MSc Marketing Analytics

Our new MSc Marketing Analytics course provides students with essential cross-disciplinary knowledge and training in systems analysis, quantitative methods and data science to help you transform big data into a powerful marketing asset.

Marketing Analytics

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Overview

The increase in the collection and analysis of Big Data, — extremely large sets of information, such as social media comments or online product reviews — can provide valuable insight to consumer behaviors and preferences. As a result, businesses need market research analysts who are able to handle data and apply it to real-world marketing contexts. 

This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the industrial and scientific relevance of marketing analytics and their application in strategic and operational decision making for organisations that use Big Data. It has been developed to equip you with the practical, evaluative and analytical skills to allow you, as a future marketing manager, to influence and develop strategy and performance within organisations, as an expert in marketing analytics.

The course is multidisciplinary, combining the Stirling Management School’s expertise in marketing, business management and leadership with computing expertise. A key feature of the course is an Industry Partnership and Action Learning approach through consultancy projects with industry. To finish your studies you will undertake a three-month project giving you an opportunity to apply in the concepts and theories you have worked on during the course to a real-life topic.

Preparing business leaders of the future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career in this big data age. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

The course is tailored for those who plan to pursue a career in the field of Marketing Analytics, as well as those seeking professional development or career change. It answers the industry’s demand for a skilled pool of graduates who can apply data science to solve marketing challenges.

Work placements

You’ll work on real-world projects with key organisations who are using marketing analytics for strategic development. Our extensive network of external organisations across all sectors provides opportunities to build your knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in marketing analytics roles. 

Research overview

The Stirling Management School was rated one of the UK’s top 25 institutions for business and management (out of 101 business schools) in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, and 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

Members of our academic staff regularly publish in journals such as:

  • British Journal of Management
  • Journal of Marketing Management
  • European Journal of Marketing
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Advertising
  • Industrial Marketing Management
  • Marketing Intelligence and Planning
  • Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

Our staff consistently serve as conference and track chairs at international marketing and management conferences and hold editorial posts across a wide-variety of academic journals. Notably, current members of staff regularly provide consultation to industry in high-profile issues such as the recent horse meat scandal, the role of marketing towards children, and the issues facing the high street retailers across the UK.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. No background in business is required but you will need to have a strong interest in marketing and data analytics to get the most from the course.

Other routes of entry

If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.

Explore INTO Stirling programmes to see the pathway and pre-masters routes available for this course and others at the University of Stirling.

English language requirements

Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Indicator 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - High Pass overall with minimum 25 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 20 December 2021

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

The course will teach you how to interpret the marketing data generated by businesses and how to effectively communicate your findings to inspire better ways of working. This course addresses the need for industry to have more managers with marketing analytic skills. Marketing Analytics opens up careers in diverse areas such as Marketing Management, Operations Planning, Sustainability; Customer-Relationship Management; Supply-Chain-Management, Process Improvement, or, Disruption and Change Management.

You will learn in lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical labs for two semesters. For example, if you start in Autumn, you will do these from October to April and after the spring examination period you'll spend the summer carrying out a consultancy project. The project may be of your own design or as part of a placement or consultancy project for a company, where possible.

 

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

Teaching

Teaching is carried out a through a mix of lectures, tutorials, case studies, role playing, computer simulations, fieldwork exercises when possible, site visits when possible, guest speakers and company projects.

Assessment

The course uses a variety of assessment methods ranging from individual assignments, group assignments, class tests, examinations, individual and/or group presentations, research design and marketing reports.

Assignments and essays are used to test research skills with a strong emphasis on critical analysis and reflective insights. The assignments also provide the opportunity to develop and assess your problem identification and management communication skills and capability of using key software packages; presentations are used to test your oral communication skills and assess your capability for case study analysis.

Classroom hours

You can expect to have around 20 contact hours per 10-credit module each semester and 40 contact hours per 20-credit module. This can add up to between 10 and 15 hours of classroom contact in any week. 

You will be expected to work, either on your own or in a group, for at least another 20 hours a week to be able to complete all of the tasks expected of you. A timetable for all classes will be made available shortly before each semester begins in September and January.

Key staff

Dr Lisa Siebers

Dr Lisa Qixun Siebers was born in the Northeast of China and educated in both China and the UK. Her first degree was BSc in Economics, completed in China (1995). Before coming to the UK, she worked as a marketing and sales manager in Northern China (1995-2001). She completed her MBA degree at Leeds University Business School, UK (2003) followed by her PhD at the University of Brighton on Foreign Retailers' Expansion in China (2009). Prior to joining the University of Stirling (Aug. 2019), she worked at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University as Associate Professor of International Business (2011-2019). Before that, she worked at Birmingham City University Business School as a Senior Lecturer in International Business (2010-2011).

Dr Gerry Edgar

Dr Edgar is a Senior Lecturer in Management, Work and Organisation, and the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Stirling Management School.  His teaching interests lie in Information Systems Management, Project Management and Business Excellence.  He is a founding member of the Scottish Quality Management Centre, KTP Provider, University of Stirling.

Dr Seda Erdem

Dr Erdem is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Postgraduate Research Director of Stirling Management School. She is also a member of Stirling Behavioural Science Centre and Applied Choice Research Group, and a steering group member of the University of Stirling's two research programmes: the Global Food Security Research Programme and the Health and Behavioural Research Programme. Outside academia, she serves as an expert member of the Social Science Research Committee of the UK's Food Standards Agency, a non-ministerial government department of the UK to support decisions about public health at policy-level.

Dr Tom Kane

Dr Kane is a research-active Senior Lecturer in Business Analytics, with interests in analytics, data science and artificial intelligence. His primary research area is in the interactions between businesses and people. He has particular interests in Free and Open-Source Software for Medical Informatics and Large-Scale AI systems that perform Business and Societal functions. His background is both academic having published across these areas, and business focused; with work having been undertaken in consultancy capacities for some of the most innovative organisations in the UK. The rollout of business implementations of AI systems that address the ethical questions these systems raise are of interest both to his artificial intelligence training and his business background.

Professor Julie Tinson

Professor Tinson’s research interests focus on generating insight into youth consumer behaviour. This research is both international and national as evidenced in her published work and conference presentations. Wider dissemination of and interest in her research has also been demonstrated by invited presentations as well as media attention and expert opinion to practitioner publications, she is often in the press e.g. The Times, The Scotsman, The Herald, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday and on radio (e.g. BBC Business, You and Yours and BBC Radio Scotland, BBC News drive). She also appeared on Channel 4 SuperShoppers in May 2019. Her research is motivated by an interest in how transition impacts consumption and identity formation within families/groups. The contexts for this work have included rituals e.g. high school prom, as well as sport fandom and music. Her work often involves practitioners (e.g. The National Wallace Monument), and she has been successful in securing project funding from a range of organisations including Barclays, Associa, Tpoll and Channel 4.

Dr Alexander Brownlee

Dr Brownlee is a Lecturer in the Data Science Research Group within Computing Science and Mathematics at Stirling, and also a Visiting Fellow in Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. He is interested in value-added optimisation: techniques that yield optimal or near-optimal solutions but also reveal underlying information about the problem to help people make informed decisions. His main focus is in metaheuristics, including evolutionary algorithms and estimation of distribution algorithms; related issues such as fitness modelling (and mining such models), handling constraints and multiple objectives, and decision support.  He works in application areas including scheduling and simulation-based optimisation in civil engineering and transport, and in art.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£9,350£9,850
Students from the Republic of Ireland£9,350£9,850
Overseas (non-EU) students£18,645£19,145
European Union students£18,645£19,145

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

This course is eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from one of the UK’s governments. See the section, below, for more details.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

A 2014 report by Egon Zehnder and the Kellog School of Management states that “all leaders need a working knowledge of data science” and the marketing industry is no exception. Further, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics is predicting employment of market research analysts to grow 18% from 2019 to 2029, a higher rate than the average for all occupations.

Through this course, graduates will acquire knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in roles requiring good understanding of marketing analytics and data-driven decision-making. These may include:

  • Strategic Planning or Sustainability Analytics teams
  • Customer Insight or Marketing Analytics teams
  • Finance, Pricing or other Technical Analytics teams

After having completed other related courses, our graduates have gone on to work with well-known brands and with organisations in countries such as Japan, China, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, India. They are currently contributing to the performance of  organisations such as: Yves Saint Laurent; Nokia; Unilever; eBay; Pepsico; Bloomberg; NCR Corporation; Intelligent Media Ltd; Nestle; Capital Group UK; Google and more.

Employability skills

In an on-going survey by the DataLab of organisations across all sectors in Scotland, 44% of the organisations indicate that the biggest constraint to develop a data-driven decision-making approach is the lack of a compelling business case and lack of the right skills and access to training. This demonstrates the need for capability building in this area not only in Scotland but at an international level. 

The University of Stirling Management School has a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.

Companies we work with

MSc Marketing graduates in the past three years are currently employed as:

  • Marketing and Communications Officer, Stirling Council (UK)
  • Sales Consultant, Yves Saint Laurent (UK)
  • Marketing Communications Associate, Eugenides Foundation (Greece)
  • Global Sales, Karma Medical Products (Taiwan)
  • Social Media Manager, Liquorice - Digital Innovation for Brands (South Africa)

Building on that foundation, alumni of the University of Stirling’s MSc Marketing degree who graduated between five and ten years ago have since advanced into some of the following positions:

  • Brand Manager, Unilever (Greece)
  • Senior PR Specialist, National Education Association (USA)
  • Sales and Marketing Executive, Alma Lasers (Japan)
  • Senior Marketing Specialist, Symantec (Mexico)
  • Account Manager, Cheil (Taiwan)
  • Account Executive, McCann Erickson (Greece)
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton (UK)

Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping marketing strategy across many different sectors:

  • Marketing Manager, Nestle (Greece)
  • Supply Chain Manager, Aibel Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Director of Marketing and E-Business, Elsevier (Hong Kong)
  • International Sales Manager, Importaco, S.A. (Spain)

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