for MSc Marketing Psychology

Core modules

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.


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

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 Communication

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.