MSc MarketingSouthwark Campus
Corner the market
How do managers make the decisions that grow their brands? And how are those decisions affected by changing economic space, by new technologies and by competition? Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this programme is an excellent choice for graduates looking to answer these questions and who desire real success in Marketing.
Why Marketing at LSBU?
- Top 3 for research intensity in Marketing among London Modern universities (Complete University Guide 2021).
- Guest lectures from key figures in industry add a new and modern twist to our teaching.
- Modules accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, providing exemptions for professional qualifications.
- Develop a ready-to-fund business plan or undertake consultancy as a final year marketing project.
- Build relationships with small and medium enterprises and alumni as part of a unique 'give back' culture.
- Joint 2nd for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020) and 2nd for graduate prospects in Marketing in London (Complete University Guide 2020)
- Creativity, enterprise and innovation
The module focuses on the rapidly changing world around us, it is imperative that students are able to think creatively, problem solve and create advantage for themselves (be entrepreneurial) and for the businesses they may work for (be intrapreneurial). The module encourages students to question what they see and experience around them with an aim to enhance their creativity and to discover new and improved ways of doing things. This module is to be taught alongside the Curiosity, Creativity and Research module. This will enable deeper exploration of entrepreneurial ideas within a wider research context with the potential to develop these ideas into a Capstone Project and beyond.
- Curiosity, creativity and research
This module introduces students to the research process, the mind-set of the researcher and in particular to the idea of creativity in research and what it means to be a ‘creative researcher’. In this module, students will identify potential topics for their practice-based dissertation and explore these with the aid of creative thinking techniques. In this way their research ideas can be refined and expressed in terms of clear research questions and objectives making use of the relevant literature and theoretical concepts. This module is to be taught alongside the Creativity, Enterprise and Innovation Module. This will enable deeper exploration of entrepreneurial ideas within a wider research context with the potential to develop these ideas into a Capstone Project and beyond.
- Contemporary marketing theories and concepts
Students will explore the ways in which firms develop and maintain competitive advantage to create value in a changing business environment, while consistently managing their brands. The module considers marketing theory in a range of contemporary settings from entrepreneurial start-ups, industrial manufacturers and global brands, but the focus of the module will be on a detailed brief from which students will develop an actionable marketing plan.
- Cross-cultural consumer behaviour
In an increasingly interconnected global business environment it is crucial that marketers recognise how a better understanding of cultural differences can help improve performance. As marketers enter new international markets, an understanding of how culture influences consumer buyer behaviour will be crucial for both managers and consumer researchers. This module will examine how culture impacts on the consumer and buyer decision-making process; practices to enable a greater understanding of how culture can influence marketing strategy in the globalised environment.
- Corporate strategy for marketing
Corporate marketing strategy is the manner in which a company optimizes value from its products or services. In a general sense, a corporate marketing strategy is a plan to aid a company in carrying out its mission while achieving particular marketing goals. This module therefore lays out the fundamental steps to formulate effective strategy, beginning with establishing a corporate strategic position, developing strategic choices and identifying marketing action plans. Running through the module is an emphasis on measures to assess and monitor performance.
- Marketing management and planning
This module is designed to equip students with a systematic and critical understanding of strategic marketing management and marketing planning. All levels of marketing planning: strategic, operational and tactical will be covered in this module. By the end of the module, students should have a critical understanding of the relations between strategic marketing planning and corporate strategy.
- Research in action
The module focuses on the nature, approaches, methods, tools and techniques of research within relevant disciplines from the business environment. In doing so it attempts to develop the skills and knowledge required to complete Master’s level research where the emphasis of the research is in improving aspects of business process and business practice. Thus the module is practically oriented towards the completion of a research proposal that will form the basis of the final practice-based project module.
- Management consultancy in a global environment
This module is designed to develop professional consultancy skills by studying organisational structure and culture, situational analysis and diagnosis, communication strategies for consulting and group dynamics. Focusing on the development of business research; client handling and project management skills, completion of this module will enable students to prepare a succinct, clear, evidence based, persuasive consultancy led project plan, aligned to the strategic vision of an organisation and which they are able to effectively pitch to a client.
- Capstone business project
This capstone, independent research project draws upon the students’ skills and knowledge gained thus far enabling application of learning to a scenario resulting in added value to an organisation and creating real world impact. This student driven project must address a current issue or opportunity in an organisational or industrial context. Projects can relate to a student’s current role or internship or students can use this opportunity to deepen their knowledge of different sectors or organisations thus make connections utilising the project as a vehicle to impress future employers creating a possible stepping stone to their next job. Alternatively, they may wish to investigate possible entrepreneurial opportunities.
Optional modules (choose 2x10 credits):
- Managing virtual work
The module enables course participants to understand the specifics of managing different aspects of virtual work, such as distributed teams, remote employees, remote clients or collaboration partners, and organisations that are entirely virtual. One of the important aspects is the switches between off-site and on-site work that most people do in today’s work environments and its implications for perception and behaviour for both employees and management.
- Everyday sustainability for business
This module offers an alternative approach to everyday sustainability by making it pay for more than itself in everyday practice. It requires no knowledge of rocket science or a deep enthusiasm for “green” thinking. All it requires is a desire to succeed – both as an individual and as an organisation. The sessions will take the student through auditing the current state, resolving problems, developing a workable strategy and its implementation. Supplementary content includes communications and marketing, rewards and world-class analysis techniques.
- Global operations and logistics
The development of strategic priorities to deliver business in a global environment and the efficient management of resources and operations to support strategies is vital as firm’s endeavor to remain competitive. This module explores the relationship between business functions, logistics, and supply chain management and will enable students to identify the causes of operation and logistics problems and propose relevant solutions, minimising exposure to risk.
- Digital and social media marketing
This module provides a practical introduction to digital and social media technologies (such as Twitter, Facebook, connected devices – the internet of things and affiliate networks) and their application within marketing. The module examines the key characteristics of digital and social media, identifies the theoretical underpinnings such as issues of trust and customer engagement together with trends and usage patterns to provide a framework through which to understand and evaluate them. In addition, the module examines the legal and ethical considerations that marketing in a digital world raises.
- Effective business negotiation
Negotiation is a process that provides a vehicle for participation in problem solving and decision making to improve the effectiveness of discussions and sets the scene for operations. It is at the core of nearly every commercial activity. Systematic and thorough preparation, as well as an ability to manage shared, different, and conflicting interests, is critical to success. This module is designed to improve your negotiating skills set and enable you to master current knowledge and practice via a series of interactive and applied workshops.
- Public relations
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the practical context of public relations both within the field of marketing and its broader context. It will provide students with an insight into the discipline as part of integrated marketing communications activity as well as consider the wider influence of practitioners on society and culture. This module will provide students with a critical understanding of public relations both as it is practiced within marketing and as a wider communications discipline. It acknowledges that public relations have become part of the activities of a wide range of organisations to engage, promote and persuade. The module foregrounds influence and reputation management in a range of real-world contexts.
- Corporate lobbying for marketing
This module exposes students to the important issue of corporate/business lobbying and public affairs. Corporations and trade associations exert influence on governments in areas of public policy related to markets and consumers. Specifically, lobbying efforts influence, for example, the type and number of products and services available in the market, legal regulations related to, for example, consumer protection. Corporate public policy management, strategies, and tactics for influencing public policy making continuously evolve and marketing managers need to have knowledge of and understanding of tools of corporate lobbying. This module equips students with such knowledge and builds critical understanding of how such tools can be used in public affairs.
Take an internship
All students have the option to study for a 20 credit internship (instead of taking two 10 credit optional modules). This module allows the student to gain valuable work experience while studying for a master’s degree. Responsibility for securing the work placement lies with the student. However, the student is supported during the search process and when the student is actually working. The work placement should have some direct bearing on what the student is studying - a student studying MSc Marketing would be expected to secure an internship with some connection with aspects of marketing within the business community.
Successful graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including multinational and global companies, public sector organisations, charities and start-ups. Many of our alumni work for advertising, brand management and market research agencies. Equally our graduates are successful in client-based companies, including manufacturers and banks.
The program will equip you to work in a range of marketing fields including product and brand management, account management, digital and social media marketing, marketing communications and marketing research.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
- The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. London South Bank University has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.
- Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Teaching and learning
As a postgraduate student in the Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions, designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your postgraduate degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".
- Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in any subject area (business or non business related).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Possible fee changes
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The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study
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We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.
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Dr Grace O’Rourke, Lecturer, Marketing
Dr. Grace O’Rourke lecturers in marketing at LSBU's Business School. She completed her PhD in University College Cork in Ireland and moved to LSBU in September 2018 to begin her first academic post.
Emma Connor, alumna, MSc Marketing
London South Bank University (LSBU) has helped Emma Connor secure employment in London by furthering her education in Marketing MSc, by enhancing her CV, improving her marketing knowledge, and increasing her confidence.
Simon Powell, MSc Digital Marketing graduate turned entrepreneur
MSc Digital Marketing graduate turned entrepreneur Simon Powell started his insurance company Fit2Trip with support from Student Enterprise at London South Bank University
Award-winning Marketing Scheme
Started by Mel Godfrey in 2005, the scheme – coined a 'Give-Back culture' – harnesses the experience, skills, networks and passion of LSBU Marketing alumni for the benefit of those still studying.
Federica Ceretti, MSc Marketing Communications, international student
Federica Ceretti decided to study MSc Marketing Communications to help her career prospects – a decision that is already paying her dividends.
Kristen Cartwright, MSc Marketing Communications
Kristen came to LSBU as an international student to pursue a marketing career in the heart of the world's creative economy: London.