Smart Technologies for Infrastructure and Buildings

Smart Technologies for Infrastructure and Buildings MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed
Home cost per credit: To be confirmed
International full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed

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Course type

MSc

School

Built Environment

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Complete this Masters degree at Liverpool John Moores University and gain RICS, IET and CIBSE accreditation. You’ll learn about the latest in smart technologies for infrastructure and buildings, including sensors, data processing, CAD and augmented reality, in addition to how to apply these technologies.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Triple professional body accreditation underpins the multi-disciplinary nature of the programme, with RICS, IET and CIBSE, subject to approval in 2015/2016
  • Opportunity to work alongside world-leading team of academics and researchers
  • Enhance your career prospects by gaining insights on the current/future technological needs of the built environment, plus the multi-disciplinary expertise and skills required to apply this technology successfully
  • Advanced skills in modelling techniques such as BIM, CAD and augmented reality
  • Hands-on sessions give you access to unique smart technologies, only available at LJMU

This programme offers unique access to facilities and knowledge at LJMU in the development of technologies which are becoming integral parts of future smart cities and infrastructure.

Dr Alex Mason, BSc, PhD, PGCE, MIET, FHEA, CEng. Reader in Smart Technologies and Programme Leader

The programme offers the opportunity to bridge the disciplinary gap which exists between built environment and technology oriented disciplines, and will secure triple professional body accreditation from RICS, IET and CIBSE (subject to 2015/16 approval).

Introduction to the School

The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.


Internationally important research

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research and we are ranked in the top 15 higher education institutions working in this field.  

83% of research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally. 

This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This MSc course brings the latest practice and research to your learning, providing a glimpse of future developments from across the world. A strong team of active academic researchers and industry practitioners will share their unique experiences with you.

The built environment sector is waking to the realisation that technology is a key element of its future in meeting ever more challenging sustainability targets. There are not only environmental concerns, but socio-economic aspects of structures and wider infrastructure to consider. 

This programme will equip you to meet sector challenges through an interdisciplinary approach which optimises the success of technologically driven development. You will bridge many divides within the industry and set yourself aside from those taking more traditional, single-disciplinary routes of study in this discipline.

With triple accreditation pending with RICS, CIBSE and IET, there will be a whole plethora of events and network opportunities for you to attend, based on the calendar of professional bodies.  

Events are tailored to meet the current needs and trends of industry and so the programme varies every year based on national or world events and changes in policy. As key members of staff are members of these organisations, you will be kept up-to-date on all the latest developments throughout your study.

Programme outline and structure

Smart Technologies not only breathe life into the built environment but also bear responsibility for lifetime performance and operational energy efficiency.

With Energy ‘decarbonisation' still many years away, there is more need than ever for professionals to take a lead in reducing the energy dependence of buildings while maintaining lifelong performance – delivering buildings that are truly fit for purpose. 

This MSc course offers the unique opportunity for you to study the latest in smart technologies used in the built environment, and graduate with a Masters degree approved by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET)*, the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineering (CIBSE)* and the Royal Institute of Chartered Buildings Surveyors (RICS)*.

*Subject to accreditation

The programme considers how current and future technologies can help to improve construction quality, environmental impact, the benefit to stakeholders and also reduce short or long term costs.

Many technologies have been in place for decades and are quite often taken for granted. You will evaluate the role of such technologies and instil an investigative approach as to how these could be improved or evolved for tangible benefit.

You will gain technical expertise  together with the sense of how to implement it for true benefit in the built environment context.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Sustainable policy and legislation
  • Building intelligence
  • Toward sustainable energy generation
  • Smart building services and maintenance
  • Research techniques and communication
  • Advanced modelling for construction and property
  • Building and structure monitoring
  • Building performance evaluation
  • Research project



Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The course provides the opportunity for blended learning to support your needs. Parts of the program will be taught virtually and supported by the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, practical work, coursework, projects, presentations, conference and guided independent study.

All course material (lecture notes, tutorial, exercises, coursework, project specifications, reading material) will also be provided in electronic form. 

VLE, distance learning will be supported through a combination of pre-recorded lectures and interactive seminars (e.g. via the WIMBA classroom).

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask online questions with instant feedback on performance, in addition to group / peer learning activities, through blogs and wiki pages, to build up your knowledge, understanding and confidence with subject matter. Practical work, particularly that required for the dissertation, will be supported through your integration with the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute. 

You will receive close support through the well-established research focused programme team to maximise your achievement with industrial relevant research challenges.

Assessment includes traditional essay based coursework assignments, project work, technical reports and examination. You’ll also experience a variety of informal assessments using the VLE, including quizzes, wiki entries and blogs to build your confidence with the subject matter.

Staff research interests

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge, blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering

The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work. 

BEST is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board, as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first degree from an approved University of at least upper second-class honours level, in a cognate or semi-cognate subject.

Alternatively, candidates may possess a first degree of at least lower second-class honours level combined with a relevant professional qualification or relevant professional experience of at least two years.

Candidates without a first degree may qualify for entry to the programme on the basis of considerable relevant work experience normally comprising at least five years at managerial or equivalent level which would be assessed by the programme team.

Overseas candidates would normally be expected to possess one of the above entry qualifications and a recognised English Language qualification equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

No

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/discover/fees-and-finance/pg-uk-students-2017-18/funding

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

The academic team are actively involved with industry and you will have access to a vast professional network during your studies at LJMU.

This will include opportunities to be part of networking events with professional institutes such as the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineering (CIBSE) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Buildings Surveyors (RICS). This will also mean that when you graduate, you will have satisfied all the education requirements for becoming professionally registered.

 The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme and triple accreditation with the professional bodies above maximises your prospects with employers and provides you with many opportunities to further your career.

The School also enjoys a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations, particularly through the DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme. These projects aim to add value to the business through the delivery of innovative solutions and the provision of a creative working environment. 

You will also have the opportunity to gain with the latest skills and knowledge for social networking platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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