Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Natural and Built Environment
* MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time PG Diploma 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time
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
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.
Last updated 17.08.16
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:
- 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 & Feedback
Written reports, presentations, computer based programmes, written papers and a 60-credit, 18,000–20,000 word dissertation.
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.
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 (http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLPolicy)
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website. 23.10.15
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
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.
Please click the links below for more information:
- 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
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
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.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Tuition Fees for 2017/18
Home/EU Fees: £5,220
International Fees: £14,100 (Fee rate 1)
For more information please see Tuition Fees
From time to time, industry awards are available for our taught MSc programmes, please see the School website for further information. The School may also offer a number of postgraduate taught bursaries and fee reduction scholarships for UK, EU and international students (all applicants are automatically considered for these).
The University also offers a number of awards and bursaries in the form of fellowships, externally-funded scholarships, special requests, gifts and prizes to which students can apply. Government scholarship schemes may be available for MSc programmes.
For fees, funding and further information see: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/graduateschool/PostgraduateFunding