Strategic Marketing MSc Brochure

Postgraduate master’s course in Strategic Marketing MSc

Academic year 2024/25 entry

Cranfield School of Management Cranfield School of Management is a specialist postgraduate business school located in the heart of the UK. We are a world leader in management education, research and consultancy, and our mission is to improve the practice of management. We have a global reputation for developing high-performing leaders in technology and management. Renowned for our strong links with industry, we provide practical management solutions through a range of activities including leadership, finance, marketing and supply chain.

Management MSc ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management 2021 ranking. Our Strategic Marketing MSc is a top-ranked marketing MSc. It is ranked 5th in the UK and 15th in the world by QS World University Rankings: Masters In Marketing 2022. TOP 5 MSc TOP 5 MSc

We are one of an elite 1% of business schools to hold all the ‘triple crown’ of accreditations, and even additionally the Small Business Charter accreditation Quadruple accreditation

TOP 10 Finance and Management MSc Ranked 8th in the UK and 44th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2022. TOP 5 Strategic Marketing MSc Ranked 5th in the UK and 15th in the world by QS World University Rankings: Masters In Marketing 2022.

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Management MSc Ranked 6th in the UK and 28th in the world by QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management Ranking 2022. Business School Teaching Ranked top 10 in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021 compiled for the Financial Times.

5 , 000 postgraduate students from 100+ countries

TOP 10 UK Business School

Ranked top 10 in the UK and 34th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2021.

A professional network of 75,000 + alumni

As we are postgraduate only, we are not listed in league tables that help compare undergraduate universities, such as The Times World Rankings and The Complete University Guide .

“Culture and diversity is what I found most enjoyable and inspiring whilst studying the Strategic Marketing MSc. The amazing blend of nationalities led to social relationships, which made working together much more fun and enjoyable. Studying in one of the UK’s top universities has opened up a lot of opportunities for me. International companies and recruiters reached out to me with job offers while I was still working on my thesis project." Karl-Khalil Sarraf, Category Manager, Upfield UK, (Strategic Marketing MSc 2019)


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Highly-ranked course Our Strategic Marketing MSc is a top-ranked marketing MSc. It is ranked 5th in the UK and 15th in the world by QS World University Rankings: Masters in Marketing 2022. Projects with industry Potential opportunity to take part in a consultancy project with a major employer, and an individual thesis, giving you the opportunity to tackle real-life marketing challenges, formulate recommended solutions and give a formal presentation to senior executives. A variety of masterclasses will be provided throughout the course, to enable you to get you close to practice and engage with senior practitioners. Learning from the best academics The course is delivered by leading international faculty and authors of best-selling marketing texts and articles in highly-ranked journals. Industry accreditations This course is accredited by both the Market Research Society (MRS) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Both accreditations will enable you to work towards achieving additional industry-recognised qualifications.

Stimulating learning A diverse range of teaching methods and formats, such as real-world case studies, interactive lectures, group work, masterclasses and guest speakers, ensures that your learning is varied, challenging and thought-provoking. Networking opportunities We have excellent links with business and the marketing profession, providing opportunities to network, collaborate and develop a rich base of valuable contacts. Industry relevance Our Practice Advisory Board informs the design and development of the course. Comprising leading figures from the world of marketing, it recommends additions and enhancements to the course to reinforce its relevance to the fast-moving modern marketing world. Employability skills The Cranfield Competency Framework is embedded across the curriculum to enhance your employability. You will be encouraged to reflect on communication, relationships and personal attributes in order to develop the business and leadership skills necessary to succeed. As you progress, you have the opportunity to earn four digital badges to evidence these ‘soft skills’.








Course details

Our Strategic Marketing MSc will equip you with the specialised skills and knowledge to become a marketing leader of the future. It is designed for both recent graduates keen to boost their academic credentials and prepare for a first professional marketing role, and marketing professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills to progress their careers. You will gain an in-depth understanding of marketing including marketing strategy, digital and social media marketing, branding, integrated marketing communications, marketing consulting, customer relationship management (CRM), key account management, market research, retailing and omnichannel management and big data marketing analytics.


Modules form 60% of the course content, with the MSc thesis research project making up the other 40%. This brochure shows the modules currently affiliated with this MSc, to give you an idea of course content. To keep our courses relevant and up-to-date, modules are subject to change so please check the latest information on our website. Strategic Marketing Our Strategic Marketing MSc is designed with international employers and combines high-calibre interactive teaching with practical, pragmatic application. Our teaching methods are specifically geared towards encouraging participation, self development and teamwork. The taught element of the course covers four key marketing themes which provide a strong and comprehensive foundation of knowledge and expertise in strategic marketing. These themes are: managing customers, building and managing brands, marketing strategy and implementation, and research, insight and analytics. Practical skills are developed through topical case studies, in-class debates, masterclasses and guest lectures by world-renowned industry partners. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete a marketing consultancy project, which involves working with a business client on real life data, and have the opportunity to work on an MSc thesis research project. MSc Full-time

Modules • Managing Brands, • Integrated Marketing Communications, • Big Data, Insight and Analytics, • Retailing and Omnichannel Management, • Customer Relationship Management and Customer Experience, • Strategic Marketing and Planning, • Marketing Consultancy Project,

• Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing, • Accounting and Finance for Strategic Marketing, • Customer Behaviour, • B2B Sales and Key Account Management.

“This course enabled me to apply the marketing knowledge gained in class in real business settings. These included the Marketing Consultancy Project and the Unilever Innovation Accelerator Competition, in which I was a finalist. I also acquired professional qualifications including the Market Research Society Certificate and JMP (statistical software) learning badges. Finally, by completing the Cranfield Competency Framework I was able to reflect on my personal growth and use this reflection in job interviews. I now feel confident in my marketing skills and

knowledge to further excel in my career." Lauren Archer, Marketing and Insight Executive, Wismettac, (Strategic Marketing MSc 2020)


Course structure The course has been developed to produce practical, proactive strategic marketeers, and our teaching methods are specifically geared towards encouraging participation, self-development and teamwork. As well as studying eleven compulsory modules, you will complete a marketing consultancy project as part of a team. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project, which can be either company-sponsored, or an empirical project in an area of marketing you are passionate about. The student producing the best thesis is awarded the prestigious Professor Malcolm McDonald Prize. This diagram illustrates the structure of this full-time master’s course. Please visit the course page online for more detailed information.

An opportunity to think and work in an original way under professional academic supervision. The thesis might include working as a consultant for one of our industrial partners on a real-world challenge.

An intensive learning experience, providing the knowledge you need to excel in your chosen specialist eld.

Taught programme

Individual thesis



70 credits, 700 hours

130 credits, 1,300 hours

200 credits 2,000 hours 1 credit = 10 learning hours

Registration September

Completion September

Industry links The marketing consultancy project simulates a real-life consultancy assignment. You will work in teams in a time-constrained environment, competing against your class colleagues to make the strongest marketing strategy presentation to senior executives from partner firms. You will attend a briefing meeting to define the project, research the situation and consider the options. You will then formulate your recommendations and present them to company leaders at the final client presentation. On completion you will receive feedback from your supervisor and an industry expert. Companies that students have worked with in the past have included Acer, Cobra Beer, Fitflop, Google, GSK, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jacobs, Nike and Sainsbury's.

Careers A degree from Cranfield will fast-track your career.

Our Strategic Marketing MSc is ranked 3rd in the UK and 7th in the world for employability in the QS World University Rankings: Master's in Marketing Rankings 2022. Typically, our graduates go on to work in the following types of roles and organisations: Roles: • Brand Manager, • Customer Experience Manager, • Digital Marketing Manager, • Insight and Analytics Specialist, • Insight Manager,

Organisations: • Amazon, • Christian Dior, • Facebook, • Henkel, • Microsoft, • O2, • PwC.

• Marketing Consultant, • Marketing Manager.


Academic staff Our faculty are renowned in their field, with broad industry experience. They work with operating boards of numerous global businesses, ensuring that their lectures are contemporary and stimulating. They are supported by a team of visiting speakers and professors from around the world.

Dr Sharifah Alwi, Course Director, Strategic Marketing Dr Sharifah Alwi is a Reader in Corporate Branding and is currently the Course Director for the MSc in Strategic Marketing at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University. She also holds a visiting appointment (Professor in Brand Management) at the Univeristà Cattolica, Milan (having served there for seven years) with a special focus on corporate branding in the luxury sector. Her foundation in the field of branding and corporate brand management began at Manchester Business School, where she received her PhD. Prior to joining Cranfield, she was the Research Head for Marketing and Corporate Brand Management (Marketing Division) and Program Director for MSc Corporate Brand Management, Brunel University London. Dr Tamira King, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Course Director of Strategic Marketing MSc Tamira has been at Cranfield ten years and she teaches a range of postgraduate modules from Strategic Marketing to Marketing Communications and Retail Omni Channel Management. She has a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate and is a Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education. Tamira is experienced in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules and post-experience students. Tamira has course management experience and has previously run the MSc in Marketing and MSc Retail Management programmes at Cranfield. Professor Vasilis Theoharakis, Professor of Strategic Marketing and Director of the Centre for Strategic Marketing and Sales Vasilis holds a BEng (Honours) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA (with Distinction) from New York University, and a PhD in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Warwick. He has taught at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin, City University, Cass Business School in London, University of Sheffield, University of California - Berkeley, ALBA, Aston University, University of Cyprus and Golden Gate University.


Key facts and statistics

Course information

Cohort profile*

Geographic spread 1% UK/EU 99% International

Full-time One year

Start date September

Typical cohort age 25 years


Total number of students 131

Fees Please see the individual course pages on our website for full fee information and full-time or part-time options. Terms and conditions apply.

46% Female 53% Male

*These figures give an indication of the course make-up at registration across our Strategic Marketing programme for the entry 2022-2023.

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Accreditations Our Strategic Marketing MSc is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) accredited degree, enabling you to achieve CIM's professional marketing qualifications and awards alongside your Cranfield degree. It is also one of only a few master's degrees in the UK that is accredited by the Market Research Society (MRS), which means you also have the opportunity to work towards achieving the MRS Certificate in Market and Social Research.


More than a degree with the Cranfield Enhance programme Cranfield graduates are valued for their distinctive skills and capabilities. We have developed these programmes to complement and enhance what you learn on your chosen qualification. On the Cranfield Enhance programme, you will be able to earn ‘digital badges’ in areas such as Employability, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Outreach to showcase your new skills to prospective employers. Read more at

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