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International Marketing Strategy MSc

Course Description

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, click on the link for more details: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/international-marketing-strategy-distance-learning-msc/

Course content

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

Course modules (16/17)

-Strategic Digital Marketing
-International Marketing Intelligence and Research
-International Marketing Strategy
-The Global Marketing Context
-International Marketing Communications
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Marketing: Principles and Management


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.

Facilities and Special Features

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.

Summer School

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.

Visit the International Marketing Strategy MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally hold a First or Second class honours degree (or equivalent) in marketing. Those with a business or commerce degree will also be considered if their course included a significant marketing element. No work experience is required for admission onto the course. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language capabilities at a level approved by the University of Northampton (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate or equivalent).

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