Digital Marketing short course

Learn to think like a professional marketer

This Summer School course will review and appraise contemporary digital marketing strategy, latest leading edge developments, literature and industry best practice, to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of 21st century marketing.

On this intensive digital marketing short course, you will learn the key skills of today's digital marketer and understand how to gain a competitive edge in today's complex and rapidly evolving digital economy. 

Course content

Week one: Key foundation marketing concepts

  • Introduction to the ‘Digital Marketing’ environment

  • Definitions, tools, digital computing technologies, networks and challenges

  • Energy consumption

Week two: Knowledge deep dive – generating competitive advantage

  • The changing relationship with the customer – development of a new ‘non – linear’ relationship

  • Impact on branding

  • The development of ‘e’ commerce and the retail revolution

  • Social media

  • Database development

  • Search engine optimisation and marketing

  • Analytics and campaign measurement

Week three: Best practice and application

  • Global leaders of best practice digital marketing

  • Future trends and developments

Teaching methods

Students can choose to study the course fully online or through our multi-mode delivery format.

The multi-mode delivery method enables students to learn safely via a mixture of on-campus and remote online teaching. This new way of teaching takes into account the government COVID-19 regulations around social distancing and reduced capacity in lecture theatres, and most importantly, prioritises the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Lecture content and class material will be made available through an interactive online teaching and learning hub – The Summer School Hub.

Workshops will use interactive simulation, case studies, structured discussions and in-class exercises to demonstrate the application of concepts as you learn. You will also be expected to complete significant private study, exam preparation and group assignment work outside of your scheduled classes.


  • One group assignment – (30% of final mark)

  • One final individual examination – (70% of final mark)

Imperial College London will issue an official transcript with a final overall numerical mark – a breakdown of results will not be provided.

Imperial College London reserves the right to change or alter the courses offered without notice.


Academic level: Equivalent to an undergraduate course

Suggested credit level: 3 – 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits. Your home institution will determine how much credit is awarded

For more details view our entry requirements.

Key information

Duration: 3 weeks

Session dates: 19 July - 6 August 2021