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Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship (MSc)

MSc|Postgraduate Taught

Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship

Entry year
2022
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
TBC (Part Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • 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.

    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.

    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 alongside people from places like India, Nigeria, China, Vietnam and Egypt. 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 2022 may not be accepted.

    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 2022 may not be accepted.

    Professional Accreditations

    • The degree has gained accreditation from the CIOB and is in the process of gaining, but has not yet obtained, accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) This course is subject to renewal approval by DfE.

    Student Experience

    • The programme is distinctive in that it is one of the few Building Information Modelling MScs that focuses on Project Management both internationally and 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.
    The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the Built Environment 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.

    This MSc Higher Level Apprenticeship could be the key to taking the next step in your career progression.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    The Higher Level Apprenticeship is a part time programme, to enable students to learn on the programme, whilst consolidating their new skills and knowledge at work.

    The programme is delivered 1 day per-week (Monday for the first year, Friday for the 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.

    Course DetailsThe 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)
    Indicative Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials 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

    Dr Faris Elghaish
    Lecturer

    SNBE

    Dr Stephen McIlwaine
    Lecturer

    SNBE

    Dr Xianhai Meng
    Lecturer

    SNBE

    Mr Ron Coates
    Lecturer

    SNBE

    Teaching Times

    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 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.

    Queen’s is ranked 26th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning and Teaching

    We provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with industry experts, develop skills and perspectives that will equip them for life and work and work with innovative technology.

    Who WILL BE TEACHING YOU?

    A small core of tutors with decades of academic and industrial experience.

    The Programme Director is Dr Tara Brooks, a Chartered Architect with 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.


    https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/tara-brooks

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Methods of assessment will comprise a combination of individual written and technical assignments, group reports, student presentations, and role-play exercises.

    Group coursework may also include group presentations to a judging panel. Individual coursework may, where required, be further presented at a panel Q&A session.

    MSc students who have achieved a minimum of 50 per cent in the compulsory modules and an average of 50 per cent or above overall in the taught programme, are required to undertake an individual research project and submit a dissertation to complete the programme. This dissertation must be passed at 50 per cent for the award of the MSc.

    Students who achieve an overall average for their taught modules and dissertation in the range 60 per cent to 69 per cent will be awarded a Commendation. Students who achieve an average of 65 per cent or above in the taught programme and 70 per cent or more for the dissertation, with an overall average of 70 per cent or more, will be awarded a Distinction.

  • 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.

    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.

    Students wishing to apply for this Higher-Level Apprenticeship should also upload their CV and a letter of support from their employer (combined in one file). The employer’s letter of support must state that the employer supports their application, that they are prepared to release them from work for one day per week to attend the course, and that, if they are an existing employee, they need this qualification for a new role. The new role can be a change of title/role within the company.

    This Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) is fully funded by the DfE therefore it is not open to international applicants. Further information on eligibility criteria for Higher Level Apprenticeships can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/higher-level-apprenticeships

    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.

    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.

    • 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) 1 £0
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £0
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £0
    EU Other 3 N/A
    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.

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    NI, GB and ROI fees for 2022 entry will be published in December. International postgraduate fees for 2022 entry can be viewed here: www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-tuition-fees

    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

    Each year, we try to arrange an optional field trip to London. Students undertaking this field trip must purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes, safety boots, a high visibility vest, and a safety helmet. There is a cost to these.

    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

    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume 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 Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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