Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing the 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.
Hands-on experience and world-class research
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 full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next. You will study the following modules:
- BIM in Design Co-ordination (15 credits) - Develop an advanced understanding of BIM approaches for retrieving, analysing and integrating information to aid decision-making, and using appropriate BIM tools.
- BIM in Construction Operation (15 credits) - Looks at a range of BIM approaches and applications for construction planning and operations, including simulating construction schedules and logistics, buildability forecasting and clash detection.
- BIM in Business and Practice (30 credits) - The opportunity to pursue a case study closely related to a company's interests, and how they use BIM approaches and protocols. You will help the company with a BIM organisational strategic and implementation plan to ensure it's aligned with their business strategy.
- BIM in Operation and Maintenance (15 credits) - Examine the role of BIM for building and asset operation and maintenance, and the challenges of BIM-Facilities Management (FM) integration.
- Low/Zero-Impact Buildings (15 credits) - Assesses the role of BIM in designing and operating comfortable buildings that significantly reduce or eliminate energy use. You will evaluate low or zero-carbon and renewable technologies, apply BIM to evaluate buildings' environmental performance and explore the impact of Part L, BREEAM, LEED and EPC ratings.
- Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits) - Here you will integrate your project manager skills by selecting a project case study and analysing it in relation to the environment, client objectives, feasibility, strategy, implementation, and commissioning.
- Construction Contract Law (15 credits) - Examines the allocation of risk in the context of the conditions of standard contracts, and assesses the roles of legal documents, including letters of intent and collateral warranties.
- Dissertation (60 credits) - This module will equip and guide you to undertake independent research on issues and topics relevant to construction and the built environment.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
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.
We teach most modules through five formal 'contact blocks' throughout the year, with each block one day long. Between blocks we expect you to undertake reading and other tasks to reinforce your understanding of the issues and complete your coursework and practicals.
We use a range of assessment methods, but your knowledge is tested mainly through BIM 'real-life' projects, with a focus on the various aspects of built environment lifecycle, including design, construction, operation and maintenance. We also assessed through written work, coursework and verbal presentations.
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.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for the entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
We 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.
We can consider applicants 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.
English Language Requirement
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For this course, in the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS) we normally require an overall score of 6.5 and not less than 6.5 in each component.