Building Information Modelling Project Management
This course is taught by industrial practitioners, bringing real world experiences into the classroom.
You could be: a civil / structural engineer, an architect, M&E Services Engineer, (or any other construction related discipline).
You will have a keen interest in BIM and digital construction. You may already have experience using BIM – hands on experience of BIM is not necessary for starting the course, but it can be useful.
The course's primary focus is on project management using the building information modelling process. This will give you the chance to take your career forward - from a management viewpoint, not just in construction, but in other sectors as well. We teach the principles of project management, while using building information modelling.
You'll be in a class of around 50 if you're a full-time student, alongside people from places like India, China, Vietnam and Egypt. Our teaching starts in the afternoon as we know some of you will need to take time off work to attend classes. You'll have the beautiful new Graduate School at your disposal as well as the facilities within the School.
What You'll Get Up To
The course is all about balancing theory and practice – a mixture of hands-on building, manipulation and management of models, as well as consideration of the higher level analytical and critical thinking skills that come with Masters Level education.
Who Will Be Teaching You?
A small core of tutors with decades of academic and industrial experience.
The Programme Director is Tara Brooks, a Chartered Architect with 20 years' experience in the construction industry.
The degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Joint Board of Moderators (JBM): this degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. The degree is in the process of gaining, but has not yet obtained, accreditation from the following: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Students may enrol on a full-time or part-time basis.
The programme is delivered on Mondays and Fridays for full time delivery and 1 day per-week for part time students (Monday for first year, Friday for second year). Nine modules (including Dissertation) totalling 180 CATS points are included in the programme, with no optional modules available.
Lectures are delivered by industry orientated lecturers and external experts within the field of Project Management and Building Information Modelling. Assessment is undertaken through coursework and presentations.
The course content gives theoretical and practical coverage across a wide variety of topics:
Building Information Modelling in Practice (10 CATS)
This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying principles of BIM implementation in practice, particularly in relation to the utilisation of intelligent 3D models. It explores the standards and processes that help to govern the huge range of information generated by the diverse teams who must collaborate to make BIM a success.
Emerging Digital Technology (20 CATS)
This module explores the new technologies which are emerging in the field of BIM and Digital Construction, examining the potential of technology to disrupt the construction industry.
Procurement Contract Administration and Law (20 CATS)
Procurement, contract administration and the understanding of contract law is one of the 'keystone skills' for Project Management. This module provides an understanding of construction procurement and contract routes, and contract and tort law, and their application within the construction context.
Project Coordination, Planning and Control (10 CATS)
This module aims to enhance student awareness of developments in the field of construction project management coordination emphasising the wide range of demands made on construction professionals as managers and the skills required to programme, monitor and control various aspects of a construction project from inception to completion.
Research Methods for Managers (10 CATS)
The module deals with principles of BIM and construction management research from the formulation of research questions, hypothesis and objectives, through literature review, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, to presentation of data and report writing.
Project Planning for Sustainability (20 CATS)
The need for infrastructure to be sustainable is one of the driving factors behind project planning, design, construction and operation. This module aims to enhance student awareness of developments in the field of sustainable project development and construction including the need for a connected approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Technical BIM Implementation (30 CATS)
This module is designed to develop students' comprehensive understanding of the detailed principles of BIM implementation using a suite of software packages, both architectural and engineering, in the development of intelligent 3D models.
Individual Research Project (Dissertation) (60 CATS)
For the Dissertation, students are required to undertake an independent research project, producing a written dissertation focusing on a particular issue within the realm of BIM and construction project management.
Indicative Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
Each semester, there is approximately 144 hours of direct student contact with 288 hours of self-directed private study and coursework preparation required.
Individual Research Project
For full-time students the final months of the programme (Semester 3) is dedicated to an individual research project (60 CATS points). Submission is in September. Part-time students may arrange this research project, subject to timetabling and arrangement with the Programme Co-ordinator.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Architecture, Engineering or Social Science, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by case-basis. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).
Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2022. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
A deposit is required to secure a place.
1 academic year full-time, 2 academic years part-time.
Semesters 1-2: Mon 13.00 – 20:30 and Friday, 12.00 – 18.30; 12 weeks per semester. Will include team-working for coursework preparation outside of lecture times; and may involve optional self-funded Study Tours
Post Course Info
There are excellent career opportunities for our graduates as project managers, BIM coordinators, contract managers, BIM implementation managers, design managers, project architects, project engineers, planners, etc., within project management consultants, construction companies, property developers and government agencies, amongst others. Graduates are also well prepared for PhD research, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities.
Where Could You Be in Five Years?
Where do you want to be? This programme opens doors, not only in construction, but also into other industries. Being a dedicated BIM project management programme, you can work anywhere in the world, with anyone looking for a building information modelling orientated viewpoint.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Queen's is ranked 26th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020