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Building Information Modelling Project Management

To develop students with:
•practical and professional skills in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of Building Information Modelling in the context of Project Management

•holistic expertise in the integration of technical aspects and underlying knowledge of Building Information Modelling through design, engineering and construction with financial, legal, commercial leadership and managerial skills of business administration in the management of simple to complex projects from project conception through to construction, operation and maintenance

•critical and analytical problem solving abilities across a broad range of Building Information Modelling orientated transferable skills that relate to information technology, computing support systems, teamwork, group work, and personal presentations

Why Queen's?
The degree is in the process of gaining, but has not obtained, accreditation from the following:
•The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
•Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
•Joint Board of Moderators

The programme is also unique in that it is the only Building Information Modelling MSc that focuses on Project Management within the UK and Ireland. Furthermore, the programme is delivered by a mixture of research orientated academics and industry professionals, all of whom work within the remit of project management and/or building information modelling.

Course Details
The programme is delivered over a two-day week on Mondays and Tuesdays for full time delivery and on 1 day per-week for part time students (Monday for first year, Tuesday for second year). Nine modules totalling 180 CATS points are included for delivery, 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 split approximately 75/25, in favour of coursework, with examinations in January and May.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.

PG Diploma: Normally a Third Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Architecture, Engineering or Social Science, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered (

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website. 23.10.15

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.

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

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - 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

•See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance and the INTO Graduate Diploma in Management programmes which combine academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree


MSc: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time PG Diploma 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Semesters 1-2: Mon & Tues, 12 weeks per semester, lectures 1.00-7.30pm. Will include team-working for coursework preparation outside of lecture times; and may involve optional self-funded UK/International Study Tours.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
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.

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.

Further enquiries

Dr John Spillane, Programme Director
School of Natural and Built Environment
Tel: 9097 4568

Subjects taught

•Building Information Modelling in Practice (10 CATS points)
•Construction Law 1: Contract Law, Tort and Evidence (10 CATS points)
•Design Coordination (10 CATS points)
•Procurement and Contract Administration (20 CATS points)
•Project Coordination, Planning and Control (10 CATS points)
•Research Methods for Managers (10 CATS points)
•Strategic Management and BIM Integration (20 CATS points)
•Technical BIM Implementation (30 CATS points)

Individual Research Project (MSc Only)
For full-time students the final four months of the programme (Semester 3) is dedicated to an individual research project (60 CATS points). Submission is the last working day of September. Part-time students may arrange their programme, subject to timetabling and arrangement with the Programme Co-ordinator.

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, 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.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Written reports, presentations, computer based programmes, written papers and a 60-credit, 18,000–20,000 word dissertation.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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