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MA Marketing draws on the latest marketing research to provide you with a highly practical postgraduate degree. You'll study the latest thinking in strategic marketing management, and also have the option to study topics such as e-marketing, consumer research, social media, analytics and digital research.
This degree is ideal for marketers who are ready to take the next step in their careers, or professionals in other fields who want to move into marketing.
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. University of Sunderland has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Accredited Degree partnership. 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.
In addition, this course is offered with an optional 12-month work placement for an additional fee (24-month total course duration). See MA Marketing (Professional Practice).
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, class discussions and case study exercises. You will have a Peer Learning Support Group (PLSG) where you will be able to work with other students, and support each other.
Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, presentations, portfolios of evidence and time-constrained assignments.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent reading and research.
Examine the key theories, models, and frameworks that support the identification and assessment of market opportunity, the selection of target markets and the evaluation of choices available to marketers to ensure successful and sustainable marketing mix implementation. Focus on the strategic dimension of marketing, which is a key component of long-term corporate strategy. Explore sustainable competitive advantage and how marketers are required to understand the dynamic environment to identify long-term objectives and deliver short-term tactical marketing solutions in an increasingly digital and sustainably aware world.
Examine the considerations of a digital marketer in addressing the behaviour and expectations of the contemporary customer in both business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) markets, be they local, national, or global. Build digital marketing knowledge and practical skills required to deliver digital marketing in the workplace. Undertake a practical case study whereby a digital marketing consultant role is adopted.
Engage critically with current controversies and debates in consumer behaviour. Explore key issues that have resulted in the transformation of consumers, leading to altered behaviours within a digital and sustainability aware environment. Select a topic from your chosen specialist marketing field and conduct in-depth research on the current issues affecting consumers.
Evaluate the decisions and processes undertaken by international marketers to compete in global markets. Look at the design and development of market-responsive programmes. Enhance your understanding of global marketing, including the selling and distribution of products and services in countries around the world.
Develop the skills to identify, research and evaluate consumer data and make application to contemporary models that assist marketers with the segmentation and targeting of digital consumers. Design appropriate and creative communications with the aim of being heard and understood in a crowded marketplace. Enhance your skills in creating content and copy suited to the campaign tools, media, and audience.
Develop analytical, evaluative, digital, and lifelong learning skills by investigating a pertinent problem in business by exploring a range of relevant literature. Work autonomously and apply research methods to design an appropriate research project, managing and carrying out the research. Gain transferable skills which can be directly applied to your future career.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
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If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at email@example.com for further advice.
To apply for this course, you will need a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
When you graduate from this MA Marketing course, you’ll be ready to step into a senior marketing role in a wide range of industries. As a marketing professional you could work in-house for an organisation, or find a role in a specialist marketing agency.
Our Business graduates have secured roles in organisations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Barclays, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.
The average salary of a marketing manager is £37,000, with marketing directors earning an average of around £77,000, according to Marketing Week/Ball and Hoolahan.
Optional 12-month placement
The optional MA Marketing placement route is a 12-month taught course followed by a 12-month work placement, facilitated by the University.
Following the two semesters of teaching, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement to utilise and demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a work environment. The University will support you in securing a paid placement or work experience. Our dedicated faculty placements team is well-connected with regional and national employers and each year places candidates in roles including marketing, human resources, finance, operations and supply-chain positions. Securing a paid work placement is a competitive process and we will help you with the selection process from application to interview.
Our students have secured placements with companies including: Nissan, Caterpillar, Fujitsu, Network Rail and White Lodging Services, as well as small entrepreneurial firms in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Our guest speaker programme enables you to learn from business professionals, which can be very useful if you’re not sure what career to pursue when you graduate. If you already have a plan for your career, these events are an excellent way to start building a network of business contacts. Past guest speakers include Divine Chocolate’s Head of Sales and Marketing and Sunderland Football Club’s CEO.
In addition, you'll have the opportunity to compete against students at other universities at the annual Greggs Marketing challenge competition and get practical marketing experience working with live client briefs at Sunderland Marketing Hub, a facility that brings together students, businesses and marketing academics at the University to work on real marketing projects.
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