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Retailing Marketing and Management student profile

Retailing Marketing and Management student profile

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Retailing, Marketing and Management - 2016 entry


BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full time sandwich
UCAS Code NN25

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

Designed in collaboration with major retailers, this well-established course is commercially relevant and was developed in response to the growing demand from major organisations for high quality graduates in retailing and marketing.

Retailing is a large and dynamic sector of the economy with many UK retailers among the world’s most highly respected and innovative businesses. In an increasingly competitive environment, skilled managers capable of leading teams, solving problems and exploiting new opportunities are highly valued. As such, this is the degree for students interested in rewarding careers in retailing and marketing.

Taught by a teaching team drawn from senior positions in retailing and marketing, this degree prepares you for retail management careers in buying, personnel, logistics or store management, as well as equipping you for exciting opportunities in advertising, brand management or market research. We have close working links with retailers, who provide guest lectures, case studies, skills workshops and company visits. 

About the course

In the first two years you will be introduced to the major functional activities in retailing and the core management function of marketing, alongside economics, financial management and organisational behaviour. We will develop your quantitative and computing skills, your communication and interpersonal skills and your ability to work in groups – all vital skills for modern management.

In the final year you will study specialist retailing and marketing subjects in depth, drawing on the experiences from your placement year. You will also be able to select modules from a wide range of options that include further retailing specialisms, advanced marketing and advanced business modules, enabling you to study in substantial detail those areas which are of particular interest or relevance to you in your future career.

4-year degree including professional placement or study abroad

Our Retailing, Marketing and Management course is a four year degree, including a placement year as an integral part of the degree. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability. 

Whilst most students choose to undertake a professional placement, students can also choose to spend the year studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months plus a six month placement.

Recent placements for RMM students

adidas (Marketing Assistant)
Arcadia Group (Brand Merchandising)
Asda (Replenishment Analyst)
Bosch (Marketing Assistant, Power Tools)
BMW (National Communications Assistant)
Butlins (Marketing Assistant)
Debenhams Plc (Trainee Assistant Merchandiser)
Faith (Store Manager)
George Clothing (Assistant Buyer)
Halfords (Store Manager)

Janssen-Cilag (Marketing Assistant)
L'Oréal (Buyer)
Marks & Spencer Plc (Trainee Retail Manager)
Mattel (Sales and Marketing Assistant)
Microsoft (Business Analyst)
Mondelez (Planning and Logistics)
Tesco (Product Display and Space Management)
Waitrose (PR Assistant)
Walt Disney Company (Sales Manager)

Awards and Prizes

The retailing companies supporting this course are keen to help students achieve their potential during their degree and provide sponsored prizes for excellent achievement (see example). In addition, annual awards are presented to students for excellent academic achievement and following a successful placement year students may be nominated for a number of prize awards as well as graduate job opportunities.

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

  •  Introduction to Retail Management
  •  Retailing Environment
  •  Marketing
  •  Microeconomics for Business
  •  Financial Framework
  •  Organisational Behaviour
  •  Quantitative Methods for Business
  •  Business Modelling
  •  Skills for Study, Placement and Employment
  •  Organisations in the International Context

Year 2

  •  Retail Buying
  •  Visual Merchandising
  •  Retail and Service Operations
  •  Consumer Behaviour
  •  Business Information Management
  •  Human Resource Management
  •  Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Brand Management

Plus three modules from a list of options including: Sales Management, International Business, International Management, International Employment Relations, Information Systems Development, and Data Analysis for Marketing Decisions.

Year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

For most students your third year will be spent on a professional placement. This will typically be as a trainee manager with a retail organisation or major company.

Alternatively, many of our students choose to take the opportunity to expand their horizons and enhance their employability by studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months in addition to going on placement for six months.

Year 4

  •  Retailing Logistics
  •  Retailing Strategy
  •  Marketing Strategy and Planning

Plus eight modules from a wide range of options, including: Retail Location, International Marketing, Marketing Communications, Analysing Careers, International Human Resource Management, Project Management, Technology in Business and Society, Strategic Information Management, Small Business Issues, Business Planning for New Ventures, Business Programming, Services Marketing, Business Forecasting, Business Ethics, and Enterprise Resource Planning.

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Career opportunities for RMM graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2015 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 15th most targeted university by recruiters.*

91% of our 2014 Business graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £26,800 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). 

Opportunities for retail and marketing graduates abound – in merchandising, personnel, marketing, buying, logistics, store management or in manufacturing, working for suppliers to the retail sector.

Example graduate destinations: Marks & Spencer (Commercial Manager); Abercrombie & Fitch (Store Experience Manager); Tesco (Visual Merchandising Manager); Hi-Tec Sports (Group Marketing Communications Executive).

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

Entry criteria – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Accounting and Financial Management BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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