This course is taught by industrial practitioners, bringing real-world experiences into the classroom.
The course’s primary focus is on project management using the building information modelling process. This will give you the chance to take your career forward - from a management viewpoint, not just in construction, but in other sectors as well. We teach the principles of project management while using building information modelling.
You’ll be in a class of around 50 if you’re a full-time student, alongside people from places like India, China, Vietnam and Egypt. Our teaching starts 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.
What you'll get up to
The course is all about balancing theory and practice. As part of your studies, you’ll hear from practitioners as well as academics. You will have the option to take a three-day study tour in London and a 10-day study tour to Toronto, Canada. You’ll get an insight into how industrial companies work, and a foot in the door with those companies, who are always interested in Queen’s graduates.
Building Information Modelling Project Management Highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.
MSc (Technical and non-technical) This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. The degree is accredited by - Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) The degree is in the process of gaining, but has not yet obtained, accreditation from the following: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The programme is also distinctive in that it is one of the few 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.
With the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the Built Environment, it is now 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.
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 the first year, Tuesday for the 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)
Semesters 1-2: Mon and 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.
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.
Where could you be in five years?
Where do you want to be? This programme opens doors, not only in construction but also into other industries. Being a dedicated project management programme, you can work anywhere in the world, with anyone looking for a building information modelling orientated viewpoint.
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 help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
60-credit, 18,000–20,000 word dissertation
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Architecture, Engineering or Social Science, or an 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).
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 the English language for visa purposes.
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.