MSc Marketing

Postgraduate, Full-time

Marketing MSc



Our course brings together the latest industry and practice driven techniques in marketing.

Overview

From the principles and practices of marketing right through to marketing on a global scale we’ll get you ready for the work place.

Building on marketing theory we’ll help you to test these in a practical way by getting you to apply these to real business scenarios.

The yearlong course is split into 3 trimesters, each building on the last working towards your own dissertation to get you ready to kick start your marketing career on an international level.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Start date:

JanSep


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Course details

A career in marketing requires a wide range of skills. Our course will teach you to think analytically and critically examine the issues confronting the global business environment.

We’ll help you to develop quantitative and qualitative research skills. Helping you to develop your presentation techniques. Skills that will help you to understand how to develop brands in the global marketplace.

You’ll benefit from our strong links within the marketing and advertising industries all over the world, as well as guest speakers. 

We also have links with industry bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Marketing Society Scotland and the Institute of Direct Marketing which add further credibility to the course.

Our team work together with students to encourage innovation, enterprise and citizenship through our marketing community.

Lead academics

  • Ashleigh Logan-McFarlane is the lead on the MSc Marketing suite programme leader. She leads on curriculum review/development and enhancing student experience. She also co-ordinates the MSc two-day induction experience in September and January. She predominantly teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level on consumer behaviour and culture, marketing and society modules. This is reflective of her multidisciplinary research interests. She draws from a variety of social and cultural theories, primarily from sociology and media studies, to explore notions of consumption practices, celebrity brands, consumer identity work and community to further understanding of consumer practices in marketing. She specialises in qualitative methodologies; in particular, online ethnographic approaches such as netnography (see Logan (2015).
  • Dr John Thomson is currently a senior lecturer and international consultant in strategic and international marketing at the Business School, Edinburgh Napier University and holds a number of non-executive directorships in both the public and private sectors. His specialisms are International Marketing and Strategic Management and he has carried out a wide range of international consultancy projects for the pharmaceutical industry, transport industry, carpet industry, tourism and leisure and the biotechnology industry. In Hong Kong he delivers an International Marketing Strategy Programme to professional managers who were studying for an MSc in Marketing and continues to deliver a programme on Global Marketing. His business related advisory roles have included Belarus (2001), Slovakia (2003), Singapore (2007) and Romania (2009) and he has also undertaken research / business in Cyprus, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain and Norway.
  • Dr Nathalia Tjandra is a Marketing Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University. She is the programme leader of BA/BA (Hons) Marketing Management Hong Kong delivered in collaboration with SCOPE, City University of Hong Kong. She has been involved in delivering Strategic Brand Management (PG), Brand Management (UG), Emerging Markets (UG) and Marketing Ethics (UG) modules in the UK and overseas. She is a visiting professor in University of Ciputra, Indonesia. Nathalia completed her PhD at Edinburgh Napier University in August 2013. The title of her PhD is “On the road to brand leadership: co-creating with independent financial advisers (IFAs)”. Her PhD was a fully-funded studentship and conducted in collaboration with one of the largest long-term savings investments providers in the UK. The thesis investigated the management of a triadic relationship between long-term savings and investments provider(s), IFAs, and customers; IFAs' view of branding and brand equity; and the development of a co-creation model in a triadic relationship network. She is currently undertaking research projects in Indonesia in the areas of online shop branding and tobacco marketing ethics, as well as in Hong Kong in the area of ageing employment in the sector.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

    Duration:

    • September starts: 12 months
    • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    You will be assessed in the following ways:

    • Presentations
    • Debates
    • Group presentations
    • Reports
    • Essays

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Advertising as Cultural Discourse ( LNG11105 )

This module considers advertising as a form of cultural discourse reflecting perceptions of society and otherness. It allows you to develop critical awareness of linguistic, rhetorical, content and semiotic approaches to the analysis of text, sound and image of different forms of advertising and to apply these to a variety of geographical, temporal and media contexts. Throughout the course the emphasis is placed on cross-cultural comparisons.

It involves the following:
Discussion of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of advertising text and image in large diachronic studies and small samples; selection of advertising material in different historical and cultural contexts; intertextuality; representation of nationhood; construction of the 'tourist gaze' in destination advertising; use of stereotypes; language fetish in advertising discourse; impact of regulations on advertising creativity and production.

Further information

Consumer Behaviour ( MKT11102 )

Introduction to the subject area, definitions and topical consumer behaviour issues including CCT (Consumer Culture Theory) and social-cognition theories of attitude, motivation and behaviour change.

- An overview of the consumer setting; consumer culture and the present anthropological and sociological marketing environments.
- An examination of the consumer decision making process and different mental processes consumers’ employ
- A critical examination of key psychological and sociological factors that influence the consumer decision making process. For example, social class, geo-demographics, values, attitudes, and lifestyles.
- The self; stereotypes, objectified brands, brand identity and value and subsequent consumer behaviour, social media and technology
- Social Marketing: Topical issues and consumer behaviour change
- A review of the different methods used for researching consumers including questionnaires, focus groups, experiments, ethnographic and netnographic qualitative techniques.
- Debate; outline of motions set and literature search requirements

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Contemporary Issues in Festivals and Events ( TSM11123 )

This module provides a varied and stimulating programme of study that enables you to understand and appreciate the extensive range of contemporary issues facing festival and event organisations across the world; and to critically examine research and emerging themes in the study of festivals, events and related areas. The module moves beyond the business and marketing-driven approaches of events management towards a more conceptual analysis and understanding of events from a socio-cultural perspective.
The module will examine junctures between the social sciences and the field of festivals and events. It applies and contextualises theories within the discourse of events to provide a greater understanding of the significance of events in contemporary society. Studying this module provides you with a structured and detailed examination of issues pertaining to, for example, event tourism, festival and events in society, events ritual and performance, consumption, place and representation, social movements, and mobilities; along with emerging trends such as ‘pop-up’ events, the sharing economy, and changing demographics. Moreover, it enhances your ability to critically review the influences of such issues and trends upon the international festivals and events industry.

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Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace ( LNG11120 )

This module begins with a discussion of the cultural diversity phenomenon, a day-to-day reality that brings both challenges and opportunites to today’s workplace. Approaches adopted by practitioners to managing cultural diversity will be critically examined and compared, with a particular emphasis on intercultural team-building. The module content then focuses on intercultural competence, an element that is central to the intercultural team-building agenda. Perspectives and insights will be drawn from relevant disciplines, such as intercultural communication, cross-cultural management and education. Participants will consider ways of cultivating their own intercultural competence as well as facilitating others’ intercultural competence development (especially in work-based contexts). To facilitate the exploration of these two areas, participants will engage with theories and practices in intercultural training in a peer-supported learning environment and reflect upon their own intercultural learning experience in this environment.

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Direct & Digital Marketing ( MKT11105 )

Theory, principles and practice of Direct Marketing and Digital Marketing (D&DM). Major issues facing practitioners in these areas: D&DM as communications tool, distribution channel or system of marketing; the extent to which Digital Marketing challenges current Marketing paradigms and business models; changes in consumer behaviour and customer control with digital media and in D&DM strategy; the place and integration of D&DM in the marketing communications mix; the development of Digital marketing media; data quality and data protection issues both in Europe and other major markets; segmentation, targeting and profiling in D&DM; retention, loyalty and Customer Relationship Management; the role and effectiveness of database marketing in D&DM; customer acquisition; branding and responsiveness; the roles of testing and research; control, measurement and evaluation of effectiveness and efficiency; relationships to marketing and business planning; international marketing issues in D&DM. Media include direct mail, telemarketing, direct response advertising in conventional media, web, mobile and broadcast digital media.

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Dissertation ( MKT11130 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.

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Global Marketing ( MKT11104 )

* Introduction to Global Marketing - A Strategic Perspective
* The Strategic Marketing Process and Global Marketing Challenges
* The Global Trading Environment
* The Social and Cultural Diversity and Complexity of Globalisation
* Global Market Research and Opportunity Analysis
* Globalisation and Market Entry Strategies
* Global Product and Service Marketing
* Global Channels of Communication
* Pricing for Global Markets
* The Management of Global Distribution and Logistics
* Global / International Niche Strategies for Small and Medium Size (SME) Organisations
* Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Global Environment

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Marketing Communications ( MKT11101 )

Communications theory, stakeholders, decision making process, integrated marketing communications, marketing communications planning, budgeting & evaluation, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, sponsorship, direct marketing, personal selling, exhibitions, packaging, online communications, b2b communication, internal communications

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New Venture Planning ( ENT11101 )

The module covers the following:

The importance of new businesses to a thriving economy
Entrepreneurial thinking and aspirations
The business planning process
Idea generation / development / evaluation
Market identification including exposure to market players
Researching the resources required including equipment, people, funding
Segmentation / positioning & differentiation / targeting
Developing the marketing Mix (7 P’s),
Financial planning leading to development of financial statements and realistic related assumptions

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Principles and Practice of Marketing ( MKT11108 )

The first part of the module will be explicitly based on marketing management principles and theories and focused directly on practical marketing management issues. Using this knowledge, you will work in a group and develop and present a marketing plan which will be applied in a computer-based business simulation. In the second part of the module you will have the opportunity to apply your proposed marketing plan and run a company in the virtual environment. In the end of the module, you will be asked to write a report which justifies your marketing decisions, evaluates the company’s performance and presents a 3 year plan based on the company’s situation at the time the simulation closes. This module encourages all aspects of teamwork and application of marketing principles and theories

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Professional Selling and Sales Strategies ( SAL11102 )

This module will help you reinforce and improve upon and/ or embed the skillset needed to be a successful professional sales person in today's fast moving business environment. Topics covered in this module include: Personal Selling & the Marketing Concept, Relationship Strategy (Communication Styles/ Adaptive Selling & Ethics and Trust-Based Selling), Product Strategy (Creating Product Solutions & Product Selling Strategies), Customer Strategy (The Buying Process & Buyer Behaviour), Prospecting, Presentation Strategy (Consultative Sales Presentations & Creating Value with Sales Demonstrations), Negotiation, Adapting the Close and Confirming the Partnership AND Servicing the Sale and Building the Partnership

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Research Methods ( SOE11131 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.

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Strategic Brand Management ( MKT11103 )

Develop a critical understanding of strategic brand management theory and evaluate the value of such theory to organisations. Analyse the origin of popular brands. Strategic brand management process. Establishing brand position and values. Choosing brand elements to built brand equity. The role of advertising and the Internet in brand development. The legal protection of brands. Co-branding and brand conflict. Developing brand equity measurement and management systems. Managing brands in a global context and the not for profit sector.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. 

We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £7,000 £7,280
Overseas £13,000 £13,520


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