You will learn to apply management methods to design, engineering and construction problems, and be able to be plan, monitor and control construction projects by integrating technical knowledge with leadership, commercial and managerial skills.
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 could be: a civil engineer, architect, planner, commercial manager, M&E Services Engineer, Environmental Manager/Engineer, lawyer, or an archaeologist (or any other construction related discipline).
You could have been in work for a while already: some of our previous students have been many years into their career when they join us.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
The course’s primary focus is on project management, which will give you the chance to take your career forward in any industry, not just in construction.
We teach the principles of project management – the distinct discipline of working to agreed deadlines, starts and finishes on a given project.
Through guest lecturers, case studies and optional field trips, you’ll get an insight into how industrial companies work, who are always interested in Queen’s graduates. Companies such as:
The McAvoy Group,
Quigg Golden (Construction Law specialists)
Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.
This course is subject to renewal approval by DfE.
Construction and Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship highlights
Our Joint Board of Moderators accreditation means that when you graduate, you have the chance to become a chartered engineer.
- 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.
Course Details Compulsory Modules
Project Management, Planning and Control (20CATS)
Procurement Contract Administration and Law (20CATS)
Construction Economics and Construction Finance (20 CATS)
Project Planning for Sustainability (20CATS)
Construction Economics and Finance (20CATS)
Research Methods for Managers (10CATS)
Organisations, people and leadership (10 CATS)
Individual Research Project (Dissertation) (60CATS)
Construction Law 2: Dispute Resolution (10 CATS)
Building Information Modelling in Practice (10 CATS)
Facilities Management / Asset Management (10 CATS)
Emerging Digital Technology 1 (10 CATS)
The final part of the programme will be dedicated to an individual research project.
People teaching you
Semesters 1-2: Mon and Fri, 12 weeks/semester, lectures 13.00pm - 19.30pm Mon and 12.00 - 18.30 Fri. Will include team-working for coursework preparation outside of lecture times; and may involve optional self-funded UK/International Study Tours.
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 employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Employment after the Course
WHERE COULD YOU BE IN FIVE YEARS TIME?
You could be anywhere in the world as a project manager – any of the major design, project management or construction consultants.
Countries such as India and Canada are investing heavily in their infrastructure – trillions of dollars in the next few years - and they need project managers like you to make it happen.
Learning and Teaching
WHO WILL BE TEACHING YOU?
A small core of tutors with decades of academic and industrial experience.
The Programme Director is Mr Ron Coates, he is a Chartered Engineer who worked in Construction Project Management for 38years across the UK and Ireland before joining the staff at QUB.
Here’s what your predecessors liked about him:
“Ron Coates for his superlative use of anecdote”
You’ll be taught in a class of around 90 if you’re a full-time student, alongside students from places such as India, China, Vietnam and Egypt. Our teaching starts late morning or in the afternoon as we know some of 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 the facilities within the School.
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 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.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant Science, Engineering, Architecture, Management or Social Science discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a relevant professional qualification and can demonstrate appropriate 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.
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
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.
Additional course costs
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.
Construction and 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.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
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.
Fees and Funding