Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations BA (Hons)
What makes Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations at Worcester special?
This distinctive course is both creative and practical, and will cultivate skilled communication practitioners who can navigate the media maze.
Our focus on strategic thinking, professional writing, ethical practice and the innovative use of new media spans the disciplines of Marketing, Advertising and PR. You will benefit from the very best academic and professional training in this multi-disciplinary context so you can help organisations manage their relationships with customers, media, staff and investors.
This course has been awarded Graduate Gateway status by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and you’ll have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway scheme during your studies. The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
- Worcester is one of only a few universities in the UK to offer a combined degree in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
- You’ll gain a competitive edge as you build your knowledge of three specialisms, which operate closely together in professional life
- Gain real world knowledge by carrying out projects with case studies and ‘live’ clients
- Option to take a one year, paid work placement
- Opportunity to study abroad in America, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand
- Our marketing courses were top-ranked by students in 2015 for course communications and library resources.
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
112 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics
The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
(Content will vary if you choose to spend a semester at a partner university overseas)
Students’ entry to the Design & Art Directors New Blood Awards
"Enrolling on the course was one of my best decisions ever. I enjoy its interactivity in and out of the lecture theatre. Bringing world-renowned speakers, such as Robert Leaf, alongside with visiting the headquarters of media giants, such as BBC, adds even more value to the course. The CIPR accreditation gave me the opportunity to become a Student Representative - a valuable experience that enhanced my employability in a variety of ways and provided access to many networking events."
Graduate and PR careers editor for ‘Behind The Spin’, an online magazine for public relations students and young practitioners
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
You will learn how to:
Explore the real-life application of learning via tutors with business experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses – in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank and the BBC.
There will be opportunities to take part in projects for clients, visits to businesses, live and computerised simulations, case studies and exhibitions alongside the usual lectures, workshops and seminars. You will develop a range of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews
Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle.
You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through traditional lectures and seminars as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement with one-to-one tutorial meetings and around 20 hours of guided independent study.
There are a variety of assessment types – reports, presentations, projects, examinations – and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.
As part of the Marketing; Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations; or Business, Advertising and Marketing degree the CIM will award a full exemption against one of the three modules that are required for the completion of the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing.
To successfully complete the remaining two modules for the Diploma students need to pay a small additional fee to become student members of the CIM and an assessment fee and submit revised assessments drawn from relevant modules (depending on your modules selected) from within your Degree to be awarded a professional qualification and start your journey of full membership and lifelong learning with the CIM.
Meet the team
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Currently Tao teaches various modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students at at Worcester Business School, University of Worcester. In addition, he is deputy programme leader for Postgraduate programmes (MSc, Exec MBA, MA). He is also the China recruitment lead responsible for recruitment of overseas students in the Business School.
Prior to his academic career, he worked as a market researcher promoting public services on behalf of local councils in the Greater Manchester area; projects included waste minimisation, regeneration and housing transfer. Tao enjoys exploring the world and understanding people from different cultural backgrounds. His favourite quotation is “Those who do nothing make no mistakes”!
Dr Paulo Mora-Avila
Paulo has an extensive international experience in the fields of Marketing, Advertising and PR, performing roles both in academic and practical levels.
He holds an MBA from Royal Holloway University of London and a PhD in Marketing, Social Media and Consumer Behaviour with a focus on branding from the University of Birmingham.
Paulo’s teaching experience include Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck University of London, Lecturer in Marketing Strategy at Hult Business School and Assistant to Lecturers in Marketing Management at Birmingham University. His teaching and research areas of interest include, consumer behaviour, brands, social media, digital marketing, corporate reputation, and cross-cultural and cross-generational marketing.
Dr Richard Nicholls
Richard’s main teaching and research interests focus on the management and marketing of services. His specialist areas include interaction between service customers; providing services for older consumers; and customer misbehaviour.
Richard has extensive international experience and has taught at a number of European universities, including the European Business School in Frankfurt, Poznan University of Economics and Warsaw University.
Marwa is an experienced marketing practitioner and academic. She worked in Egyptian-EU funded programmes to upgrade Egyptian SMEs, before embarking on an academic and research career. She holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo and a PhD in Marketing from Warwick Business School.
Marwa previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Marketing Research/Marketing at London Metropolitan University, where she also co-ordinated postgraduate dissertations and supervised many students on various masters programmes. She took part in PhD supervision teams, supervising one of them to completion. Her specialist areas are in ‘time and temporality’ in consumer behaviour, organic food decision-making, innovation adoption, consumer value, sustainable and disposal behaviours, among others.
Dr Tim Sellick
Tim began the development of his sales and marketing expertise as the Director of a Direct Marketing agency where he worked for over a decade. He then moved into academia after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) delivering programmes for Birmingham City University for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and for professional participants. Tim then then joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in 2009 to work in Executive Education.
Since 2011 Tim has worked at Worcester Business School where he teaches Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy, and Sales Management.
Tim is a multi-award winning case writer and has authored a winning case in the EFMD’s Excellence in Practice Awards twice. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (and a Chartered Marketer), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Association Academy.
Roger Saunders has been a lecturer for 16 years teaching on a range of marketing and advertising modules. His specialist discipline area is in the use of metaphors in advertising. As well as numerous papers delivered to the Academy of Marketing he is also the author of a chapter on advertising in a specialist German wine marketing text. His current area of research interest is in teaching and learning, specifically the use of group work in both formative and summative contexts, as well as enhancing student engagement through innovations in teaching practice.
Roger spent several years working in various different hotels before working for a telephone marketing company which was taken over by Reed Business Call, part of Reed Business Publishing, where he was promoted to Account Executive. After completing his Master’s degree Roger worked for six and a half years for an international training organisation, as a Sales & Marketing Consultant. During this time he worked with a number of major national and international organisations, including Standard Life, Safeway, Tetra Pak and Procter and Gamble.
Roger is the Student Experience Tutor, StARs Coordinator and Joint Honours Coordinator.
Where could it take you?
We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:
- Are written and taught by business professionals who adopt a real-world approach to learning, teaching and assessment and are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for
- Help you develop the skills required by graduate employers – Research and problem solving, Critical Analysis, Communication, Numeracy, Self-management, Interpersonal Skills, Team Working, Self-awareness, Use of IT, Enterprise and Creativity
- Offer the option of a paid placement year, which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate
- Include the opportunity to learn via live work-based projects, allowing you to ‘earn as you learn’ through paid part-time work
- Are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate
- Provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities
- Offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation (including access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool), mock interviews and meetings with employers
- Offer the option to spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today’s employers
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.
There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations BA (Hons) (Single Honours): NP5F
Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations (Placement Year) 4 Yr: N5P2
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
NP5F or N5P2