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Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an innovative new approach to building design, construction, and management.

BIM has changed the way industry professionals worldwide think about how technology can be applied to building design, construction, and management. BIM also supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design, scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated, and fully coordinated.

This programme is designed as a direct response to the skill and competency needs of the construction industry. The Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM programme has completed a pilot phase with construction industry partners and is now being offered as a full-time programme in GMIT.

The delivery of the programme is designed to allow participants stay in the work-place and attend GMIT one evening/week, while completing this part-time 2 year post-graduate award.

Upon completion of this course the student will:
Understand and evaluate the interaction processes involved in designing, constructing and managing a building through use of BIM 3D models and data sets.

Analyse and select BIM management techniques to achieve the desired deliverables and performance outcomes, including how BIM can contribute to making buildings energy and carbon efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly and manage the processes required to optimise these outcomes.

Be able to construct 3D Virtual Building Models for a variety of situations including Architectural, Infrastructure, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing.

Be able to manage the application of various BIM software packages, their integration, the necessary protocols and procedures needed for networks, database systems and information sharing.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to this programme an applicant must hold a relevant Level 7 qualification or equivalent in a cognate area within the construction and built environment industry. Applications will also be accepted from mature applicants who have worked at an appropriate level within the construction industry and who may gain entry by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.


2 years part-time


Delivery commences in September 2017 one evening per week. The full 60 credits are completed over two academic years.

Further enquiries

Mary Rogers
Head of Department
Building & Civil Engineering
Phone: +353 (0)91 74 2210
Email :


GMIT Lifelong Learning Centre
Phone: +353 (0)91 742145

Subjects taught

Modules undertaken are:

BIM Virtual Modelling Fundamentals (10 Credits) - Mandatory

Building Information Modelling Collaboration (10 Credits) - Mandatory

Building Information Modelling Architecture (10 credits) - Elective

Building Information Modelling Structure (10 credits) – Elective

Building Information Modelling Infrastructure (10 credits) - Elective

Building Information Modelling Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) (10 Credits) – Elective

Building Information Modelling Research Project (30 Credits) - Mandatory.


The course is delivered at GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway, one evening per week, over two years.

Application date

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Closing Date for Applications
Closing date is the end of August 2017. If all places are taken on the course the status of the course will change from “Open for Applications” to “Course Full”.

Application Process
Either complete and return an Application Form or phone the Lifelong Learning Centre on 091 74 2145 to complete an application form over the phone. Click this link to download the Application Form

Course fee

Tuition Fees

Total Fee (Tuition Fee plus Student Contribution) to complete all 60 credits of the Higher Diploma in Engineering in Building Information Modelling is €5,000 Euros.

For the part-time option (over 2 academic years) fees are payable in two installments €2,400 Euros in September 2017 and €2,600 Euros in September 2018.

This is made up as follows:

Year 1- two single cert 10 credit modules (€1200 each)

Year 2: one single cert 10 credit module (€1200) and the 30 credit Major Project (€1400).

Students may also register for single modules. Each 10 credit module is €1200 and the 30 credit Major Project is €1400.

Payment by Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Draft or Postal Order (made payable to GMIT). If your place of employment is paying your education fees, you must provide written evidence of this in advance of the start date. Payment in cash is not accepted. Fees are fully refundable up to the day the course starts, however thereafter there are no refunds.

Student Cards
Students who enroll for this Postgraduate Higher Diploma will qualify for a GMIT Student ID Card. However if you are undertaking only individual modules within the programme you will not qualify for a GMIT Student ID Card.

Enrolment and start dates

Delivery commences in September 2017

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