Digital Marketing and Channel Management MSc – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: February 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Start date: September 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Full-time (with study abroad): 15 months

Full-time (with placement): 2 years

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

Technology has created new challenges and opportunities for businesses, from their products and services to the way that distribution functions. This specialist course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills employers are looking for in this challenging but exciting environment.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to use your digital marketing knowledge to create marketing communication campaigns for both social media and more traditional channels. You’ll also have a practical understanding of marketing analytics and channel management, so you can make well-informed decisions in practice.

We’re ranked 67th for business and economics in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

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What you will study

This MSc course combines two areas: digital marketing and channel management. Whether you choose the 12, 15 or 24-month version, you’ll explore both fields in detail, studying topics, including social media, entrepreneurship and marketing analytics. You’ll also choose two optional modules based on your own interests and career aspirations.

This course is taught through interactive lectures, seminars and small-group laboratory sessions. You’ll also attend talks by industry guest speakers, who’ll share practical examples and help you reflect on what you learn, giving you the opportunity to develop your professional network.

Please note that this course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Our graduates who enrol with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as an affiliate can study CIM qualifications without having to complete all the modules.

For most qualifications, you’ll only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three, meaning you’ll be able to add an individual award to supplement your degree. Please note, there’s a fee to join the CIM.

Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.

Teaching

This course offers a strong element of exposure to practice, with some projects (dissertations and assignments) having the potential to be conducted in collaboration with the industry, giving you more opportunities to develop your professional skills and enhance your employability.

The teaching of this course incorporates blended learning practices and is supported by the intended course structure, latest technologies and top-level research expertise within Surrey Business School and the Department of Marketing and Retail Management.

Placement opportunity

Our 24-month MSc Digital Marketing and Channel Management with professional placement year course enables you to spend time working in industry.

After a year of full-time study at Surrey you'll be able to spend up to an additional 12 months gaining paid, professional work experience with an organisation. You'll be responsible for securing your own job offer(s), however, you'll be supported in your search with a series of employability workshops and benefit from some individual coaching.

Study and work abroad

Our 15-month MSc Digital Marketing and Channel Management course enables you to spend a semester studying abroad.

If you choose and secure a place at a partner university, you’ll complete two semesters (nine months) of study at Surrey and spend a semester studying abroad. This means you'll complete your course in 15 months studying full-time. You'll not be writing a dissertation.

If you decide not to study abroad or don't secure a place, you’ll complete nine months of teaching at Surrey followed by three months working on your dissertation. This means you'll complete your course in 12 months studying full-time.

Professional recognition

MSc - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

MSc - Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for the purpose of gaining CIM qualifications through the Graduate Gateway.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

Our graduates have gone on to secure roles such as:

  • Digital marketing manager 
  • Social media marketing manager 
  • E-commerce channel manager 
  • Digital marketing strategist 
  • Content marketing manager.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7


OCTOBER START


First semester
(semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will need to study the following four compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM299 - DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
MANM019 - APPLIED MARKETING RESEARCH
MANM104 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
MANM445 - CHANNEL MANAGEMENT


Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study the following two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM018 - INTEGRATED AND DIGITAL MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
MANM317 - INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING ANALYTICS

And you will need to choose TWO out of the following optional modules (15 credits each):

MANM047 - CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
MANM139 - INTERNATIONAL RETAILING
MANM390 - INTERNATIONAL FASHION MARKETING AND LUXURY BRANDING
MANM468 - DIGITAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT


In addition you will undertake the following compulsory module (60 credits) with submission at the end of the summer period:

MANM388 - DISSERTATION IN MARKETING AND RETAIL MANAGEMENT


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates



FEBRUARY START


First semester
(semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will need to study the following two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM018 - INTEGRATED & DIGITAL MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
MANM317 - INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING ANALYTICS

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each):

MANM047 - CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
MANM139 - INTERNATIONAL RETAILING
MANM390 - INTERNATIONAL FASHION MARKETING AND LUXURY BRANDING
MANM468 - DIGITAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

In addition you will undertake the following compulsory module (60 credits) with submission at the end of the summer period:

MANM388 - DISSERTATION IN MARKETING & RETAIL MANAGEMENT


Summer period you will study the following condensed module (15 credits):

MANM019 - APPLIED MARKETING RESEARCH


Second semester (semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these three compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM445 - CHANNEL MANAGEMENT
MANM299 - DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
MANM104 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP & THE DIGITAL ECONOMY


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time with Study Abroad - 15 months) - FHEQ Level 7


OCTOBER START


First semester
(semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these four compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM019 - APPLIED MARKETING RESEARCH
MANM445 - CHANNEL MANAGEMENT
MANM299 - DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
MANM104 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP & THE DIGITAL ECONOMY


Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM018 - INTEGRATED & DIGITAL MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
MANM317 - INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING ANALYTICS

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each):

MANM047 - CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
MANM139 - INTERNATIONAL RETAILING
MANM390 - INTERNATIONAL FASHION MARKETING AND LUXURY BRANDING
MANM468 - DIGITAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT


In addition to this you will choose the following compulsory module (60 credits) across the 15 month period:

MANM472 - STUDY ABROAD


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time with placement - 24 months) - FHEQ Level 7


OCTOBER START

YEAR 1



First semester
(semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these four compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM019 - APPLIED MARKETING RESEARCH
MANM445 - CHANNEL MANAGEMENT
MANM299 - DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
MANM104 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP & THE DIGITAL ECONOMY


Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study these two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM018 - INTEGRATED & DIGITAL MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
MANM317 - INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING ANALYTICS

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each):

MANM047 - CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
MANM139 - INTERNATIONAL RETAILING
MANM390 - INTERNATIONAL FASHION MARKETING AND LUXURY BRANDING
MANM468 - DIGITAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT


In addition you will undertake the following compulsory module (60 credits) with submission at the end of the summer period:

MANM388 - DISSERTATION IN MARKETING & RETAIL MANAGEMENT


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Optional modules for Year 2 (full-time with placement - 24 months) - FHEQ Level 7


YEAR 2

You will complete the following core module (60 credits):

MANM486 - PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7


OCTOBER START

YEAR 1


First semester
(semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM299 - DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
MANM445 - CHANNEL MANAGEMENT


Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM018 - INTEGRATED AND DIGITAL MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
MANM317 - INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING ANALYTICS


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates


Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7


YEAR 2


First semester
(semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study the following two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

MANM019 - APPLIED MARKETING RESEARCH
MANM104 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY


Second semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will choose TWO of the following optional modules (15 credits each):

MANM390 - INTERNATIONAL FASHION MARKETING AND LUXURY BRANDING
MANM139 - INTERNATIONAL RETAILING
MANM047 - CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
MANM468 - DIGITAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT


In addition you will undertake the following compulsory module (60 credits) with submission at the end of the summer period:

MANM388 - DISSERTATION IN MARKETING AND RETAIL MANAGEMENT


For key dates and semester lengths including the summer period visit: Key Dates


Timetable

New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

Course lengthIELTS Academic requirements or equivalent
Full-time: 1 year6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category
Full-time (with study abroad): 15 months7.0 overall including 6.5 in each category
Full-time (with placement): 2 years7.0 overall including 6.5 in each category
Part-time: 2 years6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: February 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£13,500
Overseas
£20,800

Start date: September 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£13,900
Overseas
£22,000

Full-time (with study abroad) - 15 months

UK
£14,600
Overseas
£23,500

Full-time (with placement) - 2 years

UK
£13,900
Overseas
£22,000

Part-time - 2 years

UK
£7,000
Overseas
£11,000

The two-year full-time programme which includes a 12-month placement costs an additional £1,850 on top of the base course fee listed above.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

Commuting (local travel expenses): Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placement when not covered by the placement provider. These may vary depending on the location.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

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