The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.
BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.
This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.
On this course you will:
This Masters course will support progression into further research or an academic career. BIM professionals who pursue careers in large or small businesses and in the public sector, can expect to work in roles such as:
Our postgraduate courses in Quantity Surveying and Property Development are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This course will also be submitted for accreditation once fully established.
As a professional, I hope to use BIM and the project management skills that I've learned at the University of Portsmouth to increase productivity and competitiveness in the AEC industry in China.
Zeyue Xue, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying student, 2016
You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers. You will also benefit from the insights of guest lecturers and visiting industry professionals.
Core units include:
The classroom element of teaching will be through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Individual projects and group collaboration projects will utilise our specialised computer labs and design studios.
In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:
The goal of this course is not merely to train you to use the software but rather to research and explore the concepts and the possibilities. Companies need professionals with the understanding and insight to become BIM champions and to shape the future of the industry.
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Our students have access to specialist software dedicated to Building Information Modelling & Management. We have invested heavily in our facilities so that you can put the knowledge you gain from our courses into practice. Computer suites and associated software are regularly upgraded to reflect current industrial practice and course requirements.
The University has plenty of open access areas all around the campus, with the latest computer equipment and excellent IT support. When you study here you will find:
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
We provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you will need to buy your own safety boots which cost approximately £35.
You will benefit from our strong links with both architecture, engineering and construction industry and professions. BIM is a new and valuable skill to many employers, and graduates from this course are highly sought after. This course also provides you with the skills and knowledge to support employability in a range of professional roles in the built environment, both in the UK and internationally.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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