KESS2 PhD in Engineering: Building information modelling governance framework supporting multi-facet project and organization quality assurance (BIM4QA)

Key facts

Application deadline 1 April 2018
Start date 1 October 2017; other possible start dates are 1 January 2018 or 1 April 2018
Duration 3 years
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

The proposed research is to develop a new generation BIM governance framework supporting multi-facet project and organisation quality assurance.

The framework will understand the core governance aspects of compulsory Building Information Modelling (BIM) level 2 requirements, eg EIR/AIR/OIR, BEP, MIDP, PDT, CDE etc. Hence it can combine the compatible BIM processes together with standard ISO 9001 QA frameworks.

The framework can also be used as an onsite QA guidance for both project deliverer, (eg designer, builder, or contractor) and the end user / client to achieve clearly defined requirements that will check against an agreed QA criteria.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.



Esther Meadows

Finance and Compliance Project Officer

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend, plus c. £3K a year available to support project-related expenses. Fees will be met by the University.
Maintenance stipend Starting stipends of £14,198 per year for PhD studentships and £11,358 a year for MRes/MPhil studentships (exact figures subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment).

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applicants for research PhDs at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • a relevant Master's qualification or equivalent.

Applicants must:

  • have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the course of study
  • have a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.

The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.

Applicants must also be prepared to provide proof of identity and income as part of the stipend assessment process. Further details are available from the KESS2 Office.


Esther Meadows

Finance and Compliance Project Officer

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with a 1 October 2017,1 January 2018 or 1 April 2018 start date.

In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from KESS2. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

Applications should include a personal statement, research proposal, CV and covering letter.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Esther Meadows

Finance and Compliance Project Officer

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