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Digital Marketing (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

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. 

This programme is accredited by The Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM). The IDM has over 30 years of experience helping marketers reach the next level in their careers by offering a portfolio of qualifications and training courses, all informed by industry and underpinned by core principles and best practice.

Our Marketing students who are part of an IDM-accredited course are eligible to sit a 2-hour online exam to achieve the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing. IDM Tutor for this programme: Dr Monica Mihalache

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

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.

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