Masters | Postgraduate Course - Building Information Management (Distance Learning) MSc Course Details within University of Portsmouth

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Building Information Management (Distance Learning) MSc

Study Details

MSc 2 years part time distance learning (subject to approval)

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.

BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.

This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.

Module details

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers. You will also benefit from the insights of guest lecturers and visiting industry professionals.

Core units include:

  • BIM Theory and Practice
  • Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management
  • Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment
  • Dissertation

Optional Units include:

  • Strategic and General Management
  • Construction Law, Contracts, and Dispute Resolution

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. Distance learning applicants may be subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Programme Assessment

In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:

- Individual coursework
- Group project
- Individual Presentations
- Group presentations
- Reports
- Individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

This Masters course will support progression into further research or an academic career. BIM professionals who pursue careers in large or small businesses and in the public sector, can expect to work in roles such as:

- BIM Coordinator/Strategist
- Project Manager
- Consultant
- Technician

Our postgraduate courses in Quantity Surveying and Property Development are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This course will also be submitted for accreditation once fully established.