Full-time: 4 years
£9,250 per year (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
72 (September 2021 entry)
- Join one of the best marketing degrees in the country: we've been ranked in the top 20 (Guardian University Guide 2021)
- Once you've completed your Foundation Year, you'll then join the honours degree and spend the first year covering all aspects of marketing to find out where your passions and talents lie. From year two, you can continue on a general marketing pathway or choose from one of the following:
- Marketing (Consumer Psychology)
- Marketing (Data Insights)
- Marketing (Digital)
- Marketing (Management)
- Marketing (PR and Advertising)
- This marketing degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) so if you choose specific modules, you’ll gain exemptions towards the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing.
- You will tackle real marketing projects for employers and then develop this experience through placements and internships.
Top 20Marketing at Derby ranked Top 20*
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
What will your marketing specialism be?
Marketing is exciting and fast-paced and is now relevant to almost all organisations, whether they operate in the private, public or third sector. Every business has a requirement to market their goods or services. Some have in house teams that create campaigns, and others outsource them to creative agencies. However, all have a requirement to plan, implement, and monitor marketing activity if a business is to be successful or profitable.
With the rise of digital media, the number and variety of marketing channels has grown. This increasingly complex landscape has had a knock-on effect on jobs, creating a need for more specialist roles in sub-sectors such as content marketing, affiliate marketing, social media management, search engine optimisation and data analysis.
We have responded to these changes in the profession, by offering you specialist pathways on this degree — in Digital Marketing, PR and Advertising, Consumer Psychology, Data Insights, and Management. This enables you to build more in-depth skills in an area that interests you, but still gain a solid grounding in all of the key marketing disciplines. So whichever pathway you choose, you won't be closing any doors.
We equip you with the skills, confidence and creativity to shape an organisation’s marketing strategy and help it develop a customer-led approach to business opportunities. You’ll learn how to combine all elements of the marketing mix and how to get the best from in-house teams or outsourced agencies.
About the pathways
Once you've completed your Foundation Year, you'll then join the honours degree and all students take the same core modules in the first year to gain an important foundation in all aspects of marketing, including marketing and advertising fundamentals, an introduction to digital marketing, brand management, design and creativity, business acumen and entrepreneurship. After that you can choose one of the specialists pathways or continue on the core marketing route.
Core Marketing pathway — BA (Hons) Marketing
On this pathway you will develop a broader, rounded skillset and have the freedom to choose two or three optional modules each semester, which can be from any of the specialist pathways.
BSc (Hons) Marketing (Consumer Psychology)
On this pathway, you'll learn to apply the science of consumer psychology to build stronger relationships with customers, consumers and clients. You will develop an understanding of cognition and cognitive processes and then learn how to apply them to media and messages in attention grabbing ways.
BSc (Hons) Marketing (Data Insights)
An understanding of data has become increasingly important in marketing. In the digital age, data analysis is an important tool that can help marketers understand and target prospects more effectively. It's also crucial to measuring the value and success of their campaigns. This pathway enables you to delve deeper into these technical aspects of marketing, covering quantitative data analysis and the management of IT.
BSc (Hons) Marketing (Digital)
Develop the skills, vision and confidence to apply digital techniques as part of any integrated marketing and communications strategy. From social media engagement and viral marketing, to content management and digital analytics — you will work with digital technologies, tools and platforms to help organisations get their message across, and undertake Adobe and Google certification as part of this hands-on pathway.
BA (Hons) Marketing (Management)
Build up your knowledge and skills in marketing along with important expertise in the management of people, finances and assets. On this pathway you’ll gain the skills and positive attitude needed to manage in house teams or outsourced agencies, to achieve your business goals.
BA (Hons) Marketing (PR and Advertising)
If you want to focus on the integrated management of marketing, marketing communications, PR and advertising, this is the pathway for you. You’ll be fully prepared to plan and execute effective communication campaigns that deliver the right message to the right people at the right time.
Real world experience
On this marketing degree, we take you beyond the classroom, giving you opportunities for real world experience. Thanks to our strong links with employers, you'll get the chance to work on real marketing projects, meeting clients and presenting your proposed solutions to their challenges. Recently, our students found themselves drawing up plans to:
- promote new events
- raise a company's profile through social media
- attract more visitors to a destination, and
- create a brand identity for a pub-based arts venue.
Using our industry contacts, we'll support you to find internships and placements, provide a varied programme of interesting guest speakers and draw on fascinating real world case studies to bring marketing concepts and principles to life.
Year in industry and study abroad
In addition to the 30 hours of work experience that everyone is expected to undertake in their second year, you also have the opportunity to take a placement year between years two and three of your degree. This would super-charge your employability and your prospects after graduation. We can help you find a placement and provide support during your year away.
Or why not study abroad for a semester? It's a great chance to experience a different country and culture, perhaps develop an additional language, make new connections and bring back new ideas.
Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging. You will take part in:
- Lectures and seminars — led by our own tutors as well as occasionally, by guest speakers from the marketing world
- Individual and group-based practical assignments, such as creating advertising slogans, blogs, infographics, social media profiles, videos and TV commercials. Many of these will be for real company briefs.
- Visits to exhibitions, trade fairs and companies
- Placements and internships
- Research projects.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through coursework, which will incorporate individual assignments as well as group tasks. These focus on applying what you have learned to real business scenarios and producing the kind of work that might be expected in a marketing role, for example:
- Written reports based around research, including data and case studies
- Visual presentations
- Creative outputs such as infographics, short advertisements, films or bespoke projects for clients
- Online assessments
At levels 4 and 5, you will take part in a lot of group work, which prepares you for the marketing workplace, but at level 6, you will be working independently more so you can deepen your research and critical analysis skills.
Who you'll meet
Dr Devi Gill is the pathway leader for Consumer Psychology and Management. Devi teaches across a range of modules in the areas of digital marketing, branding, market sensing, and design and creativity for marketers. Her research interests lie in the areas of brand heritage, authenticity and corporate social responsibility.
Tracy Powell is the pathway leader for Digital. Her background is in Strategic Management specialising in Marketing and Operations. Tracey still works in practice as a business mentor, working on a range of strategic projects applying digital marketing and consumer behaviour theories to improve business performance.
Dr Kuldeep Banwait is the pathway leader for PR and Advertising. Kuldeep is passionate about interactive learning where the academic and students co-create knowledge. The modules he teaches utilise guest speakers, up to date case studies and research, to encourage students to draw links between marketing research and practice.
Dr Amir Modjtahedi is the pathway leader for Data Insights. Amir teaches modules in the areas of marketing operations management, marketing research skills, data analysis, and quality management systems. His research interests lie in improving productivity for organisations by adapting existing technologies and considering the impact of emerging technologies.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£14,045 per year
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
There is a huge range of job opportunities in marketing and related sectors. You could work for a creative or marketing agency or decide to work on the client-side as an in-house marketing expert. Here are the types of role you could go onto — you may be more suited to some of these than others if you've taken a specialist pathway:
- Agency roles such as Account Executive, Account Manager, Content Manager
- In-house marketing roles such as:
- Marketing Officer or Manager
- Brand Manager
- Market Analyst
- SEO Analyst
- Social Media Manager
- PR and Communications Executive
- Digital Marketing Officer
- Internal Communications Executive
- Self-employment: increasingly, people are choosing to work for themselves, either by setting up their own marketing agency or by working as an independent freelancer.
If you want to continue your studies at masters level, this degree provides an excellent springboard to an MSc in Marketing Management.
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Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.