What will I learn?

Introduction

Unique in the way it explores all aspects of a building's entire lifecycle, from design to demolition, this course offers you the chance to cover new ground and be at the forefront of this exciting, emerging discipline using a combination of theory and real-life practice.

Accreditations and partnerships: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors & The Chartered Institute of Building.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. On this course you will learn a holistic approach to everything from design and construction to maintenance, operation, and sustainability from industry and research experts using state-of-the-art BIM software. You will also benefit from regular talks from BIM experts and close links to the industry and BIM Regional Hub: South West.

A unique feature of this course is that you have the opportunity to be placed with a company to deliver a BIM Organisational Strategy and a BIM Implementation Plan. You will also provide companies with BIM research that has real business value producing an organisational strategy and implementation plan to ensure their BIM is aligned with business strategy. You will then research a BIM-related topic of your choice in-depth for your dissertation.

The expertise in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology sets this course apart. The MSc in Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design Construction and Operations is challenging, as we cover a lot of ground, and prepare you in all aspects of BIM, so you are better equipped for employment. To do this we split the course, so its half theory and half practice, using the latest modelling and management, analysis and visualisation tools. You will learn to understand the complete building lifecycle, exploring innovative sustainable and collaborative practices in building information modelling and management, and examine a range of existing and emerging BIM issues.

The Government's Construction Strategy says all publicly funded projects must now meet the BIM protocol and is pushing for faster adoption of BIM. But, with a lack of skilled professionals, there are major obstacles. This fast-growing area is perfect for anyone looking to respond to this challenge and seize opportunities.

Learning and Teaching

The course uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. We expect you to learn both in groups and independently, as well as using online resources. The programme team will provide all the support and help you need, and encourage you to learn effectively.

Scheduled learning includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration and workshops, supervised BIM workshops and essential reading, case study preparation, and written assignments.

Careers / Further study

This course is designed to create the next generation of BIM leaders ready to work with technical professionals on project teams. It's highly relevant to architects, project managers, and construction professionals. Professionals with BIM expertise and knowledge are increasingly sought after in industry, academia, training and consultancy, and this course can lead to a variety of career options, including BIM Designers, BIM Managers and Digital Engineers. Other linked careers include teaching and research in further and higher education, training, and consultancy such as BIM Modelling Services. You may even choose to set up your own BIM company.

Which department am I in?

Architecture and the Built Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,750.00 (US$ 18,925) per year
Module Fee (15 Credit): £1146.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022

Venue

Frenchay Campus

Coldharbour Lane,

Bristol,

South Gloucestershire,

BS16 1QY, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students will be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4 in a four year Bachelor’s degree. Students need to hold a overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Students normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in a built environment subject, or if in a different subject, with built environment experience. Students who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications. IELTS Overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component. TOEFL Overall score of 90 or above, including a minimum of 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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