MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


This programme will provide a comprehensive knowledge of issues, theories and the working practices connected with the dynamic and increasingly important field of marketing in the global business arena.

This programme is ideal for both graduates and professionals who are interested in a career in marketing or who wish to widen their knowledge and competencies in this field.

Sustained by a rigorous social science-based approach, this programme explores both the theoretical and communications side of marketing and, in particular, how marketing can explain contemporary societal issues.

This programme is unique in its emphasis on the relationship between marketing and other social phenomena, such as elections and the culture of consumption.

This programme will:

  • Examine the processes of globalisation and the impact on multinational enterprises and national firms
  • Compare strategies involved in marketing and branding, and examine the role played by marketing communications
  • Discuss the contemporary debate over marketing ethics, and contrast different approaches to the study of marketing
  • Enable you to build a comprehensive knowledge of the issues, theories and the working practices connected with this dynamic field.

Why study your MSc in Marketing at Queen Mary?

The School of Business and Management has built a strong reputation for our distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the interdisciplinary nature of business and management.

We concentrate on developing your communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to offer insightful analysis and creative thinking. We draw on a long history of human thought, working on the principle that a truly practical business education teaches you to think beyond textbooks, management fads, and memorised formulas for success.

  • This programme will introduce you to the fundamental theories that underpin developments in marketing practice and strategy
  • It has a global focus: you will gain an understanding of the nature of global brands and their role in creating relationships in a global market
  • You will learn about qualitative and quantitative research methods and how to design marketing strategies
  • You will be taught by academics who have a global outlook on business.


Our PGT students will have swipe card access to the Innovation Pod, Think Pod, and the QUBE Mac Suite; all located on the Third floor of the Bancroft Building.  The Think Pod is an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities. The Innovation Pod provides workspaces for individual learning. The QUBE Mac Suite is a workspace for student entrepreneurs providing 27-inch iMac computers with state-of- the art media creation and editing software.

You will have full access to the Business and Management School’s resources including datasets and accounting resources relevant to this programme. You will use QMplus (our online learning environment) to access their reading lists, lecture slides, discussion forums and assessment.  On arrival you will have a bespoke induction programme of activities and dedicated administrative support.

You will have access to The Learning Resource centre which has 200 networked PCs and is open round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. 


MSc Marketing is currently available for one year full-time study. There are eight taught modules spread over two semesters, followed by examinations and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules:

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Understanding Consumer Behaviour (BUSM058)
  • Introduction to Marketing Theory and Concepts (BUSM094)
  • Relationship and Network Marketing (BUSM096)
  • Digital Marketing (BUSM099)


  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Semester 2

Compulsory modules:

Each module is worth 15 credits 

  • Brand Management (BUSM026)
  • Research Methods for Marketing (BUSM098)

Electives (choose two): 

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • New Product Development and Business Ecosystems (BUSM084)
  • International Business Strategy (BUSM089)
  • Social and Political Marketing (BUSM095)
  • Social and Sustainable Innovation (BUSM146)
  • Services Management (BUSM183)
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non- credit bearing

Semester 3

Core module:

  • Dissertation (BUSM106) (60 credits)

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken)

NoteThe modules are correct at the time of reading. Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year.  However, we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Some basic quantitative skills and some elementary prior knowledge of accounting would be an advantage. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements, it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus in London.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email

For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect 2-3 hours of contact time per module, per week.

Independent study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


Over the summer term, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation.

Examples of student dissertations include:

  • International Brand Management
  • Stakeholder theories


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £12,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £24,950
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


Alumni - Neil Shah

Studied: MSc Marketing (Graduated 2012)

Current employment:Graduate Programme at Virgin Media

"I had previously completed a Biochemistry degree from King¿s College London and then had two years work experience working in the marketing industry, which included time at a marketing agency working on a Smirnoff Western Europe account. I then decided to undertake postgraduate study both for academic fulfilment and in order to gain new practical and theoretical skills, which would benefit me in the increasingly competitive job market.

"I chose Queen Mary due to its high stature in the UK League Tables and its recent Russell Group status and I chose to study an MSc in Marketing due to the diverse nature of the course. It encapsulates not only marketing, but integrates elements of economics, consumer psychology and political science. The lectures are extremely supportive and are always on hand to help and feedback is structured allowing students to develop on areas of weakness.

"I enjoyed the diversity of the course, as it offers students an in-depth theoretical and practical insight into the marketing discipline covering areas such as: advertising and shopper marketing, and how marketing functions in the global business space. There is also focus on marketing and its integration into other areas such as research and development, which are important to have an understanding of when working for a large business. A variety of case studies and cutting-edge and classic readings are also indicated, offering a holistic a contemporary perspective of the subject area. A mix of lecturing and student input through presentations and seminars also adds an interactive element to the course.

"I found that postgraduate study provides more freedom to tailor your learning; allowing you to focus on areas that are of interest to you. In addition, more is expected of students in terms of coursework and readings, however, this is a gradual transition from third year undergraduate that most students will adapt to quickly. Overall, being a postgraduate student at Queen Mary is brilliant, students are spoilt for choice with great places to go, see, explore, eat at and experience. London is certainly a city like no other!"


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