This course is taught by a mixture of academic staff and industrial practitioners, bringing real-world experiences into the classroom.
You could be a civil/structural engineer, an architect, M&E Services Engineer, (or any other construction-related discipline).
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.
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 30 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 – 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 will be required to secure a place.
Building Information Modelling Project Management Highlights
The degree is accredited by - Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Joint Board of Moderators (JBM): 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 in the process of gaining but has not yet obtained, accreditation from the following: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
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, 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 Fridays for full-time delivery and on 1-day per week for part-time students (Monday for the first year, Friday for the 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 Semester
Each semester, there is approximately 144 hours of direct student contact with 288 hours of self-directed private study and coursework preparation required.
Individual Research Project
For full-time students, the final four months of the programme (Semester 3) is dedicated to an individual research project (60 CATS points). Submission is in September. Part-time students may arrange their programme, subject to timetabling and arrangement with the Programme Co-ordinator.
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.
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 in other industries. Being a dedicated BIM 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.
Queen’s is ranked 26th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Learning and Teaching
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 of experience in the construction industry.
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 of 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 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).
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check with us 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.
Northern Ireland (NI) 1: £6,450
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2: £6,450
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1: £7,250
EU Other 3: £17,700
Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate applications
Due to high demand, there is a deadline for applications.
You will be required to pay a deposit of £400 pounds to secure your place on the course.
This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.
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.
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 that 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 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.