Building Information Management PgCert

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
1 year part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2018, January 2019, September 2019, January 2020

Overview

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

On this 1-year part-time, distance-learning PgCert Building Information Management (BIM) course, you’ll cover the fundamentals of project and financial management and learn to integrate exciting new technology.

And when you graduate, you'll be able to pursue careers in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, as well as higher education, the arts, conservation, and management.

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 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

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 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 also 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.
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.
  • 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.
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

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

  • Distance learning: £2,570 (may be subject to annual increase)

Part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students

  • Distance learning: £5,030 (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.

​What you'll study

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

You will study two core units worth 30 credits each, for a total of 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • BIM theory and practice
  • Modelling and interoperability in the BIM environment

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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​

You'll be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies. Using our virtual learning environment, you can participate in group discussions with other students. Chat sessions with lecturers ensure you'll receive all the support you need throughout the course.

How you'll spend your time

This is a 1 year, part-time distance learning course, starting in January and September.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • individual coursework
  • reports

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

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
Subject Area
Architecture and surveying