Postgraduate Course

MSc Marketing

MSc Marketing

Overview

The details
Marketing
October 2022
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

What are the challenges facing marketing and branding 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 and brand communication theories and develop an understanding of their social, political and cultural context. 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
  • branding and consumer behaviour, including cultural considerations
  • strategic brand marketing
  • corporate marketing strategy

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 Schools 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 course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

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.

The research activities of academics in our management and marketing group is supported by the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) which brings together interdisciplinary research on work, society and organisational life. The Centre’s research draws on the humanities and social sciences, bringing in perspectives from disciplines such as cultural studies, history, literary theory, philosophy, psychology, sociology and political economy.

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 virtual 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. 90% of University of Essex’s postgraduate graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2021). 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 marketing, advertising, business administration, communications, management, sociology, psychology, or media studies.

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.

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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

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.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists. Please be aware that we are planning changes to our first year to make it more relevant to your chosen course.

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, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Components and modules explained

Components

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
Core
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.
Compulsory
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.
Optional
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

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

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Dissertation in Marketing
(60 CREDITS)

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce an extended independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View Dissertation in Marketing on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Research Methods in Marketing
(20 CREDITS)

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

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Consumer Behaviour
(20 CREDITS)

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

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Marketing Strategy
(20 CREDITS)

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

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Perspectives on Marketing
(20 CREDITS)

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

COMPONENT 06: OPTIONAL

EBS (Colchester) option(s) from list
(40 CREDITS)

Teaching

  • Tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations
  • Courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
  • We run an open seminar series

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£13,030

International fee

£20,350

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Applying

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.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

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 tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

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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