Branding and Marketing Communications (886N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

In highly competitive markets, companies must seek to differentiate their brands and to effectively communicate their value propositions to customers. Good communication is therefore a critical element in a company's efforts to build and maintain profitable customer relationships. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the elements of the communication (promotional) mix, and to explain the use of major promotional tools, including advertising, public relations, publicity, sales promotion, direct marketing, and online and new-media marketing.

You will examine the current theories and practices of integrated marketing communications, and more specifically, explore the role of brands and the importance of integrated marketing communications in achieving brand objectives. As such, this module ensures that you will understand the strategic perspective to brand building and how this facilitates the development of the brand 'essence'.

Brand marketing communications strategies frequently cross geographic borders, and this module will equip you with analytical frameworks for developing marketing communications within both domestic and international/cross-cultural settings. You will be encouraged to consider different cultural interpretations of brand marketing communications/tools as well as the implications for marketing communications implementation in different socio-political and regulatory environments.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: