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Professional Certification in Digital Marketing

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
This course is delivered as a weekly evening session over 12 weeks or a block day session over 8 weeks
Course director:
Tom Bowden-Green

Page last updated 16 February 2018


Kickstart an exciting and dynamic career with the Professional Certification in Digital Marketing.  Whether you are a business owner who wants to improve online engagement, a professional marketer, or a complete beginner, this certification will provide you with an introduction to key digital specialisms, from mobile and social media marketing, to email, PPC and SEO.

Validated by the Digital Marketing Institute, the certification is delivered here in Bristol by experienced academics and consultants who apply their expertise and cutting-edge thinking with a practical focus.  Your learning will be shaped by their practical experience, industry advice and best practice tips.

Course introduction

The Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol, is a registered training provider with the Digital Marketing Institute, the global certification standard for digital marketing, which certifies digital professionals in over 70 countries.  Upon completion students gain an internationally and industry-recognised digital marketing qualification.

The Professional Certification in Digital Marketing is an in-depth course created and validated by digital marketing industry specialists. The course syllabus is the most widely taught in digital marketing and covers Search, Social Media, PPC, Email Marketing, Analytics, Mobile, Strategy and Planning and more.

Who's it for?

The Professional Certification in Digital Marketing is ideal for candidates seeking to gain a fundamental understanding of the digital skills needed to formulate, run and measure effective digital marketing campaigns.

Why not test your existing digital skills with the DMI digital diagnostic tool

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but we usually recommend that you have some understanding of marketing.  You may have completed a previous qualification in marketing, or you may have some previous experience of working in marketing.

Careers / Further study

Upon successful completion of the Certification, you may want to consider a part-time MSc in Marketing or Marketing Communications here at UWE.

Accreditations and partnerships:




The Introduction to Digital Marketing module helps you get to grips with the fundamentals of digital marketing. You will learn about the key concepts of digital marketing and how it differs from traditional marketing, as well as how these two practices can complement each other. 


The module will introduce you to a range of specialist tools, on-site and off-site optimization techniques, as well as keyword research practices and link-building tactics that will drive traffic to your website and generate customer conversions. 

You will become familiar with key concepts and terminology, and equip yourself with the technical skills and insight required to build and maintain an effective SEO strategy. You will also be able to monitor and manage your SEO strategy by measuring the metrics that matter and refining your performance as a direct result.


In this module, you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of search marketing within a PPC context, and what is involved in creating and running an optimized AdWords campaign. 

You will learn how to implement and manage an enhanced Pay Per Click campaign to increase your brand awareness and extend reach.  You will also be able to carry out keyword research, target audiences, and craft compelling adverts. 


Upon completion of this module, you will be able to design, create and implement email marketing campaigns that will increase customer reach and sales for your business. 

Learn how to create subject lines that get opened and master how to create copy that appeals to your target audience. You will learn how to split-test design templates and test campaigns to reach optimal click-through rates. 


This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to implement and manage an effective display ad campaign.  Master the key concepts of digital display advertising and learn how to plan, create and optimise clickable ad campaigns that your customers receive, love and respond to.


The Mobile Marketing module focuses on utilising the power of mobile technologies to access increasingly mobile consumers. The module will teach you how to optimise your website for mobile devices to secure maximum conversions. 

You will be equipped with the technical knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain an effective mobile marketing strategy. 


The Analytics module helps you track, monitor and optimise your digital marketing campaigns effectively to ensure that your digital marketing activities are fully optimised. Discover how to create an effective online reporting structure for any business.

You will learn how to create and schedule customised reports and explore the real-time and intelligent reporting capabilities of Google Analytics. 


This module consists of two parts. Part one shows you how to grow a social media following.  You'll learn how to excite and engage customers on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.  Part two teaches you how to implement social advertising features and social listening techniques to help you foster relationships with customers. You'll also discover how to create a winning social media strategy. 


The Strategy and Planning module adopts a structured approach that brings together all strands of the Professional Certification in Digital Marketing and culminates in a comprehensive, coherent digital marketing plan. 

You'll discover how to create a situation analysis, define your target audience, select measurable objectives, plan your campaign, set the appropriate budget, and measure your campaign effectively.

What do I get out of it?

The course syllabus is validated by the Digital Marketing Institute's Syllabus Advisory Council, made up of representatives from leading digital giants, including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and eBay.

Upon successful completion of a 3-hour Pearson VUE computer-based examination you will be awarded the world's most widely recognised digital marketing certification.

Learning and Teaching

The course is delivered though 12 face-to-face group sessions held on weekday evenings over 12 weeks from September 2017 onwards.  Class sessions are interactive, allowing for the exchange of a wide variety of experiences.  Our Technology-Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) rooms will also provide you with a professional environment for practical learning.

Study time

36 hours taught.


Three-hour multiple choice exam.

Following the course you will be required to book your exam through Pearson VUE  to sit the three-hour multiple choice exam. You will have 6 months from the date of your first taught session to sit the exam. You can sit the exam up to 3 times during this period, however please note only your first attempt is included in your exam fee, further attempts will incur a charge.

Upon completion of your course, you will receive an industry-recognised, globally respected qualification. Exams are developed in alignment with the course syllabus, which means that every student is certified to the same standard.


Professional accreditation

The Digital Marketing Institute brings together the world's leading digital brands to review and approve course content, and define an innovative syllabus that will develop your digital career.

Study facilities

The Certification is run in our Technology-Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) rooms, providing a professional environment for practical learning.  You will be taught on our Frenchay Campus, which has easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station.

As a learner at the University of the West of England, you will also have full access to our library on campus and all online materials and resources.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Full fee: £1,800

Early bird 20% discount: £1,440 (available for bookings made and paid for in full eight weeks or more prior to the course start date)

UWE Alumni discount 15%: £1,530 (available until start date)

Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

(Fees include your DMI exam registration and certification, car parking and refreshments)

Course Dates

February 2018 run - weekly evening delivery

This course will run on every Wednesday from 18.00 - 20.30 over twelve weeks on the following dates:

  • 21 February 2018 - 23 May 2018 excl Wednesday 28 March and 4 April 2018.

May 2018 run - day block Delivery -

This course will run on every other Wednesday from 09.30 - 17.00 over eight weeks on the following dates:

  • Day 1 - Wednesday 9 May 2018
  • Day 2 - Wednesday 23 May 2018
  • Day 3 - Wednesday 6 June 2018
  • Day 4 - Wednesday 20 June 2018
  • Day 5 - Wednesday 4 July 2018

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this course, please complete the booking form below:

For all enquiries please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87265

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