Postgraduate Course

MSc Marketing

MSc Marketing


The details
October 2024
1 year
Colchester Campus

What are the challenges facing the marketing industry today? What links are there between management, marketing and culture?

Modern marketing requires a global mind-set. Today's marketers don't just need an understanding of consumer needs, they must be able to communicate to diverse, global audiences and be sensitive to cultural and international differences. At Essex, we equip you with the skills that organisations demand in a complex global economy.

On this course, you learn how to analyse and apply marketing strategy theory to develop an understanding of organisations' social, political and cultural contexts. We look beyond the marketing mix to explore the wider implications on the discipline and the challenges marketers face, such as gender stereotyping, marketing ethics and promoting products and services internationally. You develop visual literacy and the capacity to think creatively and independently.

MSc Marketing is designed to challenge aspiring and existing marketing professionals therefore you are required to have previously studied or worked in marketing to undertake this Masters degree.

You gain an in-depth knowledge of areas including:

  • managerial and cultural perspectives on marketing
  • corporate branding
  • strategic marketing
  • corporate marketing strategy
  • consumer behaviour

The programme combines academic training and hands-on experience to prepare you for a successful marketing career. Not only are you exposed to various challenges that marketers face in today's digitally disruptive environment but you will also be trained how to resolve them through the application of theoretical frameworks, data-driven marketing strategies, and analytical tools.

Our MSc Marketing is designed to challenge both aspiring and existing marketing professionals and is perfect if you have previously studied or are working in a marketing related discipline.

At Essex Business School, where MSc Marketing is based, you will learn from expert academics and marketing practitioners who tailor their course content to the issues currently being faced by organisations around the world. Studying alongside other students with a marketing background, you'll build a deeper insight into marketing with a real-world focus. A Masters from Essex Business School can give you the best foundation to build your marketing career.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for the purpose of gaining CIM qualifications through the Graduate Gateway.

This accreditation means that you will be able to gain industry-recognised qualifications at an accelerated pace once you graduate. You'll earn exemptions during your studies on this programme to reduce the number of assessments you must take to gain a CIM qualification.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s leading professional body for marketing, with a global membership base made up of studying and professional members and Chartered Marketers.

Why we're great.
  • Our academics work with business to ensure their teaching is informed by the issues facing today's firms.
  • Our Students' Union Creative Suite gives you access to software used by leading marketing agencies.
  • This course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) meaning you can earn exemptions towards your professional graduate qualifications.

Our expert staff

Management and marketing research at Essex Business School is very diverse but can best be described as exploring business with a social conscience. For example, our research investigates workplace ethics, corporate social responsibility and the lived experience of work in the global economy.

One of the academics that you may meet during your course Dr Erik Jacobi is a Lecturer in Management and Marketing at Essex Business School and an expert in ethical marketing and sustainable consumer behaviour, the politicisation of brands, and social media influencers.

Dr Jacobi is involved in a number of consulting activities including a recent project with Ultimotive Group advising how they can use social media and influencer marketing to establish a new brand and increase sales in the UK and in North America. Erik's work with business ensures his teaching is well-informed by the contemporary issues facing today's businesses.

You will also meet Dr Muhammed Shakaib Akram, Lecturer in Management and Marketing at Essex Business School, who serves as the programme director for MSc Marketing. Dr Akram mainly teaches in the areas of marketing strategy and digital marketing. Dr Akram has a particular interest in quantitative research methods and has used various data analysis and visualisation tools, such as SPSS, AMOS, SmartPLS, and Tableau in his research.

The research activities of academics in our Management and Marketing Group is supported by the COVER (Commons Organising Values Equalities and Resilience). The Centre is made up of an interdisciplinary set of scholars whose research aims to promote collaborative advantage, collective intelligence and “open source” problem solving both within communities and globally.

Specialist facilities

MSc Marketing is based at our Colchester Campus.

You'll be studying at Essex Business School, home to the first zero-carbon business school in the UK, demonstrating our sustainable approach to business first-hand. Set around a lush winter garden, with shared spaces to encourage collaborative working, you'll find a wealth of inspiring teaching and study zones:

  • learn in modern lecture theatres with ‘listen again' recording to aid your study
  • access to Mintel market share and forecast data for consumer market analysis
  • utilise study booths in our winter garden and versatile break out areas for group working throughout the building
  • dynamic blended learning provision for uninterrupted study and engaging online lectures featuring guest speakers
  • study skills support provided by the Essex Business School Learning Team
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses and careers events
  • Bonds café and adjacent foyer to enjoy on-site fresh food and drink

You'll also benefit from fantastic University facilities located close by, including our state-of-the-art Silberrad Student Centre, complete with an open-access 24-hour Learning Hub.

Why not try the Creative Studios? Equipped with top of the range kit, all of the computers here have the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite installed, which means you have access to Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects and loads more. With a similar feel to the offices of modern marketing agencies, the free-to-use technology can greatly enhance your projects and give you hands-on experience for your CV.

Our building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, home to some of the region's most exciting enterprises in the science, technology and creative sectors. The Knowledge Gateway provides potential networking and career opportunities for students directly on campus.

Your future

This course provides an excellent foundation to build your career in marketing by developing your skills in creativity, innovation and ethical awareness.

Many of our graduates go on to manage marketing activities in organisations of all sizes. Recent graduate destinations include high profile organisations and SMEs such as:

  • KPMG
  • HP
  • Groupon
  • Wefarm, the world's largest platform for small-scale farmers
  • fast-growing digital agency, Footprint Digital
  • award-winning marketing agency, Coast Digital

Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.

Our Student Support team work closely with the University's Employability and Careers service to help you with careers information and advice and CV support. They will help you find work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities and provide access to employer talks on campus. We also work closely with the Essex Startups team to support our budding entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground.

“I did my undergraduate degree at Essex and felt comfortable here, so I decided to stay for my Masters. The teaching is excellent and I love the facilities in the new business school building. After I graduate, I’ll be joining the John Lewis graduate buying scheme. It’s an opportunity I wouldn’t have had without my Masters or the extra-curricular activities I’ve been involved with.”

Chloe Mongelard, MSc Marketing and Brand Management (former course title)

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree, or international equivalent in one of the following subjects:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Management

Other degree types will be considered on a case by case basis and applicants may have to demonstrate at least two years' additional relevant work experience in one of the following fields:

  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Communications
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Sales

We will also consider applicants who hold a level 6 CIM Diploma in Professional Marking, Digital Marketing or Sustainable Marketing (pass or above) and two years' relevant work experience (please include a CV with your application).

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

Sorry, the entry requirements for the country that you have selected are not available here. Please contact our Graduate Admissions team at to request the entry requirements for this country.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components .

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.


Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The following modules are based on the current course structure and may change in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, such as in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Components and modules explained


Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.


Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms


BE981-7-FY or BE971-7-FY


Research Methods in Marketing

This module introduces the methods of research in the fields of marketing. You explore a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, using examples and case studies to determine the suitability of different types of research in particular situations. You gain understanding of research ethics and acquire the skills to organise and undertake a research project.

View Research Methods in Marketing on our Module Directory


Consumer Behaviour

This module evidences how buyer behaviour plays an essential role in marketing strategy. You consider how marketers use consumer insights and behaviour theory and look beyond the act of buying to consider the entire consumption cycle, from pre to post-purchase. You explore consumer behaviour theories in relation to market consumption, viewing consumers as individuals, decision-makers and social beings, and discuss the wider implications of living in a consumer society.

View Consumer Behaviour on our Module Directory


Marketing Strategy

Marketing strategy involves key marketing decisions such as managing customer heterogeneity, customer dynamics, marketing-based sustainable competitive advantage, and resource trade-offs. This module trains you on the fundamental frameworks, processes, and analysis tools for developing and implementing marketing strategies to make informed marketing decisions. Such decisions, followed by actions, help firms build marketing-based, sustainable competitive advantages to create value for stakeholders.

View Marketing Strategy on our Module Directory


Perspectives on Marketing

Explore the foundational principles of marketing as an academic subject and practice, by considering marketing from different perspectives including consumer behaviour, the marketing mix perspective, services marketing, retail and place marketing, marketing communications, ethical marketing, and global marketing.

View Perspectives on Marketing on our Module Directory


EBS (Colchester) option(s) from list


  • The programme places a strong emphasis on real-world applications and connections to industry.
  • You will benefit from an interactive and research-based teaching environment led by experienced faculty who are actively engaged in research and have strong industry connections.
  • By concentrating on and mastering the latest research-based theories and strategies, you will advance your knowledge of marketing beyond fundamental principles.
  • Along with building the theoretical foundation, you will engage in experiential learning through simulations and data-driven case studies.
  • You may choose from a variety of electives focusing on critical marketing and management areas of your interest to differentiate yourself in the job market.


  • Regular assessment methods may include coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests, projects, and examinations


  • An opportunity to apply knowledge gained throughout the course of study and to further engage with that knowledge in order to produce an independent piece of work.
  • Develop a 15,000-word dissertation under the supervision of an academic expert on a topic of your choice.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee


International fee


What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2024 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday 15 June 2024 - June Open Day
  • Saturday 21 September 2024 - September Open Day
  • Saturday 26 October 2024 - October Open Day


You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we'll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply' information.

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Visit Colchester Campus

Set within 200 acres of award-winning parkland - Wivenhoe Park and located two miles from the historic city centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded development. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

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Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.

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