of the course, which can vary between six months and four years, depending on your individual circumstances.

A compulsory Social Marketing module is taught over four consecutive days, with additional supervision and assessment time. On completion of this module you can choose to follow one of two routes:the work-based routeor the modules route.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the best combination of modules and projects with your tutor.


The work-based project can be completed at a pace that suits you and your employer (between six months and four years). It is based around your own professional interests and carried out under the supervision of the course team.

Should you decide to take this route, you will be required to produce a coherent account of an applied social marketing initiative.

The project provides an opportunity to create strategies to overcome the barriers that social marketing professionals face when creating complex behaviour change programmes.You will be expected to:
- identify a social marketing problem of your choice (in consultation with tutors)
- explore relevant social marketing/behaviour change models to provide insight into an audience in relation to the particular issue
- analyse the primary and secondary data, with reference to social marketing theory and literature
- draw sound conclusions from your investigation
- identify realistic and feasible social marketing recommendations, such as the development of a behavioural intervention or a review of the way a public service is provided.

While working on the project you will be offered individual learning support and consultation with the module tutor (face-to-face or by phone).


This route allows you to customise the course by choosing two other modules (in addition to the compulsory Social Marketing module) that reflect your particular interests. You have between six months and four years to complete the two modules.

Each module is taught in weekly blocks, with additional supervision and assessment time. Subjects include:

- Meeting the Challenges: Public Health
- Research Methods for Critical Appraisal
- Behavioural Economics
- The Dynamic Public Service Environment
- Service Planning and Commissioning
- Sustainable Joint Working
- Marketing for the Not-for-Profit Sector

Visit the Social Marketing PGCert page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary. Normally a good honours degree or equivalent is required. A degree in any subject will be considered. Work experience is useful but not essential. For non-native speaker of English, IELTS 6.5 overall and 6 in writing. A short interview, either in person or by phone/email, is required before being accepted onto the course.

Course Fees

Please contact us directly for exact tuition fees for this course

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