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.
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.
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.
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.
Core modules this year include IT Project Management, Human Computer Interaction, Financial Management, Business Strategy and Research Skills & Professional Issues.
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.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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.
- 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
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
- A Level
- 120 tariff points including a minimum D in Computing or Maths.
- Must also have GCSE English at Maths at C/4.
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.
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.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*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.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
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.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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 Business degree has been developed by top graduate employers to give students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
This programme offers an industrial based placement on completion of the third year. This is not a compulsory or guaranteed placement.
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.