Advertising and Marketing

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code N501
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 1

    1st for Marketing and PR

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 5

    5th for Student satisfaction for Marketing

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

  • 91% of graduates in a graduate level job or further study after 6 months (Guardian 2023)

Introduction

BA Advertising and Marketing begins with you. It’s about unleashing your creativity and letting you define your degree programme as your strengths and interests change. We understand the interdisciplinary way Marketing and Advertising work in the real world, and we work with employers to make sure we teach the skills they need.

Programme overview

Every organisation needs marketing, from sportswear manufacturers to technology start-ups to not-for-profit organisations. The global annual spend on advertising is worth billions, and each of us sees adverts throughout every day. The growth of artificial intelligence, social media and other online influencers make this an exciting time to work in advertising and marketing.

This degree enables you to work creatively and to focus on how marketers communicate what they have to offer to consumers. We teach this within a comprehensive marketing education with a large degree of choice in the modules you study. These modules cover current communication theories and methods, alongside critical marketing subjects such as Consumer Behaviour, Brand Strategy and Market Research.

Our modules are taught by academics who are experts in their field, with many having significant professional advertising and business experience. You will gain a firm grounding in all aspects of advertising and marketing theory, and understand how these theories work in practice, developing the key skills that are valued by employers. You are supported throughout by an academic tutor – offering support on academic work and time management.

As part of your studies, we welcome guest speakers from some of the UK’s top advertising, marketing and design agencies, as well as leaders from brand-owning organisations. In your final year, you will work on a real-life advertising project for an advertising, design or media agency; in the past, these have included Saatchi & Saatchi, BT and HoWoCo. Such experience is invaluable for building contacts, strengthening your CV and taking the next step into the advertising industry.

Key Facts

Our careers team includes a dedicated departmental careers coach who works with you from day one, challenging you to think about where you want to work after graduation, and helping you build and develop your CV with the experience it needs to secure a successful graduate position in a sector and company of your choosing.

Programme outcomes

Marketing provides one of the greatest varieties of graduate opportunities. We recognise this and our programmes have evolved accordingly. Advertising and Marketing channels students more towards the Agency side of marketing, with the capstone module focusing on working on a consultancy project with an agency. Still, the flexibility of our programmes means you can tailor them to your own ambitions and goals.

Course accreditation

CIM accredited degree logo

As part of our accreditation, students who study on this course will also gain exemptions from professional CIM qualifications. You would only need to pass one module to complete the CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing or Professional Digital Marketing or two modules to complete the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing or Professional Digital Marketing. This gives you the chance to further stand out in the job market with a professional qualification alongside your degree.

Learn more about the CIM accredited degree accreditation

Careers

Our degree courses produce high-calibre graduates who go on to work in marketing functions for some of the UK’s most prestigious employers. Typically, more than 90% of our students move into graduate marketing jobs with blue chip advertising and marketing services agencies, or secure marketing positions in corporations such as Cadbury, Mattel, Johnson & Johnson, Marks & Spencer, IBM, Unilever and Sainsbury's.

Recent Marketing graduates have started their careers as market researchers, assistant brand managers, e-marketing executives and marketing consultants. Advertising and Marketing alumni have found work with a variety of businesses and creative agencies in account management, research, media planning and buying, and digital advertising roles.

Other graduates have diversified into sales, recruitment and finance; some are studying for professional marketing qualifications while working, and some decided to continue their studies to MSc level, at Lancaster and other universities.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our careers section for full details.

Lancaster Management School has an award-winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day 1 of your degree.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

GCSE English Language grade B or 5

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £22,310

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Student Insights

In his blog, Tobias explains how the support of the LUMS careers team and the range opportunities available including internships has given him a belief in his ability to work effectively and deliver on any task handed to him. "Ultimately the degree and support network created the opportunity for me to go and further develop and delve deeper into my interests."

Read Tobias' Blog

Student Insights

In her blog, Ellie Tytler shares her fascination with advertising and how this has translated into her studies at LUMS. "Over the last three years at Lancaster, I have learnt more than I ever thought I could, like how to write, film and edit radio and TV adverts, using real-life industry software such as SPSS and meeting people from agencies and businesses from across the world."

Read Ellie's Blog

Making the most of your marketing degree

In her blog, Rebecca Pipes shares her top tips on how to make the most of your marketing degree and develop a compelling CV. "University is the most exhilarating and eye-opening experience, but it goes too quickly. I believe the key to making the most of your marketing degree is to stand out from the crowd and this starts with saying yes to amazing opportunities."

Read Rebecca's blog

Alumni Profiles

Link: click to see Ben Wallace
portrait photograph of Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

BA Advertising & Marketing , 2019

When there are any events around campus, I would advise you to go. They are the times you make your best and most spontaneous memories.
Link: click to see Ellie Tytler
portrait photograph of Ellie Tytler

Ellie Tytler

BA Advertising and Marketing, 2019

LUMS is a special place, full of special people. I undoubtedly would not have made it through my degree without the support of the Marketing Department, particularly the course organisers and careers team.

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