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Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
10
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  • Overview

    This course is taught by a mixture of academic staff and industrial practitioners, bringing cutting edge research together with real world industry experience into the classroom.

    FUNDING / COMMITMENT
    This Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) is fully funded by the DfE, although places are limited. Applicants and their employers must demonstrate commitment, and ensure enough time is allocated, to attend and complete the course.

    ABOUT YOU
    The HLA is a work / study programme so you will already be in employment, or have a firm offer of employment from a company in the construction sector which supports your application.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The course’s primary focus is on project management using the building information modelling process, which will give you the chance to take your career forward.

    We teach the principles of project management, while using building information modelling.

    THE ENVIRONMENT
    As a part time student, you study alongside the full-time cohort in a class of around 30. Our teaching starts in the afternoon as we know 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 a dedicated base room and computer lab in the Elmwood building.

    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.


    PLEASE NOTE
    Applications for this course received after 30th June 2020 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit may be required to secure a place.

    This course is subject to renewal approval by DfE.

    Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship highlights

    Applications for this course received after 30th June 2020 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit will be required to secure a place.

    Professional Accreditations

    • The degree is in the process of gaining, but has not yet obtained, accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building CIOB.

    Student Experience

    • The programme is distinctive in that it is one of the few Building Information Modelling MScs 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.
    With the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the Built Environment, its use is fast becoming the norm. This programme provides both new and experienced project managers with the necessary skills in BIM, to effectively coordinate and deliver construction projects.

    Tara Brooks
    Programme Director

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    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

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    Course DetailsThe programme is delivered over a 1 day per-week basis for part time students (Monday for first year, Friday for second year). Nine modules (including Dissertation) 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 undertaken through coursework and presentations.

    Building Information Modelling in Practice
    Construction Law 1: Contract Law, Tort and Evidence
    Emerging Digital Technology
    Procurement and Contract Administration
    Project Coordination, Planning and Control
    Research Methods for Managers
    Project Planning for Sustainability
    Technical BIM Implementation
    Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching SemesterEach semester, there is approximately 72 hours of direct student contact with 144 hours of self-directed private study and coursework preparation required.
    Individual Research ProjectThe final months of the programme are dedicated to an individual research project (60 CATS points). For Higher Level Apprentices, this research project will be connected with your workplace – investigating an issue, resolving a problem, or introducing a new process as agreed with your employer.

    People teaching you

    Tara Brooks
    Course Director

    SNBE
    Email: askeps@qub.ac.uk

    Teaching Times

    Semesters 1-2: Mon 13.00 – 19:30 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 UK/International Study Tours.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Many Higher Level Apprentices take this course to aid their career progression. This course will equip you with the management skills you will need to advance your career to the next level.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to increasing skills, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning and Teaching

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    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.

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Written reports

    Presentations

    Computer based programmes

    Written papers

    60-credit, 18,000–20,000 word dissertation

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Architecture, Engineering or Social Science, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

    The applicant must be employed in the construction sector and must provide a letter from their current employer confirming support to release the applicant one day per week and that the course is required for a new job role.

    The applicant must also upload a copy of their CV.

    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.

    The course is only open to Home/EU applicants due to funding conditions.

    A deposit may be required to secure your place.

    Please note that this course is subject to final approval.

    International Students

    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.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

    • 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £0
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £0
    Other (non-UK) EU £0
    International N/A

    No tuition fees are payable by students for the degree apprenticeship as it is funded by the Department for the Economy’s Higher Level Apprenticeship programme. Please refer to https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/higher-level-apprenticeships for further information.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship costs

    Students may choose to take two optional field trips to Toronto and London. Students undertaking these field trips must purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes, safety boots at a cost of approximately £35, a high visibility vest at a cost of £10 and a safety helmet at a cost of £20. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for these trips and should budget for approximately £1,000 for the Toronto field trip and £400 for the London field trip. There is also an additional mandatory contribution payable to the University of Toronto of approximately £350, which the student is responsible for paying.
    Where students are undertaking a professional internship they are required to pay a placement charge of £845 to the University.

    How do I fund my study?

    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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    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.

    Apply now

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