Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £16,000 *
International Fees £18,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Marketing communications covers the selection and application of the main communication tools available to an organisation in pursuit of its marketing goals. This work is often carried out by specialist agencies, and involves both strategic thinking and the development of creative solutions. It calls for a blend of research-based knowledge with the practice of high-level, often extremely creative, skills. The course includes a study of the tools that underpin the development of a marcomms strategy and the media platforms to deliver a marcomms campaign.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to study digital marketing, which makes up the syllabus for the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing. This will prepare you to take the Diploma exams after your MA if you so wish.

The course covers the main marketing communication techniques. It provides you with a sufficient foundation in marketing to enable you to work easily with people involved throughout the marketing management process. The ultimate aim of the course is to enhance individual career advancement prospects through knowledge of how to apply academic learning to best marketing communications practice.

A highlight for many students is the residential at a Cambridge college and talks from practitioners and alumni organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending learning in new environments. 

Download a suggested timetable for the Marketing Communications MA. 

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Year long module

In this module you will come to understand the nature of learning and how you best learn. You will reflect on your progress and development throughout the course, helping you to generate a personal development plan. You will discuss current thinking in the field of integrated marketing communications, and debate new ideas and media issues. Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), and debate new idea and media issues.

IMC has developed in the last 20 years to be a vital element in the marketing management process. It embraces all of the communications tools, consumer behaviour, research and strategy covered by the course and seeks to place them within an overall context of how IMC has developed, what it seeks to achieve and how its success can be measured. The module explores the various criticisms which are levelled at IMC and examples of where it is considered to have succeeded and failed. The impact of digital delivery on the future development of IMC is also explored.

The module is delivered over one year and is designed to underpin your learning about marketing communications by introducing IMC concepts and issues at appropriate times throughout the course. It also serves as a lead into the IMC campaign project which forms the capstone of student learning and assessment on the course.

In semester one you will study the underpinning concepts and strategies for marketing communications.

Semester one modules

Organisations must understand their consumers and how they choose products and services so they can provide effective communications. Many companies have incorporated a customer focus in their overall strategies and use sophisticated approaches to consumer behaviour, which form the basis of their marketing communication strategies. In this module you will gain a critical understanding of factors influencing consumer behaviour and decision making which can be used in the development of more effective marketing communication strategies.

In this module you will consider the role of marketing communications within the broader context of an organisation’s marketing strategy and competitive environment. The module explores contemporary concepts of marketing and brand strategy. You will learn to apply your knowledge to a broad range of organisations.

This module will give you a robust and comprehensive introduction to the theory, application and practice of marketing research in relation to the media. You will examine the need for research to support communications initiatives during their implementation, delivery and evaluation. A major part of this is the way in which research is used in audience measurement.

Students who start the course in January have a compulsory six-week summer school in May-June. This includes the Promotional Marketing module and part of the Semester Two modules. You will also start working on your Integrated Marketing Communications project.

In semester two you will study in greater depth the tools and media platforms for marketing communications. The January cohort will begin these modules during the summer school.

Semester two modules

This module will give you a greater understanding of advertising theory and its application. Advertising is a term often used to represent all forms of marketing communications. Important though advertising is, it is only part of the marketing communications mix. This module discusses how advertising as a media tool differs from other elements of the marketing communications mix and its role within an integrated marketing strategy. It covers the advertising and creative process, campaign planning, implementation and metrics, advertising in society, and the problems and opportunities of advertising in a constantly changing media environment.

Reflecting the rapidly changing practice in the marketing communications industry, you will explore how direct marketing uses traditional, digital and social media platforms for the acquisition, engagement and retention of customers. The ability to provide precise, accountable results and directly support the trend towards the development of long-lasting relationships with customers has increased the strategic value to the organisation of direct and digital marketing. This module includes the syllabus material for the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing.

This module takes a holistic view of the sales process and promotional marketing activities by drawing together a number of related themes such as sales and promotional management, customer loyalty, experiential marketing, packaging, and in-store marketing (including point-of-purchase and couponing). Analysing each activity as an individual discipline, the module draws the strands together to illustrate how post-modern concepts such as shopper marketing have come to prevail in contemporary strategic marketing communications thinking. This module is delivered during the summer school in June for the January cohort.

This module concentrates on giving you an understanding of the role of public relations within an organisation, with special reference to marketing communications. You will examine the origins, scope and a range of applications of PR, focusing on its role in marketing communications management, the development and maintenance of corporate reputation and the growing role of sponsorship within the marketing communications portfolio.

Finally you undertake a project which allows you to bring together all the knowledge you have gained during the programme. This is a practice-based project in which you will make an assessment of a brand’s current situation and future potential in relation to its marketing, brand and marketing communications strategies. With guidance from your supervisor you will develop an in-depth, comprehensive integrated marketing communications plan for the product. The module is delivered through class sessions, workshops and one-to-one tutoring with an individually allocated supervisor. It includes a two-day residential at a Cambridge University College.

Professional association

This course is accredited by the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI).

Course Leaders

We hope when you leave us you will have a good Master’s degree, that you will be an employable person, and that you will have a sound knowledge of all the communication tools.

Carol Blackman

Senior Academic

Carol Blackman lectures in marketing and marketing research on postgraduate and post-experience courses and is the co-author of First Line Management (1997), Butterworth Heinemann. She is the module leader for Managing Products and Services on the MBA and DMS programmes. She has led the development of return to work programmes to help the long-term unemployed and women who have taken a career break.

She previously worked in marketing and marketing research in a large number of industries from the printing industry through heavy industry, freight-forwarding and also worked for a multi-national company, 3M UK, both in B2B and B2C products. She was also on the Executive Committee of the Industrial Marketing Research Association. She has been responsible for the Marketing Communications MA for around 20 years.

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Anne Barker

Senior Lecturer

Anne holds Masters degrees in both Marketing and  Higher Education and is a Professional Member of the Digital Marketing Institute.

Anne’s work as a Course Leader on the MA Marketing Communications focuses on preparing students for careers in the marketing communications world by helping to shape and develop contemporary knowledge and skills.

Employability skills are built into all modules on the course but are especially important in the integrated Marketing Communications Project module that Anne leads, which pulls together analysis, planning, implementation, and communication skills.

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The integrated Marketing Communications Project module pulls together analysis, planning, implementation, and communication skills.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • Undergraduate Degree

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. Applicants from different academic backgrounds are welcome.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

 

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Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. Applicants from different academic backgrounds are welcome.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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Careers

As a Marketing Communications postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in both specialist agencies and within in-house marketing departments.

Past students have gone on to successful careers in advertising, public relations, brand management, direct and interactive marketing, sales promotion, market research and data manipulation.

With the MA Marketing Communications, you'll be particularly well-placed to pursue opportunities with organisations that require marketing specialists with the ability to think strategically and develop creative solutions.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing's Introductory Certificate gives you CIM membership during your MA qualification.

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

The Business Experience Team also offers full-time overseas postgraduate students the opportunity to take part in our Westminster Business School Mentoring Programme.

We will match students with a senior professional (mentor) from their field of expertise to give them an exact insight into British working practices and policies. Experienced professionals in any business field share their career experiences and knowledge with students who may wish to venture down a similar path in the near future.

Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including marketing, general management, finance and entrepreneurship. In addition, our mentors typically offer three hours of their time over a three month period to the mentee (student). In addition, to one-to-one meetings, students are encouraged to keep in touch with their mentor over email and telephone.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Graduates of the course are employed throughout the world in marketing, media and communications organisations. These include advertising and digital agencies such as Mind Share and J.W.Thompson; media organisations including television, publishing, and Google; and large companies such as Procter and Gamble, and Coca Cola. Our students take up posts such as marketing managers, marketing planners, brand managers, corporate communication managers and social media community managers.

What our students say

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Hayley Millard

Marketing Communications MA, 2011

Data Applications Manager at YouGov

The best part of the course was working in teams using real life case studies with industry partners, putting together integrated marketing communication plans for brands with objectives and strategies. This gave us a real insight into the marketing communications world and now, five years after graduation, I’ve returned to work with the MAMC team, bringing my expertise as a mentor, a guest lecturer and in workshops.
 

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Pierre Bizeul

Marketing Communications MA, 2012

Senior Strategist at ORM London

This course more than matched my expectations. The programme is structured, modern, practical and interesting and I developed a real understanding of managing marketing communications strategically. The international diversity on the course enriched my learning experience immensely. The industry workshops and residential program at Cambridge really enhanced the learning experience.

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Carolyn Chin Ong

Marketing Communications MA, 2015

Programmatic Analyst at OMD International

Throughout the year the teaching team and the careers team were incredibly supportive and really employment focussed.Because of this, I have been able to secure an amazing job with OMD International, a leading London Marketing Communications agency. Most of my coursemates are working in really credible marketing communications agencies in London and all over the world.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £16,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover

Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing

Your course fee includes registration with the Digital Marketing Institute and materials for the Diploma but does not include the examination fee (currently £145).

International tuition fee: £18,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing

Your course fee includes registration with the Digital Marketing Institute and materials for the Diploma but does not include the examination fee (currently £145).

Meet our students

Find out why our students chose Marketing Communications MA

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Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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