Marketing with Advanced Practice - MSc
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Transforming you into a strategic thinking marketing professional who gets results.
Do you want to progress your professional career in Marketing? Are you looking for ways to develop your creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship? The MSc Marketing programme will transform you into a strategic thinking marketing professional giving you the tools, tactics and mindset to continually learn, evolve and get results.
With over 40 years’ experience providing professional marketing education we have collaborated with industry and international partners to create a current and professionally relevant course sure to nurture, challenge and empower you.
Covering topics such as Strategy and Innovation, Digital Marketing Communications, Marketing Analytics, Foundations in Management, Marketing Management and Global Marketing the content is designed to provide you with insight and knowledge that will help you make an impact in your current and future roles.
On completion of the course you will graduate ready to drive business success, identify new business trends, deliver complex business solutions and build customer relationships, helping you make meaningful change and get results.
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About this course
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An intensive and rewarding course, the MSc Marketing programme will provide you with the knowledge and insight to improve your skillset and current business offering, opening doors to further opportunity and results.
Using the latest academic research and professional marketing practice, stay one step ahead when it comes to current market demands and trends and gain the confidence to make decisions that make a difference.
An opportunity to network with a diverse group of business minded individuals you will be taught to challenge accepted conventions by developing marketing strategies in real life business contexts. 100% coursework assessed you will study topics such as Strategy and Innovation, Digital Marketing Communications, Marketing Analytics, Foundations in Management, Marketing Management and Global Marketing.
Putting what you have learned into practice, you will get the opportunity to solve a real-life business issue in an applied project, working in virtual international teams to push boundaries and develop a disruptive business idea.
Taught at Ulster University Business School (UUBS) a forward thinking and well-connected institution (a member of the UK's Chartered Association of Business Schools, the Harvard Business School’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness Affiliate Network, and a collaborator with Babson College, Boston) we are ranked 7th in the UK for our research impact (REF 2014). With an 89% student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey, 2018), UUBS is an excellent place to study alongside an international student body providing you with a diverse network to share ideas and experience.
A chance to improve your employability, this advanced study will enhance your lifelong learning capabilities and develop your digital, analytical, presentation and evaluation skills to perform successfully in today’s dynamic marketplace.
Taught over two years, modules for this course include:
Year One, Semester One:
Foundations in Management (20 credits)
This module introduces students to the subject of management, organisational structures and strategy. Students will develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the structural configurations, which organisations can assume, and the environmental and strategic factors, which influence this structure. Students will explore management's role within organisations, as well as how managers can grow successful business within today global business environment.
Marketing Management (20 credits)
This module is designed for graduates to deepen their knowledge concerning the nature and character of fundamental marketing principles, their inherent inter-relationships and how marketing can be effectively managed both as a function and a philosophy. It builds on this to provide knowledge to increase understanding of the important concepts, processes and frameworks of marketing management decision making from both an operational and strategic perspective.
Strategy & Innovation (20 credits)
Strategy consists of the analysis and decisions an organisation undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. Understanding these interrelated processes is crucial for creating and developing organisations. This module explores these decision areas from a range of contemporary perspectives focusing particularly on innovation and business development using innovative business modelling techniques.
**Students are given the unique experience of working in an international virtual team to develop a new business idea and present to international business angels. Involves workshops in Finland and Germany (students are required to cover cost of travel and accommodation for these trips. Tuition is included with student fees). **
Year One, Semester Two:
Marketing Analytics (20 credits)
This module will seek to provide students with an in-depth understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods. Students will use the latest analytics software packages to digitally research defined problems and develop business reports that present this data in a coherent manner. They will study their application to both business and academic contexts. Students will learn to manipulate data from a variety of industry databases and social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn analytics. The module will focus on the analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary data.
Digital Marketing Communications (20 credits)
Digital Marketing communications have become the central focus for entrepreneurs, enterprises and organisations seeking to reach, engage, co-create and develop deeper relationships with their consumer 'tribes'. In an age of ubiquitous connectivity and a demand for real-time and personalised engagement, this module will give participants an understanding of what that means for those involved in delivering richer and more productive consumer experiences through digital marketing platforms. This module seeks to provide learners with practical, real-world examples of technologies meeting the demands of such connected consumers and utilises a project based approach to promote active, deeper learning of the unfolding opportunities through Digital Marketing.
Global Marketing (20 credits)
Given the importance of export-led growth, particularly in terms of a small peripheral economy such as Northern Ireland, this module examines exporting and broader forms of global marketing. The factors that impact upon internationalisation will be examined, and firm level processes and decision making will be considered within the context of the broader international marketing environment. The module covers a range of concepts, issues and practices that are relevant to the study of global marketing.
Year Two, Semester One (Sept intake) / Year Two Semester Two (Jan intake):
Students who have successfully completed the MSc Marketing programme’s first 6 taught modules are eligible to select the Internship and Professional Development Project module or Applied Consulting Project module in order to undertake the pathway Advanced Practice.
Internship & Professional Development Project (60 credits)
The purpose of the Internship and Professional Development Project module is to enable students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to an organisational issue or problem, and, additionally provide students with experience of selling themselves to employers, gaining employment and acquiring and developing workplace skills, which will enhance their future career prospects. As part of the process students carry out primary or secondary research within an organisational setting; this will involve the selection of appropriate research methods to solve a "live" management problem. The results will be presented in the form of an academic internship report. They also produce a Reflective Professional Development Portfolio, which increases their awareness of their journey through their respective programme and their internship, specifically. The module is designed to enhance employability and career prospects and to build confidence through gaining experience in a business environment. It also serves as an integrating mechanism for all course content as well as developing analytical, evaluative and project management skills.
Applied Consulting Project (60 credits)
This applied module enhances the practical and employability skills of students by requiring them to undertake consultancy projects for real life case study clients. The module requires students to draw on relevant theories from previously studied MSc International Business modules, and to apply these in international business contexts, to deliver valuable project outcomes for client companies. The core elements of the module are company and industry specific, however, the international context of the projects will enhance students' development of a strategic, global citizenship perspective.
Year Two, Semester Two (Sept intake) / Year Two, Semester Three (Jan intake):
Entrepreneurial Marketing (20 credits)
Rapid changes in technology, political structures and lifestyles are creating new products, new markets and opportunities for enterprise and for entrepreneurial people. Marketing and entrepreneurship determine the fate of business owners and SMEs worldwide. However if entrepreneurial SMEs do marketing in a way that is fundamentally different to those approaches presented in conventional marketing theory then we need new theories. There is a need to address these issues and to explore the challenges that exist at the interface between marketing and entrepreneurship theory, to answer these questions and to draw out the practical implications for practice in enterprising businesses.
Applied Marketing Project (40 credits)
The purpose behind the Applied Marketing Project is to enable students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to an organisational issue or problem. This module serves as an integrating mechanism for all other modules as well as developing powers of analysis and evaluation and project management skills. This module follows on from the Marketing Analytics module that students undertook in order to develop the appropriate skills to complete an applied marketing project efficiently and effectively.
All modules are delivered 'executive style' in a flexible three-day block format and can be paced to individual needs. These three day-blocks are usually Wed-Fri 9-5. One module is delivered every 4 weeks during each semester (4 semesters in total) with a one day catch up in between each block.
The full-time MSc with Advanced Practice is completed over two years. Full-time participants can also exit with a PgCert after successful completion of one semester (four modules) or alternatively exit with a PgDip after successful completion of two semesters (eight modules).
- October 2019
- January 2020
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Teaching is delivered via three day interactive workshops led by leading academics and supported by industry experts. This student-centred approach focuses on individual needs to deliver relevant up to date content that presents current business strategies. This interactive approach will allow you to be creative and innovative with solutions and engage in new business approaches.
Learning is inspired by thought provoking workshops that will immerse you in new ways of solving business problems relating to Marketing. You will have the opportunity to work in a virtual team with students from Finland and Germany to develop a new business idea. The ideas will be presented to a panel of international business investors and academics.
Assessment is 100% coursework and consists of live business cases within local businesses. You will deliver high impact business presentations to panels of marketers and industry experts that add direct value to the local business community. This innovative approach will allow you to grow professionally providing you with quality examples for graduate interviews.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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Applicants should normally possess a second class honours degree or better in any discipline, or an equivalent qualification. They must also possess a level of English language competency acceptable to the University.
Exceptionally, applicants who do not possess academic qualifications at the appropriate level but have substantial relevant work experiencemay be considered for admittance in accordance with the Faculty’s Accreditation of Prior Learning policy.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Careers & opportunities
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Whether you want to improve your current career prospects or take off in a different direction this degree will allow you to graduate with a highly employable skillset. Past students have been employed by top global consultancy companies such as PWC, KPMG and Deloitte.
With a wide range of options available within the world of business and marketing, you can expect the following average starting salaries for the below marketing positions:
- Graduate trainee marketing £21,461
- Marketing Manager £37,305
- Senior Brand or Produce Manager £48,296
- Marketing Director £77,799
Always dreamed of working for yourself or have a brilliant business idea you want to pursue? The skills acquired through this programme have inspired past graduates to set up their own businesses.
Work placement / study abroad
There is no defined work placement on this programme, however there is an option to complete this degree with an Advanced Practice Pathway to gain valuable experience of working with a business to complete a defined project.
You also have the option of studying abroad as part of the Strategy and Innovation module. Workshops are held in Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Uniiversity of Applied Sciences Kempten, Germany. This is a unique experience not offered on any other marketing course in the UK and Ireland. (students must cover cost of travel).
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- £18,747.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
Wrightbus Award for Excellence - Best overall student
Envision Award for Excellence as Best Applied Marketing Project
Whale Award - Best Student on Global Marketing Module
Shredbank Award - Best Student on Entrepreneurial Marketing Module
Pure Running award - Best Student on Digital Marketing Communications Module
Additional mandatory costs
The Strategy and Innovation module involves up to two international trips to Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani, Finland and University of Applied Sciences Kempten, Bavaria, Germany. The cost of travel for these trips is notincluded in course fees. The estimated costs are between £600-£1000 per student depending on how many trips each student partakes in. Students are required to attend at least one of these trips.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
For further information please contact:
Course Director: Dr Andrea Reid
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