This dual professionally accredited (DMI and CIM) MSc Strategic Digital Marketing course will teach you the core principles and skills at use in marketing today. Given the constantly evolving marketing landscape, this course is designed for professional marketers looking to move into more senior roles. It provides complementary knowledge of the latest trends in marketing such as big data, user experience (UX), Martech, and AI alongside skills in brand building, leadership, and digital creativity.
Taking a modern, global, and practice-based approach, this master’s in strategic digital marketing is regularly updated to reflect the latest insights from leading industry experts and academics. Throughout the course, you’ll have the chance to analyse current areas of marketing practice by examining live client case studies taken from real-world practice. This provides the skill set you’ll need to respond to future changes in marketing technology and consumer experience, helping you future-proof your career through the ability to adapt your marketing knowledge to any environment.
Designed to open up a variety of career opportunities in marketing, the course will show you how to create structured, strategic marketing plans with digital tactics and tools for any organisation or business – a highly sought-after skill in today’s job market. The course integrates a variety of leading-edge digital tools and software, helping you evaluate the application of marketing strategies and tactics in context. That means you’ll graduate with a deeper understanding of how to successfully shape high-level marketing activities and manage creative global marketing plans.
During the course, you’ll explore the general marketing environment as a whole and then consider the impacts of digitisation on the contemporary marketing environment. You’ll develop the ability to critically analyse data and apply marketing theories from technical and creative perspectives, helping you become a highly capable and employable marketing professional.
The course will help you build practical skills in areas such as social media scheduling, Google ads, social media marketing, UX design, SEO, and AI, as well as the ability to develop advanced digital marketing strategies. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain an international marketing perspective while networking with students from around the world.
Meeting the tutors and students online and then having the opportunity to meet again in person is such an incredible experience. The courses are well explicated and the tutors are great. Classes are engaging and students are supportive of each other. I’m proud to be an Arden student and I would certainly recommend this course to others.
Your assessment takes place entirely through coursework that has been designed to mirror professional marketing practice to enhance your employability. This will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in each module in the context of ‘real world’ strategic digital marketing scenarios. These include:
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be eligible for our MSc Strategic Digital Marketing, we need to see that you have:
We also consider applications from candidates who lack formal qualifications but possess at least five years of relevant managerial experience in any discipline.
We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
UK students can apply for up to £11,836 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.
If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.
When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.
For over twenty years, Gillian worked in senior marketing positions leading teams and directing the marketing strategy for several high-profile tourism, events, and cultural venues in the UK. Gillian joined Arden University as Head of School of Digital Marketing and Sales in 2020, where she has been responsible for setting up the school and planning an innovative suite of digital marketing and sales programmes. In her role at Arden, Gillian strives to help our ambitious students to grow faster, equipping them with the latest innovative marketing skills for them to be successful in their marketing careers.
Studying your master’s in strategic digital marketing degree with Arden University is all about preparing yourself for a successful future career. As well as mastering a number of advanced skills, you’ll graduate with a stand-out CV that sets you apart in today’s competitive job market. So, whether you want to progress to more senior positions in your current organisation, or you want to begin a new career in marketing after working in a different discipline, this course will provide you with the knowledge and competencies you need to succeed.
You’ll gain a wide range of leadership, technical, and creative skills and the knowledge to develop successful innovative marketing strategies. And, because we focus on the practical application of your studies to the real world, you’ll find that these marketing skills are transferable across a wide range of roles. Whilst studying, you will:
This strategic digital marketing course will help you develop the right skills and knowledge to accelerate your career to a senior marketing role. Our academics work to ensure that the modules you study on the course cover real marketing scenarios and are career focused. This means that when you graduate, you’ll have the skills required to enter a variety of professional marketing roles. Knowledge of digital marketing and marketing theory is applicable to a range of business sectors, from technology and FMCG to healthcare and the non-profit/charity sector. Some future roles that you might want to consider after graduation include:
Arden University is one of the few institutions offering dual accreditation by the DMI and CIM, meaning your degree will give you valuable professional recognition across the globe.
Highly acclaimed and globally recognised across the digital marketing sector, the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) is the gold standard in digital marketing certification and works to support today’s marketers in achieving their full professional potential.
The DMI partners with representatives from leading brands such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn to build a framework that bridges the digital skills gap, ensuring your curriculum is up-to-date and meets the real employability needs of the digital marketing industry.
While you’re studying your DMI accredited course with us, we’ll cover the cost of your student membership, giving you access to a wide range of valuable resources, including exclusive industry-focused short courses, webinars, articles, and toolkits, careers guidance, and networking opportunities with its 170,000+ global members.
Students completing this course will gain exemptions for CIM Certificate and Diploma qualifications, meaning you will only need to complete one or two modules instead of three.
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest organisation for professional marketers and plays a key role in setting industry standards.
The CIM helps and supports its members at every stage of their marketing careers, helping you develop your marketing capabilities and keeping you informed about industry developments and employment opportunities across the sector – focusing on providing you with the ‘4Cs’ of CIM membership: Career, Capability, Community and Content.
The cost of your CIM Affiliate Membership is included while you are studying with us, which gives you access to all of these resources and more.
Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.
This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.
The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.
As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.