Recent graduates from our marketing programmes have gone on to work in a wide range of careers in companies such as Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, American Express, Accenture, Whitbread, Beiersdorf, DaimlerChrysler, AstraZeneca, Tesco, AC Nielsen, Mazda Motors, Leo Burnett, Nissan, both in the UK and in their home country for returning international students.
Strong industry links
We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.
Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills.
At the start of your programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. If you require any further information or support with accessing Careers in Business Online, please contact us.
View our alumni testimonials
Laura King describes her experience of studying a masters degree in Marketing Communications during her recent graduation.
For more information about studying within the department of marketing at the University of Birmingham Business School, please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/marketing
The course would have not been what it was without its amazing network of lecturers that went out of their way to help everyone with their work
First degree: My undergraduate degree was Commerce at Birmingham Business School. Because of the wide range of marketing modules I had studied, I was then eligible to study one of the specialist marketing programmes: MSc Marketing Communications.
What enjoyed most about the course: The course allowed me to build on the theory I’d already learnt at an undergraduate level and actually start putting it into practice. However, the course would have not been what it was without its amazing network of lecturers that went out of their way to help everyone with their work…and their careers! I’ve also made friends for life with people from all over the world.
Consultancy projects: I had the fantastic opportunity of doing a consultancy project for Cadbury on social media, which has proved invaluable to both my skill-set and my CV! I now feel confident in my ability to negotiate with and present to clients, which will definitely come in handy when working at an advertising agency.
Future plans: For the third term, the Business School set up an internship for me at the advertising agency Cogent Elliott; where I wrote my dissertation and also experienced account handling duties for 3 months. During this time, I was offered a place on Cogent Elliott’s graduate scheme 2009, so my internship here actually never ended! Without the help of the lecturers, this opportunity would never have been possible.
Key tip for prospective students: Grab every opportunity the course throws at you (But don’t drink too much on the trip to Coniston because they make you get up at 8am the next day to do an obstacle course!)
I would highly recommend this course to active people, looking for self-development and up-to-date industry knowledge applicable in real-time business environment
If you are looking for quality postgraduate studies in Marketing, MSc Marketing Communications is the right program to choose.
As a Chevening International Scholar, I had the opportunity to choose from many different institutions before applying for an MSc Programme, so I’m happy I was accepted for this particular programme at the University of Birmingham.
MSc Marketing Communications offered a vast array of subjects based on successful merger of theory and practice. We had modules which tested and reinforced our creative abilities (Marketing Communications), analytical skills (Marketing Research), industry knowledge (PR Skills and Practice, Strategic Brand Management, Consultancy Skills) and new trends for marketing mavens (E-Marketing). We also had unforgettable team-building experiences (Coniston Lake trip, Sheffield Arena evening, visit to world-renowned advertising agency in London: Ogilvy & Mather, etc).
Moreover, Consultancy Skills and Practice Module gives the opportunity to get in touch with a real company, so that future Account Executives and Planners will have a chance to experience real client requirements and obviously…deadlines. I got the chance to work for Cadbury Plc. – world-known confectionary company, for our consultancy project. I could implement the knowledge gained during the course-time, new media techniques (the client is always looking for innovative solutions) and certainly visit Cadbury’s World, where “Chocolate comes to life” and where we could actually take part in the manufacturing process (I couldn’t wait to post all photos on Facebook).
Apart from that, I applied for Jaguar Global PR Graduate Placement, being selected for their summer intern for a 3-months period was an unforgettable experience considering company transparency and their willingness to involve a new-coming student into their daily activity. I was literally part of the team, invited on the official global launch of the new flagship model – Jaguar XJ, the event which welcomed guests as: Jay Leno, Elle Macpherson, David Hasselhoff, Sophie Ellis-Bextor etc. Also, as part of my research study I witnessed the 1st digital launch of a luxury car model, being responsible for new media support in the European Markets. The event received global online and offline media coverage for a strategy I could observe in real-time.
I would highly recommend this course to active people, looking for self-development and up-to-date industry knowledge applicable in real-time business environment.
Career Development Advice
Consultants provide an individual advice service to help you realise your career objectives. These appointments commonly focus on:
Career Review and Objective-setting
Job seeking strategies
CV Review or Application Advice
Interview and Selection Advice
Working in the UK
International Work Enquiries
A Skills Development Consultant is available to support you in developing personal skills such as team working, leadership, presentations and interpersonal skills. Individual 45 minuteappointments can be made through Careers in Business Online
Liaison with employers
The Employer Liaison Team undertakes initiatives to attract employment/project opportunities into the Business School. Information about vacancies and other openings will be made available on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards as well as through the Careers and Employability Centre vacancy database at www.as.bham.ac.uk/careers.
There is also an opportunity to meet with the members of the Employer Liaison team, via referral from one of the Careers Consultants. Upon referral, the team will be happy to discuss and explore careers openings with you and summer project opportunities if your course allows for this.
Students keen to meet with a member from the Employer Liaison Team should first book an appointment with a Careers Consultant through Careers in Business Online
Careers Events and Workshops
A range of career management, personal development and employer events are run each year to help students make the most of the opportunities open to them after graduation. They are advertised via Careers in Business Online, leaflets, noticeboards, email and on WebCT. Sign up to events to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with professionals in various fields.
Using the Careers and Employability Centre
Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the Careers and Employability Centre such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You should use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search related activities. Full details of the services available through the Careers and Employability Centre can be obtained from www.as.bham.ac.uk/careers.