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Digital Marketing MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Learn about the course below
Code
PGN508
Start
September 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£12,000 (UK/EU) *
£16,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Franco Beschizza

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

Digital will continue to change the face of marketing for many years to come. Those who succeed will need knowledge of the consumer and how today digital marketing and analytics is at the heart of marketing today. Aspiring marketers need to understand the digital consumer and how the tools of digital work in practice; as well as the latest frameworks to plan, implement and evaluate digital marketing activity.

Why study MSc Digital Marketing at Middlesex University?

49% of employers - according to our partner IAB UK - believe there is a digital skills shortage across the whole marketing industry. With a Masters in Digital Marketing, you'll prepare yourself to meet the needs of organisations across a variety of sectors by developing skills in crucial areas such as e-marketing, consumer psychology, and more.

This course will prepare you for a successful career with a comprehensive take on digital marketing and a strong emphasis on the application of theory to practice, in subject areas such as e-marketing, social media, analytics, consumer psychology and digital advertising. It has been designed for graduates who have studies in fields such as marketing, media, management and social sciences, as well as professionals working in marketing across public, private and voluntary sectors seeking specialist knowledge and career development.

Embedding an understanding of digital marketing strategies, dynamics and platforms, you will take the knowledge and skills developed on the course and apply them to a variety of practice based, real-life learning will complement theory.

Course Highlights

  • Covers fundamentally important subjects such as media strategy and consumer research, as well as highly relevant topics in the sector including digital marketing skills and creativity
  • Practice based, real-life learning will complement theory
  • Optional modules allow for routes of specialisation on the course in a range of fields such as content, public relations and advertising
  • Our degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

Meet our newest partner: The Trade Desk

As a student of MSc Digital Marketing you will have free access to The Trade Desk Edge Academy — it will provide you with the digital marketing skills on media buying, building your professional confidence that builds the skills and the credentials you need to excel. You will have access to case studies, thought leadership, and exclusive interviews with the pioneers of programmatic advertising.

Through the Edge you will get industry recognised certified on top of your Masters, and show off your digital certification badges on your LinkedIn profile, CV, email signature, and social media. Find out more about the Edge on their website.


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What you will study on the MSc Digital Marketing?

The course begins with the fundamentals of digital marketing to ensure you gain a holistic understanding of digital marketing strategy, emerging trends and technologies, and digital marketing in a wider context. From here your path can be defined by your interests and career needs, with optional modules of which you will select four.

If you are looking for an insights route you can explore areas such as consumer psychology and digital analytics, for a more creative path there is the opportunity to engage issues of content, PR and advertising, while for the strategically minded marketing management and entrepreneurialism in the digital sector would be of interest. The course ends with a dissertation, allowing you to explore in depth a digital marketing topic of your choice.

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Modules

    • Marketing Strategy, Leadership and Planning (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide a systematic process and an analytical tool-kit that can deliver this success to a range of industries and organisations. Students will learn how to minimise the uncertainties surrounding marketing decisions through disciplined analysis of market trends, competitive intelligence and informed judgement. They will assess an organisation’s capability and capacity to design and deliver marketing strategies to meet expansion targets. They will develop and monitor strategies that can make all the difference between high and low performance in the market, including competitive positioning, growth and digitally orientated strategies. They will finally learn how to improve and maximise their leadership style to aid decision thinking, inspire people and achieve business goals.

    • E-Marketing and Social Media Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students' knowledge and skills for deeply understanding and the emerging digital landscape, and develop the road-map to successfully compete in it. The module provides a critical overview of digital theories, tools, technologies and digital platforms that can be adopted by organisations to improve their approach to reach, acquire, and retain consumers. Though this module, students will be able to understand the key aspects of digital, mobile and social media theories and frameworks to incorporate digital strategies, tactics and tools.

    • Digital and Social Media Analytics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module equips students with knowledge, tools and methods to maximise the business value of social media data. It covers the process of identifying the right unstructured data, analysing it, and interpreting and acting on the gained knowledge. This module further provides students the opportunity to become familiar with contemporary research techniques for data analytics such as web traffic analysis tools, social network analysis, social media harvesting and search engine optimisation.

    • Digital Advertising (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide students a deep understanding of the role of digital advertising in the marketing of products and services. Specifically, students will gain detailed knowledge on how to create successful digital advertising campaigns using specific digital advertising tools, methods and frameworks used to evaluate the effectiveness of digital advertising. Particularly, this module will equip students with the necessary skills as well as knowledge for a potential career in digital advertising and related fields.

    • Consumer Psychology (15 credits) - Optional

      The aim of the module is to explain the psychological foundations that direct consumers to choose products, services, experiences or ideas in order to satisfy their needs and wants. By understanding how thoughts, beliefs, feelings, perceptions, knowledge and attitudes drive decision making, the business can gain a powerful tool for company success.

    • Innovation-Driven Marketing (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module is underpinned by the ethos that ‘Entrepreneurship’ is now a career choice for many students in these challenging, dynamic and uncertain times. The recent developments in digital technologies has facilitated a new breed of Entrepreneur for the 21st century- the ‘ E-entrepreneur’ This module is designed to foster entrepreneurial talent and to encourage entrepreneurial skills underpinned by online digital technologies as a platform for students to shape their future careers ,income streams and destinies.

    • Entrepreneurship in the Digital Sector (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module is underpinned by the ethos that ‘Entrepreneurship’ is now a career choice for many students in these challenging, dynamic and uncertain times. The recent developments in digital technologies has facilitated a new breed of Entrepreneur for the 21st century- the ‘ E-entrepreneur’ This module is designed to foster entrepreneurial talent and to encourage entrepreneurial skills underpinned by online digital technologies as a platform for students to shape their future careers ,income streams and destinies.

    • Multichannel Marketing Management (15 Credits) Optional

      Following this the module introduces the offline and online retailing and its importance in creating a competitive advantage for the business. Students are provided with strategic models and tools to analyse the retailing and e-tailing environment.

    • Internship in the Digital Sector (15 Credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of this module is to build on students' academic learning of digital marketing by providing them with the opportunity to undertake a period of either paid or unpaid work experience in the digital sector during which they will apply and further develop work-related knowledge, skills and capabilities, together with the aptitude to learn from experience.

    • Research methods & dissertation (60 Credits) Compulsory

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How will the MSc Digital Marketing be taught?

The course features a number of different modes of learning that help enhance your understanding of the subject. These can range from lectures and seminar sessions where you will engage with concepts and theories, explore key questions and carry out tasks such as devising and analysing marketing activity.

Assessment

We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

You will be required to complete a number of coursework assignment for assessment. The coursework can be individual, such as plans, reports, memorandum and essays, or group which will involve activity including presentations and reports. Tutorials will also feature formal and informal feedback.

Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: Course delivered fully online

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12.5 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

40 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

No specific provision at this time.

Scenario 2: Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12.5 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

40 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

No specific provision at this time.

Face to face sessions Contact time per week 2 hours

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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How can the MSc Digital Marketing support your career?

Skills and knowledge in digital media can enhance a career in marketing through not just an understanding of the digital marketing strategies and platforms but also the ability to utilise and monitor new innovations in technology and market trends.

Careers specific to digital marketing can include:

  • Digital Marketing Officer
  • Social Media Analyst
  • Digital Campaigns Officer
  • CRM Officer or Manager
  • Digital Account Manager
  • PPC/SEO Analyst

Whether you’re want to go into marketing or digital marketing, developed your consultancy, work in social media; today, knowledge of the consumer, digital and analytics is at the heart of marketing. The huge growth in digital marketing activity over the last decade has created huge demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge needed in this highly dynamic and fast paced sector.

Get a kickstart to your career with IAB UK

The International Advertising Bureau (IAB UK) is the industry body for digital advertising, committed to building a sustainable future for digital. They do this by bringing the industry together through their 1,200 members including media owners, agencies and brands. Middlesex University is the first and only Higher Education Partnership with the IAB UK.

Currently, our MSc Digital Marketing students gain:

  • Free membership to the IAB
  • Free tickets to a number of IAB UK industry events
  • Free Access to Industry Networking Events
  • Free Access to IAB UK Content Hub
  • Presentations from guest speakers from IAB UK

Find out more about what IAB UK does and how our students get invaluable access to their resources.

  • Jose Maria Ramirez Vila-Coro

    MSc Digital Marketing

    I chose to study this course because of the quality of teaching that Middlesex provides, the facilities and the dedication the University has to achieve excellency. I would say that the residential trip during the course represents the most real example of a work project and provided me with the opportunity to discover the way that certain companies develop themselves. It was a truly exciting experience and really boosted my motivation and has made me more confident as a person.

    This course gave me the chance to work on projects, experience new ways to work and enhanced my leadership skills.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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