Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016
£5,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

The construction industries around the world are moving into a new digital era to address the performance needs of clients. As a result, the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is increasing in the construction industry and seemingly has the capacity to impact every aspect of the built environment.

The UK Government has mandated level 2 BIM for its construction projects by 2016. To address this need the industry requires broadly educated professionals who can lead these digital developments and face the challenges of the future. This course plans to take you on a learning journey with a strong awareness of your own capabilities. It will challenge you to question your current thinking and the practices adopted in the face of a rapidly changing construction industry.

This course aims to provide you with the capability to integrate construction project delivery processes through collaborative practices and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to promote an effective, efficient, socially responsive and sustainable construction industry.

You will develop into a construction professional for the new digital age by providing capacity required to lead and assist digital developments of the industry. There's a growing demand for integrated information managers, BIM coordinators, practitioners, and strategists both in the UK and overseas.

What's covered in the course?

  • This course was developed to respond to the UK Government's mandate to implement level 2 BIM for all its construction projects by 2016. This course will develop you as a construction professional for the new digital age by giving you the ability to lead and assist digital developments of the industry.
  • You'll be taught by experienced BIM practitioners and leading academics. You'll also be supported by the Digital Construction Centre which explores the wider impact of an information view of construction for the benefit of the industry and its clients. Our teaching staff use cutting edge digital technologies and BIM software packages such as Revit, Synchro, Tekla, CostX, Solibri, Sketch Up and Sefaira.
  • You'll develop the capability to integrate construction project delivery processes through Building Information Modelling (BIM) and collaborative practices to promote an effective, efficient, socially responsive and sustainable construction industry.
  • We have built and plan to build several educational facilities using BIM and related digital technologies. You will study using case study materials from these past, on-going and future projects within the course content.
  • You'll benefit from our active associations with a number of companies including Willmott Dixon, AHR Global Architects, Associated Architects, Cundall, Costains, NG Bailey, Mott MacDonald, Rider Levett Bucknall, Thomas Vale and ACIVICO. In addition, the course has associations with BIM software suppliers Synchro, CostX, Solibri, Handsam and Amtech.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is currently seeking accreditation from Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
  • Located in the City Centre Campus at Millennium Point, our facilities include BIM labs with latest software packages and interactive learning environment.
  • Supported by the Centre for Digital Construction which explores the wider impact of an information view of construction including the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and new technology devices for the benefit of the industry and its clients.
  • The course employs a student-centred, interactive, problem-based approach to learning.
  • There are a number of scholarships available where eligibility is judged on a case-by-case basis.
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Entry Requirements

UK students

A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above / equivalent.

Students who have relevant professional experience may be invited to an interview and/or to take a test, at which they will be required to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding for entry onto the course.

International/EU students

An overseas qualification equivalent to a UK honours degree at 2:2 or above in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subjects.

Overseas students need to demonstrate a good command of English. University standard for postgraduate education will be required to enrol on this programme.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 13 months £5,500
PT 2 years £2,750 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 13 months £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

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Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

Construction Law and Contract
15 credits

This module presents and explores the legal and procedural context in which construction projects take place. It aims to facilitate students to understand the legal principles underpinned in construction contracts, the different procurement methods used and the operational procedures of contract administration in construction projects.

Building Information Theory
15 credits

This module presents the new information view of construction projects enabling students to appreciate: data creation, data structures and standards, data exchange needs and data uses in relation to the design and construction processes. It will be software independent but use examples and exercises with specific software to demonstrate the strengths, problems and opportunities that this development offers.

It will in particular present the uses of Building information Modelling and management for collaborative multidisciplinary design practices, communication with project stakeholders, automated clash detection and production assessment.

Digital Design Management
15 credits

This module presents Building Information Modelling (BIM) from a technological point of view. This reviews BIM and its related technologies, in particular parametric and object-oriented modelling, its potential and needed infrastructure to build a collaborative workspace. It establishes how BIM differs from traditional ways of design management. Furthermore it explores the challenges in integrating BIM and sustainability to create environmental friendly design through a streamlined process.

Business Management
15 credits

This module seeks to provide students the opportunity to examine and critically analyse topical issues in construction organisation context.  Through business management techniques and contemporary case studies, students will explore strategic and operational business issues in the construction organisations.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

People and Organisation
15 credits

This module seeks to explore organisation and management as human social phenomena to enable people to work together more effectively. The practical nature of management will be explored in relation to way people understand and use knowledge differently. Underlying theories of management will be viewed critically and, in particular, their utility and application in practice will be explored.

Students will explore the socially constructed nature of society and reflect on the implications of ideologies and mind-sets for organisation and organisational behaviour. Self-awareness and reflection are seen as critical to this, as are different notions of teams and leadership.

Integrated Delivery Processes
15 credits

This module takes an integrated process view of construction projects enabling students to appreciate developments in effectiveness and efficiency and how these can be managed.

The module will continually compare current practice with new practice reviewing how change can take place and how it can be assessed. In doing so this module will explore standards, procedures, workflows and strategies for effective BIM enabled design, construction and operational management of a facility.

As such it will support learning to handle the range of future developments in BIM and IPD as these are rapidly changing practices that are continually surfacing new approaches and technologies.

Supply Chain Integration
15 credits

This module will consider how the benefits of this integration of the network of supply can be enhanced throughout the supply chain. This will explore ways that sub-contractors and manufacturers can be involved in design and planning. The shift to pre-fabrication and assembly on site will be investigated and the benefits and problems in particular contexts established. Ways of evaluating the success of supply chain management will be introduced and wider social and economic benefits accommodated.

BIM/IPD Strategic Delivery project
15 credits

This module will bring together the building information and process integration aspects of learning for students for them to demonstrate the application of these to practice with critical evaluation. Students will either work on a project from their practice which involves team working or take a simulation project as a student team in which they will undertake investigations, planning and evaluation.

It will be based on a project that faces the key dilemma of jointly managing creative quality and efficient delivery and students will be required to show how they would make team decisions within the integrated project environment to ensure quality and delivery. This will be presented as a written project and oral report.

Stage 3: Masters

Masters Research Project
60 credits

The aim of this module is to develop skills in carrying out research into a practice-based problem and an ability to theorise and conceptualise. The Masters 60 credit is recognised through different routes. In addition to the traditional dissertation, a practice based dissertation and a design project options are offered to the students.

It is a major piece of individual work which allows students to build understanding and expertise in a selected area of specialised study relating to their discipline. The issues may be either organisational or technical (and potentially both) and will draw upon theoretical concepts that have been studied during the course.

This course is made up of eight taught Level 7 modules with 15 credits each and one Masters research project worth of 60 credits.

If you successfully complete four taught modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate, and you'll need to do another four taught modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. You'll receive the final award of the Master’s degree if you successfully complete a Masters research project.

Enhancing your employability skills

As a postgraduate, you'll have advanced skills and knowledge. You'll have the ability to identify problems within the management of design and construction projects and suggest innovative solutions. You'll also have a sound knowledge of legal implications, sustainability, economic impact and effects of social change in relation to the built environment.

Learning with us gives you the skills to work with the latest software BIM software packages such as Revit, Synchro, Tekla, CostX, Solibri and Sketch Up. Your confidence with these industry standard technologies will impress employers and give you a career head start.

Working with companies will give you insight into how business operates and you will have proved you can make a positive impact from your project work. You'll also understand how to prioritise and meet tight deadlines. You'll also have proved you can solve problems and put theory into practice.

You'll develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. And thanks to the unique nature of the course, you'll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team.

Your research project demonstrates in depth knowledge, commitment and critical thinking in a specialist area, which will help you develop in your chosen career.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Computer Assisted Taking Off

Here at Birmingham City University you will make use of commercial software as part of your assessment. Work is carried out in well-equipped and air-conditioned laboratories.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

A computer-generated virtual site

The use of a virtual building site will help you to appreciate the surroundings of a typical construction site and experience some of the challenges you will face in practice.

Professor David Boyd

Director of the Centre for Environment and Society Research

David Boyd is Professor of Construction and Director of our Centre for Research in the Environment and Society. He developed a model of projects in the industry as complex adaptive socio-technical systems. He has completed research on construction clients which was published as a book and adopted by the Construction Clients Forum. He is currently researching the challenges of connecting human and information perspectives in BIM.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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