This programme benefits from Surrey Business School’s expertise in retail – we have been offering programmes in the subject since 1989 – and reflects the demand for highly qualified managers in a rapidly internationalising sector.
At Surrey Business School, we offer a diverse range of business and management programmes that are fuelled by a common approach: encouraging you to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities for you to engage with real-world business problems throughout your programme.
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Retailing is a highly significant economic activity on both a national and international scale. Recognising this, we offer an MSc designed for those looking to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of retail marketing and its application in the international business environment.
The programme also enables you to develop your knowledge of business management more generally, reflecting the demand for qualified managers in the sector.
The competitive significance of advanced retail marketing practices is increasingly acknowledged, making this programme highly relevant for future managers in retail and related professional services, working in both developed and developing business environments.
The student experience on this programme will include large lecture classes alongside seminars delivered to smaller groups. This offers you the opportunity to meet and interact with students from other programmes across Surrey Business School.
The programme comprises seven compulsory modules, one optional module and a dissertation.
Retail Services Marketing
Retail Buying and Merchandising
Digital Marketing & Social Media
Accounting and Finance for Business
International Marketing Investigation
Applied Marketing Research
Introduction to Marketing Analytics
Example module content
- Consumer Behaviour
Consumer behaviour is evident in everyday life and knowledge and understanding of this subject is beneficial to marketing and strategy formulation. The module will focus on behavioural concepts, appropriate research techniques and recent research findings to enhance students’ understanding of how consumers choose products. Recent trends in consumer behaviour applied to services are also incorporated.
- Retail Services Marketing
The module is divided into two distinct elements, firstly the principles of marketing are covered, and secondly the retail industry specific application of marketing is analysed. The module also creates an opportunity to explore 'real life' decision-making and enhances a wide range of study skills, such as independent research, analytical skills as well as critical thinking.
- International Retailing
Internationalisation is now a very substantive feature of the retail industry, with implications for retail competition, retailer strategy, retail development and supply chain management among other issues. A considerable and growing body of academic and practitioner literature surrounds this issue. It provides a valuable body of knowledge to inform future retail marketing managers and highlights some of the potential complexities and enduring challenges of retailing in an international environment. This module is designed to help you to understand the extent and nature of retail internationalisation and to critically evaluate related theories and conceptualisations.
- Relationship Marketing
Relationship marketing, including customer relationship management, is a very current topic in marketing. Module content includes case studies, alliances and partnerships, capture of data, database management and the role of customer service and quality in RM.
- Retail Buying and Merchandising
Retail buying and merchandising are the core-competencies of retailers and impact substantially on retailers image and profitability. This module evaluates the role and nature of buying and merchandising strategies in meeting objectives (both financial and non-financial) of retail organisations. It examines specific management applications utilised in meeting product and service criteria set by the retail mix. Additionally the module touches upon related areas like in-store and shopper-marketing, retail operations and supply chain management.
- Research Methods
This module covers the fundamentals of research practice. It introduces the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, namely the choice of unit of analysis, measurement, methods of data collection, and data analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to design and execute your research study for your dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.
- Digital Marketing and Social Media
This module introduces students to the core principles of digital marketing. New technologies change the way companies interact with consumers. Technological evolution continues apace and marketers are seeking to exploit it in new, creative ways. This module provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the contextual, strategic and operational issues involved in the application of technology to marketing.
- Accounting and Finance for Business
This module provides the conceptual foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting accounting and cost management information. Students learn how to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making in modern business organisations. Module content includes the financial environment, corporate governance and analysis of the prime financial statements.
- International Marketing Investigation
This module provides an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during the programme to a set problem of international marketing with a view to supporting reasoned choices. Students undertake a basic investigation leading to conclusions which are theoretically underpinned and empirically supported on some international business problem identified from the literature.
- Marketing Communications
Students are introduced to the concepts, issues, theory and practice of marketing communications (marcoms) and integrated marketing communications (IMC). This provides an understanding of how marketing communications work in practice, taking into account the context, culture and market characteristics.
- Applied Marketing Research
This module covers the critical aspects of marketing research theory and practice to support and improve marketing management practice. Module content includes quantitative research, questionnaire design, advertising research, research on pricing, channel management research, internet research, and international market research.
- Introduction to Marketing Analytics
Technology advances of the past decade have dramatically enhanced marketers’ means of collecting and analysing data to measure the ROI and effectiveness of their marketing strategies. This module is designed to provide students with an overview of what data is collected, how it can be analysed, and interpreted to guide marketing executives in their strategic decisions. The module focuses on introducing students to key analytical techniques with an emphasis on interpreting results and generating strategic insights for marketing decision making.
The dissertation is the final element of the programme which provides an opportunity for a sustained period of research. It allows students to concentrate on a topic that is of particular interest to you and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme. It also gives students an opportunity to work on their own with individual supervision.
Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (http://aacsb.edu/
) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) (http://www.mbaworld.com/
The University of Surrey
is a member of the Academy of Marketing.
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Applicants should usually hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0