MSc Strategic Retailing

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    MSc 1 year full-time

Course Description

Develop the theoretical and practical managerial skills you need for a successful career in the headquarters, stores and supply chains of the retail industry.

This course is for graduates with a degree in any subject. We’ve combined our leading research with our industry partners’ experience to design content relevant to contemporary retailing. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills leaders need to succeed in the rapidly changing retailing industry.

You’ll learn about things like:

  • e-commerce
  • supply chain and distributor relationship management
  • making sense of big and small data
  • sustainability
  • operations management
  • strategy
  • leadership
  • consumer psychology
  • customer experience

This degree balances the latest theory with practical application. You’ll apply what you learn to real-life case studies and explore them from the perspectives of firms, consumers and society.

You’ll have the flexibility to choose one of three options for the summer term:

  • an independent research project
  • an industry internship
  • launch your own retail start-up

Internships are not guaranteed. Places are competitive and we advertise opportunities to students.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) undergraduate degree. Your degree can be in any discipline.

If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

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Student Destinations

81% of our 2022 graduates from all our MSc courses had accepted a job offer within three months of completing their degree.

This is a new course and career data won’t be available until late 2024. Here’s some combined data from two related courses, our MSc in Marketing and MSc in Management:

Job functions of 2021-22 graduates:

  • 43% work in marketing and advertising
  • 13% work in management
  • 11% work in business development/sales
  • 10% work in consulting
  • 9% work in finance/banking/audit
  • 3% work in operations/logistics/supply chain
  • 2% are business founders/self-employed
  • 2% work in IT/engineering
  • 1% work in human resources
  • 6% work in other functions

Recruiters include Louis Vuitton, Merkle, One Retail Group, Pernod Ricard, THG, Henkel and PepsiCo .

Data shows role functions of 2021-22 class in full-time employment three months after graduation. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Module Details

Year 1

Semester 1

You’ll choose 5 credits of optional units.

Compulsory units

  • Applied marketing research
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Contemporary issues in retailing
  • E-commerce and omnichannel marketing
  • Introduction to retailing

Optional units

  • Accounting and finance for managers
  • Entrepreneurial leadership and personal development
  • Fundamentals of entrepreneurship
  • Human resource management
  • Strategy

Semester 2

You’ll choose 10 credits of optional units.

Compulsory units

  • Contemporary issues in retailing (Continued)
  • Introduction to retailing (Continued)
  • Managing retail supply chain relationships
  • Shopper marketing

Optional units

  • Analysing grand challenges in business and society
  • Applied retail analytics
  • Defining your career goals
  • Global marketing
  • Management consulting
  • Sustainable operations management


You’ll have the flexibility to choose one of three options.

Optional units

  • Dissertation
  • Entrepreneurial retail start-up
  • Summer internship

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