Looking at the multiple audiences that brands must address, this master's degree covers the core subjects of strategic brand management, stakeholder communication and theories, brand analytics, and e-marketing and digital strategies across fields as diverse as city, region and nation branding, corporate and organisational branding, innovation-driven marketing, and sonic branding.
It is designed for students who have just completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to specialise in branding, as well as professionals currently working in marketing, who want to further their careers in the industry.
Why study MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication at Middlesex University?
An in-depth immersion in multiple facets of branding, including areas such as strategic brand-building, sonic branding and digital marketing, is facilitated by a team of academics who are experts in the field of branding. The teaching team is led by senior lecture and top place branding academic Dr Keith Dinnie, author of the world’s first academic textbook on the topic of nation branding.
Being situated in London means you will be in a city that is a global hub for the branding, advertising and design industries, as well as learning in a highly cosmopolitan and diverse campus environment here at Middlesex. You will be studying with other like-minded marketing professionals and recent marketing graduates, helping you to develop a professional network and enhance the skills and knowledge required for a branding role whether client-side or agency-side.
Learn from academics such as Dr Keith Dinnie and Dr Pantea Foroudi who are experts in the field of branding.
The integration of a stakeholder perspective into strategic brand management
An innovative and diverse set of optional modules, including City, Region and Nation Branding, Innovation-Driven Marketing and Sonic Branding
The aim of the module is to equip students with the key skills required for the strategic management of brands. The module introduces students to the core concepts of branding and provides a wide range of analytical tools and frameworks for the analysis of brands.
Stakeholder and Communication Theory (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The module aims to equip students with the key skills for understanding the complexities involved in stakeholder and communication theories. It introduces students to issues such as strategic planning and campaign management, research and measurement, media relations and employee communication. The module provides a critical context in which to analyse current developments in stakeholder and communication theories
Brand Analytics: Methods and Strategies (15 Credits) - Compulsory
The aim of this module is to develop students' ability to measure, predict, and critically evaluate key performance indicators of brands. Students will collect and analyse data, and then prepare reports and communicate the results of the data analysis in order to assist decision-making and strategy development.
Digital Marketing (15 Credits) - Compulsory
The aim of this module is to develop students' systematic knowledge and skills for understanding the complexity of the new digital landscape. The module provides a critical context in which to analyse the current digital developments in E-marketing. In particular, the module will facilitate students’ learning of e-marketing models, social media and e-tailing in order to produce a coherent digital marketing strategy.
City, Region and Nation Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
The aim of this module is to equip students with the key skills for understanding the complex nature of city, region and nation brands. The module introduces students to the key concepts of place branding and familiarises them with place brand management at city, region and country levels.
Corporate and Organisational Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
The module aims to equip students with to equip students with the key skills for managing corporate and organisational brands. It introduces students to the concepts and practice of corporate branding in a wide range of geographic and industry settings whilst providing a critical context in which to apply different research approaches to corporate and organisational branding, such as case studies, focus groups, and expert interviews. The module further introduces students to the related issues of corporate identity, corporate reputation and brand heritage
The aim of this module is to develop students' systematic knowledge and skills in the subject of innovation theory for marketing. In particular, the module will introduce students to issues such as strategic planning and innovation management, dynamic capabilities, market-driven and market driving, and will equip students with the key skills for taking a visionary approach and embedding innovation to deal with the challenges of the a fast moving marketplace, to produce a coherent marketing strategy embedding innovation and achieve a consistent innovation narrative.
Sonic Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key issues and concepts in sonic branding and equip them with the key skills for managing the sonic identity of brands. The module demonstrates the importance of sound in branding and the ways in which sound should be integrated with other brand elements
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 Credits)
This module aims to assist students to develop an understanding of the research process and to conduct research leading to successful completion of their dissertation. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, and developing specific recommendations or conclusions in relation to the research project.
What are the entry requirements for MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication?
A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject
We also consider applicants without a degree who have a minimum of three years' managerial experience in sales or marketing.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.