Building information management student holds measuring equipment
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
Accredited
Yes

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 October (full time, part time or part time by distance learning) or February (part time by distance learning only).

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (ICE, ICIHT, IHE and IStructE on behalf of the Engineering Council) meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Entry requirements​

MSc Building Information Management Master's degree entry requirements

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

If you don't 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.

Selection process
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.

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

If you don't 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.

Selection process
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.

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

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.

What can you do with a Building Information Management degree?

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.

[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

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

Modules

Core modules currently include:

  • BIM Theory and Practice – 30 credits
  • Construction Contract Law – 15 credits
  • Dissertation – 60 credits
  • Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management – 30 credits
  • Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment – 15 credits
  • Strategic and General Management – 30 credits

Core modules in year 1 currently include:

  • BIM Theory and Practice – 30 credits
  • Construction Contract Law – 15 credits
  • Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment – 15 credits

Core modules in year 2 currently include:

    • Dissertation – 60 credits
    • Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management – 30 credits
    • Strategic and General Management – 30 credits

    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.

    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.

    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 – October to January
    • Spring teaching block – February to May
    • Assessment period – May 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.

    ​Course costs and funding

    Tuition fees

    Fees subject to annual increase.

    UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

    • Part-time by distance learning (January 2022 start) – £2,450 (per year)

    EU students

    (including Transition Scholarship)

    • Part-time by distance learning (January 2022 start) – £2,450 (per year)

    International students

    • Part-time by distance learning (January 2022 start) – £2,450 (per year)

    Funding your studies

    Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

    Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

    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.

    Apply

    You can start this course in October/September (full time, part time or part time by distance learning) or February/January (part time by distance learning only).
    Start your application by following the link below:

    January 2022 start

    September 2022 start

    International students

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.

    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.

    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.

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