Building Information Management (BIM)
Become an industry leader in BIM
Why take this course?
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.
What will I experience?
On this course you will:
- Cover the fundamentals of project and financial management software such as Revit, CostX, Synchro, as well as design software such as AutoCAD
- Learn how to integrate the new technology and methodology of BIM with the established principles of planning and project management
- Explore the practical and theoretical applications - and challenges - of BIM and become an advocate and enabler of its adoption by industry
What opportunities might it lead to?
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:
- BIM Coordinator/Strategist
- Project Manager
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
- 1 year full time, 2 years part time, 2 years part time distance learning (subject to approval)
- A good honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a technical or analytical discipline (Architecture, Construction Management, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Civil, Surveying, Project Management). Exceptionally, applicants from non-technical/analytical disciplines but with proven and substantiated experience in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) fields will be considered. Distance learning applicants may be subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £6,400, part time (60/120 credit split): £2,130 in year one, £4,270* in year 2
2017/18 entry: full time: £6,400, part time (60/120 credit split): £2,130 in year one, £4,270* in year 2
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700, part time (60/120 credit split): £4,570 in year one, £9,130* in year 2
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400, part time (60/120 credit split): £4,800 in year one, £9,600* in year 2
Distance learning students
2017/18 entry: part-time: to be confirmed
* Fees are subject to annual increase.
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
- School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Structure & Teaching
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:
- BIM Theory and Practice: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes.
- Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method.
- Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications.
- Dissertation: An opportunity to complete an independent dissertation project during the final stage of the course. You will be able to choose a subject area of particular personal interest, within the broad scope of the built environment.
Optional Units include:
- Strategic and General Management: On this unit you will cover management in the construction industry. You will also cover development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.
- Construction Law, Contracts, and Dispute Resolution: This unit provides a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the background to and the working of the legal system in England and Wales relevant to the practice of a quantity surveyor.
Teaching and Assessment
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.
How are you assessed?
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:
- Individual coursework
- Group project
- Individual Presentations
- Group presentations
- Individual project/dissertation
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.
Facilities & Features
Specialist Software and Equipment
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.
Spaces for learning
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:
- WiFi across campus and in halls of residence
- Computer suites with specialised software and equipment
- Open access areas, printing facilities and group working areas
- Laptops available on short-term loan
- Student IT Help Centre for free support during term time
- Your own Google account with unlimited cloud storage
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.
Budgeting for your studies
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.
Other costs to consider
We provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you will need to buy your own safety boots which cost approximately £35.
Careers & Opportunities
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.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
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.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.
Postgraduate Information Days
Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.
Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry are:
- Wednesday 1 March 2017, 1pm - 5pm
- Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1pm - 5pm
Other opportunities to visit
Download our free walking tour PDF for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.
We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.
If you are unable to visit us, contact the admissions team – see the 'Key Facts' section above for contact details.
Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.
Fees and Funding
Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.