Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2024
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 12 months

Overview

This course blends scientific theory with modern marketing practices, giving you the skills to work as a future brand strategist, manager or market researcher. 

Developed by a team of chartered marketers and psychologists, it not only embraces traditional psychological theories but also touches upon new disciplines including digital anthropology, behavioural economics and neuromarketing – helping you to stand out from the crowd.

You’ll explore a range of consumer cultures, learn how to use psychological techniques to identify changes in behaviour and implement new marketing strategies that reflect the fluctuating industry as well as consumers wants and needs – taking into account how cultural differences can affect branding, marketing and consumer behaviour.  

With access to a scientific laboratory on campus, you’ll be able to work on projects and experiments with classmates – testing theories, analysing data and creating innovative marketing solutions while perfecting your research skills and critical thinking. 

In your final term you’ll have undertake a marketing placement, solving real problems in a professional organisation. This will be followed by a traditional dissertation.

Graduate job-ready

Graduate with the ability to psychologically analyse situations and respond with creative marketing solutions – communicating effectively in complex, fast-moving environments. Your skills will suit a wide range of roles including branding, marketing, strategic analysis and developing business start-ups. Our students have secured placements at companies as diverse as Bulgari and a firm investigating AI.

Dual accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – allowing you to register for an additional professional qualification. Registering with the CMI gives you access to a range of opportunities, detailed below, and means (if successful) you’ll gain a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.

This can fast-track your professional development – helping you to quickly become a Chartered Manager (CMgr).

  • Mentorship from a member of the CMI
  • Activities accredited for Continuing Professional Development
  • A variety of CMI events with networking opportunities
  • Consultations with specialist advisers to develop your career
  • A vast library of the latest research and thinking

Please note, this is an opt-in arrangement and isn't automatic. You’ll be invited to a seminar in your first few weeks, that provides more information and enables you to register, if you wish.

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How to apply

Applying to Regent's is quick and easy. We accept direct applications year-round and there's no application fee. If you haven't received your exam results, you can still apply and we'll issue you with a conditional offer. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you're currently studying for.

Step 1: Apply

During the application process, you'll have the chance to upload supporting documents, including:

  • A copy of your passport (photograph ID page)
  • Academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies
  • A 500-700 word personal statement (view guidance)
  • If you're not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit transfer

If you’ve already studied part of your degree elsewhere, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join your new course at an advanced entry point. To apply for RPL, you'll need to state this clearly in your application and provide us with the certificates, transcripts and module descriptions for your previous course.

Step 2: Receive a response

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days. We'll assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of our decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our courses, the selection process may include an interview or audition. They can take the form of a one-to-one interview, a group interview or a portfolio review, which may be conducted by telephone or online. Arrangements of these are made between you and the Admissions department.

Step 3: Accept your offer

If you wish to accept your offer, you must pay your (non-refundable) advance tuition fee deposit. This will confirm your place. Here's how.

Step 4: Register 

Closer to the start of term, our Admissions team will send instructions regarding your registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment before you arrive, as well as a checklist of documents you'll need to bring with you to campus.

Information for international students

If you're an overseas student, you'll likely require a visa to study in the UK. Here's how to apply.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies. For more information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

Fees

Tuition fee: 

  • £26,000 for the academic year starting in September 2024.

Non-refundable advance deposit:

UK students: £1,000
International students: £4,000

Read more about tuition fees.

If you receive an offer for a course, you’ll receive a pro forma invoice. To accept your offer and secure your place, pay your deposit payment as soon as possible.

The remaining portion of your first year’s tuition fees will be due when you enrol. At this time, you’ll receive your invoice for the full year. You can choose to pay for the year in full before the start of your first academic year or in two instalments, spread out across the academic year. The dates of these instalments will be determined by when your course starts.

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of your course.

The library holds a limited number of copies of core textbooks and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own textbooks and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your course.

How you'll learn

At Regent's you’ll have the freedom to explore your interests in a supportive and nurturing environment with interactive classes, regular one-to-one contact with tutors, specialist facilities, industry opportunities and tailored careers advice – ensuring you develop the skills, experience and confidence you need to succeed.

We centre our teaching around your individual goals, identifying support you need to thrive. You'll be part of a collaborative environment, that brings all the nuances of marketing psychology to life in the classroom as you learn to predict, and potentially even alter, human behaviour. 

You’ll pair deep industry knowledge with hands-on experiences, taking part in a blend of learning formats to give your studies context:

  • Seminars and lectures
  • Practical workshops and lab work
  • Industry masterclasses
  • Marketing bootcamps and simulations 
  • Group work and pitches
  • Live briefs and consultancy work 
  • Industry placements 

And, with access to a laboratory on campus, you’ll be able to work on experiments with classmates – testing theories, analysing data and perfecting your research skills: 

  • A dedicated laboratory with testing cubicles  
  • Lab computers with industry software: SPSS, NVIVO 
  • Qualtrics, ePrime and MATLAB software 
  • Eye tracker, olfactory testing and diffusion equipment  
  • Systems to record EEG, GSR, ECG, EOG, blood pressure, pulmonary response  
  • Recording and analysing psychophysiological data (BIOPAC)  
  • Test library with all major measures, batteries and questionnaires
  • Video recording and editing facilities

Based in London, you'll also have opportunities to meet employers through guest lectures, live briefs, field trips and industry visits – giving you insights into the world of marketing and psychology and enabling you to put theory into practice.

Contact hours – In a typical week, you'll attend up to 30 hours of lectures in the first term and 36 in the second. Supervisors are available to discuss projects during the third term, but you're required to meet for a progress update every two weeks at least.

Teaching staff 

You'll be taught by a range of marketing leaders and research-active academics, who regularly collaborate with luxury brands and agencies, and have work published in journals. Many of the course texts are written by staff leading the programme, and guest lectures from leading professionals will show how new techniques are being implemented by pioneering brands.

Course Leader, Dr Zubin Sethna, is a qualified marketing practitioner and entrepreneur. He's the author of the UK and Europe’s most popular text on Consumer Behaviour (SAGE Publications – 4th Edition in 2019), the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and has successfully launched five businesses – one of which won a UK National Award.

He has conducted research in the UK, Europe, India and China, and has raised external funding of nearly £550,000 for various academic projects. He's Co-Chair of the Academy of Marketing's Special Interest Group on 'Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing' and has been invited to conduct keynote lectures at HE institutions in the UK, EU, China and India.

You'll also be allocated a personal tutor, who'll meet you on a one-to-one basis at various stages throughout the year to provide you with guidance and advice to support your personal and professional development.

We're really proud of the global nature of our marketing courses, and our tutors also reflect this ethos – coming from a wide variety of countries and cultures across the world. In every way, you'll feel part of a global family.

Independent learning

Throughout the course, you'll be expected to undertake extra reading, research, revision and reflection, as well as preparing work for workshops, and working collaboratively with other students in preparation for assessment.

Method of assessment

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed via a wide range of task-based projects, reports, field research, marketing plans, presentations, and live and simulated briefs – as well as essays, case study analysis and data collection. It's important to us that your learning and assessment is:

  • Inclusive – fostering a student-focused approach
  • Engaging – encouraging interaction and participation
  • Authentic – based on real business challenges

Disability support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns, including learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism conditions, mobility difficulties and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

Our Student Support & Welfare team is here to support you. We ask that you speak with us as early as possible to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements: Level 7

We're interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements – and review each application comprehensively on its own merit.

One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications, as deemed acceptable by Admissions & UK ENIC

We also welcome applications from students who don't meet our entry requirements. To be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Have one year of work experience (if you hold a degree lower than a 2:2)
  • Have three years of work experience (if you don't hold a degree)
  • Provide a 500-700 word personal statement outlining your experience/ambitions
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by academic referral only.

English language requirements 

Minimum English proficiency requirement through one of the following qualifications (or equivalent):

QualificationSubjectGrade
GSCE*EnglishC (4)
IB SL or HL*English A4
IB HL*English B5
US HSD (studied in a majority English-speaking country)*Cumulative GPA2.5
IELTS*AcademicOverall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in each component
UG degreeFrom English-speaking countries – defined by the UKVISecond class

Please note, we do not accept home/online editions of English language tests.

*Qualification satisfies the English language requirements of the UKVI for non-UK/Irish nationals.

We also offer conditional students a free, online diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This must be booked in advance. Discover more.

Careers

You'll graduate from Regent's with the ability to psychologically analyse situations and respond with creative marketing solutions – communicating effectively in complex and fast-moving international environments. Your skills will suit a wide range of roles:

  • Branding/PR
  • Market research
  • Advertising
  • Consumer insights
  • Strategic analysis
  • Developing business start-ups

We have a strong track record of launching graduates into international careers in both marketing and psychology – they have secured placements at companies as diverse as Bulgari and a firm investigating AI.

Graduate visa

After you've completed your course, you may be eligible to apply for a Graduate visa. This enables you to work, or look for work, in the UK for up to two years after you leave Regent's, without the pressure of having to secure a job immediately – applying your skills and advancing your career with valuable experiences and industry connections.

Careers support

Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed – our Careers, Enterprise and Industry team are here to provide personalised advice and access to resources for life!

  • 24/7 access to online guidance and resources
  • Exclusive internships, networking opportunities and industry events
  • Personalised consultations – from interview and CV prep to business advice
  • Access to Handshake, connecting you with 650k+ global employers

Structure

This is a full-time course, comprising three terms of study.

View the 2024-25 academic calendar.

MSc Marketing Psychology

Core modules

Module Title
Brands, Ads and Aspirations The “Brand” is an important concept in marketing and in consumer psychology. The notion of the Brand as a ‘friend’ and a symbol of status is an increasing phenomenon. The aims of this module are to introduce you to some essential principles of media psychology, to explore and examine aspects of product category involvement, loyalty and the notions of desire and aspiration, how these impact on consumers and how these aspects are targeted in marketing, notably advertising. The module aims to increase your experience in working with psychological literature and research in relation to exploring the consumer product brand relationships. This includes consumer relationships with film and fashion, as well as counterfeit products.
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Marketing Psychology The aim of this core module is to develop cross-cultural knowledge and intercultural understanding, in other words the knowledge of how ‘culture’ in all its manifestations is an influence on our behaviour and our choices as consumers, and also our understanding of the dynamics of intercultural interaction that means we change our behaviour depending on the relationship we co-create with our counterparts, which could have a significant impact on how marketing strategies are formulated.
Entrepreneurial Marketing Strategy This module is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the major issues in developing a relevant, agile and flexible organisation which understands the needs/wants of its market, and which can respond to a dynamic and changeable market environment. The module outlines the importance of firstly a variety of perspectives of entrepreneurial marketing strategy (EMS), followed by the approaches that may be taken for an EMS.
Individual Marketing (B2I) This module is designed to provide you with a detailed understanding of the theories in marketing, consumer behaviour, one to one targeting and relationship building in order to instil customer loyalty and achieve business success. It will cover the concept of marketing to an individual (also called one-to-one or individual marketing) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy.
Psychology of Consumer Behaviour The aim of this module is to facilitate an understanding of the intentions and behaviour of groups and individuals as consumers from a psychological perspective. Psychological processes have practical implications from the point of view of both the consumer and the marketer, and students will be encouraged to apply what they learn. The module will draw on core concepts and theories, and research and evidence, from psychology and from the social sciences. It explores and examines consumer action, experiences, emotions as well as the actual judgment processes involved in consumer behaviour: how and why do we consume particular products?
Research Methods This module provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in elementary research methods and statistical analysis. The module will introduce you to the scientific method, ethics in Psychology, statistical terminology and reasoning, laboratory report procedure, formatting and writing, and will teach general studies skills required for successful study at this level (e.g. how to read and write a journal article). The module will include an introduction to SPSS and to statistical tests such as correlation and chi square.
Professional Practice (Placement) This module will focus on addressing professional practice skills in marketing psychology, and preparing you for employment. This preparation includes the professional practice hours that you must complete (a minimum of a 1 month professional practice placement to take place at the very beginning of Term 3 (in effect May)), which will contribute to enabling you to enter (or continue in) the job market. At the end of this module you will have obtained a realistic and comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the scientist-practitioner model in practice, and will have an opportunity to discuss and critically reflect upon the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the professional evidence-based practice of marketing psychology. You will be required to apply your academic training and practical skills to real-life problems, and to development a critical appreciation of the roles, responsibilities and functions of marketing psychologists practicing in a diverse range of organisations.
Dissertation In this module, you will undertake research to produce a dissertation on a topic related to marketing psychology, and ideally one which follows on from a topic which you may have investigated as a part of your Professional Practice module. At the end of the dissertation module, you will submit a dissertation report. This is the final module in the programme, takes place in the final term, and builds upon what is learnt in the previous modules to allow the opportunity to apply that knowledge through research into a marketing psychology topic of interest. You are expected to take a high degree of responsibility for your own learning.

Elective modules

Module Title
Leadership, Engagement and Motivation In this module we will look closely at what happens in the interactions between leaders and followers, we will examine group dynamics and come to understand the way in which assigned and emergent leaders influence followers in various contexts. To gain a better understanding of this complex interplay, we will examine a range of central theoretical and practical issues, including the nature of group identity, the basis of authority and legitimacy, the dynamics of justice and fairness, the determinants of followership and charisma, and the practice and politics of leaders.

Furthermore, we will explore the crucial role of the leader in creating and maintaining organisations where employees will want to contribute and the relatively newer area of positive psychology will be considered, as we explore how areas of positive psychology such as strengths, flow, and psychological capital can be applied to the everyday challenges of leading a dynamic and adaptive work force. At the end of the module you will understand how to measure and evaluate levels of engagement and motivation, appreciate the conceptual differences between different models of leadership and power, and understand how issues relating to these topics affect the successful operation of organisations.
Marketing Communications This module takes a twist on the traditional marketing communication that primarily focuses on consumer psychology, and instead, focuses on inter-organisational and business-to-business (B2B) communication. The focus of B2B is becoming increasingly important, as the structure and collaboration of organisations becomes more complex. In a digital age, there is a particular focus on the strategies for building professional B2B relationships and marketing one’s services on social media. Thus, a company selling their products or services to another organisation can be a far more complex process than business-to-consumer (B2C).

With the increasing integration of different media platforms that organisations use, this module focuses on: strategies for streamlining marketing communications for B2B collaboration; the complexity of the client-agency relationship and organisational structures; and the psychology of persuasion, loyalty and managing attitude change in B2B.

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MSc Marketing Psychology

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