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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Construction Technologies & BIM

Why this course?

The need for advanced technologies has become necessary to accomplish sustainable engineering projects, especially for the construction industry. Various Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT) have emerged over the last decades. With the development of Building Information Modelling, the future of construction will be transformed into a more digital industry.

Various Advanced Construction Technologies are now BIM compliant across stages such as:

  • preparation of the client brief
  • conceptual and detailed design 
  • construction and operational

These developments have provided technical and management support to solve complex and multidisciplinary problems for all project stakeholders. 

There is a unique opportunity for the next generation of graduates to become highly-skilled in this field and gain further advantages in a highly competitive job market. The construction industry stakeholders are in need of high-calibre and highly-competitive candidates with knowledge and skills in construction disciplines, Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling. 

You’ll study

This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to develop the knowledge, practical, and personal skills of graduates to work in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry and to develop further research skills related to AEC fields. The course enables practitioners to gain access to a theoretical base and to appraise current and future strategies in Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling.

Students will take taught modules and a group project in the first two semesters. MSc students then complete a dissertation project in a third semester.

Areas explored in the modules include:

  • principles and practices of Advanced Construction Technologies in the architecture/engineering/construction industry
  • new trends related to digital construction, Building Information Modelling, and construction technology
  • sustainability 
  • facilities management
  • construction management (processes, people, procurement)
  • project management (planning, financing, risk)

Open Access

Open Access modules are offered on individual modules from the MSc programme. Compulsory taught modules are delivered intensively and are accessible to part-time students and as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) options or gradually built towards a qualification.

Open Access students may transfer onto a part-time MSc or PgDip programme to complete their studies (subject to a maximum period of time).

Guest lecturers/speakers

You’ll benefit from a large number of government, local authority and industry partners, who’ll lecture on up-to-date current practices, with diverse point of views.

Field trips

You’ll benefit from visiting various large construction sites to meet with Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals working in projects and have the opportunity to explore how the obtained knowledge from the course is practiced in real projects.

Facilities

Studios 

There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching.

Library

In addition to the main University library, we have our own, on-site, reference library. Our collection is developed in direct response to the teaching delivered in the department. 

Workshop 

A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).

PC Lab 

Our lab computers have the main applications required for the course. We also offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.

Find out more about the full range of facilities we have on offer.

Teaching staff

The academic staff:

Course content

Semester 1

Compulsory modules

ICT integrated in AEC
This module evaluates the innovative methodologies and approaches for adopting cutting-edge Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to address the myriad of issues related to the fragmented nature of Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. The module seeks to extend knowledge of ICT integrated practices and approaches in terms of innovative transdisciplinary solutions such as advanced manufacturing technologies, the transportation/assembly of components, and intelligent decision making support.
Sustainability

This class will provide you with an understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. The social, environmental and economic impact of development strategies will be identified and the mitigation of negative impacts discussed. The class will cover:

  • Shifting world views
  • Green politics
  • Green Perspectives
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Limits to growth

Elective modules

Construction Technology
This module focuses on the field of construction technology and innovative research and development (R&D) into the construction of buildings and infrastructures. It also covers the continuous enhancement of professional competence.
Facilities Management

This module aims to develop students’ professional skills to address important issues on the management of built assets including buildings and infrastructures in connection with technical aspects on three domains covering clients and professionals, service products, and management processes.

Contract Administration & Practice
This module provides students with an understanding of the major issues of law embraced by construction projects. It enables students to analyse professional liability and evaluate methods of extending/limiting liability and to assess the extent of liability outside the contractual relationship. The module also aims to give students an in-depth understanding of the issues related to construction disputes and the various commonly used methods of dispute resolution.
Procurement & Tendering

The module examines the effects of project risk allocation on the procurement process and how the choice of procurement method can impact on the subsequent phases of the project cycle; procurement theories together with examples of past and current practices; and how construction procurement is affected by and can be used to affect the wider economy.

Design management

This class provides structured introduction to the design management process, issues and tools. It includes:

  • organisation structures for effective design 
  • design models, approaches and methods 
  • the importance of costs and good design 
  • innovation in design management 
  • design performance
Project management

You'll gain project management skills with particular emphasis on the effective and efficient use of resources. The class will cover:

  • project management techniques and project control
  • project teams; project features; project constraints and resources; quality assurance
  • presentation techniques as used in industry
  • budgetary control including cash flow, financial borrowing and investment
The Construction Industry Client

This module seeks to encourage interdisciplinary collaborative learning between civil engineering and architectural students through examining role of the construction industry client. The assessment for this module requires students to complete a cooperative group project based on research involving a local / national construction industry client. The module takes inspiration from a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers:

The principal duties of an engineer in all the branches are to safeguard the interests of the client or organization for whom he is working and to ensure a sound engineering job at a reasonable cost. One of the first tasks of the consulting engineer is the study of the client and his organization. How does the client operate; how should one organize one’s own practice to fit in with the client’s requirements, which can vary to a considerable extent? (Sir Thomas Angus Lyall Paton, ICE President 1970-1971).

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

Building Information Management

The aim of this module is to provide the students with insight about main concepts and principles of Building Information Management (BIM), vis-à-vis processes, protocols, and enabling technologies. The module is mainly concerned with recent paradigm shift within the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industries worldwide to implement BIM Level 2 and target BIM Level 3 in all public projects as well as encouraging it in private projects. This module is also heavily inspired by the UK Government's BIM mandate to adopt BIM technologies and processes on all public sector projects from 2016. 

Group Project

You'll work collaboratively with students from different themes utilising various digital tools, BIM technologies and protocols to develop solutions for specific projects. These projects will address social, economic or environmental aspects of sustainability within a practice-based environment in association with an appropriate design or industrial organisation.

Field trips and regular progress reports are an important aspect of the project. Students present the outcomes of their group work at the annual student group project conference.

Elective modules

Construction Management

The module provides students with an understanding of the concepts and practices of construction management in order to provide value added services to clients. The module develops understanding of the management of construction stakeholders and how their needs can be co-ordinated, managed and delivered across all projects’ stages. This includes the principles of time-cost constraints, quality, sustainability, and health and safety management. The module will also enable students understand how the performance of the construction industry is assessed and critically analyse what is needed in order to improve this performance. 

Environmental Impact Assessment

This class provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions.The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment of individual projects (project EIA), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations.

Financial engineering

The class introduces elements of financial engineering that are applied to reduce risk of business insolvency and enhance the financial robustness of business enterprises.Also covered are the essentials of financial engineering both as an academic discipline and as a strategy of financial and business risk management in the light of current conditions.

Risk Management
This class introduces the fundamental techniques of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. You'll have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to variety of engineering examples.

Under Health and Safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it's mandatory for any industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is “As Low As Reasonably Practicable”.

Semester 3 (MSc students only)

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

The dissertation project enables students to demonstrate independent research abilities and project development skills. You'll have the chance to investigate a research problem and write a thesis on a selected topic under supervision of a member of staff. You will be able to combine many of the aspects learned during other modules within a specific topic and a coherent body of work. The dissertation project should demonstrate a substantial theoretical argument, critically reviewing you own work and reflect upon specific theoretical and practical issues of construction practices.

Learning & teaching

The course is balanced between theory and practice. It’s delivered through:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • group project
  • seminar-led learning, by staff and visiting experts

Assessment

The Formative assessment will take place throughout the course. Some modules will also be assessed with weekly tasks, others with one/two tasks per semester. The summative assessment is usually held during the exam period as will be indicated on the University timetable. The Group Project involves one-to-one tuition and appraisals in review seminars and also through student peer group reviews. 

You will be expected to participate in:

  • studio reviews
  • individual written essays and reports
  • oral presentations
  • dissertation

Entry requirements

A first or second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Architecture, Engineering, Project management, or Quantity Surveying.

Consideration will also be given to candidates with other relevant professional qualifications in a discipline related to the built environment and/or professional experience.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise. Open Access modules are offered on individual modules from the MSc programme, which can be taken as stand-alone CPD options or gradually built towards a qualification.

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £15,600

How can I fund my course?

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs. 

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

The intensive market activities in Digital Construction and in Building Information Modelling show how this area is gaining momentum for job opportunities. Professionals with the relevant technology and personal skills are in highl demand. This course will help professionals and new graduates to develop specialist expertise in modern design and construction management. It also targets those who seek advanced roles in BIM. It will allow them to understand the concept of digital integrated project delivery in addition to having hands-on experience on virtual design and construction.

Sustainability is a key part of this course therefore the course is also relevant to those who seek to obtain advanced qualifications in related areas that integrate sustainability and digital construction.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for graduates can be related to many construction professions in:

  • design
  • construction 
  • operation of buildings 
  • infrastructure

Careers include both general professional positions (e.g. design or project management) and specialist roles such as integrated information managers and Building Information Modelling managers. The Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) has recently approved the latter as a new professional role.

Graduate skills

Graduates will develop technical, managerial and interpersonal skills to deliver construction projects with a more integrated approach. With the help of various digital and media technologies, they will be able to conduct design and construction activities in a more effective collaborative environment. Graduates will be able to develop BIM Strategy and Execution Plans for construction organisations. As the course is also research focused, graduates will develop research skills on a selected related topic in digital construction.

The construction market needs more Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling experts to comply with the UK government mandate of using Building Information Modelling in all public projects from 2016 (and from 2017 in Scotland). In this regard, the course can open opportunities for graduates to start up their own business in this field. The course also helps those who are seeking to undertake a further postgraduate research degree.

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