MSc | Postgraduate Taught

Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
TBC (Part Time)
  • 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 20. 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 2021 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit may be required to secure a place.

    Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship highlights

    Applications for this course received after 30th June 2021 may not be accepted.

    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. 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 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.

    Brexit Advice

    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 (10 CATS)
    Emerging Digital Technology (20 CATS)
    Procurement Contract Administration and LAW (20 CATS)
    Project Coordination, Planning and Control (10 CATS)
    Research Methods for Managers (10 CATS)
    Project Planning for Sustainability (20 CATS)
    Technical BIM Implementation (30 CATS)
    Individual Research Project (Dissertation) (60 CATS)
    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

    Dr Stephen McIlwaine
    Lecturer

    SNBE

    Dr Tara Brooks
    Course Director

    SNBE
    Email: askeps@qub.ac.uk

    Dr Xianhai Meng
    Lecturer

    SNBE

    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

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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.


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

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    All taught modules are assessed on submitted individual written or computer based coursework and in some instances on group written coursework. Group coursework will 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 dissertationto 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.

    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 or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

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

    For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.

    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.

    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.

    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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