The MSc in International Strategic Marketing develops the specialist knowledge and skills you need to pursue a marketing career.
You will develop your working knowledge of marketing tools and techniques and learn how to integrate them to plan and implement successful marketing programmes and initiatives. There is a strong emphasis on practical application, with opportunities to develop your analytical and problem-solving abilities through the use of case studies and marketing simulations.
Learning from academics and student peers from around the world gives you an invaluable perspective on the issues and challenges facing marketers in today’s global business environment.
Our tutors and lecturers include both working practitioners in marketing and internationally recognised academics who conduct world-class research, which is regularly published in leading marketing journals.
The School of Management’s MSc in International Strategic Marketing and MSc in Marketing and Management programmes are approved by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), offering students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway.
CIM is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career. This accreditation will also help students to interact and participate in various engagement activities with senior marketing professionals, opening future career avenues globally.
You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.
English language requirements
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
What you will study
Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.
Marketing Planning and Strategy
Digital Marketing Strategy and Analytics
International Strategic Marketing Simulation
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Corporate and Social Responsibility
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Accounting and Finance
Corporate Financial Management
International Master's Summer School
Learning and assessment
Teaching on the programme will be directed, and reinforced through a combination of:
Staff/student-led group discussions
Personal research and guided self-study
These activities are supported by the use of a virtual learning environment.
The programme integrates applied and theoretical knowledge, with assessment processes that test both the knowledge of the discipline and the understanding of its application and limitations.
To facilitate learning, lectures and seminars will typically utilise case studies and simulations. Sessions may be delivered weekly or in blocks. Small Group sessions will use case studies and simulations with oral feedback given in class.
Students will be guided to suitable primary and secondary data sources and be required to conduct research and presentation exercises.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law, you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB) offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
This programme prepares students for a general or specialist career in marketing and management within a wide range of organizations, from large multi-national firms to SME’s within the private sector, and public service and non-profit organizations.
Typical marketing roles would include marketing management, product or service management, advertising, market research, communications, and consultancy.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students, adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
The strong research culture of the School of Management faculty informs the teaching and learning of our students.
Our extensive industry networks provide the avenue for application of this knowledge.