Accredited by: BCS Tech Partnership

GCU is the first Scottish university to offer the Tech Industry Gold Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) degree.

The Tech Partnership, working with the UK government and industry, established the ITMB degree in 2005 to meet the demand in the workplace for managers with a combination of both strong business management and technical computing skills. The programme was designed in consultation with major employers in this area including BT, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, IBM, the Ministry of Justice and the NHS. The course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of business-centred information systems and an awareness of the business models, needs and organisational structures which these systems support. Students study modules from across the computing and business subject areas. Employers are involved throughout the programme, taking part in guest lectures, career mentoring and networking events. Additionally students are encouraged to undertake industry placements. The Tech Partnership community also provides opportunities for interaction with fellow students across the UK.

Your career

Graduates would expect to embark on careers in the key areas of Business Analysis, Business Strategy and Planning, Systems Analysis, IT Consultancy and IT Project Management. These areas have been identified by employers as key for the successful deployment of critical business systems.

What you will study

Year 1

Students study modules in Programming, Web Development, Software Engineering and Computer Systems from the Computing Department and Economics and Data Analysis from the business school.

Year 2

Second year students continue to develop both their technical and business knowledge with modules in Programming, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Database Development, Financial Management and General Management.

Year 3

Core modules this year include IT Project Management, Human Computer Interaction, Financial Management, Business Strategy and Research Skills & Professional Issues.

Year 4

Increasing depth of knowledge in Project Management, Big Data and opportunities to specialise in a range of different areas from both the technical and business fields.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB including Computing or Maths plus Nat 5 English at C. Nat 5 Maths at C is also required if not taken at Higher

A level

CCC including one from Maths, Computing or ICT plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H3 H3 including Maths or Computing. Maths and English is required at Ordinary Level O2 if not taken at Higher Level.

IB Diploma

24 points including Maths or Computer Science


Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at MMM

Year 2

A Level

120 tariff points including a minimum D in Computing or Maths.


Must also have GCSE English at Maths at C/4.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Tech Partnership - recognised by the UK government as the Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy, the Information Technology Management for a Business degree has been developed by top graduate employers to give students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Work placement

This programme offers an industrial based placement on completion of the third year. This is not a compulsory or guaranteed placement.

Networking events

The Tech Partnerships hosts exclusive annual events for ITMB IT Management for Business and SDfB Software Development for Business students across the country.Through them students can meet employers, network with their peers, gain skills and get their name out there with potential recruiters, helping them land their dream job after they've finished their degree. At events, you can; discover placement and graduate schemes opportunities from top companies; practise your networking skills with peers and employers; listen to inspirational talks from company leaders around tech subjects; expand your knowledge through employability skills sessions and gain crucial advice on interviewing and CV writing; make friends and talk to alumni who have studied your course; compete with other universities and win prizes for your tech and business ideas and build accomplishments to add to your CV.

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Last updated July 25, 2018
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