M.Sc. Construction Informatics

Dublin Institute Of Technology

Application deadline: 31st April
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The primary emphasis of the programme is on learning how existing technologies can be more efficiently applied throughout the construction process for example inception of design to completion and management of completed facilities.

The programme is presented within the School of Real Estate and Construction Economics in the College of Engineering and the Built Environment in DIT. The total intake of students each year will be approx. 25-30 students. Because of the applied nature of the programme, it is expected that, initially at least, the students will come with an honours 2.2 undergraduate qualifications in a level 8 degree in civil, building or structural engineering, as well as architecture or practitioners/professionals who have a recognised degree in qualification and are currently working in the construction industry.

The content of the programme, delivered both on a full time and a part time basis includes modules pertinent to the practice of namely architects, engineers, construction managers, facility managers and quantity surveyors. The programmes focus is strongly oriented towards the development of the underlying knowledge and the skills involved in the application of ICT in the AEC industry.

AwardThe Dublin Institute of Technologys MSc in Construction Informatics (IT) will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the formal assessments of the programme. Students will have the option to exit the programme with a Post Graduate Certificate (30 credits) or a Post Graduate Diploma (60 credits).

Career OpportunitiesThe programme aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skills in ICT in the AEC sector.

Contents

Structure of Modules

All candidates will need to complete the following obligatory modules.

* Introduction to Construction Informatics (5 ECTS)_
* Research Studies (10 ECTS)
* Integrated Project (15 ECTS)
* Dissertation (30 ECTS).

The remaining 8 modules are elective comprising basic modules and extended project modules. Students have the choice to select 6 additional modules from the suite of modules on offer. Extended project modules can only be chosen after the relevant basic module has been completed. Students can gather 15 ECTS credits in semesters 1-4 and 30 ECTS credits in semester 5, which equates to a total of 90 credits in the 5 semesters of the part time programme and a total of 30 credits per semester, which equates to 90 credits in the 3 semesters of the full time programme.

Assessment

The programme is assessed 100% by project assessments only. The assessment methodology will be closely aligned to the learning outcomes of the modules.

Location

The programme is predominantly delivered online using readily available and robust online web conferencing technology. The students normally gather in DIT Bolton Street prior to the start of each module for typically a morning, where the module leaders will introduce the students to each module and provide them with the project brief and assessment. Thereafter, students can study from the comfort of their homes.

Timetable / Hours

A typical 5 credit module would equate to 120 hours of learning. Each 5 credit module is delivered over a 5 week block, with online lecturers and tutorials taking place on two evenings a week, typically between 19.30-21.30.

Requirements

The minimum entry level is an honours 2.2 undergraduate Level 8 degree along with relevant work experience in the construction sector. Selection will be made on a combination of interview, academic achievement and interest in and critical awareness of the particular application of ICT in the construction process.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

Funding

Students entering new postgraduate courses from September 2012 onwards will make their online application to SUSI.SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is the newly appointed body for student grants in Ireland who operate an online grant applications system accessible at studentfinance.ie. Sponsorship by EmployersEmployers may sponsor an employee to pursue postgraduate studies by research within the Institute, or to attend a postgraduate course. Arrangements are made between the employer, the employee and the Contact person in the relevant School or Research Centre of the Institute. The work may be related to a problem identified by an employer as being of particular interest to her/his firm and expertise and facilities of the Institute may be of particular assistance in its investigation and solution.Other Sources of FundingMany International students studying in Ireland are sponsored by their own government or through other international scholarship programmes. In most cases applications should be made through the Ministry of Education in the student's home country. In the case of UK nationals only they should also contact the Irish Embassy in London for information.The Irish Council for International Students administers Study Fellowships under the Irish Aid Programmes for students for Priority Aid Countries. Please refer to for further information. International students are also advised to refer to the Website of the International Education Board Ireland, which gives information on scholarship sources.StudentfinanceStudentfinance.ie is a website that has information on financial support for further and higher education. It lists the several financial assistance schemes available in Ireland to help you progress through further and higher education.

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