University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Building Information Management (Distance Learning)

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.

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.

Course modules

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: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes. Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method. Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications. Dissertation: An opportunity to complete an independent dissertation project during the final stage of the course. You will be able to choose a subject area of particular personal interest, within the broad scope of the built environment. Optional Units include: Strategic and General Management: On this unit you will cover management in the construction industry. You will also cover development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments. Construction Law, Contracts, and Dispute Resolution: This unit provides a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the background to and the working of the legal system in England and Wales relevant to the practice of a quantity surveyor.

Assessment methods

The classroom element of teaching will be through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Individual projects and group collaboration projects will utilise our specialised computer labs and design studios. 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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning January 2018 GBP 2,250 per (Year 1) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning September 2018 GBP 2,250 per (Year 1) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning January 2019 GBP 2,250 per (Year 1) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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