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About

If you're ready to take your existing expertise in Marketing into a postgraduate research degree qualification, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.

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Overview

Our Marketing research covers advertising, branding, digital marketing, tourism marketing, marketing & society and related disciplines such as computing, economics, psychology and statistics – and when you study with us for a postgraduate research degree, you'll play your part in transforming our expertise into action.

We analyse both existing and emerging business models and consumer segments, help businesses to better understand their markets and consumers, and regularly collaborate with businesses on research projects so they can use our insights to directly improve their marketing. We're also exploring how disruptive technology, the digitalisation of retail process and access to big data is shaping today's markets and businesses.

We apply quantitative research methods such as experiments, regressions and structural equation models to measure causal effects on variables relevant to our research. We also use qualitative research techniques such as ethnography and storytelling to explore consumer decision processes at a detailed level.

What you'll experience

When you study for a PhD with us, you'll:

  • get support from our Graduate School to develop your skills as a researcher and academic
  • develop exceptional skills and knowledge
  • learn from people at the forefront of their disciplines
  • graduate with demonstrable proof of expertise in your chosen field
  • study for 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time)
  • write a thesis of 40,000 – 80,000 words, depending on your subject area
  • complete a Viva Voce (an oral defence of your work)

Careers and opportunities

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

You'll also learn subject-specific skills, with practical applications – such as how to investigate relevant marketing ideas and apply rigorous methods.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields, within both academia and industry.

Programme Structure

Research includes: 

  • Advertising and branding
  • Digital marketing
  • Marketing and society
  • Services marketing and tourism

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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More details

October, February

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or master's in a relevant subject. 
  • Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. 
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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