BA (Hons) Marketing

Stand out from the crowd with a Marketing degree from The University of Stirling.

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code N500
  • Study abroad opportunities

Overview

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Merging creative thinking with strategic analysis, marketing is the vital connection between any organisation and its potential consumer base. With more marketing platforms than ever before and boundless avenues for creative communication, good marketing skills have never been more in demand or more vital to an organisation’s success.

The University of Stirling’s Marketing course is ranked top 10 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022). This is thanks to our research-led teaching and close ties with industry. We understand the need to prepare you for the rapidly shifting landscape of marketing in a digital age of 24/7 connectivity, whilst still exploring the timeless truths that have always underpinned the discipline. You’ll experience how marketing works in a “live” environment, deepen your understanding of what makes businesses tick, and sharpen your skills in research and communication.

You’ll also have the freedom to take Marketing as a combined honours course with one of 11 other subjects – creating a tailored degree that will give you an edge in the field you’re most passionate about. With a 95% student satisfaction rate* and graduates working for organisations like Adidas, the BBC and Next, Marketing at Stirling is all about ensuring you can truly be the difference in this diverse, fast-paced and infinitely-relevant arena.

 

Chartered Institute of Marketing Graduate Gateway Logo

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (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. The University of Stirling has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications as a CIM Accredited Degree.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degree which ensures we're equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Our students and graduates gain exemptions in the number of modules that are required for the CIM qualifications.

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Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as an Accredited Degree.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for your country/region

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
AABB – by the end of S5
AABBB – by the end of S6

GCE A-levels
BBB

IB Diploma
30

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

SQA Advanced Highers
ABB

GCE A-levels
ABB

IB Diploma
35

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP Access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

Advanced entry

Year 2 and Year 3 entry
Entry into Year 2 or Year 3 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation pages.

Other qualifications
Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our advanced entry pages.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

Other routes of entry

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for international students who don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a pathway to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience in the high-quality study facilities on campus.

International Foundation 

Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of a range of BA Honours programmes, including Accounting (either as single honours or as combined honours with Business Law, Business Studies, Economics, Finance or Marketing).

Subject to additional entry qualifications. year 3 entry to the BA Honours in Accounting and the BA Honours in Finance and Investment is also available to INTO International Foundation students via the Integrated International Year Two pathway.

For more information, and to apply, visit INTO 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 5.5 in each 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 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and 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 -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 1 February 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

You can study Marketing as a four-year single honour degree or take it in combination with one of 11 other courses to achieve a combined honours degree. In your first year, you’ll learn about the general principles of industry, management and marketing – foundations you’ll build on later in the degree. In your final year you’ll be prepared to undertake a Marketing and Retail Consultancy project, designed to engage you with front-line business practices.

Industry-standard platforms, such as Google Academy, HubSpot and Hootsuite, as well as practical workshops have been incorporated into our modules enabling students to demonstrate to future employers that they possess the skills needed in the workplace.

 

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

You’ll be taught through a range of engaging lectures, seminars and workshops, all of which use a variety of different approaches. Some modules may involve the use of computer-based simulations or the chance to deal with real-world marketing problems undertaken for client organisations. You will experience teaching delivered by guest lecturers, who bring their expertise directly to you and deepen your understanding of marketing on the front-line of the business world. 

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of coursework and formal examinations. You’ll also be graded on your final-year dissertation – a comprehensive body of work focused on a particular aspect of retail you’re interested in.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2021/22 2022/23
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,100 £15,900
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,100 £15,900

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

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

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, Islands or Ireland and are starting a course of study in Scotland in session 2021/22 will be entitled to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. See more information on the SAAS website.

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

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

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

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

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

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

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.

Funding opportunities

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students domiciled in Scotland

The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

In addition, students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

Students domiciled overseas

The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

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.

EU 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

What jobs can I get with a Marketing degree?

A degree in Marketing can become your key to a specialised marketing career or a more general management career in a wide range of public, private and voluntary sectors. You’ll acquire a comprehensive range of analytical, problem-solving and professional skills which are increasingly valued in industry, commerce, education, government and non-profit making organisations.

We give you an edge in the job market with our range of specialist career services and you can find out more about how we prepare you for the world of work.

  • More than 95% of all undergraduates were in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA)
  • Marketing graduates from Stirling are working for high-profile organisations and businesses in more than 20 different countries.

Good Marketing courses open the door to a wealth of job opportunities, and a degree in Marketing is becoming increasingly valuable as the range of promotional outlets and techniques available to businesses continues to evolve. Marketing graduates from the University of Stirling have started their careers in some of the following roles:

  • Digital Marketing Manager, Tesco Bank
  • Marketing and Sales Executive, Scottish Media Group
  • UK Retail Marketing Graduate Programme, RBS
  • Sales and Services Assistant, Intelligent Finance

Examples of recent Marketing graduates’ current roles include:

  • marketing and communications specialist
  • search engine optimisation Specialist
  • marketing manager
  • marketing analyst
  • digital marketing manager
  • merchandising manager
  • project manager
  • product marketing manager
  • games and digital marketing
  • category manager

Other graduates have forged careers with some of the following organisations:

  • Adidas
  • Heineken
  • BBC
  • Nestle
  • Arsenal F.C.
  • Hewlett Packard
  • LIDL 
  • Edrington 
  • DHL 
  • Morgan Stanley 

Employability skills

Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market.

Our BA (Hons) Marketing course places a special focus on preparing you for the workplace, and our overall focus on personal and professional development is designed to help you achieve your career ambitions.

The course is informed and developed by feedback from our close industry links ensuring that the modules’ content is up to date and relevant. We have developed close relationships with industry bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing; the Marketing Society Scotland; the Scottish Retail Consortium; the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation.

You'll also have networking opportunities with professional leaders during guest lectures and networking events. The Consultancy Project will offer hands-on experience of working with a real company/ client and in combination with the Dissertation module you will learn how to use data insights to inform decisions.

You also have the opportunity to gain additional recognised industry qualifications and receive certifications alongside your degree or after your studies with limited effort.

Further skills that your studies will equip you with include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Specific, contemporary and highly sought after by employers Marketing skills (e.g. SEO; content marketing; social media listening; sentiment analysis)
  • research and analysis
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • business/commercial awareness
  • time-management
  • independent learning/ critical thinking

Star Marketing Student of the Year Awards

Our students participate annually in the Star Marketing Student of the Year competition organised by the Marketing Society. University of Stirling Marketing students have won the prestigious award three times in the last six years, competing with students from universities across Scotland. 

The award sponsor Edrington-Beam Suntory UK (a premium liqueur and spirit brand) organises an Apprentice day looking for the most commercially aware and industry ready student. The winner wins a three month paid placement at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK. Our last winner has now secured a full-time job in the company.  

The success of our students in this national competition highlights the continuing effectiveness of our Marketing course in developing relevant skills.

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What our students said

Monika Gopal
Monika Gopal
BA(Hons) Marketing
I would advise students looking to prepare for a post-graduation career to get involved in an extensive range of both academic and recreational activities… A wide variety of pursuits will result in a more beneficial and enjoyable university experience and will do more to impress employers.
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Bence Kovács
Bence Kovács
Hungary
I am from a small village in the southwest of Hungary; however, I moved to Stirling to be able to follow my passion of playing American football. I work hard at it and I would love to play for a professional team when I leave university. Perhaps playing somewhere in America, maybe even California.
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Doina Emilian
Doina Emilian
Moldova
BA (Hons) Law and Marketing
Moving to Stirling was a significant emotional and financial effort, which is why I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities presented during my time there. All of my experiences prepared me for my professional life, by learning to seize opportunities, communicate with senior stakeholders, navigate and prioritize responsibilities, and focus on structured problem solving.
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