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Higher Diploma in Engineering in Building Information Modelling

An innovative approach to building design, construction, and management.

Discipline: Building & Civil Engineering

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Relevant Level 7 qualification or Recognition of Prior Learning

Places: 20



Why Study?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an innovative new approach to building design, construction, and management.

BIM has changed the way industry professionals worldwide think about how technology can be applied to building design, construction, and management. BIM also supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design, scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated, and fully coordinated.

This programme is designed as a direct response to the skill and competency needs of the construction industry. The Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM programme has completed a pilot phase with construction industry partners and is now being offered as a full-time programme in GMIT. The delivery of the programme is designed to allow participants stay in the work-place while completing this one year post-graduate award.

Programme Modules

Modules undertaken are:

  • BIM Virtual Modelling Fundamentals (10 Credits) - Mandatory
  • Building Information Modelling Collaboration (10 Credits) - Mandatory
  • Building Information Modelling Architecture (10 credits) - Elective
  • Building Information Modelling Structure (10 credits) – Elective
  • Building Information Modelling Infrastructure (10 credits) - Elective
  • Building Information Modelling Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) (10 Credits) – Elective
  • Building Information Modelling Research Project (30 Credits) - Mandatory.

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of this programme the student will:

  • Understand and evaluate the interaction processes involved in designing, constructing and managing a building through use of BIM 3D models and data sets.
  • Analyse and select BIM management techniques to achieve the desired deliverables and performance outcomes, including how BIM can contribute to making buildings energy and carbon efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly and manage the processes required to optimise these outcomes.
  • Be able to construct 3D Virtual Building Models for a variety of situations including Architectural, Infrastructure, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing.
  • Be able to manage the application of various BIM software packages, their integration, the necessary protocols and procedures needed for networks, database systems and information sharing.

Essential Information: 

Tuition Fees

Total Fee (Tuition Fee plus Student Contribution) to complete all 60 credits of the Higher Diploma in Engineering in Building Information Modelling is €5,000 Euros. 

Fees are payable by Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Draft or Postal Order (made payable to GMIT). If your place of employment is paying your education fees, you must provide written evidence of this in advance of the start date. Payment in cash is not accepted.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to this programme an applicant must hold a relevant Level 7 qualification or equivalent in a cognate area within the construction and built environment industry. Applications will also be accepted from mature applicants who have worked at an appropriate level within the construction industry and who may gain entry by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. 


Delivery commences in September 2016. From September to December the two mandatory 10 credit modules (BIM Fundamentals and BIM Collaboration) will be delivered two evenings per week 6-10pm. From January to May students may choose one elective module (10 credits) which will be delivered one evening per week and the Major Project (30 credits) which students can complete in their workplace with the assistance and supervision of a member of the GMIT academic team. The full 60 credit programme is completed over one calendar year.


The course is delivered at GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway, two evenings per week.

Closing Date for Applications

Closing date is the end of August 2016.

Application Procedure

Applications can be made using this link

Any queries, please e-mail Jim O'Connor or Gerard Nicholson

or contact

Head of Department

Mary Rogers

Phone: + 353 (0) 91 74 2210

eMail:  Mary Rogers

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Jim O' Connor

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Gerard Nicholson

eMail: Gerard Nicholson


Mary Rogers, Head of Department

Phone: + 353 (0) 91 74 2210 

eMail: Mary Rogers