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BSc (Hons) Marketing

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UCAS tariff 112 - 128
UCAS course code N500
Institution code P60
Duration

3 years

(+ optional placement)
Course type

Full-time

Study location Plymouth

Become a driving force behind modern business. Our degree has deep industry ties and years of student feedback, which we use to shape the course and continuously adapt it to reflect current issues. Including an option to specialise in digital and social media marketing. Become a flexible, skilled communicator with a flair for marketing strategy, giving you the head start needed for a flying career in marketing management, advertising, digital marketing or marketing research.

Careers with this subject

Our marketing students have tremendous opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a variety of work settings. Our hands-on approach to teaching and learning, and the use of live clients throughout the course will provide you with the topical skills and experience that you can apply to the wide range of career options as graduates. Our graduates have been employed by companies such as 3M, Apple, the BBC, Harley-Davidson, McLaren, Unilever, Barclaycard, Ben Sherman, British Airways, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Sara Lee, Radox, the National Trust, Wrigley and Microsoft.

Real experience every step of the way

As well as expert-led teaching, all undergraduate modules within Plymouth Business School have integrated CV building activity, for example, through micro-credentialing, problem-based learning, or embedded direct employer activity. 
We have ensured every module contains a real world problem-based exercise. We have reached out to employers directly to involve real business in our assessments. You will experience real world employee engagement every month. 
We know this is key to student academic and graduate success.

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.
Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.
We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Key features

  • Marketing is a driving force behind business. Our course acknowledges the multi-faceted dimensions of the marketing discipline which will ensure that you have the comprehensive knowledge needed for a career in marketing. 
  • Employability is embedded into all aspects of the course whether it is through the use of live client briefs to demonstrate application of theory or dedicated sessions and events in partnership with our Careers Service.
  • As marketing has evolved, we have recognised the need to embrace change and address this within the programme. The course offers a digital and social media marketing pathway to allow you tailor your degree to your career goals.
  • Distinguish yourself professionally with an accredited degree – this course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Institute of Data and Marketing and works with The Market Research Society. Receive maximum exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.
  • To enhance the employability of our students we work with key professional bodies within marketing such as the IDM/DMA, MRS and CIM by ensuring that the subjects are relevant and up to date, providing opportunities for professional certificates and scope for future professional development. As part of the degree we provide opportunities to attain:
    – IDM Certificate in Digital Marketing
    – MRS Certificate in Market Research
    – CIM Graduate Gateway

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Examine marketing and business basics and develop effective practical approaches to complex situations – putting theory into practice with topics such as marketing, economics, accounting and workplace behaviour. You gain an appreciation of business operations and have the opportunity to take a professionally renowned digital marketing qualification.

    Core modules

    • Marketing in Action (MKT4001)

      The module will give you a broad overview of marketing topics withinn a real-world context, including marketing concept; global marketing environment; buyer behaviour; marketing research; segmentation, targeting and positioning; marketing mix and the marketing planning process. You will consider the relevance of core marketing concepts for organisations whilst developing core competencies in group working, critical thinking, evaluation of information sources and referencing.

    • Buyer Behaviour (MKT4002)

      This module will give you theoretical and practical insights into the behaviour of buyers in both consumer and business-to-business markets. You will also explore the way in which marketing relationships are developed and maintained.

    • Business Culture and Behaviour (HRL4003)

      This module encompasses the internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations, including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, size/scale, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between different organisations.

    • The Business Environment: A Global Perspective (STO4002)

      This module introduces students to essential understanding and competencies in the dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk and business resilience.

  • Year 2

  • From analysis of consumer behaviours and market research, to product development and brand management, you explore marketing in more detail. Learn to use theory to create solutions to complex marketing problems with real companies. 

    Core modules

    • Advertising Brand Management and Marketing Communication (MKT5001)

      The module will introduce you to the key elements of the marketing communications’ mix (including advertising), examining their role and significance in developing and managing brand identity and equity.

    • Consumer Insight, Innovation and Marketing Planning (MKT5007)

      In this module, you will better develop an understanding of marketing as both a principle and a job function. You will explore the methods and principles of marketing research and in particular the role of research in supporting innovation, marketing planning and strategy.

    • Careers and Professional Development (PBS500CPD)

      This module is aimed at enhancing students employability skills and knowledge especially those who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    Optional modules

    • International Marketing (MKT5002)

      The module introduces you to the key concepts of international marketing, providing you with an understanding of the environmental factors, international marketing strategies and the international marketing planning process.

    • Social Media Marketing in Practice (MKT5005)

      In this module you will study the application of social media marketing strategies and techniques, applying theoretical knowledge in practice and examining systems, software and techniques typically used in the marketing environment. You will have the opportunity to gain ‘external’ awards from key industry ‘academies’ including; Google, Hootesuite, Hubspot, etc.

    • Digital Marketing (MKT5006)

      In this module you will examine the impact of new forms of digital technology on all aspects of the modern marketing mix, organisational strategies and consumer facing activities. You will explore modern marketing activity through a digital lens, providing you with a greater understanding and awareness of the relationships between marketing and digital technology.

    • The Challenge Module: Sustainable Business (PBS5001C)

      Through this module you can select from a choice of topics related to the big challenges business and society are facing today. These might be drawn from the UN Sustainable Development Goals or a country’s industrial strategy.

    • The Challenge Module: Sustainable Supply Chains for Global Trade (PBS5002C)

      In this module, you will be challenged to evaluate the sustainability of the globalised business world. You will assess conflicting viewpoints and present balanced arguments for the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the supply chains that support global trade.

    • The Challenge Module: Responsible Entrepreneurship in Action (PBS5003C)

      Through this module you can develop an understanding of the big challenges business and society are facing today, in the context of entrepreneurship. These might be drawn from the UN Sustainable Development Goals or a country’s industrial strategy and will be informed by established business theories. You will develop and reflect on a business idea which has sustainability at its core.

    • Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Second Year Students (DEAS200)

      The short, not for credit module will teach academic skills (including, but not limited to, time management, groupwork, information literacy and some basic critical thinking) to second year IDES. It is based in the middle of the first term.

  • Optional placement year

  • You are strongly encouraged to undertake a placement year. Placement opportunities are available in a wide variety of companies, from start-ups to blue chips, across the world. Alternatively, you could start or run your own business.

    Core modules

    • Placement Year (PBS600PLC)

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also or alternatively undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

  • Final year

  • Focus on the theoretical and strategic aspects of marketing, investigating the issues. Undertake an independently researched dissertation project in a marketing subject of your choice.

    Core modules

    • Contemporary Issues in Marketing (MKT6001)

      You will examine and critically appraise contemporary principal theoretical marketing approaches and investigate their implications for practical marketing management.

    • Strategic Marketing (MKT6007)

      You will critically assess the value of strategic marketing as part of a broad corporate environment, considering long-term applied corporate management issues and opportunities affecting the marketing function and recommending appropriate strategic, marketing-led solutions. Using case studies, you will gain an insight of key internal factors relating to the successful development and implementation of marketing strategy, through engagement with invited ‘client’ organisations.

    • Continued Careers and Professional Development (PBS600CPD)

      The Continued Career and Professional Development module is a development scheme designed to enhance students’ employability and builds on the stage 2 module. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV’s and enhancing their employability.

    • Final Year Dissertation (PBS6001)

      The module builds upon research and study skills developed in earlier modules. Students are required to undertake supervised independent research into a marketing or economics field of their choice. Use should be made of appropriate research qualitative and / or quantitative methodologies.

    Optional modules

    • Experiential Practice (HRL6010)

      This module provides you with the opportunity both to reflect upon practical experience as well as develop your capabilities and profile so you are on course for life after graduation.

    • International Marketing (MKT6002)

      The module introduces you to the key concepts of international marketing, providing you with an understanding of the environmental factors, international marketing strategies and the international marketing planning process.

    • Social Media Marketing in Practice (MKT6005)

      In this module you will study the application of social media marketing strategies and techniques, applying theoretical knowledge in practice and examining systems, software and techniques typically used in the marketing environment. You will have the opportunity to gain ‘external’ awards from key industry ‘academies’ including; Google, Hootesuite, Hubspot, etc.

    • Digital Marketing (MKT6006)

      In this module you will examine the impact of new forms of digital technology on all aspects of the modern marketing mix, organisational strategies and consumer facing activities. You will explore modern marketing activity through a digital lens, providing you with a greater understanding and awareness of the relationships between marketing and digital technology.

    • Public Relations in the Digital Era (MKT6008)

      This module seeks to demystify public relations, explain what it is, how it can be used and its relationship with marketing. You will explore both marketing public relations and corporate public relations and examine how marketers can utilise public relations as part of the marketing mix in the digital era.

    • Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students (DEAS300)

      This module focuses on the study skills required for the study of business in UK HE for international direct entry final year students, it provides generic skills for students who are new to UK HE, such as information literacy, criticality, different types of assessment, assignment briefs, preparation and planning, and marking rubrics.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Marketing Prog Spec Sep24 7064

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112 - 128

A level: 112 - 128 points from a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.
BTEC:18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM in any subject. 
BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.
Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction. 
T level: Merit in any subject.
IB: 28 - 32 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. 
English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4 Standard Level = 5
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade 4/C or above.
Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 

Fees, costs and funding

Student 2023-2024 2024-2025
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £16,300 £17,100
Part time (Home) £770 £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

Tuition fees for optional placement years

The fee for all undergraduate students completing any part of their placement year in the UK in 2023/2024 is £1,850.
The fee for all undergraduate students completing their whole placement year outside the UK in 2023/2024 is £1,385.
Learn more about placement year tuition fees

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.
Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Progression routes

International progression routes

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offers foundation, first-year and pre-masters programmes that lead to University of Plymouth degrees. Courses are specially designed for EU and international students who are missing the grades for direct entry to the University, and include full duration visa sponsorship. You can start in January, May or September, benefitting from small class sizes, top-quality tuition and 24/7 student support.
Find out more at plymouth.ac.uk/upic or contact our team at info@upic.plymouth.ac.uk

Graduate insight

Getting a head start on my career

"Marketing is a degree that allows you to explore all the departments within a business. My marketing experience has opened doors to jobs in numerous industries and positions. I've worked in business development, sales, events and creative direction. Marketing is at the core of every business."
Perci Orasio, BSc (Hons) Marketing graduate

Meet our experts

  • Lecturer in Marketing (Education)
    Extensive industry experience with connections to local businesses
  • Lecturer in Marketing
    Taught extensively across marketing, management and strategy disciplines
  • Lecturer in Marketing
    Highly experienced in sustainability in marketing communications research
  • Associate Professor in Marketing
    Research interests in poverty reduction and consumer behaviour
  • Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)
    Over 20 years of wide-ranging research and teaching experience
  • Lecturer in Marketing (Education)
    Expert in digital and social media marketing

Plymouth Business School

Fitzroy Building

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