Building information management student holds measuring equipment
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning
Duration
12 months full-time (September intake), 24 months part-time (September intake), 16 months full-time (January intake), 28 months part-time (January intake), 28 months part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2022, January 2023
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is transforming the way we design, build and maintain modern structures. On this MSc Building Information Management, you'll master the software, technology and theories you need to keep up with this new industry standard. You'll also study construction law, finance and strategic project management, before bringing your learning together in a focused project of your own design.  

With many countries, including the UK, mandating the use of BIM in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, there's a global demand for your skills. Not only will you be well-placed to secure a job in the AEC sphere, there's evidence that, as a BIM graduate, you could see a 40% improvement on your salary expectations. You'll also be set to follow careers in higher education, the arts, conservation or management.

You can start this course in October (full time, part time or part time by distance learning) or January (part time by distance learning only).

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Integrate data management and construction management with BIM design principles, using industry-standard software from Revit to AutoCAD, on one of the UK's longest-running university BIM courses
  • Learn from visiting professionals in BIM management organisations such as Sweco, AECOM and Hoare Lea, and attend University-organised networking events with the construction industry
  • Choose your mode of study to suit your needs: full-time over one year, or part-time over two years, either on campus or by distance learning

Accredited by:

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree*. See the JBM website for further information.

It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non- accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

What you'll study on this MSc Building Information Management degree course

Full-time

Modules studied
All modules on this MSc Building Information Management are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appraise the importance of using computers to expedite tasks in the architectural, engineering and construction industry
  • Appraise how computer software can be used to plan, programme, monitor, and control construction projects
  • Create and develop BIM models using current BIM technology as part of a team project to demonstrate BIM (as an integrated platform) adoption between different stakeholders in AEC projects throughout the use and maintenance of buildings
  • Extract and analyse data from a BIM model to make informed decisions about a project
  • Show a critical appraisal of the multidisciplinary dimensions of AEC projects and its associated articulation procedures

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appreciate the mechanisms by which the law relevant to a construction professional is enacted and developed.
  • Critically discuss the obligations most commonly imposed by law; those arising from statutory provisions, the contract or resulting from the negligence of the parties.
  • Manage and apply contract principles to the regular matters which occur during the life of a project.
  • Assess and evaluate contract principles and relevant case law relating to construction disputes and differences and assess the management needs resulting from these particular issues.
  • Appraise the available dispute resolution methods and make an informed selection when faced with a contractual issue; recommend the most appropriate procedures and remedies available to the parties.
  • Apply health and safety law to construction situations.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the principles and processes of management
  • Appraise the importance of corporate governance, ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in developing a sustainable business
  • Make use of appropriate data and analytical tools to recommend suitable options
  • Critically discuss issues related to managing people and organisational behaviour

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Develop a suitable structural design using a critical knowledge of structural analysis
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate forms of project costing and measurement
  • Design and develop detailed BIM structural and MEP models
  • Evaluate the use of BIM within the construction industry
  • Appraise BIM collaboration challenges through methods, tools and organisational implications

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of BIM integrated modelling
  • Describe and apply the core concepts associated with legal and technical requirements for data-sharing within and across disciplines
  • Demonstrate how to utilise data/information at different phases of a project and across different stakeholders
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of a variety of BIM and CAD packages in order to develop interoperability, data sharing, and merging skills, and production of Gantt charts produced and link them to individual components of the BIM model to support BIM nD modelling

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the principles of strategic management
  • Appraise implementation issues in management of construction organisations
  • Make use of appropriate data and analytical tools
  • Recommend and justify new strategic options

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise and evaluate key research tools and techniques
  • Organise library searches effectively to identify key source material and review such material to establish a well-informed context for the project and appropriate justification for the topic
  • Assemble a viable research methodology, recognising the quantitative and/or qualitative elements that are generic to such methodologies. Classify, analyse and develop the facts, principles and theories relevant to the project and apply them so as to present and justify an innovative solution or design, often in areas where information and practice are undeveloped
  • Recognise and discuss any ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
  • Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
  • Organise and plan work independently on a topic over an extended time frame and report progress regularly and effectively to a supervisor

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Part-time

Year 1
Year 2
All modules on this MSc Building Information Management are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise the importance of using computers to expedite tasks in the construction industry
  • Create and develop BIM models using current BIM technology, considering the multidisciplinary dimensions of AEC projects
  • Demonstrate BIM adoption between different stakeholders in AEC projects
  • Appraise how BIM can be used to plan, programme, monitor, and control construction projects
  • Extract and analyse data from a BIM model to make informed decisions about a project

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise the mechanisms by which the law relevant to a construction professional is enacted and developed
  • Critically discuss the obligations most commonly imposed by law; those arising from statutory provisions, the contract or resulting from the negligence of the parties
  • Manage and apply contract principles to the regular matters which occur during the life of a project
  • Assess and evaluate contract principles and relevant case law relating to construction disputes and differences and assess the management needs resulting from these particular issues
  • Evaluate and appraise an informed choice when faced with a contractual issue; recommend the most appropriate procedures and remedies available to the parties
  • Apply health and safety law to construction situations

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of BIM integrated modelling
  • Demonstrate how to use a variety of BIM packages to develop interoperability and data sharing
  • Demonstrate how to utilise information at different AEC phases across different stakeholders
  • Describe and apply the core legal and technical requirements for data-sharing
  • Demonstrate how to produce Gantt charts and link them to individual components of the BIM model

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All modules on this MSc Building Information Management are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically discuss the principles of general and strategic management
  • Appraise management implementation issues in construction organisations
  • Evaluate the macro and micro environment of a relevant construction organisation making use of appropriate data and analytical tools
  • Recommend and justify new strategic options

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Develop a suitable structural design using a critical knowledge of structural analysis
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate forms of project costing and measurement
  • Critique and propose appropriate methods of project management
  • Design and develop detailed BIM structural and MEP models
  • Evaluate the use of BIM within the construction industry
  • Appraise BIM collaboration challenges through methods, tools, and organisational implications

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise and evaluate key research tools and techniques
  • Organise library searches effectively to identify key source material and review such material to establish a well-informed context for the project and appropriate justification for the topic
  • Assemble a viable research methodology, recognising the quantitative and/or qualitative elements that are generic to such methodologies. Classify, analyse and develop the facts, principles and theories relevant to the project and apply them so as to present and justify an innovative solution or design, often in areas where information and practice are undeveloped
  • Recognise and discuss any ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
  • Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
  • Organise and plan work independently on a topic over an extended time frame and report progress regularly and effectively to a supervisor

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Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

[This course] has given me the opportunity to be a BIM Manager. I plan to work for at least a year in the UK after I finish my postgraduate study … after that I plan to have my own practice in the Dominican Republic, providing services I will learn through this course.

Giancarlo Beato, MSc Building Information Management

Careers this prepares you for

As a graduate of this BIM degree, you'll be an ideal candidate for management roles in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.

You'll have studied the mandatory BIM technologies, systems and software you'll be using in your career, such as Revit and Novisworks, and had access to networking opportunities through the University's connections to AEC professionals. ArchDaily finds that the understanding of BIM you'll develop on this course is worth a 40% salary boost in the sector, which it predicts will be worth $10.7 billion by 2026. 

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • BIM Manager
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Digital lead

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Mott Macdonald
  • Arcadis
  • Sweco
  • AECOM

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Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

Facilities

Student using computer

Building Information Modelling (BIM) software

Use our suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, including our computer-aided design tools that use digital images to show physical and functional characteristics.

Man using 3D printer to create models

3D printing workshop

Test concepts, build prototypes and bring your designs to life in our 3D printing workshop.

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Future Technology Centre

Room to model and build prototypes using additive manufacturing machines, and test them out in our advanced testing and imaging facility. Equipment includes a laser sintering machine, 3D printers, 3D scanning microscopy and a Micro CT scanner.

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How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 2 years (part time study)
  • 12 months (full-time study)

You can expect:

  • 10 hours of teaching time every week (5 hours per week for part time students). Campus students currently attend classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and distance-learning students attend online sessions, with most lectures available as on-demand recordings
  • 20 hours of independent study each week (10 hours per week for part time students)

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group projects

Assessment

  • individual coursework
  • group project
  • individual presentations
  • group presentations
  • reports
  • exams
  • 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.

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Mark Danso-Amoako

I'm a senior lecturer at Portsmouth with interests in computer information systems, automation in construction, construction software development, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and interoperability between applications in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry. I worked on the $400 million Takoradi Thermal Power Project in Ghana, and have developed several IT solutions for construction companies in the USA.

Read more about Mark

Sepehr Abrishami

I'm a senior lecturer at Portsmouth, and course leader for the MSc Business Information Management (BIM). I'm also a prize-winning architect and researcher, with experience working on projects in Europe and the Middle East. My research interests are in Integrated & Digital Design, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Programming, and Virtual Prototyping.

Read more about Sepehr

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

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Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty 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

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 / January 2023 start)

  • Full time: £9,400
  • Part time: £3,130 in year 1 and £6,270 in year 2
  • Part time distance learning: £2,500 per year, subject to annual increase

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full time: £9,400
  • Part time: £6,100 in year 1 and £12,200 in year 2
  • Part time distance learning: £2,500 per year, subject to annual increase

  • Full time: £18,300
  • Part time: £6,100 in year 1 and £12,200 in year 2
  • Part time distance learning: £2,500 per year, subject to annual increase

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Additional 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 could include:

  • Accommodation: If you choose to study on-campus, accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

September 2022 / January 2023 start

  • 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.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

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

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

  • Applicants may be subject to interview.

Apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying to study on-campus as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Ready to apply?

Standard applications

Start this course in September 2022

Full-time study

Part-time study

Distance learning part-time study

Standard applications

Start this course in January 2023

Full-time study

Part-time study

Distance learning part-time study

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.