Course Title: Master of Science in Applied Building Information Modelling & Management
An NFQ level 8 Bachelor Degree with 2.2 award or equivalent, or a level 7 ordinary degree plus 5 years relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend interview or to produce an ePortfolio of relevant evidence. Applicants are required to produce evidence of the minimum English language proficiency requirement for overseas applicants i.e. a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.
The MSc in applied Building Information Modelling & Management is a two and a half-year part-time re-skilling programme for construction professionals, with options for exit with Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma awards after 1 and 2 years, respectively.
The course builds on the discipline-specific knowledge of individuals and enables upskilling or facilitates a return to employment for individuals who are not yet experienced in the new construction paradigm of collaborative BIM.
The primary philosophy of the programme is that of breaking down barriers between construction disciplines and, via project- and task-based learning, enabling professionals to work within a multidisciplinary, collaborative design and management process based on international standards and associated professional guidance.
The course is open to professionally-qualified architects, engineers, surveyors, technologists, and construction managers who have some basic level BIM knowledge. Graduates of related discipline areas with appropriate experience are encouraged to apply.
The 2nd year of the course focuses on developing collaborative skills in a multidisciplinary environment using the latest technological solutions to deliver standards-based construction projects. In the final 15-weeks of the programme, students are occupied with an individual Capstone Experience project where the skills developed over the previous 2 years are utilised to solve active industry problems and challenges.
The MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management is a unique NFQ level 9 course in Ireland and the approach to MSc-level education is distinctive in relation to courses available internationally. The demand for professionals skilled in the application of Building Information Modelling technologies and for the management of Building Information Modelling processes is very strong both nationally and internationally. It underpins the needs of a wide range of disciplines in the Built Environment and Engineering for professionals skilled in collaborative design, build, and management processes. It is expected that graduates of the course will find employment both within their own disciplines and in emerging collaborative careers as BIM processes become more widely adopted.
The domains of application of Applied Building Information Modelling and Management relevant to this course include:
- Architecture & Architectural Technology
- Construction Management and Technology
- Engineering: Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Building Services, and associated Geomatics
- Surveying: Quantity and Property
This course prepares the graduate to act at wide, and possibly unpredictable, professional levels and within ill-defined contexts in positions of leadership in the area of Building Information Modelling and Management.
The programme is seeking accreditation from the following professional bodies:
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
- Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)
- Engineers Ireland
- Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS)
- Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
- Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)/Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
15-credits (ECTS) of streamed, discipline-specific modules focussed on BIM Technologies plus 15 credits of Lean & Digital Construction Collaboration. Streams in Architecture/Architectural Technology; Mechanical & Electrical Engineering; Surveying (Quantity) & Construction Management.
5 credit electives related to specific BIM challenges; 10-credits of Collaborative BIM Processes; 15-credits of Multidisciplinary Collaboration Project.
5-credits of Research Skills plus 25-credits of Capstone Experience.
Further details can be found here.
A "research" stream of the course is also available where students undertake 35 credits of taught modules plus 55 credits of a major Capstone Experience. This stream enables students to focus intensively on the solution of an industry-based problem or problems while also developing significant research capability, potentially preparing candidates for transfer to level 10 PhD studies.
Runs typically as follows: Stage 1 Monday and Wednesday, Stage 2 Tuesday and Thursday, Stage 1 every 2nd Tuesday; evenings from 18:00-21:00 with additional asynchronous directed and self-directed learning outside of these times.
Students should plan to assign ~10-14 hours per week for study (which includes the scheduled class times) during the two 15-week semesters.
Blended - due to COVID-19, this course will be delivered via mostly virtual methods with some face-to-face sessions.
The fact that the course joins up all the different stakeholders in construction is one of the best aspects.
The job opportunities when you complete the course are excellent.