Overview

The Department of Communication, Marketing and Media provides the in-depth knowledge and practical application skills that are required in today's communication, marketing and media fields.

RGU Communication Marketing and Media Courses

Courses  Our courses provide the relevant theory and essential skillsets required in the sector. They are developed in conjunction with organisations to address the needs of industry and to prepare students for a career in their chosen field.

Staff  Teaching in the department is based on academic expertise in combination with a breadth of current professional experience across the sector. 

Research  The Department is active in research across communication, marketing and media themes and these interests are reflected in the design of our courses.

Graduate employment success rates are good - as The Sunday Times University Guide noted, "a degree from Robert Gordon University is as near to a guarantee of a job as you can get" and we have been rated "Top university in the UK for graduate employment” (HESA, 2014). Our courses are ranked within the top universities by the Complete University Guide.


  • MSc Marketing Degree - MSc Marketing Management

    Gain a CIM accredited marketing masters degree relevant for today’s dynamic marketing industry.

  • Events Management Degree BA (Hons)

    Our Events Management degree offers experience in planning, organising, marketing and delivering events with essential management skills.

  • “The Events Management degree is excellent preparation for students with the ambition, drive and determination to become part of a dynamic and growing industry.”

    Shona Byrne Head of Sales and Marketing, Aberdeen Performing Arts

    Courses

    Our Communication, Fashion, Media, Tourism and Marketing courses are highly creative with a strong vocational focus built on strong links with the professional business community.

    An interdisciplinary approach ensures our students are well equipped to embrace their chosen career paths, and also have a skillset that allows for flexibility and maximises their employment potential.

    Our courses are ranked within the top universities by the Complete University Guide.

    Undergraduate Courses

    Postgraduate Courses

    Accreditations

    Our courses are recognised or accredited by professional bodies including:

    Industry links - our strong links within industry, the public sector and professional bodies ensures our courses are practical, highly relevant and underpinned by applied research

    Placements - many of these courses are accredited or recognised by the professional bodies and provide a qualification which enhance the opportunities available to you in your career.

    Research

    Staff are involved in research across communication, marketing and media themes and these interests are reflected in the design of our courses.

    Research in the department is divided into two main areas - Communication and Media and Marketing.

    Communication and Media Research

    Research interests and themes in Communication and Media which map onto the four main areas of teaching are:

    • Journalism and Mass Communication
    • Media
    • Corporate/Organisational Communication

    Research Themes within these broad areas include:

    • Critical Aspects of Corporate Communication

    • Corporate Social Responsibility

    • Intercultural Communication

    • Images and Young People

    • Political Journalism/Communication

    • Media and Memory

    • Women in Media

    • Electronic Publishing

    Topic Expertise for PhD Supervision
    In addition to the broad range of communication and media research subjects (some noted above), we are particularly interested in applications for doctoral study in the following topic areas:

    • Intercultural communication; critical aspects of organisational communication (discourse analysis, critical management studies);
    • postmodern cultural and media theory
    • Media History; Gender and Computer-mediated Communication; Publishing
    • Media Representation; Audiences and Fan Culture; Celebrity Culture
    • Media Management; Media Branding; International Co-authorship; Electronic Publishing

    Marketing Research

    Much of our research is carried out in collaboration with managers or with academics from other institutions. Our aim is to apply important theoretical concepts that can influence managers' abilities to do their jobs. We focus on output that can, and does, impact and influence practitioners. This aligns with the RGU Vision to be internationally recognised for excellence in professional education and applied research. Academic staff have either been practising managers or work with managers.

    Research Themes

    • Consumer behaviour, in particular working with children
    • Marketing of universities
    • Relationship marketing
    • Retail marketing
    • Sales and customer management
    • Service quality
    • Tourism

    Research Support and Funding received
    Staff of the department have gained research funding from a variety of public and corporate sources such as The Arts and Humanities Research Council; Elsevier Science; and TOTAL UK.

    Research Contacts

    For further information contact our Research Co-ordinators:

    Communication and Media
    Dr Robert Halsall
    Tel: 01224 263929
    Email: r.halsall@rgu.ac.uk 

    Marketing
    Bill Donaldson
    Email: w.g.donaldson@rgu.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 (0)1224 263857

    Staff

    Our staff have a wide range of knowledge and academic expertise combined with professional experience in their fields. Teaching is across two main areas - Communication & Media and Marketing.

    Head of Department

  • Jo Royle

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    Jo Royle is Head of Department for Communication, Marketing and Media. The Department encompasses a variety of subject areas in the creative and cultural industries including: media, journalism, fashion management, tourism, events management, hospitality, public relations, marketing and advertising.  

  • Research Co-ordinator (Marketing)

  • Bill Donaldson

    Bill Donaldson

    Professor Donaldson is Marketing Research Co-ordinator in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Research Co-ordinator (Communication and Media)

  • Robert Halsall

    Robert Halsall

    Dr Halsall is a Reader and the Research Coordinator in Communication for the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media Research.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Ahmed Beloucif

    Dr Ahmed Beloucif

    Dr Beloucif is a Lecturer in Marketing and the Course Leader for MSc International Business. His research interests are in Corporate Failure and financial scandals.  

  • Sally Berrisford

    Sally Berrisford

    Sally Berrisford is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Pauline Bremner

    Pauline Bremner

    Pauline Bremner is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Cara Connell

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    Cara Connell is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Tim Conner

    Tim Conner

    Tim Conner is a Lecturer in the Communication, Marketing and Media department.  

  • Neil Connon

    Neil Connon

    Dr Neil Connon is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing. His research interests include the use of technology in retail and technology acceptance in small and medium businesses  

  • Isabella Crawford

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    Isabella Crawford is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Karen Cross

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    Karen Cross is a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Barbara Diack

    Barbara Diack

    Barbara Diack is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and teaches in the area of fashion.  

  • Nicola Furrie

    Nicola Furrie

    Nicola Furrie is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and teaches the undergraduate modules in Communication Industries, Technology and Culture and Political Communication.  

  • Isabel Grant

    Isabel Grant

    Isabel Grant is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and Course Leader for the full-time MBA.  

  • Sarah Harper

    Sarah Harper

    Sarah Harper is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Rachael Hayward

    Rachael Hayward

    Rachael is a lecturer in Events Management within the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and is Programme Leader for the MSc Journalism course.  

  • Gemma Kearney

    Gemma Kearney

    Dr Gemma Kearney is a Lecturer in the Department of Communications, Marketing and Media and Module Co-ordinator for undergraduate modules in Management Practice and Event Tourism.  

  • Jack Keenan

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    Jack Keenan is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Communications, Marketing and Media where he is the Course Leader for MSc Digital Marketing and also a Learning Enhancement Coordinator.  

  • Simone Kurtzke

    Simone Kurtzke

    Dr Simone Kurtzke is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and her main areas of teaching and research are digital and social media marketing.  

  • Audrey Laing

    Audrey Laing

    Dr Audrey Laing is a Research Assistant in the Research Institute for Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS).  

  • Craig Leith

    Craig Leith

    Craig is a lecturer in Tourism, Events and Hospitality as well as being Course leader for MSc International Tourism & Hospitality Management.  

  • John Linklater

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    John Linklater is a Lecturer in the Department of Communications, Marketing and Media.  

  • Grace Mackie

    Grace Mackie

    Grace Mackie is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and her teaching interests lie in the areas of International Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and E-Marketing.  

  • Madeleine Marcella

    Madeleine Marcella

    Madeleine teaches fashion management within the department of Communication, Marketing and Media at Aberdeen Business School.  

  • Andrew Martin

    Andrew Martin

    Andrew Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tourism (SCoT). His research interests are in general tourism issues, such as hotel & hospitality impacts on the economy.  

  • Aaron McIntosh

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    Aaron McIntosh is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Carolyn McNicholas

    Carolyn McNicholas

    Carolyn McNicholas is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and teaches in the areas of marketing, organisational marketing, consumer behaviour, international marketing, marketing communications and e-marketing.  

  • Sarah Pedersen

    Dr Sarah Pedersen

    Sarah Pedersen is a Professor in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media. Her interests are in Computer-mediated Communication; Women’s use of Media and the History of Publishing.  

  • Tracy Pirie

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    Tracy Pirie is a Research Assistant in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Elliot Pirie

    Elliot Pirie

    Elliot Pirie is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Jill Smith

    Jill Smith

    Jill Smith is Lecturer in the Communication, Marketing and Media department and teaches in the areas of Food & Beverage.  

  • Fiona Smith

    Fiona Smith

    Dr Fiona Smith is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Media and Marketing. Her research interests include the Role of the Media in the Construction of Memory and Postmodern Theory.  

  • Jean Sutherland

    Jean Sutherland

    Jean Sutherland is a Lecturer in Marketing in the Communication, Marketing and Media department.  

  • Andrew Turnbull

    Andrew Turnbull

    Andrew Turnbull is a Senior Lecturer at Aberdeen Business School. His research interests are in Tourism Marketing, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education and Retail marketing.  

  • News

    Department of Communication & Media News

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    1. 04, March, 2015 Award-winning Gray's School of Art graduate launches new city centre gallery and studio

      Tomasz Wrobel Newave Gallery

      An award-winning Gray’s School of Art graduate has opened his own gallery in the Granite City to give emerging artists a platform to display their work.  

    2. 04, March, 2015 RGU Sport hosts successful tenth anniversary legends weekend

      University sport stars past and present locked horns in Aberdeen recently to celebrate RGU Sport’s tenth anniversary.  

    3. 04, March, 2015 From underwater robots to Formula One: British Science Week at RGU

      British Science Week 2015

      RGU is hosting a series of events as part of British Science Week, including tours of the School of Engineering.  

    4. 04, March, 2015 Forensic & Analytical Science employability event success at RGU

      RGU's School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and Careers & Employability Centre co-hosted a successful employability event at Garthdee.  

     

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    Events

    1. 13, May, 2015 Professorial Lecture: Fa Div Ye Think Ye Are?

      Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at RGU, will deliver a professorial lecture in Doric, examining various aspects of the region's local culture and heritage.  

    2. 14, May, 2015 Postgraduate Open Evening

      Postgraduate Study 2014

      There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open evening.  

    3. 22, May, 2015 MBA Leadership Week 2015

      MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.  

    4. 23, June, 2015 Information: Interactions and Impact ( i³) 2015

      i3 conference

      Following four very successful previous conferences the fifth i³ conference will take place at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, 23-26 June 2015.  

     

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