Building Information Management MSc

Building information management student holds measuring equipment
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2018, January 2019, September 2019, January 2019

Overview

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing. If you’re interested in a career in Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM), which is becoming the industry standard for the design, building and management of modern structures, this course is for you.

On this MSc Building Information Management (BIM) degree course, you’ll cover the fundamentals of project and financial management and learn to integrate exciting new technology.

With this MSc in Building Information and Management, you can pursue careers in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, as well as higher education, the arts, conservation, and management.

You can start this course in September or January (distance learning only in January).

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • 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 methodologies of building information modelling with the established principles of planning and project management
  • Explore the practical and theoretical applications - and challenges - of building information modelling and management and become an advocate and enabler of its adoption by industry
  • Choose to study full-time over one year, part-time over two years on campus or part-time over two years by distance learning

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your building information modelling and management skills to work in the industry.

Graduates typically go on to pursue careers in:

  • architecture
  • engineering construction
  • higher education
  • the arts
  • conservation
  • project management

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

  • 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.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

  • 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.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (September 2018 and January 2019 start)

Our MSc Building Information Management (BIM) degree course can be studied full-time (1 year), part-time (2 years) or part-time by distance learning (2 years) – and your tuition fees will vary depending on which you choose.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £7,700
  • Part time (60/120 credit split): £2,570 in year one, £5,130 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Distance learning: £2,250 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students:

  • Full time: £15,100
  • Part time (60/120 credit split): £5,030 in year one, £10,070 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Distance learning: £2,250 (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll be provided with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you'll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. Units you'll study include:

  • BIM Theory and Practice
  • Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management
  • Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment
  • Strategic and General Management
  • Dissertation

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group projects

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks, an assessment period and a project, which takes place over the summer:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
  • Project period – June to September

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual coursework
  • group project
  • individual presentations
  • group presentations
  • reports
  • individual project or dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

Apply

You can start this course in September or January (distance learning only in January).

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Programme specification
Programme specification (part time, distance learning)
Subject Area
Architecture and surveying