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Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing MSc

Our MSc Digital Marketing gives you the skills and knowledge required to be successful in a range of digital marketing roles including social media, business marketing strategy, digital marketing communications, automation, content management and curation, and measurement and analysis.


Course overview


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You consider a wide range of marketing theory and critically evaluate how all aspects of digital marketing link into the strategic marketing planning process.

You examine the disruptive nature of technology and how it challenges traditional marketing methods and practices – exploring new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people and culture to support the marketing function within a business.

Across all digital channels, every click, interaction, journey and registration is tracked – the learnings from this can enhance marketing and business return on investment. You take the guesswork out of what drives return on investment, examining and applying digital marketing metrics with the aim of increasing online customer engagement/user optimisation.

The course has been devised in collaboration with a number of the region’s leading digital agencies, giving you contemporary practice-based understanding.

Top reasons to study digital marketing with us:

  • Industry input: we work with brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Johnson & Johnson to give you experience of working with global organisations.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: our students have created 500 new business start-ups through Launchpad and Microbiz – a start-up community who provide support and advice for students looking to start a new business venture.
  • United Nations’ PRME initiative – we’re a proud signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, which aims to globally raise the profile of sustainability and responsible leadership to equip current and future leaders with the skills to deliver positive change for business and society.
  • Financial awards: study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Digital Communications

You gain an understanding and knowledge of digital marketing communication techniques, platforms and strategy. The module will focus on the critical analysis of integrated marketing communications and associated consumer behavioural foundations. You will explore issues that influence digital marketing communication and how these impact organisations, consumers and policy-makers.

Digital Innovation and Change Management

The focus of this module is to develop a critical understanding of leadership, innovation and change and will include analyses of the leadership of innovation and change related to digital marketing and market changes. You examine the impact of disruptive technologies that challenge traditional business methods and practices and explore new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, culture and sustainability to support the marketing function within a business. You are encouraged to use your own experience of leadership, innovation and change to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection. In addition you develop your interpersonal skills and apply core leadership techniques to persuade others and drive change to the benefit of the organisation.

Digital Optimisation, Analytics and Metrics

Digital marketing can take much of the guesswork out of what’s really driving return on investment, but only if marketers understand the possibilities, are confident in the language and have the right questions to ask. In these most measurable of media channels every click, interaction, journey and registration is tracked; and in the right hands the learnings from this can enhance marketing and business return on investment. In this module you will be encouraged to consider and apply digital marketing metrics with the aim of increasing online customer/user optimisation.

Professional Marketing Project

This module articulates the relationship between you, the University and the workplace in a collaborative process of knowledge generation and use, bringing together specific key elements of learning to demonstrate accumulated knowledge and understanding of digital marketing, and its application in a work-based project context. The composition, content and context of your project will be unique to you. Reflective practice, the paradigm of work-based learning will demonstrate a commitment to continual learning and development. The module will be front-loaded with research methods to provide you with the requisite knowledge to successfully complete your project.

Strategic Digital Marketing

You develop the skills and knowledge required to develop strategic digital marketing plans that relate to organisational contexts. Providing relevant theory and concepts of planning and control, finance and marketing planning, this module will challenge you to consider a wide range of marketing theory and critically evaluate how all aspects of digital marketing should link into the strategic marketing planning process


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The overall aim of this course is to develop postgraduate students who possess the required knowledge and practical, professional and key transferable skills required to make an impact at a strategic level in relation to an organisations digital marketing and wider business activity.

The learning strategy encourages progressive acquisition of subject knowledge and skills in a flexible practice-led manner, where you are expected to act as an independent learner. You will be exposed to a variety of learning methods – ranging from workshops, action learning sets and a variety of interactive learning, utilising various learning technologies, such as Microsoft teams, sway and collaborate ultra (virtual classrooms). A range of relevant marketing platforms will be engaged with that are common place in digital marketing roles, such as Google AdWords, Google Analytics, various social media platforms and WordPress, amongst others.

Learning is a blended model of delivery where you acquire knowledge through online lectures via the virtual learning environment; face-to-face contact time will be workshop-focussed, encouraging debate and discussion.

The programme is delivered by the core academic team, and is supported by regular input from practitioners from the School’s extensive network of business relationships. Practitioner input and business engagement is a core aspect of the course delivered by professional digital marketers. Your assessments are applied in nature, meaning they are linked to either your current employment setting or live project businesses.

The course culminates in your professional marketing project where you work closely with your academic supervisor to undertake research into an aspect of digital marketing in the context of your own organisation, or a live case study. You will be introduced to key aspects of research methods through an intensive research methods workshop, and supported by your supervisor to further develop your research knowledge and skills as you progress your project. You plan, conduct and evaluate a significant project that mirrors the stages of development required in professional project work and activity.

You are encouraged to attend practice-based workshops led by industry professionals addressing key aspects of digital marketing best practice and developments, which supplements and signposts your learning to support continuous professional development. You also have the opportunity to access study support, including academic writing and research skills to enhance your career development in the field of leadership and coaching.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a range of formative and summative assessment methods to suit the demands and requirements of the applied nature of the programme. These include case study analysis, presentations, self-diagnostic assessments, reflective reports and a research proposal and associated dissertation.


Entry requirements

You must be an honours graduate of any discipline, with a minimum of a 2.2 obtained from a recognised university, or hold an equivalent professional qualification.

If you do not have an honours degree, but significant marketing or management experience, you are encouraged to apply.

Advanced standing
Applicants who have completed a recent Level 7 business-related professional qualification may be offered advanced standing onto the programme. Given the diverse range of professional qualifications and the diverse range of credit value for these qualifications, applications will be considered on an individual basis following the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning process.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Studying this course can lead to careers in the ever-evolving realm of digital marketing and beyond. These could include:

  • digital marketing manager
  • content marketing specialist
  • SEO specialist
  • PPC specialist
  • e-commerce manager
  • data analyst
  • digital marketing consultant
  • marketing automation specialist
  • brand manager
  • start-up entrepreneur.

You develop essential employability skills through a comprehensive curriculum, working with real-world employers on live briefs. Throughout the course, you have opportunities to enhance different areas of your skillset, including:
  • digital proficiency
  • strategic thinking
  • creativity and innovation
  • data analysis
  • communication
  • networking and collaboration
  • ethical considerations
  • problem solving.


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Professional accreditation

The Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM)

This course is accredited by The Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM). The IDM has over 30 years’ experience helping marketers reach the next level in their career by offering a portfolio of qualifications and training courses, all informed by industry and underpinned by core principles and best practice. Students taking an IDM accredited course are eligible to sit a 2-hour online exam to achieve the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing.


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,710 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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  • Length: 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • Start date: September or January
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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£750 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Year 1 - Tuesday 5.00pm - 8.00pm, Year 2 - Thursday 5.00pm - 8.00pm and every third Tuesday 5.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Start date: September
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