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Digital Marketing (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.  

Each year we get many high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.  

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Develop the skills you need for a career in digital marketing on this specialist UK master’s course. Our academics combine research with expert knowledge, to incorporate the latest developments from the field into your learning. You’ll be well prepared to enter the industry, equipped with the skills that are most in demand.

This course is ideal if you’re a business, economics, management or marketing graduate and want to specialise in the digital marketing field. It’s also a great opportunity if you have professional experience and want to expand your knowledge to benefit your career.

MSc Digital Marketing is created and taught by industry experts and informed by our Business School and the Web Science Institute (centre for web research).

This is a hands-on digital marketing course, including a real business marketing project and simulated consultancy exercise. You’ll learn concepts, discuss trends and analyse techniques in an interactive environment. 

The course covers topics such as: 

  • emerging digital communication techniques 
  • web analytics and insights into user behaviour 
  • impact of online and multi-channel retailing 
  • technology underpinning digital marketing 
  • advertising, public relations (PR) and sponsorship 
  • project design and management  

Compulsory modules provide a balanced grounding in the skills of the subject, and optional modules will let you broaden your understanding or specialise in specific areas.

In addition, you'll be visited by guest speakers leading in the sector.

Being a student here brings you opportunities to grow your networks. The university operates a DigiChamps (Digital Champions) initiative. This is a paid project to support teams across the community who need digital marketing expertise.

We are a community. You’ll be encouraged to join online discussions and have support from peers and academics from around the world to set up blogs and work on building your online profile and grow your professional network.

Studying MSc Digital Marketing will prepare you to work in a range of sectors, with graduates going on to work for organisations such as Hootsuite, L’Oreal and EDF Energy. 

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Tugra Akarsu, Lecturer in Marketing at the Southampton Business School. Visit Dr Akarsu’s staff profile to find out more about her work.


MSc Digital Marketing Taster Lecture

Experience a taster lecture on 'Marketing in a Digital World: Trends, Innovations, and Implications for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises'.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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