Course Overview

The course aims to equip students with key knowledge and skills needed to develop sustainable technological solutions to the challenges facing the construction and built environment sector in Ireland and elsewhere. The MSc in Construction Innovation is targeted at individuals wishing to upskill/reskill to meet the critical demand for skills in innovation, digital adoption, sustainability and modern methods of construction, as identified in the Ernst & Young ‘Detailed Description of Needs for the Irish Construction/Built Environment Sector’ report (2021). 

 

The MSc in Construction Innovation will enable prospective students to:  

  • Develop skills in sustainability, digitalisation and modern methods of construction, 
  • Develop advanced research and analytical skills, including expertise in a specific field, effective communication, teamwork, and project management,
  • Develop critical thinking, curiosity and problem solving to manage the innovation process, 
  • Identify opportunities (and challenges) for innovation in the construction sector, 
  • Create novel technology and service solutions to previously unmet, under-met and unrecognised problems,
  • Continue their professional development to meet the future needs of the sector.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Programme Director: Prof Jamie Goggins, School of Engineering, College of Science and Engineering 

Programme Board: Prof Jamie Goggins (Chair), Dr Magdalena Hajdukiewicz, Dr Paul Moran, Dr Edelle Doherty 

Module leads: 

  • CE5104 Sustainability Planning in Construction (J Goggins) 
  • CE5105 Digital Construction Technologies (J Goggins) 
  • CE5106 Modern Methods of Construction (P Moran) 
  • CE5108 Innovation & Entrepreneurship (E Doherty) 
  • CE5107 Innovation Project (J Goggins) 
  • CE5109 Research Project in Construction Innovation (TBC) 
  • CE5110 Work Based Placement in Construction Innovation (TBC) 

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold: 

  • an undergraduate bachelor degree 1st or 2nd class honours in any discipline (level 8); 
  • or an ordinary bachelors degree or 3rd class honours undergraduate degree (level 7), along with five years of relevant industrial experience; 
  • or a recognised professional qualification and five years of relevant industrial experience. 

Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria are encouraged to contact the programme's administrators to discuss eligibility through a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the course. 

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria are encouraged to contact the programme's administrators to discuss eligibility through a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the course. 

Duration

1 year

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10 students

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

No set closing date. See https://www.universityofgalway.ie/postgrad-admissions/key-dates/ for further info.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90 ECTs

Award

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

 Course description:  

The course focuses on construction innovation, equipping learners with key knowledge and skills in innovation, digital adoption, sustainability and modern methods of construction. The course is delivered through blended learning, consisting of pre-recorded lectures, live online webinars (1 hour/week), live online workshops (2 hours/week), self-directed learning materials, online activities and extensive resources, and on campus sessions (full-day every 8 weeks).  Each module will consist of: 

(i) online materials and guided reading; 

(ii) weekly lectures with associated activities; and 

(iii) one full-day workshop with discussions.  

  

Course content: 

Students must undertake the following core modules are: 

  • CE5104 Sustainability Planning in Construction (10 ECTS; Year 1, Semester 1; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

This module will support the students, as the current/future construction sector stakeholders, in developing more sustainable construction processes and products, with a focus on areas of energy performance of buildings, retrofitting of existing structures, decarbonisation of construction processes and circularity. Finally, the module will introduce the concept of a just transition for the construction sector, where the needs of end users are understood and translated into new products and processes. 

  

  • CE5105 Digital Construction Technologies (10 ECTS; Year 1, Semester 1; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

This module will cover the broad areas of building information modelling (BIM) technology, digital twinning, visualisation methods and their standard approaches within the construction sector. Digitalisation is fundamentally changing the ways in which construction teams interact. Technologies such as BIM can seamlessly monitor the materials and products delivered to the construction site, in a manner that respects the need for sustainability and traceability. Furthermore, sensors will provide the data for digital twins and their incorporation into construction elements, thus the ability to analyse and exploit the large volumes of data is required. Furthermore, augmented reality technologies are beginning to be used for tasks such as site inspections, allowing continuous monitoring of construction process and conducting quality control checks with greater ease. Clash detection, has already been identified as a benefit of BIM, but recent developments in virtual reality and communication technologies will soon allow design teams to explore design issues from different locations. Technologies such as these will fundamentally change the way in which construction projects are managed and lead to new work processes. This module will engage with students to ensure they are fully prepared for the potential of these new work practices.   This module is a science-based approach and key tools, methods and materials will be explored 

  

  • CE5106 Modern Methods of Construction (10 ECTS; Year 1, Semester 2; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

As part of this module, students will develop skills in MMC, as the sector moves rapidly towards Industry 4.0. The module will cover key areas of standardisation and routes to certification, next generation rapid build systems (off-site panelised and modular construction), automation and autonomous construction.  This module is a science-based approach and key tools, methods and materials will be explored. 

  

  • CE5108 Innovation & Entrepreneurship (10 ECTS; Year 1, Semester 2; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

This module focuses on the overall innovation process, from identifying domain-specific needs, validating those needs, brainstorming, and concept creation for new technology products. The module utilises the Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Disciplined Entrepreneurship" approach (https://www.d-eship.com/). The module highlights both business analysis and communication skills, ensuring that graduates are well equipped with skills to manage innovation projects and 

launch their own enterprises. This module is a science-based approach and key tools, methods and materials will be explored.    

 

  • CE5107 Innovation Project (20 ECTS; Year 1, Semester 3; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

This module is focused on students working in teams to identify a real-world problem in the construction/ built environment area that require an insightful technology/ service solution, inventing and implementing the solution, demonstrating its validity and commercial viability. Students may work on developing pitches for angel and venture capital funding to allow commercialisation. All projects must relate directly to the current needs in the construction/ built environment sector and apply the principles of sustainable design. The focus is on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, curiosity and utilising a range of tools that will help manage the innovation process. The module is designed around self-directed learning, teamwork and reflection, which enables distance learning. However, workshops, tutorials and drop-in clinics will be provided via online platform to enhance students’ learning. 

 

Students undertaking the Full-Time course must undertake one of the following optional modules: 

  • CE5109 Research Project in Construction Innovation (30 ECTS; Year 1, Full Year; Blended; No-prerequisites) 
  • CE5110 Work Based Placement in Construction Innovation (30 ECTS; Year 1, Full Year; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

 

Students undertaking the Part-Time course, students must undertake the following core module: 

  • CE5109 Research Project in Construction Innovation (30 ECTS; Year 2, Full Year; Blended; No-prerequisites) 

 

 

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course is designed to provide upskilling opportunities for graduates in industrial and commercial construction, construction technology and in sustainable development sectors.   It is also envisaged that graduates will take up leadership positions in the construction industry to lead change in the modernisation of the sector. 

 

The MSc in Construction Innovation aims to produce graduates who are creative, inquisitive, agile and distinctive. They will have had access to state-of-the-art knowledge, tools and techniques in construction during the MSc in Construction Innovation and the opportunity to apply these in the real-world content. They will have the ability: 

  • to identify, formulate and analyse complex construction-related problems.  
  • to identify opportunities (and challenges) for innovation in the construction sector. 
  • to investigate, experiment and apply standard and specialised research methods. 
  • to lead in the sustainable transition of the construction sector with consideration of people, planet and place, embedding the principles of Sustainable Development Goals in their work. 
  • to work effectively independently and in diverse and inclusive teams, and to prepare for lifelong learning. 
  • to communicate effectively on complex construction related activities to diverse audiences. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

On the successful completion of this programme students will have:

  • Enhanced skills in the area of problem solving.
  • Enhanced students’ skills in research, communication, and innovative thinking.
  • Communicated difficult ideas in a clear and persuasive manner, while listening to others and understanding different points of view [Communication Skills].
  • Looked at problems from diverse points of view [Design and Planning Skills].
  • Identified a problem and formulated questions relevant to clarifying an issue or a set of issues [Research and Investigation Skills].
  • Enhanced students ability to support a position with argumentation and logic

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,640 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€8,500 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€27,000 p.a. (€27,140 including levy) 2024/25


Student levy €140—payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail
here.

Find out More

Professor Jamie Goggins 
E:jamie.goggins@universityofgalway.ie 

T: +35391492609