GMIT Building and Civil Engineering Department Offers New Postgraduate Programs

The GMIT School of Engineering offers two new postgraduate programs for employees in the built environment sector who wish to develop and receive a qualification in the broad areas of Irish building regulations and leadership in the circular economy.

The two new part-time Level 9 programs are the Masters in Built Environment Regulation and the Graduate Diploma of Science in Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment. Both programs are highly innovative in their approach to teaching and learning, incorporate extensive industry links and use expert lecturers as guest lecturers. Both are suitable for professionals in the construction industry who are interested in a learning approach for their continuing education and continuing professional development needs.

The new MSc in Built Environment Regulation aims to provide advanced experience, knowledge and training to fulfill, in part, the onerous and challenging roles, duties and responsibilities associated with built environment regulations in Irish industry construction. Internationally, this is a unique program in the postgraduate space.

Program chair and speaker, Irene Hayden, said extensive consultation with professional bodies and a dedicated steering committee to design this program identified gaps in this training and learning.

“This MSc will enable practitioners in the field to gain expertise in specific regulatory areas. It will provide specialist knowledge on building control regulation and the building control management system, in collaboration with the National Control Office building and market surveillance.It is designed for architects, engineers, building surveyors, architectural technologists, as well as builders and construction managers, to name a few.It offers a learning path flexible, supervised, certified and experiential”.

Mixed format

The course will begin in January 2022 and will be delivered in a blended format (partly online and partly on campus). There are two Special Purpose Awards (SPA) built into the Masters course – the Certificate in Built Environment Regulation and the Certificate in Fire Safety, both at Level 9. [The Post Graduate Diploma in Science in Built Environment Regulation (L9 ) is also embedded, see below].

“We welcome applicants on a module-by-module basis which can be accumulated over time to achieve a full qualification,” adds Ms Hayden. Applications close November 2021. For more information, please contact [email protected]

The new Postgraduate Diploma in Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment is the first of its kind in Ireland. It aims to support all building stakeholders in the transition to circular buildings. Program chair and keynote speaker, Dr Mark Kelly, said: “The program draws on more than 20 years of applied research in construction and demolition waste management, construction resource efficiency and applications of the circular economy. This is a fully online course, starting in early October 2021, and will focus on the application of circular economy principles in the built environment supply chain, exploration and development circular economy business models and carrying out an applied research project based on real industrial applications. ”.

The scheme was created in consultation with the Irish Green Building Council, the Building Industry Federation and industry professionals. It is funded under Pillar 1 of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI), providing 90% funding for fees. Applications close very soon for this program. For more information, please contact [email protected]

These two postgraduate programs have been developed in collaboration with the Digital Academy for Sustainable Built Environment (DASBE) project, a multi-institute collaborative project between GMIT and Shannon University of Technology: Midlands Midwest, TÚS (formerly LIT and AIT) . The DASBE project is funded under pillar 3 of the HCI des Hautes Ecoles (HEA) fund. GMIT is delighted to announce that candidates from any of the aforementioned building regulation programs (from certificate to full master of science) will be eligible to apply for the GMIT DASBE Scholarship, which will reimburse a percentage of fees for those who complete with success of their program. Full program details will be available later in the year or via email [email protected]

Mary Rogers, Department Head of Buildings and Civil Engineering, GMIT, said: “We are delighted to add these new masters and postgraduate programs to our suite of professionally accredited built environment programs at the Department of Building and of Civil Engineering, GMIT. Both programs have been informed by the changing needs of the construction industry and developed with industry and academic experts. At GMIT, we aspire to support sustainable and innovative long-term careers for our graduates and industry professionals.

Professor Graham Heaslip, Director of the School of Engineering, adds: “These new programs are a response to industry needs. The era of zero carbon is approaching and these programs are helping to tackle the climate crisis.