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Masters in Business Management

Masters in Marketing (Digital Marketing)

In this Masters programme you will learn how to make the best use of digital channels and understand how customers interact with businesses online.

At a glance

  • Gain an understanding of key digital tools such as SEO, social media and web analytics
  • Acquire a rigorous grounding in both the theory and practice of marketing
  • Learn how to apply and evaluate digital strategies
  • Explore different forms of marketing communications
  • Optional study trip on marketing challenges
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months
Attendance
Full-time
Programme Director
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Dr Rodrigo Perez-Vega

This Masters in Marketing equips you with the business knowledge and tools needed to develop best practice of digital channels. It allows you to better understand how customers and prospective customers communicate with firms online.

Some of the key topics covered include digital marketing strategies, search engine marketing, and developing content. In addition to the commercial and social context behind digital marketing and building effective relationships with customers through social media, you will understand how to apply the key building blocks of successful digital strategies.

The growing importance of digital technologies has created a number of challenges for marketers. The number of channels through which you can reach individuals has multiplied, customers are better informed and more connected than ever. They communicate with each other, influence buying behaviour and brand reputation. This provides marketers with a wealth of insight to an extent unimaginable a few years ago.

The MSc Marketing (Digital Marketing) is one of the three pathways available in the MSc Marketing programme. The other pathways are:

  • Consumer Marketing
  • International Marketing

Not sure which pathway to choose? Apply for the one that you feel fits you better. You will be able to change the pathway within the first few weeks from your arrival to the University.

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Compulsory modules Credits

What am I going to do when my course ends, and how am I going to achieve it? This module has been designed to help Accounting, Informatics and Business Management students answer those two questions, and empower them to take the actions required. It’s a suite of sessions that pays close attention to the general pathways Business Management, Accounting and Informatics students tend to take, and their aspirations as expressed during pre-sessional career activities & induction surveys. Students will choose this the mix of custom-made sessions that best suit their stage in life and supplement them with the open careers programmes offered at the University, the online content on the Henley Careers Blackboard site and 1-2-1 careers consultations.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

This module aims to introduce students to digital marketing and the increasingly important role of technology in both marketing practice and society. By the end of the module students should be able to apply a range of skills to implement digital marketing approaches and understand the key strategic drivers behind the growth of the digital economy.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to introduce students to the core concepts and models underlying contemporary strategic management, their theoretical and empirical foundations, their limitations, the arguments surrounding them and their practical application to real issues facing real companies. This module provides students with an understanding of the conceptual and analytical tools of strategic management and economics.

  • Theories, frameworks and introduction
  • Internal resources and competencies of firms
  • External environment in which firms operate
  • The process of internationalisation
  • Globalisation and regional integration
  • Collaborative behaviour and strategic alliances
  • Integration/responsiveness framework and strategy

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module considers a variety of marketing communications theories and practices to equip students with the knowledge and skill to develop and communicate an effective marketing communications plan.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module enables students to conduct an original piece of academic research within the marketing discipline (digital, international or consumer), at master’s level, and report upon that research effectively. The research should include the identification of a suitable research objective, critical evaluation of pertinent academic marketing literature, appropriate evaluation and use of research methodologies and the application of relevant data analysis to enable conclusions to be drawn.

30 [15 ECTS credits]

This module provides students with the skills needed to understand how market research is used as a tool for generating business insights and informing business decisions. Businesses increasingly rely on a range of research methods to provide answers to key business problems. This module is designed to acquaint the students with commonly used methods of data collection and analysis, as well as issues around reliability, validity and research ethics.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The pressure to measure marketing performance is as high as never before, reported by a number of practitioner and academic sources. The more senior roles in marketing, such as Marketing Manager, Marketing Director and CMO, would in one way or another require to deal with measuring marketing performance. Yet marketers are struggling to justify their value for a number of reasons.


Measuring marketing performance has in fact been a daunting task to both practitioners and academics alike and remains so still. More efforts are needed to tackle this problem and prepare for the jobs in marketing.

This module provides the essentials of what someone in a role of a marketing manager or similar needs to know and, importantly, be able to do, about measuring marketing performance.

20 [10 ECTS credits]
To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at Henley Business School. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

The module considers fundamentals underlying contemporary marketing, focusing both on theories and practices of marketing. The module deals with marketing on a strategic level.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

Plus 30 credits of optional modules

Optional modules Credits

The module provides intensive experiential learning . The Marketing Applied Challenge provides an integrative module for the MSc Marketing programmes. It exposes students in a holistic manner to a marketing challenge to which they will apply previously acquired theoretical knowledge. Students will engage in preliminary research related to the study, which will provide formative assessment prior to the visit, and a basis for subsequent investigative activity during the visit. The module will seek to work with a business that is planning to develop a marketing opportunity and the challenge will be to provide managerially useful, and theoretically underpinned advice. As an example, in a previous year, this module worked with a local clothing entrepreneur that sought to identify opportunities for opening a “pop-up” shop in Paris, using social media to drive sales. Further specific details of the study visit offered within this module will be available to students before registering for it.


The module assists to create a network of active young specialists who think globally and act locally to make business action happen.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Branding is a fascinating topic that receives much attention in the popular press. The lectures explore and discuss theories and business practices related to building and managing strong brands. The module in particular focuses on how to manage brands in practice. The module deals with brands and discusses the following:

• why brands are important;

• what brands represent to companies;

• what brands represent to customers;

• how strong brands drive superior financial results;

• what organisations should do to manage their brands effectively etc.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module is concerned with how business intelligence and data mining techniques can be used for managerial decision-making. It aims to provide students with the essential data mining and knowledge representation techniques used to transform data into business intelligence. Application areas covered in this module include marketing, customer relationship management, risk management, personalisation, etc.

Outline content:

  • Concepts of business intelligence and data mining
  • Overview of various data mining techniques
  • Types of data, data cleaning, data integration and transformation, data reduction
  • Classification and predictive modelling
  • Cluster analysis for generating patterns of data and structuring business intelligence
  • Association rule mining and market-basket analysis
  • Business intelligence implementation, integration and emerging trends
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the psychological and social factors that influence consumer behaviour before, during and after purchase and consumption in contemporary consumer markets. The purpose of the module is to explore and apply current consumer behaviour theories and models, which have been developed to identify and measure the purchase and consumption process.

  • Consumer drive and motivation
  • Consumer response to marketing actions
  • Consumer decision-making process
  • Consumer demographics and psychographics
  • Sociological and cultural influences
  • Relational consumption
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Generating a deep understanding of contemporary consumers is a challenge for every organisation and marketing professional because of the constant evolution of consumer behaviour. This module aims to provide a theoretical basis and practical tools to help modern marketers to better understand contemporary consumers. Moving from a macro view of consumer behaviour, this module will discuss contemporary approaches to understand group and relational consumption, social processes and communication. ‘Word of Mouth’ influence and social marketing metrics will be examined in light of this sociological evolution of the connected consumer. Additionally, the impact of digital technology and its impact on consumer behaviour will be discussed. Using such technologies in social media has created a virtual space where consumers can meet up and discuss their needs and wants (ultimately about goods and services) without space and time boundaries. Consumers are continuously, interacting with each other and with brands/organizations on different devices and with different media. Forward looking companies and contemporary marketing professionals need to be able understand contemporary social phenomena and tap into these (digital) discussions to generate a critical understanding of the connected consumer and to engage with them in an agile and meaningful way.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module extends knowledge gained during the programme by critically reviewing theories of marketing in the context of modern day challenges in the business and social environment. It allows consideration of emerging issues in marketing and encourages an integrative, cross-disciplinary perspective. Each session will focus on a topic and reference will be made to leading edge thinking in academic and practitioner journals.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of marketing strategies and practices as they apply in a global context. This will be achieved by analysing the global marketing environment, marketing opportunities and strategy options, and the global marketing mix. As such, the module tackles both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of global marketing management.

  • Theoretical issues relating to the rationale for global marketing and the internationalisation process
  • An analysis of the global marketing environment and factors influencing buyer behaviour
  • Planning global marketing strategy and its evolution over time
  • Factors affecting global product, pricing, distribution and communication programmes
  • Standardisation versus adaptation
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Social and environmental issues and challenges have led to the growth of marketing tools being applied with a sustainable purpose. As a result, organisations and governments are gradually starting to use marketing techniques in order to influence stakeholder behaviour towards pro-sustainable outcomes. It is also increasingly recognised that sustainable marketing can be good for business, leading to competitive advantage, cost savings and brand enhancement. This module is designed to provide knowledge of the link between marketing and sustainability and how to evaluate and implement marketing strategies that promote sustainable products, services and behaviours. This includes the design of a marketing campaign focused on social/environmental issues, including selection of behavioural goals. This module also covers aspects related to the evaluation and monitoring of campaigns and their social and environmental impact.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module examines organisations that are engaged in creative or cultural activities. Students are required to define the parameters of the creative or cultural industries; to identify the management challenges faced by organisations in these sectors; and examine strategies for addressing them.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen, it requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our Masters programmes offer you a unique practice-centred approach to teaching equipping you with the tools to become a compelling leader. This approach creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley has a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods depending on your chosen postgraduate course. These include online materials, guest lectures, group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations of core modules form between 15 - 50% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme.

Ongoing support

While Masters students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss module content and you can meet with your academic tutor. Support staff are available to help with anything that may arise during your time at Henley.

How can Henley Careers work with you?

We have an award-winning careers team that will support you through your postgraduate studies and four years after graduation.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments: Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events: Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for. Additionally, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support: You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources. For up to four years after graduating we’re here to help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart: Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different roles available to you.

For more information  please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

The skills and insights provided by this Master’s degree prepares you for success as more organisations operate within digital marketing. You may pursue roles in digital marketing and social media, brand management, market insight and strategic consultancy with the focus on digital.

Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience. Whether you are a prospective applicant or already applied to a Masters programme at Henley Business School. You can ask questions to a current student by clicking the “Chat to our students” button below.

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Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

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