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Digital media continues to transform the way brands and companies interact with consumers. This course is a direct response to the fast-paced changes in marketing, giving you an up-to-date understanding in topics such as digital marketing, mobile business technologies, creativity, technology and innovation, web analytics and social media monitoring. It also gives you the vital fundamental principles that underpin all marketing. During this degree, you’ll have the opportunity to study for a professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), significantly enhancing your career prospects. In the First Year, students are given the opportunity to become Affiliate Members of CIM and study for a first CIM award.

Partnerships and opportunities

As part of our enterprise focus, we give you many options to gain work experience.  You can undertake internships during the summer, engage in multiple work shadowing opportunities, and take on a yearlong placement between your second and third year. Our students completed placements with a wide variety of commercial and industrial companies, such as Walt Disney, IBM, Porsche, Toyota, BMW, Body Shop, Rent-a-car Enterprise, House of Commons, Hugo Boss.

The course is taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to content of the modules taught. Senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and researchers enhance module content with relevant up to date trends.

Many students also choose to broaden their horizons through our study abroad programme in second year with one of our partner universities in Europe, North America or Australia. Without a doubt, they come back with excellent skills in a second language in addition to fantastic memories, experiences and career skills.

Study for a Chartered Institute of Marketing Qualification

Students taking BA Marketing with Digital Communications degrees are eligible to study for Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications whilst at university. In the first year, students are given the opportunity to become Affiliate Members of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and study for a first CIM award. Opportunities to gain additional CIM qualifications are offered during the second and final years. 

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Why choose this course?

5 Reasons to Study BA(Hons) Marketing with Digital Communications

  • The course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and gives you chances to study professional qualifications.
  • You will get to work on live industry projects using real data and working with businesses and charities across the UK.
  • The course gives you the opportunities to do a work placement in SMEs or large corporations, developing key employability skills
  • All students have the option to study abroad developing a global attitude towards digital marketing.
  • You will develop key marketing and communications skills at a leading international business facing University.

What job can I get?

Graduates are ideally placed for jobs in online communications, social media, branding, web analytics and digital marketing. You’ll also be well prepared for more general marketing and advertising roles with large companies and specialist agencies.

Professional Accreditations

As this course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, you have the opportunity to study for CIM professional qualifications. The course also offers value exemptions from a variety of CIM qualifications through the Graduate Gateway. The Chartered Institute of Marketing has commended Hertfordshire Business School on numerous occasions for the success of the students studying CIM qualifications alongside their course.

Course details

Careers

Graduates have found employment in fields such as marketing, sales, advertising, marketing agencies, market research, merchandising and B2B marketing. Our graduates can leave with key employability, enterprise and strong interpersonal skills. The average salary six months after graduating is £20,000 rising to an average of £26,000 after 40 months. 92% of BA(Hons) Marketing with Digital Communications graduates are in work or full time study after 6 months.

Teaching methods

You will be studying 4 modules in each semester and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2x1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

International Focus

All students have the option to study abroad in more than 30 countries across 6 continents. The course allows you the opportunity to study abroad, giving a firm grounding an internationally and globally employable marketer.

Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about what Study Abroad can do for you.

Work Placement

As with all courses at Hertfordshire Business School, you can undertake a paid work placement in a UK or International business. During this time you will be employed by a business and will be subsequently paid. The Careers, Employment and Enterprise team based on the campus can help you find and tailor applications to maximise the chance of securing a relevant placement. 

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Marketing Communications - 15 Credits
  • Creativity, Technology and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Marketing Data Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Professional Development for Marketers - 30 Credits
  • Principles of Marketing (CIM) - 15 Credits
  • Digital Marketing Essentials - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Economics for Marketers - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Digital Marketing in Practice - 15 Credits
  • Managing People - 15 Credits
  • Mobile Business Technologies - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability in Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Strategic Marketing Planning - 15 Credits
  • Consumer Behaviour - 15 Credits
  • Understanding Customers - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Global Marketing Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Market and Social Research - 30 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Web Analytics and Social Media Monitoring - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement Sem B only - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad A (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad B (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Dissertation - Marketing - 30 Credits
  • Managing Media and Communications - 30 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Advanced Integrated Marketing Internship - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 Entry

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Standard IB offer ie 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)