Marketing is a core function of businesses which increasingly must be engaged with in an international context. It is a broad based subject that can include advertising, brand development, sales, market research and new product or service development.
This final year top-up course is aimed at students from outside the UK with a business and marketing background. The course enables you to top-up your existing qualification to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree upon successful completion.
Studied full-time over one year, it is focused on marketing from a strategic perspective and in an international context. Incorporating language modules, it aims to improve your critical thinking, problem solving and language skills, while giving you the chance to deepen your understanding of marketing and its integration into corporate strategy and structure.
Coventry University has been ranked 15th best in the UK for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020, showcasing the quality of our courses in this area.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools., which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.
European Foundation for Management Development
Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.
Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2021/22 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
The study of marketing is grounded in understanding and designing products and services that meet the needs of consumers, whether this is for profit, or to meet broader, non-profit social objectives. As part of this process, it is vital that the business environment is analysed and competitors understood, in order to successfully deliver services and products to the international market place.
Using real-life case studies and practical exercises, we will reflect on marketing thought and practice across the globe, analysing and discussing key managerial decisions on formulating and executing global marketing activities.
You will have the opportunity to apply this marketing knowledge to international business situations, considering areas such as international trade and export, intercultural business communications and global diversity in business practice, ethics and culture.
This is a purposefully flexible course, which you can tailor to suit your interests, background or career aspirations.
By studying this course, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of marketing, strategy and business English. By offering a number of optional modules, the course allows you to shape your marketing and business specialisms based on your areas of interest.
- Marketing Strategy
- Global Marketing
- English for Business Part 1 & 2
- Contemporary Marketing Issues
- Brand and Corporate Communications
- Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
- Globalisation in Emerging Markets
- International HRM
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.
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.
We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021
In more detail...
Preparing you for a variety of career options in marketing or general business management, this top-up course aims to boost your career prospects by achieving a globally recognised Bachelor’s degree upon successful completion, at one of the UK’s leading universities for the study of marketing.
Our teaching emphasises the holistic nature of marketing. We reinforce the core principles and functional elements of business, marketing and advertising, moving you towards more strategic practice in relation to analysis and evaluation, problem solving and creative solutions. You should also develop your proficiency in English, as you will have the opportunity to study specific English for Business modules and upon successful completion this will help to set you apart from other graduates.
Combining theory and practice, this course benefits from a focus on global marketing strategy. You will have the chance to study two core modules, Corporate Marketing Strategy and Global Marketing, to give you this international focus. Optional modules provide the opportunity to undertake more in-depth study of areas of interest to you, such as Globalisation in Emerging Markets, Branding and Corporate Communications or Services and Retail Marketing.
As experienced practitioners, many of our staff have spent time in industry prior to joining academia, in roles such as marketing executives, managers and directors of private and public sector organisations. Many are recognised both nationally and internationally in their respective fields of specialism, publishing their research in the highest quality academic journals, including Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Business Research, Psychology and Marketing and Journal of Consumer Behaviour to name but a few (please note staff are subject to change). To monitor emerging sector trends and challenges, there is a high degree of practitioner input. Guest speakers from industry (subject to availability) are frequently invited to give talks about their experiences, which in recent years, has included speakers from McCann Erickson, ITV Studios, Millward Brown, Marstons and the Mixed Reality Studio among others.
- Research-inspired teaching from current staff who are active in the areas of branding and guest speakers such as BrandZ Global Director and esteemed visiting professors (subject to availability).
- Excellent industry links with companies including IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Procter and Gamble, L'Oreal, Warner Brothers, 3M, BMW, Disney, Rolls Royce and Peugeot.
- Use of state-of-the art digital communications lab – the DigiComm Lab. This is equipped with industry-standard software, including Adobe Comp, Adobe Slate, Adobe Voice, Behance, WordPress and social media platforms.
- Industry field trips, with past examples taking place at Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury’s factory and exhibition tour, as well as visiting professional exhibitions, such as the Digital Marketing Show (note that such opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, and additional costs may apply).
Coventry University has been ranked 15th best in the UK for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
Your main study themes are:
- Global marketing: Aims to provide a wide ranging and contemporary perspective of the international marketplace and the strategic issues involved in marketing across countries and cultures. While the major focus is deliberately global, some coverage of European and other trade blocs (i.e. emerging economies) will be afforded through case study sessions and assignment work.
- Corporate marketing strategy: Builds on previous knowledge and understanding of marketing, you will consider strategic decision making and the various marketing concepts designed to help achieve competitive advantage. You will have the chance to develop skills in the areas of planning, decision making and analysis. We will also examine new and evolving areas of marketing strategy, including corporate social responsibility and the contribution of digital networks to the marketing function.
This course is available on a one-year full-time basis only.
Theory and practice-based lectures and seminars aim to develop your knowledge of a range of marketing topics, supported by a suite of industry-based software and hardware. Learning and teaching incorporates lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, projects, workshops, simulation games and practical DigiComm Lab sessions, where you can use web design software, practice web platforms and blogging techniques to help develop your skills in manipulating new media for marketing and advertising applications.
Many aspects of marketing and advertising involve creativity and innovation, so we encourage you to develop and utilise your creative skills. For example, you will have the opportunity to work with advertising briefs adapted from the D&AD Awards which require you to produce creative solutions to real situations faced by actual organisations. During simulation games, we replicate markets so that you have the opportunity to plan and strategise in a dynamic and competitive environment.
We have regular guest lectures by marketing professionals from industry and academia (subject to availability). Marketing topics covered by recent guest speakers have included McCann Erickson’s PR Account Director on a day in the life of an advertising agency, and ITV Global Studios’ Marketing Director on working in TV and working towards your dream job.
In addition, as a student of Coventry Business School, you will have access to a Progress Coach, who will be able to support your academic progress through drop-in sessions or one-to-one meetings.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, presentations, and e-portfolios, and could also include collaborative reports produced with students from partner institutions overseas (subject to availability).
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Critically apply the principles of marketing in an international context.
- Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of how international organisations develop marketing strategy in response to a challenging international business and ethically demanding environment.
- Identify and apply appropriate marketing information and research techniques to support marketing decision-making.
- Work effectively using critical thinking to solve complex international marketing problems.
- Show a professional level of transferable practical and digital skills to resolve a range of international business and marketing challenges.
- Act as independent learners, communicate to an audience effectively in a variety of different electronic formats to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills to work in a team.
We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters and years of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.
You will usually have around 12 contact hours of teaching a week. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs, online activities.
You will have the opportunity to gain an international experience in many ways. Coventry is a multicultural university, so our diverse student and staff body helps to facilitate a multicultural learning environment in which you will share experiences with staff and students from many different countries. However, the fundamental nature of this course is international in its outlook, drawing on marketing and business best practice from around the world.
We currently have long-running partnerships with KH Leuven in Belgium, School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in Hong Kong and PSB Academy in Singapore. We run a number of Collaborative Online International Learning projects on the course (subject to availability), which can enable you to work with students across the world on a live project tackling a specific marketing challenge in global virtual and multicultural teams. In the past, students have worked with peers in the USA, South America, India and many European countries undertaking business challenges as part of the international X-Culture competition.
Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?
In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.
Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.Explore our international experiences
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
This course has been designed for EU and International students, with modules focused on the study of English as an additional language.
If you are a UK student and are interested in this course, please contact email@example.com before submitting an application. To apply for this course, you must have successfully completed Years 1 and 2 of an equivalent course.
You must have successfully completed Years 1 and 2 of an equivalent course.
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We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
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£9,250 (per year)
£9,250 (per year)
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£15,000 (per year)
£15,000 (per year)
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This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
On successful completion of this course, you should be equipped with the required knowledge and skills necessary to pursue career options in marketing, advertising and digital marketing, as well as more general roles in business analysis, project management or sales management.
You could also go on to postgraduate academic study – at Coventry University, we offer a range of postgraduate marketing courses, including our International Marketing Management MSc, which could further develop the skills you will gain upon successful completion of this course. Please note that further study opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.
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.
Where our graduates work
Our previous Marketing graduates have gone on to a range of careers in Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand management, Marketing Research, Digital Marketing, sales and general management with a wide range of large and small organisations such as IBM, Hewlett Packard, Rolls Royce, Procter and Gamble, Jaguar Land Rover, Silverstone, McCann Erickson, Volkswagen, South African Airlines, Millward Brown, Chime Communications.
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 2021/22 Contract can be found here. 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.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we 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. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.