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The MSc in Strategic Marketing and Practice at Cork University Business School will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to become a successful marketing leader. The one-year progressive programme will build on the knowledge and skills acquired at an undergraduate level enhancing employability through developing your ability to contribute to real needs of the business community. The programme will provide crucial practical experience through undertaking an applied research and consultancy project in collaboration with an industry partner to develop strategic marketing instincts and creative abilities, enhancing your professional expertise and personal development. You will develop leading edge skills sought in the workplace including, for example, the development of customer insights, active problem solving, and the application of digital marketing. The blended nature of the programme will turn Marketing Graduates into Marketing Practitioners with an array of learning methods including live and negotiated firm based projects, specialised workshops, marketing strategy simulation, and industry based marketing practice.
Students take 90 credits. In Part I students take taught modules to the value of 70 credits. In Part II, from early April to the end of August, students will undertake applied research modules to the value of 20 credits. Places on the work placement option are limited and students will be ranked on the basis of their success at interview. Students who do not go on placement must complete the dissertation. The placement portfolio or dissertation must be submitted at the end of August.
Core Modules - Students take 40 credits as follows:
- BU6513 Business Case for Analytics (5 credits)
- MG6406 Business Simulation Model (5 credits)
- MG6413 Business-to-Business Relationship Marketing Practice (5 credits)
- MG6410 Service Design (5 credits)
- MG6411 Consumer Behaviour Theory and Practice (5 credits)
- MG6415 Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
- BU6005 Applied Research Methods (5 credits)
- BU6510 Professional development and research communication (5 credits)
Specialism modules - Students take modules to the value of 20 credits as follows:
- MG6414 Digital Marketing Practice (5 credits)
- MG6407 International Sales and Negotiations (5 credits)
- MG6408 Omnichannel Marketing Communications (5 credits)
- MG6405 Applied Strategic Marketing (5 credits)
- MG6825 Applied Research Project (30 credits)
Why Choose This Course
This programme, open to business graduates, has been designed to enable students to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the contemporary strategic challenges facing marketers and provide professional marketing experience. It is the first and only University in Ireland to offer an MSc in Strategic Marketing and Practice with both consultancy work and work placement options. The programme will develop students’ critical thinking, research and communication skills and, uniquely, will feature consultancy projects and blended learning as a vehicle for learning and as a means of developing further personal skills for later marketing and consulting careers.
- An advanced education in the principles, theoretical concepts and contemporary practice of strategic marketing, based on research-informed teaching.
- Designed with senior marketing practitioners to give you up-to-date knowledge and skills in strategic marketing and practice.
- The opportunity to further develop a range of valuable personal skills for marketing careers – analytical capabilities, problem-solving skills critical thinking, communication skills, group-work skills, IT skills and the ability to manage major marketing research projects.
- Practical skills are developed through your participation in a live marketing consultancy project designed with an external business client.
- An opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge in particular functional areas of marketing – e.g. digital marketing practice, customer relationship management, business-to-business marketing, direct and interactive marketing and branding.
- The use of blended and interactive teaching methods and the development of e-portfolios.
- Master classes with reputable industry partners provide insight into leading-edge marketing practice and innovative marketing techniques.
- The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an applied research project in collaboration with an industry partner.
- An overall aim is to transform marketing graduates into competent marketing professionals.
Moshmee Mahendra Mani
When I reflect on my masters in UCC Strategic marketing program, I conclude that my experience not only shaped me professionally but also personally. The culture of the course fostered the sharing of ideas, critical discussions and collaboration among students and faculty across a wide range of interests. I believe it’s rare and challenging to find a group of people with entirely different methodological, cultural and theoretical backgrounds to come together enthusiastically and work on projects, but the course made it seem effortless and engaging because the faculty always entertained new ideas. The workshops and guest lectures by professional marketers encouraged me to explore and experiment, which allowed me to find my niche of interest. What I loved about the program is that it had groomed and set me up for a successful career, left me feeling motivated and is helping me stay driven in achieving my goals at workplace.
Coming from my undergraduate degree, I thought I knew a lot about marketing, but the MSc in Strategic Marketing and Practice exposed me to many concepts that I had never considered before.
The programme perfectly blends theory with practice, and regular guest speakers made the link between what we learned in class and its application in the corporate world. The opportunity to pursue an area that interests you through industry placement/the research project is invaluable and one of the main reasons I chose the MSc. There is a real focus on both personal and professional development, preparing students for life after graduation. I also enjoyed the smaller class size where we could interact with lecturers, who were always very approachable outside of class too. Overall, I am glad I did this course and would recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in marketing.
Practicalities & Assessment
The MSc in Strategic Marketing and Practice is a full-time 12-month programme. the programme will develop students’ critical thinking, research and communication skills and, uniquely, will feature consultancy projects and blended learning as a vehicle for learning and as a means of developing further personal skills for later marketing and consulting careers.
In Part I, you will need to be available to attend classes and seminars from Monday to Friday (inclusive). During Part II of the course, you will be either in a full-time work placement or engaged in full-time active research under the supervision of an academic mentor.
You will have formal lecture, tutorial and workshop hours. Outside of this, you will have several project groups for different modules. You will be expected to arrange group meetings, etc., outside formal hours. You will also be expected to read required texts as well as engage in independent study/research for modules where required.
Regular cutting-edge guest lectures from visiting speakers will be scheduled and where possible students will have access to advanced master classes on particular subject areas. Assessment across the programme will be through a mix of continuous assessment, in the form of individual assignments, group assignments, class presentations and an applied research project, as well as written examinations. Students will be given scope to shape their assignments and research project in line with their professional work or specific areas of interest.
Full module information is detailed in the section below.
Professional Development and Research Communication
Professional Development and Research Communication (BU6510)
To ensure students have the necessary professional skills to enter the workplace and meet the professional expectations of employersMore Information
Business Case for Analytics
Business Case for Analytics (BU6513)
To enable participants to assess the analytical capability of an organisation and as a result enhance the capability and build the business case to leverage data as a strategic asset.More Information
Business Strategy Simulation
Business Strategy Simulation (MG6406)
Marketing theories, concepts, tools and models are applied via a computer simulation of a competitive industry. In the simulation game, teams of students will compete against each other in one industry and make key marketing decisions over a series of periods. The overall aim of this module is replicate the dynamic nature of strategic marketing, using an online business simulation to blend theory with practice. Students are tasked with directing and expanding a business, from research and development to the introduction of new and improved products, the search for new markets, forecasting, information technology, in addition to the associated marketing research study resource options.More Information
Business-to-Business Relationship Marketing Practice
Business-to-Business Relationship Marketing Practice (MG6413)
To examine, critique and apply in practice the main concepts, tools and techniques relevant to business-business marketing, relationships and networks.More Information
Service Design (MG6410)
The aims of the module are to: · Develop and implement service design through the organisation. · Develop and promote a customer centric culture to improve interactions between organisations and their customers. · deliver better staff and customer engagement and participation throughout the service process. · develop winning service propositions to contribute to competitive and sustainable business performance.More Information
Consumer Behaviour Theory and Practice
Consumer Behaviour Theory and Practice (MG6411)
To provide students with a solid foundation in theories and their application to consumer behaviour. This module explores theory, research and application in the consumer behaviour domain. To facilitate learning from a holistic perspective, including on-campus research briefs (action learning), off-campus consumer research films (blended), and hands-on creative representation (design thinking).More Information
Ethics and Sustainability
Ethics and Sustainability (MG6415)
This module will introduce students to the topic of ethics and sustainability in business: how to approach ethical issues from a practical perspective; understand sustainable consumer behaviour; develop sustainability marketing standards and strategies; address product and supply-chain sustainability and communicate sustainability effectively. In doing so, this module will provide students with the ability to anticipate, critically analyse, and respond to the challenges that emerge from the impact of marketing on society.More Information
Applied Research Methods
Applied Research Methods (BU6005)
To develop students' applied research skills enabling them to navigate the practical realities of undertaking a high quality applied research project in addition to designing, conducting and presenting research in a chosen topic.More Information
Applied Research Project
Applied Research Project (MG6825)
This module provides students with a practical experience of undertaking an applied research project in collaboration with an industry partner. This involves applying skills and theories acquired on the programme to real issues encountered within a business context.More Information
Digital Marketing Practice
Digital Marketing Practice (MG6414)
The aim of this module is to equip participants with the necessary digital marketing skills, competencies, and knowledge base to manage effectively: the implementation of digital technologies within organisations; and, the execution of digital marketing at a strategic, operational and tactical level.More Information
International Sales and Negotiations
International Sales and Negotiations (MG6407)
To provide knowledge and understanding of the key opportunities and challenges presented to companies operating in a global context and provide practice based sales tools for accessing these markets.More Information
Omnichannel Marketing Communications
Omnichannel Marketing Communications (MG6408)
To introduce students to the relevant theories and practices surrounding omnichannel marketing communications, specifically focusing upon how marketing communications must be embedded across the supply chain, utilizing a diversified range of tools and tactics. The module also seeks to position digital research at the forefront of managerial decision-making as it relates to omnichannel marketing communications.More Information
Advanced Strategic Marketing
Advanced Strategic Marketing (MG6405)
The aim of the module is to develop the specialised skills, competence and knowledge to become a successful marketing leader of the future using innovative and applied teaching methods that are specifically geared towards encouraging participation, self-development and team working.More Information
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Candidates must normally hold at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent in an honours primary degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a relevant subject (e.g. business, management or marketing).
In exceptional circumstances consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be given to applicants who do not meet the above criteria but who have three years relevant professional experience, subject to approval by the School of Business.
As places are limited, all eligible candidates are not guaranteed a place on the programme. Participants will be selected on the basis of the information supplied in their application.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
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