Digital Marketing - Athlone

Why take this course?
This programme will be delivered over a 12-month period (September to September) and is aimed primarily at learners interested in acquiring a highly practical level 9 qualification in Digital Marketing practice and strategy.

Digital marketing permeates through every industry sector and career progression in any organisation will require graduates to have not only skills in their relevant fields but also the digital marketing skills to operate effectively in the modern workplace.

This programme is built on a multidisciplinary foundation, with a focus on data analytics, software implementation and marketing using new disruptive technologies and is set against the backdrop of the global nature of business in the 21st Century.

What will I experience?
The programme not only provides graduates with a deep understanding and knowledge of digital marketing but equally importantly, also provides the professional digital marketing skills to operate effectively in the modern workplace. In doing so, this programme responds to the identified needs of industry by enhancing the supply of top-class PPC and advertising specialists. The programme covers these key principles through assessing the impact of digital technology on the business and marketing functions of organisations; integrating social media tools into a marketing communications strategy and effectively using different forms of technology and analytical capacity in the development of an online global presence.

Course Award: Master of Science
Course NFQ Level: Level 9
Department: Dept of Business & Management

Subjects taught

Course Structure

Semester One
Digital Marketing Strategy
Social Media and Information and Communications Technology Law
Data Interpretation and Web Analytics
Research Methods

Semester Two
Social Media Marketing and Digital Advertising
Managing Search Marketing
Digital Technology and Design
And Option A or Option B

Option A: Digital Consultancy Project
Students will work with a live industry partner requiring digital marketing assistance. The initial stage includes a meeting with the potential organisation and the preparation of an agreed consultancy proposal. Following this, students will be involved in an in-depth analysis of the organisation's digital marketing presence followed by the design, testing and execution of specific client-approved digital marketing solutions within the work environment.

Option B: Dissertation
Individual assessment of a 20,000-word academic dissertation, which is planned, researched and written up. There will be a number of deliverables which include: literature review, methodology, and final thesis.

Entry requirements

Entry is restricted to 24 students on full-time programme.

Full-time Programme: Application to TUS Admissions Office. Email:

Entry Requirements: 1. A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a business discipline


1. A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a non-business discipline with considerable experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning


1. Equivalent qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and international frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language, for example IELTS 6.0. An interview may form part of the selection process.

Application dates

Registration Closing Date:
Online applications for this programme for the academic year 2021-2022 commencing in September 2021 are accepted from March 1 - June 1, 2021


1 year full-time

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
Noting the increased spend on digital marketing discussed earlier, we are seeing a huge demand for our graduates. Skills shortages and salary hikes can be seen in specialist areas like e-commerce, PPC, SEO and data analysis. Considering Covid and Brexit, Enterprise Ireland has been encouraging businesses who export abroad to go online and enter new markets and reduce dependency on the UK. We expect this will impact marketing recruitment this year as exporting businesses begin to increase their presence online.

Career opportunities for graduates include:

• Digital Marketing Executive
• E-commerce Operations
• Digital Support Executive
• Digital Marketing Specialist
• Marketing and Communication Officer
• Inbound Marketing Specialist
• Senior Digital Client Manager
• Affiliate Marketing Manager

What opportunities might it lead to?
As a result of the Covid pandemic, businesses are spending more and more on digital marketing as they shift their businesses online. It has been noted that digital advertising categories have had a positive outlook in 2020, paid search is projected to show the fastest growth with a 26% increase in advertising spend expected. Other digital advertising categories, on the plus side, include social media (+25%), CTV (+19%), digital video (+18%) and digital display (+15%) (Interactive Advertising Bureau, 2020;, 2020; Statistica, 2020). Skills shortages and salary hikes can be seen in specialist areas like e-commerce, PPC, SEO and data analysis (Prosperity, 2020). This programme is timely for graduates as it will equip them with the knowledge and skills required to respond to current industry demands.

All students have the option of completing the following Industry recognised certification from our industry partners:

Hubspot Inbound Marketing Certification
Google Analytics for Beginners Certification
Advanced Google Analytics Certification
Stukent Certification

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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