MSc Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design Construction and Operations
This course is open for applications.
Page last updated 9 September 2020
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.
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.
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 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.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
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 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.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
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 assess through written work, coursework and verbal presentations.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A RICS-accredited course assures employers you hold a high-quality, industry-relevant qualification. It's also the first step to becoming a chartered surveyor.
It is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
You will have access to the latest BIM resources, including state-of-the-art software such as AutoDesk Revit and Naviswork. The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment has excellent IT facilities and support staff in CAD and BIM, as well as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and computer graphics. It houses an open learning area where staff are on hand to loan out the latest equipment, including interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners, digital cameras, and other equipment.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
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 entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
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Supplementary fee information
For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.
For information about funding options visit our postgraduate funding and scholarships pages.
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 support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
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