What will I study?

We have handpicked four of our most relevant and exciting academic modules to give you an insight into these pertinent subject areas. Representing the strengths of the University, these modules will provide a hands-on and interactive opportunity for you to immerse yourself in current, internationally relevant academic disciplines. Each module is delivered through a combination of lectures, field trips, group activities and case studies, providing a diverse learning experience.

Students can choose one of the following academic module programmes. Each programme contains workshops that are taught over seven full days, with 35-40 hours of total contact time.

Digital Marketing

Teesside University is a Graduate Gateway partner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) with the BA (Hons) Marketing course. The CIM is the world's largest organisation for professional marketers; with a global reputation as a centre of excellence and qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

Take this opportunity to study modules from a course which is mapped against the learning outcomes of CIM professional qualifications.

Aims and Outcomes

This module aims to develop the necessary skills to become an agent of change in today’s digital-first world. It will develop your understanding of the ways in which organisations use the Internet for marketing to help them achieve a competitive advantage. You will develop an understanding of the ways in which the traditional marketing theories and concepts relate to the use of the Internet, and questions the validity of existing modules given the differences between the Internet and other media. By the end of your course, you will know how to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, using the strategies we’ll outline for achieving success in the new digital economy.

Taught Modules

Introduction to Digital Marketing

  • The relevance of different types of digital platforms and digital media to marketing
  • Evaluate the advantages and challenges of digital media
  • Identify the key differences between customer communications digital marketing and traditional marketing.

Online marketplace analysis: micro-environment

  • Evaluate techniques for reviewing the importance of different actors in the microenvironment: customers, intermediaries, suppliers and competitors as part of the development of digital marketing strategy
  • Review changes to business and revenue models enabled by digital markets.
  • Identify how the macro-environment affects an organisation’s digital marketing strategy, planning, implementation and performance
  • PESTL Analysis
  • Consider legal, moral and ethical constraints of digital marketing

Digital marketing strategy

  • Relate digital marketing strategy to marketing and business strategy
  • Identify opportunities and threats arising from digital media and technology platforms
  • Evaluate alternative strategic approaches for using digital platforms
  • Digital Marketing Strategy framework: SOSTAC


  • Running a case study; considering RACE framework
  • Assessment planning workshop

The impact of digital media and technology on the marketing mix

  • Apply the elements of the marketing mix in an online context
  • Evaluate the opportunities that the Internet makes available for varying the marketing mix
  • Assess the opportunities for online brand-building
  • Search Engine Optimisation

Relationship marketing using digital platforms

  • using digital platforms for customer relationship management and Marketing Automation
  • Evaluate the potential of the digital technology and applying the concept of ‘Big Data’ to support one-to-one marketing
  • Assess how to integrate social and mobile interactions to develop social CRM capabilities
  • Email and Mobile Marketing

Assessment/project presentation completion

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Case study: Tesco and CRM
  • Assessment workshop

Games Art, Animation & Visual Effects

Teesside University enjoys a long-standing and excellent reputation in the exciting fields of animation and visual effects. Our courses are designed for careers in computer animation, character animation, concept art, and visual effects for TV and film.

We are ranked in the top 20 list of international animation schools (Animation Career Review 2018) and our computer character animation and computer animation and visual effects courses are accredited by Creative Skillset, the UK’s Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council.

Aims and Outcomes 

The content and assessment will be based on the second year Animation group work modules Kino (GAV2033-N) or Kino Tek (GAV2040-N).

Students will work in groups of approximately 4 to produce a short animated film.
By the end of the module the students will be able to:

1. Interact effectively and be proactive within a team of similar or varied disciplines working towards a common film production goal. 
2. Research and plan a short film project to a tight timescale, demonstrating adaptability to change during development. 
3. Develop an understanding of animation and vfx industry tools and practices to inform short film production outcomes. 
4. Demonstrate an understanding of core theory, principles and terminology and its application in short film production contexts. 
5. Use appropriate techniques, software, tools and procedures in the design and development of a short film product
6. Demonstrate increasing proficiency in the visual development of a short film.

Taught Modules

You have an amazing opportunity to study here and discover your talent through the following modules:

  • Day 1- Introduction to the programme, project brief and teams. Includes orientation of the facilities: Motion capture; Green Screen; Soundstage; VR lab and Animation Studios.
  • Day 2 & 3 - First session of each day will be software demonstration by academic staff in the animation studios. Groups will then carry out physical shoots and technical processes in the specialist facilities
  • Day 4 & 5 - Groups will be based in the animation studios using appropriate software for 3D modelling/effects/compositing depending on their group project
  • Day 6 - Group review and reflective practice. Additional time for technical project development and creation of final drafts
  • Day 7- Final project development process followed by demonstrations and reviews of final productions

How you will learn 

Students will receive expert technical support in using specialist facilities. There will be a few keynote lectures to provide instruction on industry standard software tools. Most of the sessions will be hands-on group work based in SCMA Animation Studios.


Students should have completed at least one year of an arts based programme such as animation, design or media.

A showreel of student work from BA (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects, BA (Hons) Computer Character Animation, MA Digital Character Animation

International Law

The International Legal Environment

This module provides an outstanding opportunity to consider some of the contemporary issues affecting the international legal system, the agencies responsible for governing the relationship between states and the investigation of crime within the international legal environment.  You will be introduced to the following issues:

  • The international legal system and sources of international law
  • International organisations (for example The United Nations)
  • International criminal law
  • International human rights
  • The Investigation of crime under international and European law

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law is equipped with excellent facilities, including a courtroom that replicates Teesside Combined Court. The courtroom has all the features of a modern court and can be used as a fully functioning facility. Our specialist crime scene house is one of only a few such facilities in the country.


Mechanical Engineering

The North East of England hosts major international automotive, aerospace, engineering design, manufacturing and civil engineering industries, as well as a growing number of companies involved in renewable energy. Teesside is also a major international centre for the chemical and process industries, and home to some of the most advanced pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the world.


The programme will introduce you to mechanical engineering and the skills required for working in an engineering environment. Specific focus is on design projects to develop student knowledge and experience in solving relevant engineering challenges. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in current live research projects including the design and manufacture of composite materials.

Learning outcomes:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core concepts within mechanical engineering.
2. Explore and apply aspects of mathematical and scientific principles relating to mechanical engineering.
3. Analyse, apply and interpret design data/evidence from a variety of sources.
4. Identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools/method for their resolution in a considered manner.

You will have access to our world-class facilities whilst studying the following modules:

Introduction to Advanced Materials and Processing research project.
  • Students will engage in a live academic research project undertaken by one of our academics. They will perform research and testing alongside the Teesside research team.

Predicting Performance (aerodynamics, structures and dynamics).

  • Students will be introduced to core physics and maths concepts relating to mechanical engineering before applying these to relevant engineering problems.

Digital Design and Analysis (CAD/FEA/Fibersim).

  • Students will engage with our Design and Analysis software packages including SolidWorks, NX and Fibersim. You will design, model, simulate, analyse and explore manufacturing options for an engineering part, giving an overview of the whole “design for manufacture” process used in industry.

Manufacture and Testing – Build Project.

  • Students will engage in a build phase on the back on the Digital Design and Analysis module. This will include manufacturing the designed part and testing it to confirm its correlation to the simulated values.

Engineering Management.

  • An interactive module exploring current tools and trends within engineering management including LEAN, and industry 4.0.

IC Engines/Aero & Rockets.

  • This module focuses on propulsion systems and will be a mixture of calculation and practical elements.

Industrial Visit.

  • Students will have opportunity to visit a UK engineering facility and tour the facilities and processes.

How you will learn:

Students will engage in taught sessions as well as practical labs. You will use computer labs for simulation, scientific labs for materials testing and research and workshop facilities for the build phase of the “Build Project” module. The learning style focuses on interactive project based learning to engage students in the learning process.


English Language Programme

Academic and Social English - Module Overview

The English Language Programme takes an engaging task-based approach to learning in academic and social contexts. The content includes group and paired work covering a range of activities to develop an interest in academic study in the UK.

Session overview:

  • Academic English - Presentation skills
  • Social English - Small talk
  • Academic English - Seminar Skills
  • Social English - Everyday situations
  • Academic English - Critical Thinking
  • Social English - Money
  • Academic English - Style and Register

Learning outcomes

By benefitting from experienced and qualified teachers, daily English classes will help you improve your academic and social communication skills. This means that by the end of the programme, you will develop communication skills necessary to function effectively in both academic and non-academic contexts.

Module Pre-requisites

Ideally you will hold an IELTS of 4.5 or equivalent English language qualification.

Module Hours

The English Language Programme is delivered over seven full days, approximately 35 hours in total.

Draft programme as shown below

*times and social activities may be subject to change

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