- UCAS Code: N500
- Accreditation: triple-accredited Business School - AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
3rd in the UK for Marketing: Complete University Guide League Tables 2022
Study abroad: exchange partnerships with universities worldwide
Second-year entry: may be available to suitably-qualified students
Study with us
- our Marketing degree is ranked 3rd in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022)
- develop skills for a variety of marketing and management careers
- study in a leading UK centre of marketing education
- benefit from the opportunity to take part in student competitions to win paid internships
- broaden your knowledge through guest lectures by leading industry experts
Why this course?
Studying a marketing degree at the University of Strathclyde Business School, you'll be learning at a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation.
We're ranked 3rd in the UK for Marketing in the Complete University Guide League Tables 2022. The University also won Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2019, becoming the only institution to have won the award twice.
Our BA in Marketing course will help you develop the skills for a variety of marketing and management careers. You’ll understand customer requirements, added-value products and services and the role of communications in customer satisfaction.
Create your own course
Modern business is too complex to be covered by a single subject: modern managers need to have a broad outlook.
You will follow a broad-based Year 1 curriculum which will introduce you to a wide range of business disciplines, alongside the Business School’s core modules for business knowledge and skills (the Management Development Programme), and academic skills support.
This provides you with the opportunity to try new subjects, some of which you won’t have experienced at school or college. At the beginning of Year 2, you choose two subjects to continue studying in Years 2 and 3, plus further MDP modules in Years 2 and 3.
What you’ll study
You’ll gain an understanding of entrepreneurship and its ability to change industries, markets and society, introducing the vocabulary, concepts and practice of enterprise.
Students will look at areas including the factors that influence buyers and the challenges that marketers face in the retail and service sectors.
You'll learn the fundamentals of both traditional and digital marketing communication along with gaining an understanding formulating a strategic marketing plan.
In your final year of study, you'll learn about the value of brands to firms and consumers and how to communicate a branding strategy. Elective classes include International Business Management; Managing Customer Relationships; Advances in Consumer Behaviour; Integrated Marketing Communications; Sports Marketing; Social Marketing and Business Relationship Marketing; Small Business Marketing; Tourism Marketing.
Please note: competitive progression requirements are in place for entry to the Honours year – currently this is a 55% average in the Year 2 and 3 subject modules.
In my 3rd year, I was given the opportunity to study abroad at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. During my time at AUT, I studied a range of classes: Strategic Marketing, Financial Risk Management and International Business. Alongside my studies, I was able to explore the North Island and immerse myself in Māori culture.
I really enjoy how much the students' voice plays a part in life at Strathclyde, as well as the various clubs, health and wellbeing projects, and the business network. There are so many opportunities for students here and it just feels very inspiring. You can really make the experience your own.
I have had many opportunities to put my learning into practice beyond the lecture hall, including delivering presentations to Arnold Clark and The Scottish Event Campus. A further highlight of the opportunities available was my semester abroad to the USA, where I studied in North Carolina.
The ability to customise your degree by gradually focusing your studies each year allows you to develop a strong set of skills that naturally carries through into your chosen career.
Triple-accredited business school
Hear from our students
Thomas Scally, Marketing
I will look back on my undergraduate studies in Marketing with the fondest memories. Having been exposed to a variety of key marketing topics in years 1-3 such as consumer behaviour and digital marketing, the flexibility offered by the course has afforded me the opportunity to focus on the subject areas which interest me most in year 4, namely Sports Marketing. Furthermore, the additional skills taught throughout the programme will be incredibly valuable to me in transitioning from university to the world of work. Delivering presentations to large groups and managing diverse teams has become second nature to me thanks to the course assignments and projects.
My time at Strathclyde has been complemented by the support from all teaching staff, who are very approachable after class or during office hours and are willing to go the extra mile to see you reach your full potential.
Third-year students have the option to study abroad at one of our partner institutions across a number of countries worldwide. This study period can last for one or two semesters.
CIM The Pitch
Each year, students are offered the opportunity to partake in the annual student marketing competition – CIM The Pitch in which students are able to apply theory to practice for a live brief for a major company operating within the UK. Students from Strathclyde have been awarded first place in this competition for three years running (2018, 2019 & 2020). This competition is open to all second, third and Honours year students.
The Marketing Society Awards
Students write an essay, compete in an ‘Apprentice-style’ day in Edinburgh and shortlisted students attend an awards ceremony in May. The prize is a three-month paid internship.
Target Jobs, Scotland Undergraduate of the Year Award
Students must sit a series of online tests, application forms, interviews and assessment exercises, culminating in an awards ceremony in Canary Wharf, London in April. The prize is the chance of a graduate job with a number of leading companies.
These prizes were won by Strathclyde Marketing students in 2018.
I had a terrific four years at Strathclyde and remain committed to pursuing a career in marketing. The teaching staff and engaging lecture content had a lot to do with this.
Scott Emmerson, Marketing graduate
In Year 1 you will study a range of business disciplines across four subject modules, plus three core integrating modules in international business, business knowledge and skills (via the Management Development Programme) and academic skills. This will provide you with a foundation in business and enable you to appreciate how your chosen specialism fits with other business subjects. From Year 2 you will take modules in the subjects in which you choose to specialise.
The Management Development Programme (MDP) is a central element of the undergraduate programme in the Strathclyde Business School. The programme runs for the first three years of the BA degree and is driven by real business problems. The approach to learning is active problem-based, with students working in project teams. The MDP provides an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and experience gained from your business subjects. Each year of MDP focuses on different aspects of business and the content of MDP is constantly evolving and being updated and enhanced.
Alongside the MDP you will also take an Academic Skills module which will equip you with essential key skills to support your studies.
Introduction to Tourism Studies and Managing People
This module includes two thematic parts which run in parallel across the semester. One part, Introduction to Tourism Studies, introduces tourism management as both, international business and as a global cultural phenomenon.
It provides insights into key concepts and theories to understand the intricacy of this industry in commercial, cultural and environmental terms. The other part, Managing People, focuses on the contemporary and practical issues of how people are organised and managed in the workplace and examines different theoretical perspectives which help our understanding of the complex relationship between the employer and the employee in the contemporary business environment.
Introduction to Economics and Business Analysis & Technology
The module will provide you with a balanced introduction to economics which will be based on a programme of systematic directed reading, supplemented by experiments and exercises undertaken in tutorials.
The module uses the innovative COREecon resources, which provides a complete introduction to economics and the economy. COREecon teaches about the economy and economics by starting from a question or a problem about the economy - why the advent of capitalism is associated with a sharp increase in average living standards, for example - and then teach the tools of economics that contribute to an answer. This innovative approach ensures that students understand how the tools of economics can help us understand the modern economy.
The second half of the module is the study of how analytical thinking, scientific method and associated tools can be used to help decision making. This Business Analysis element of the module will provide an overview of where methods and tools are widely used across a large range of industries including the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, financial services, travel, and electronics industries, as well as in local and national government.
Examples of where Business Analysis is put into practice are:
- the management of new building projects
- the design of efficient transport systems and plant layouts
- personnel scheduling
- allocation of resources and financial modelling and forecasting
This area of expertise can help to reduce costs, increase revenues, improve customer service, increase efficiency and can even save lives.
Introduction to Marketing & Entrepreneurship
The aim of this module is to provide you with a solid foundation and understanding of the theories and principles underlying marketing and entrepreneurship. A combination of the subjects will be taught to enhance understanding of the way the two disciplines address issues related to both the macro and micro-environment contexts of markets and entrepreneurship.
Marketing is a complex process involving many different skills and activities, but it is based upon simple principles: understanding what customers want and need, being able to collect and process information relevant to the marketing environment and being able to put together and implement plans to take the business forward.
In this module, you will be exposed to concepts and ideas from economics, sociology, psychology, geography and other social sciences, all in the context of the competitive business environment.
Entrepreneurship too is a complex process involving many different skills and activities, though it is based upon a 'mindset and process by which an individual or group identifies and successfully exploits a new idea or opportunity. For this part of the module, you'll be working in teams to learn about the ideation process, which forms the foundations of new venture creation, in our Creative Challenge.
Introduction to Finance & Accounting
This module will provide you with an introduction to finance and accounting, covering the basic concepts and practicalities of corporate finance, the principles of valuation, financial management and business investment, the role and purpose of company accounts and their usefulness, security analysis, risk and returns from investments, and personal finance.
At all times the module content will be linked with financial behaviour and events in the real world.
Introduction to International Business
This module introduces learners to the field and practice of international business and management.
Drawing on classical and recent debates in theory and practice including, but not limited to commercial concerns, learners will be equipped with an understanding of the foundational principles and developments of the subject.
In the module, we consider how international business and management is researched, and facilitate a critical understanding based on real-life case studies in international contexts. This module gives learners the capacity to look at the past, present and future in organisations and provides the foundations for intellectual progression in the subject, and broadly, for year two and beyond.
Management Development Programme 1
The ICE Pathway - “Innovation, Commercialisation & Entrepreneurship”, where you'll learn about the Foundations of 'What is Business’. Alongside:
- Personal & Professional Development: Who am I? How Do I learn? How do I lead & work in a team?
- Knowledge & Practice: What is a business/organisation? Why does this matter? How does this affect society?
- Experiential Learning: Real-world cases & clients; team-based and student-centered Learning approaches
This class aims to support you in developing key skills that are important to both your academic and future career. These include skills associated with:
- data analysis
- critical writing
- team working
Management Development Programme 2
Semester 1 topics include:
- Working in Business Organisations
- Working Business Research & Consultancy
- Working Internationally
- Working in the Third Sector
- Rhetorics & Oratory
Semester 2 is about developing the proposal of MDP3; with a presentation and a final report.
The second year concentrates on developing understanding through industry-specific contextualisation. Sessions are weekly and three hours in length.
The sessions are thematically linked to the pathways for individualised experience in third year whilst also drawing on the theoretical knowledge developed in MDP 1. In order to develop understanding, organisations will deliver a half-day session. This consists of a one hour plenary introduction where the company and case study are introduced. This is followed by the group sessions where you undertake activities in relation to the case study set by the company.
Understanding Consumers & Markets
Many of the fundamental concepts of marketing are based on an ability to understand consumers and the marketing concept can be implemented more effectively when adequate information about the market and potential consumer behaviour is available. Marketing Research and customer information provide a critical input to the planning and development of a company's marketing strategy in relation to marketing communications, strategic marketing and branding.
Services & Retail Marketing
At the heart of this class is the recognition that services present unique challenges, and that building customer relationships through quality service is fundamental to marketing success in every organisation. Over the past decade the retail sector has been one of the most dynamic areas in business. The retail sector also provides a very clear indication of the overall health and robustness of the economy. The rise or fall of the individual’s disposable income is very quickly reflected in terms of expenditure on items. In this respect, the retail sector acts as the weather vane for the economy.
Management Development Programme 3
The third year of centres on individualised experience in an organisational context through one of the following pathways:
- Internship/Charities - gain practical experience in a private or third sector organisation. You need to negotiate and locate your own organisation and experience – this is one of the key learning points of the pathway.
- Research and consultancy - a facility for local small businesses to gain from the experience and expertise of those within SBS. You work on two live business consultancy projects (one in each semester) and, as a team of 6, develop solutions and strategic initiatives for the local SME economy.
- International experience – only available for students who are undertaking an international exchange for either one semester or full year.
- Vertically Integrated Projects - working on a cross-faculty basis to research longitudinal projects (including the ‘Bill Gates Toilet Challenge, Solar Panels for Gambia and Enterprise in Schools) you work with a team of students from all levels of study (first year undergraduate to final year PhD) to further the work of the project.
In addition, you’re required to undertake a social responsibility element (this accounts for one quarter of the overall workload).
These have been designed to provide support to the Curriculum for Excellence and the Widening Access to Higher Education programme. There are no formal classes for MDP3 although there is pathway support with the pathway leads and tutor support.
Marketing Communications in the Digital Age
This class will outline and discuss the strategic role of marketing in a digital context, and further elaborate on the integration of digital marketing, social media marketing, mobile marketing and traditional and digital marketing communications. You will learn about the enduring strategic power of marketing communications in a digital world and learn how to plan for effective, strategic communications which integrate a wide range of channels including the traditional communications mix and the extended mix including all the assets of the brand and digital opportunities.
Strategic Marketing in an International Context
This core class addresses the strategy formulation and planning aspects associated with strategic marketing management as it is applied in domestic and international contexts. The class offers students an analytic decision oriented approach for the development and implementation of international marketing strategy.
The importance of brands raises significant questions of how to develop brand equity and how to communicate a branding strategy of differentiation, value and identification. The role of the Brand Manager is reviewed along with formulating the necessary communication strategies to build brand equity and secure market share.
More recent approaches in this vein suggest that the traditional Brand Management approach is all too limited, leaving many questions unanswered. Consequently more recent approaches address the co-construction of brand value, through viral branding, using social media, co-branding and brand extensions. In this respect, the principles of branding are now being applied beyond simply new product development, to such strategies as places, communities and countries.
Other key strategies that may be discussed include, luxury branding, nation branding, business-to-business branding and corporate brands.
This course aims to build foundational knowledge of traditional commercial-oriented Marketing, by examining applications of Marketing in a social context. Each year millions of pounds are spent world-wide to combat health and social problems such as HIV/AIDS, smoking, drug and alcohol abuse and rising obesity levels. At the same time excessive consumptions burdens society with building landfills and increasing pollution. Meanwhile there are still people who consume 'too little' and who suffer from hunger.
The class considers recent research in a variety of Social Marketing contexts and material is continuously updated to ensure that students gain an understanding of the most relevant and critical Social Marketing trends.
Advances in Consumer Behaviour
This class provides students with an understanding of some of the contemporary issues and challenges in understanding consumers. Building on the undergraduate Consumer Behaviour class, this module aims to develop students’ ability to analyse consumer behaviour in a variety of situations and to explore the complexity of 21st century consumption.
The class reviews consumer trends and the significance of consumer culture, and then explores topics that are the focus of recent research attention. Current topics include consumer identity (possessions and body image); consumer vulnerability; postmodern consumers; consumer tribes; consumption spaces; consumers and celebrities and consumers and ethics.
Managing Customer Relationships
International Business Management
This class examines the theoretical underpinnings which help explain the operations of such enterprises, covering both international business strategy and international business management. This will be achieved by exploring contemporary issues in academic thought and international business practice.
Managing Integrated Marketing Communications: Theory & Practice
The class will create a learning environment in which students can enhance their knowledge of relevant marketing communications theories and develop the necessary analytical, creative and decision-making skills required to effectively manage IMC in a variety of contexts.
This class provides you with an opportunity to study and apply marketing principles and concepts to a sector that has gained increasing significance in society world-wide. We’ve witnessed the emergence of a sports culture in many countries. This, in turn, has led to the emergence of sport as a global industry.
Sport is one of the most important sectors in the UK in terms of spectator interest, participation and consumer spending. It is also a varied industry consisting of sports products as well as sports services, spectator sports, sports media and sport-related travel.
Small Business Marketing
Given the evolving nature of the job market, evidence suggests that 40% of graduates are now working in 'graduate level' jobs within SMEs. Alongside this, evidence suggests that SME graduate jobs show a concentration towards niche sectors such as marketing. As such, the aim of this class is to provide a theoretical grounding in marketing through the lens of small business organisations.
By focusing on SMEs rather than larger organisations it will provide a contrast with the prevailing focus of marketing and highlight how marketing is different in a small firm and how this translates into SME marketing competencies. Upon completion of this class, you'll be able to pitch yourself more favourably towards SME employers.
This class explores underlying marketing processes and builds on traditional marketing elements in the context of tourism, considering both supply (destination/ community) and demand (consumer) perspectives. The class will explore a number of theories related to both marketing and tourism, as well of the application of these theories to real world cases, to ensure students gain an enhanced understanding of the tourism industry.
Learning & teaching
Teaching is over two semesters in blocks of 12 weeks. Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials, and seminars alongside team-based projects, online materials, and interactive sessions using personal response systems.
External contributors from partnership corporate organisations are involved in teaching and/or assessment of student presentations.
The innovative and highly acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) is at the core of our undergraduate degrees in the Business School and comprises a series of classes which you take throughout Years 1 to 3.
You develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management, and team-working, communication and decision-making skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers.
Major employers and alumni from all sectors are involved in the MDP, participating in group sessions, observing student presentations, and providing feedback. Organisations involved include Barclays, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young. In first year the best teams are selected to present to senior staff in one of the sponsoring organisations, and there are prizes for the best projects.
The programme builds your confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities, and promotes awareness of globalisation and ethical issues in personal and business decision-making. In Year 3, you develop your own pathway from internships, involvement with business projects, engagement in interdisciplinary activities and business clinics.
The majority of classes involve a final unseen exam which is normally at the end of the semester. This is normally supplemented by individual and/or group coursework.
Students normally have one opportunity to be re-assessed for a failed class. Exam resits normally take place during the summer.
A range of assessment techniques are used including business reports, case studies, essays, presentations, individual and group projects, learning journals and peer assessments.
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
(Higher English B; Maths National 5 B, or equivalent; Higher Maths A for combinations with Accounting; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)
(English B; Maths National 5 B; Higher Maths B for Finance combinations)
(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; GCSE Maths 6/B; A Level Maths A for combinations with Accounting; A Level Maths B for combinations with Finance)
(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths HL5 for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)
Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; for advice on entry to Year 2 contact Business School Admissions:
View the entry requirements for your country.
Not normally accepted.
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.Visit our international students' section
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.
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*Assuming no change in fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2022-23, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
|University preparation programme fees|
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Course materials & costs
Course materials comprise both textbooks and course handbooks. All of the compulsory handbooks are available to students free on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Recommended text cost on average £50 to £100 per text. Copies are available free from the library for most core text.
Honours students - cost of binding 1 copy of dissertation. The printing costs are four pence per page in black and white in the University and £3 for binding.
Typically, the cost of one semester abroad could be between £6,500 to £8,500 depending on the destination, currency exchange rates and lifestyle choices. Tuition fees are not paid to the exchange institution but continue to be paid to Strathclyde University in the usual way, however students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses i.e. flights, insurance, visa application, vaccinations/associated medical costs, accommodation, food, textbooks etc.
Students are eligible to apply for a student loan as usual but must let the award agency (e.g. SAAS) know that they will be studying or working overseas on a compulsory exchange.
Students may be eligible for external funding however this is not guaranteed; the University of Strathclyde will continue to participate in the Erasmus programme until May 2023 however are also participating in UK’S Turing Scheme. The Turing Scheme offer contribution towards living costs for students undertaking work or study abroad as part of their degree and is calculated based on length of placement and living costs at destination.
Students with an exchange place outside Europe are eligible to apply to the Neil Hood Memorial Fund for a scholarship. Full details of the application process are provided to all eligible students. Other scholarship opportunities may be available through the Alumni & Development department.
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:
You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
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Graduates who specialise in marketing have excellent business awareness, can analyse and present information with good communication skills. They understand how important it is for businesses to strive to be more competitive and profitable.
The Department of Marketing is highly valued by employers and our graduates find jobs in a wide range of industries including the drinks, finance and service sectors. Recent job titles include:
- Account Executive
- Brand Manager
- Business Analyst
- Retail Buyer
- Digital Marketing Assistant
- Marketing Manager
- Media Executive
- Social Media Consultant
with employers such as Apple, IKEA, Unilever and Whyte & Mackay.
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