Designed for the digital marketing environment, the MSc in Marketing encompasses elements of marketing management and strategy, consumer behaviour, digital marketing (including Google Analytics), marketing analytics (including SAS database training), research methods and international marketing.
The MSc Marketing programme has been designed to equip the next generation of marketing professionals with the necessary conceptual, analytical and practical skills required by firms to compete in the global marketplace.
The course can only be taken on a full-time basis. Students undertake 4 modules in semester 1 (September to December) and a further 4 in semester 2 (January to April/May). In semester 3 (July to September) students either undertake the traditional dissertation, internship and work-based project or the academic research project.
|Semester 1 – All Core Modules||Compulsory modules|
• Marketing Management
This module serves as a platform for understanding the far reaching and holistic application of marketing as both a philosophy and function in contemporary organisations. The module serves as a base for the MSc in Marketing, providing the requisite level of knowledge needed to advance in the parallel and sequential modules in the course. The module is taught at an introductory level. It assumes no prior knowledge of the business system - marketing in particular.
• Consumer Behaviour
The aim of this course is to enable students to develop a deep understanding of how consumer behaviour theory and practice has emerged to play a key role in understanding consumers and their contexts of consumption. Students will be able to understand and evaluate how consumer research and its practices are applied in organisations in order to drive business performance and enhance the consumer experience, analyse and critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of key consumer research practices as well as understand and critique the importance of consumer research to effect change in the marketplace for consumers, practitioners, management and employees.
• Accounting for Managers
This module is designed as an introduction to accounting for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting. The module examines the theory and practice of accounting at a non-specialist level by explaining the techniques of financial and management accounting and examining their relevance to the broader issues of decision-making.
• Finance for Managers
The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of investment and finance decisions of firms. The course examines the theory and practice of business finance at a non-specialist level. This includes topics such as: valuation of investment projects; the appropriate financing of investment and the concepts of risk and return.
|Semester 2 – Core Modules||Compulsory modules|
• Research Methods for Business
This module will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake the various stages of significant research projects. Students will gain an understanding of how to select and use appropriate research approaches, associated issues such as ethics as well as teach students how to analyse data collected, be that quantitative and/or qualitative.
• International Marketing
The focus of the module is on the theory, practice and challenges faced by marketing managers working in a global/international environment and the concepts and theories that can be used to inform marketing decision making in these contexts. On completion of the module students will understand the nature, scope and role of marketing in firms operating in a global/international environment and be able to apply key concepts and theories to marketing problems faced by managers working in a global/international environment.
• Digital Marketing (featuring GAIQ)
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to develop marketing strategies that can be employed on Internet/mobile platforms as well as integrating with offline platforms. It sets digital marketing management in context as a key creator of customer value and deals with strategic insights into the firm, its customers and the challenges it faces.
|Semester 2 – Elective Modules||(select 1)|
• Marketing Analytics
This module focuses on a new and exciting development in marketing theory and practice. The use of data, ‘big data’, to assist in marketing decision making and accountability continues to grow in importance, particularly in the current age of austerity and resource scarcity. The module takes both a theoretical and practical approach to the use of marketing analytics in practice. A highlight of the module is the use of SAS or SPSS software to analyse data for marketing-related decision making and evaluative purposes. Students who successfully complete the module will be able to signal to potential employers that they have the theoretical, practical plus industry-standard software skills to compete.
• Strategic Marketing
This module serves to provide an understanding of marketing from both a management and consumer perspective. This module will build on your understanding of management and consumer behaviour with marketing theory and practical illustrative cases of the challenges facing the marketing manager. During this module you will explore the interfaces between marketing and institutions, strategy, organisation and psychology in the social practice of marketing strategy. This will help you to critically evaluate and gain practical experience of how the agency of marketing leadership contributes to the creation, maintenance and disruption of markets and strategies.
|Semester 3||(select a total of 60 CATS)|
• Dissertation (60 CATS)
• Marketing Internship and Work-based Research Project (60 CATS)*
• Academic Research Project + 2 taught modules (Contemporary Issues in Management and Business Governance and Ethics) (60 CATS)
The three options for semester 3 will each enable students to utilise the knowledge and skills acquired in the Research Methods for Business module.
The Dissertation requires students to undertake a significant research project and write up a thesis of their study and its findings.
The Marketing Internship and Work Based Project requires students to undertake a 12 week paid internship, which will include undertaking an action research project which they must write up as a report (similar in detail and length to a traditional dissertation). Please note internships are allocated on a competitive basis based on CVs and interviews.
The third option is an action research project in the form of a critical literature review as well as completing two modules (Contemporary Issues in Management and Business Governance and Ethics) which are taught in blocks over a few weeks in the summer.
Graduates with a solid knowledge of contemporary marketing thought and best practices, coupled with a solid grounding in market(ing) research methods, tools and applications, are likely to secure employment in the following areas:digital marketing, marketing analytics, marketing research and new product introductions, key account management, export projects and related international expansion as well as brand management work.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Students will complete individual student assignments, oral presentations, group casework, examinations, computer-aided assessment, multiple-choice tests and research work. Other innovative assessment methods are incorporated as appropriate.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£7,000|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£7,000|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£7,000|
MSc (T) Marketing
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
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Students have the option to undertake a consultancy project for their dissertation and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.
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