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About the course

The qualification will also give you access to the world's leading professional marketing organisation.

This course has closed for 2021 entry. Why not explore our other courses?

A highly regarded qualification from a recognised provider of specialist professional marketing training, the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)’s Diploma in Professional Marketing allows you to develop the strategic marketing management skills sought after in both the private and public sectors.

The diploma is aimed at professionals with 2-3 years’ experience in marketing operations, brand management or account management who aspire to, or are just entering, marketing management positions.

You will develop your creative thinking, communication, risk evaluation, project management and decision-making skills for the marketing environment, and study a range of relevant business topics.

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
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You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Our students are taught by marketing specialists and practising professionals, with practical experience in marketing for a range of sectors.

What does this course lead to?

The CIM is a widely recognised provider of marketing qualifications, and an increasing number of employers are specifying CIM training when recruiting for new marketing roles.

Who is this course for?

Ideal for those with 2-3 years’ marketing experience, the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing will help develop further knowledge to enable professionals to take the next step into marketing management positions.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
UK and EU part-time fee: £1,440
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
Fees also have to be made to the CIM for membership and assessment. Modules can be paid for separately - ie £425 + CIM fees.

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Key entry requirements

    This course has closed for 2021 entry. Why not explore our other courses?

    CIM Level 6 Diagnostic Test Results – Minimum 40% in each area

    AND one (or more) of the following may be required 

    • Professional Certificate in Marketing or Certificate in Professional Marketing
    • Any relevant Level 4 qualification
    • Foundation Degree in Business with Marketing
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a recognised university, with at least one third of credits coming from marketing content (ie 120 credits in Bachelor's degrees or 60 credits in Master's degrees)
    • Professional practice (suggested two years marketing in an operational role) plus diagnostic assessment onto Level 6.

    If English isn’t your first language, you will also need to demonstrate you have achieved one of the following English language qualifications within the last two years:

    • IELTS Academic Module with an overall score of 6.5 (each component pass mark must be 6.0 or above).
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English grade B or above.
    • Other English Language qualifications may be considered.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

This course has closed for 2021 entry.

Why not explore our other courses?

What you'll study

Modular Pathway

Course structure: 2 mandatory + 1 option

  • Strategic Marketing (mandatory module)
  • Mastering Metrics (mandatory module)
  • Options:
    • Driving Innovation
    • Digital Strategy

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Our ‘blended learning’ approach allows for a more flexible mode of study that is better suited to the busy professional.

Your future

On obtaining the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing, you may progress immediately to postgraduate marketing courses.

Get ready to find your place

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