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Global Advertising and Branding (MA)

University of Southampton

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Develop in-depth knowledge of the global advertising and branding industry and find out how to run your own campaigns on this practical, industry-focused master’s degree. Learn from academics who are active in research and have a wealth of experience and connections in the sector. Explore creative problem-solving techniques that will prepare you for success in your chosen career.

This MA in global advertising and branding is ideal if you want to oversee the advertising process or brand strategy at a creative agency or client company.

On this UK course you’ll learn the theory and practice of advertising and brand management, and critically examine the latest industry issues. These includes celebrity endorsement, the use of social media, and the impact of technology.

You’ll develop essential practical skills, including how to:

  • make a pitch
  • identify a target audience
  • build a creative strategy
  • create a brief
  • evaluate a campaign

Optional modules on everything from creative thinking to entrepreneurship will give you the freedom to personalise the course to match your career plans or research interests.

Course highlights include:

  • a group project to devise a campaign in response to a brief from a real business
  • a week-long competitive marketing exercise using the Markstrat simulation platform
  • fieldtrips to locations where you can see the real-world impact of advertising and branding
  • guest lectures by industry professionals
  • a research project and critical paper on a topic of your choice

We put a strong emphasis on employability throughout, to make sure you graduate with both professional and academic skills.


You’ll graduate with sector-specific skills and knowledge and problem-solving abilities that are attractive to employers in advertising and related industries.

You’ll be equipped for roles including:

  • account management and planning
  • brand management
  • copywriting
  • art direction
  • social media
  • event planning
  • market research

Our students have gone on to advertising management and creative roles in major global advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Wieden+Kennedy.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 85 7

    7th out of 92

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    154 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 200
    155 81%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%



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