International Marketing Management MSc

Study level: Postgraduate
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In the globalised business environment, we believe that marketing stands out as one of the key factors contributing to the success of any business.

Year of entry

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Course code

FBLT054

Start date

September 2024
January 2025
May 2025


Course overview

On this course, you will explore a variety of topics related to international marketing and marketing management, including:

  • The theory, skills and personal attributes it takes to be a successful international marketing practitioner.
  • The latest in international marketing trends and their applications.
  • Developing marketing skills pertinent to leading international business growth.
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Why you should study this course

There will be opportunities to:

  • Develop your critical understanding, interpretation and application of data, and the implications this has on marketing decision making and budget planning.
  • Investigate how marketing managers can gain insight from analysing key marketing metrics.
  • Examine how measurement techniques, closely linked to marketing objectives, can be employed to understand the effectiveness of marketing activities.
  • The chance to apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity2 and further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects (see modules for more information).
  • Your business acumen will be tested through a range of innovative assessments, e.g. completing a brand manual for a client then critically examining and applying the marketing planning framework, to develop both the operational and strategic focus for organisational strategy.
  • Utilising a marketing simulation game, the course will give you the chance to construct and implement a strategic marketing plan.

Accreditations and professional recognition

This course is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2024-25 intake. Upon successful completion of this module (achieving a pass grade), you will be eligible for the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through its quality systems.



What you'll study

The aim of the MSc International Marketing Management is to prepare you for working in global marketing.

Core educational aims:

  • To engage you in a range of concepts and theories within the international marketing management field that will enable you to critically analyse and evaluate organisations, contexts and functions.
  • To allow you to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of international marketing management to find solutions to complex numerical, scientific, technical or difficult issues, both systematically and scientifically, to improve business and management practice, including within an international marketing management context.
  • To enable you to further develop analytical, critical evaluation, synthesis and application to help to improve your decision-making skills, intercultural competencies and to encourage reflective practice.
  • To develop your lifelong learning skills, including engendering enthusiasm for international marketing management and for learning as part of your continuing personal and professional development.

Modules

  • This module helps you to introduce and develop a contemporary perspective of the global marketplace. It includes critical discussion and analysis of key managerial decisions on formulating and executing global marketing activities, with cultural demands of the various global markets in mind, and marketing research to support the critical evaluation of international markets.

    Compulsory

  • This module is key to developing operational marketing skills for future application in the workplace. This module aims to develop a strategic focus for marketing management by applying operational principles and practices to the framework of the marketing planning process in building organisational strategy. It also focuses on the implementation, control and evaluation of the marketing planning framework.

    Compulsory

  • Building a successful brand is both an art and a science. In today’s world, brands represent invaluable intangible assets and their creation and nurturing brings considerable challenges for brand managers. This module provides you with a comprehensive and up-to-date perspective on brands, brand equity and strategic brand management and approaches to managing a brand over different geographical areas. The module combines current thinking and developments surrounding global brand management with illustrative examples for you to draw from and particularly focuses on branding in an international context.

    Compulsory

  • This module is intended to provide you with both the theory and practice of digital marketing seen through a strategic prism. It aims to build on existing theories and concepts and encourages you to critically assess the use of the core tools of digital marketing strategy namely, social media, email, website design, online advertising and online public relations. The module specifically focuses on the drivers for the increase of online customer engagement in all the previously mentioned digital elements.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to introduce you to the key concepts involved in contemporary research in relation to your course subject area. You will also be given critical insight into relevant contemporary trends and research priorities. The module will enable you to develop your understanding of key current research techniques and methodologies. You will be provided with the opportunity to critically explore innovative research methodologies, while seeing such approaches in practice through practical examples of contemporary research in your subject area.

    Compulsory

  • A critical understanding of consumer behaviour underpins all marketing activities, service provision, digital platforms and policy formulation. This module aims to show the importance of globalisation in understanding consumer behaviour with an aim to provide you with a detailed insight into the psychology of global consumers and their motivations, thoughts, feelings, reasoning, information processing, decision making behaviours and how they interact with technology to reallocate social and cultural capital to achieve well-being in contemporary society.

    Compulsory

  • This module is key to providing you with a critical understanding of the theory, knowledge and skills required to plan for and make marketing communications decisions. You’ll have the opportunity to use interactive learning, to develop the analytical and decision-making skills required by marketing communications practitioners in the workplace.

    Compulsory

  • The module aims to develop your understanding of the role that management of data has on marketing decision-making, how marketing managers can gain insight from analysing key marketing metrics and how these can be used to inform management decision-making. The module will also provide you with an introduction to management accounting and the tools and techniques that enable effective marketing decision-making.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to manage change using creativity and innovation whatever the master’s degree of specialisation you elect to follow, in different types of organisational scenarios. You will critically assess strategies for change and change management, and explore the leadership skills required to lead such successfully.

    Compulsory

  • You are required to carry out a substantive piece of individual research into a business management issue, supported by a series of workshops on research methods. You’ll be expected to draw upon the knowledge acquired, and the variety of skills developed during the course. You will be given the opportunity to either research a theoretical research question of your choice or to address a real question from a host organisation.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

Teaching methods may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Group projects
  • Workshops

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. While we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.


Teaching contact hours

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week, your contact hours will be divided amongst:

  • Lectures with associated practice, laboratory, workshop exercises and tutorials
  • Problem-based learning in groups with tutor or industrial mentor support
  • Group learning
  • Formative modelling exercises
  • Independent research of library resources, the internet and engineering companies

The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week in the taught semesters.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake roughly 12 hours of self-directed study, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

This course aims to provide a range of innovative, academic and authentic assessments.

Examples include:

  • Producing a marketing plan based on a simulated organisation.
  • Providing a real client with a marketing communications plan and campaign.
  • A documentary video.
  • A data dashboard with academic commentary.
  • An academic poster with viva/presentation.
  • Conference paper.
  • A brand manual.
  • A simulations analysis.
  • A concept map with academic commentary.

This course has no formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include individual assignments or group work elements.


International experience opportunities

The international focus of the course, fostered by the university's typically international teaching staff and student body, international case studies, and the possible opportunity for international experiences, may help you to stand out from the crowd of graduates entering the international marketing sector, upon successful completion.

Within course content, we encourage an international outlook in all modules through the use of international case studies. There are also opportunities to visit other countries and institutions, with previous students on similar courses having the opportunity to visit the Perfetti van Melle headquarters (global brands like Mentos and Alpenliebe) and work on live case studies.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

Accepted applicants will normally hold an honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) in a relevant academic discipline, such as a marketing or business management degree. Applicants with a degree in another discipline may be admitted after consideration on a case-by-case basis. 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international pre-master's. Upon successful completion our International Pre-Master's - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this postgraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Typical entry requirements

Accepted applicants will normally hold an honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) in a relevant academic discipline, such as a marketing or business management degree. Applicants with a degree in another discipline may be admitted after consideration on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £11,200   Request fee information
EU £11,200 per year with EU support bursary**
£20,050 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £20,050   Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page and see the university's Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU support bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.

  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


Facilities

Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities4.

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The Library

You will benefit from our support designed to help you succeed and our industry-relevant teaching and resources. These include our modern library and computing facilities, dedicated careers advice and Your Students’ Union.

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Jaguar Centre

The Jaguar Centre has been specifically designed to provide facilities and services to support our postgraduate students including social spaces, computer suites and separate areas for small group study.

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The Hub

The Hub is the centre of student campus life. It's also home to the Health and Wellbeing Centre, the Spirituality and Faith Centre, the Tank Studio, Student Success Coaches and the Enterprise Hub.


Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The latest scientific and technical concepts and theories used to develop global marketing, strategic digital marketing and marketing planning, to solve issues using a range of tools at the forefront of international marketing management practice.
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of global consumer behaviour and digital marketing strategy including ethical, sustainable and societal considerations.
  • Developing a technical and scientific understanding of contemporary international marketing management issues to make informed decisions on marketing and marketing communications management.
  • Identifying synergies across multi-faceted technical and complex service operations management, brand management, marketing metrics in order to make sound judgements at the forefront of contemporary international marketing both domestically and globally.
  • Construction, critical evaluation, recommending and executing a brand management or marketing communications campaign, to meet the corporate objectives of an organisation by using an appropriate mix of digital and traditional media suitable for a business-to-business or business to consumer context.
  • Demonstrating professionalism and applying relevant skills relating to communication, teamwork, project planning, diversity, intercultural competence and responsibility for individual continuous learning and development, in the international marketing management environment.
  • Critical evaluation and development of solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted international marketing management issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts.
  • Undertaking independent research either in an academic or work context to solve complex problems, to reach informed decisions and critically review them, in an international and domestic context.
  • The principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

Previous graduates on similar courses have secured positions in marketing areas such as brand management, creative advertising development, marketing associate professionals, buyers and procurement officers, management consultants, business development managers, managers and directors in retail and wholesale.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Talent Team also aims to support you with workshops and guidance on the various aspects of the employment process such as preparing your CV, interview practice and mock assessment centres.

Where our graduates work

Some of our recent marketing graduates from similar courses are working with organisations such as Valeo, McCann-Erickson, Minority Group Support Services, Danco, IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union), King Power, Dongguan Television, BMW, Dyson, IKEA, SmartSpotter (Hamilton Bright Group) and Dukes International, as well as owning their own companies.


How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.

    1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2023/2024 contract is available on the website for information purposes however the 2024/25 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.