Building information management student analyses tables
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
1 year part-time distance learning
Start Date
January 2020, September 2020, January 2021

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.

Accredited by

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.

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

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.

What can you do with a Building Information Management qualification?

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.

What you'll study on this PgCert Building Information Management course

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

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

Modules

Core units in this year include:

  • BIM Theory and Practice
  • Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment

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.

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

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

Entry requirements​

PgCert Building Information Management 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.
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.
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.
Selection process
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Distance learning: £1,540 (may be subject to annual increase)

This part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students

  • Distance learning: £1,540 (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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

Start your application by following the link below:

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 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. 

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