Professional/Short Course BIM in Design Co-ordination

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Five days over nine weeks
Lectures and practical sessions (on-campus)
Course Director
Trina Ratcliffe-Pacheco

Page last updated 31 January 2024


Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing the building lifecycle.

By completing the module BIM in Design Co-ordination, you will develop an advanced understanding of BIM approaches for retrieving, analysing and integrating information to aid decision-making, and using appropriate BIM tools.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  • Critically evaluate current practice in the use of BIM throughout the various stages of the design process 
  • Analyse the wider range of BIM processes and tools and select appropriate solutions, recognising the importance of communication, coordination of design information 
  • Apply BIM tools for generation, reviewing, analysis, simulation, and co-ordination of design information 
  • Recognise the benefits of BIM to support distributed work processes, with multiple team members working on the same project
  • Apply work sharing methods and techniques of design information
  • Assess collaborative practices in a multidisciplinary team

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the course or assessment. 

If you are a non-UK student you will need to show your valid passport on entry to the UK. Please check your eligibility to visit and study in the UK here. If you are a non-Irish EU national currently resident in Ireland please contact us for further advice. 

If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study. 

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a standalone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Environment and Technology Awards: MSc Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design Construction and Operations and MSc Construction Project Management



  • BIM and the design process 
  • Design information workflow 
  • Work-sharing of design information 
  • Collaborative practices at the design stage
  • Generation, reviewing, analysis, simulation, and co-ordination of design information 
  • Role of BIM in predicting and providing solutions at design stages 
  • Interoperability issues in design data exchange
  • Role of BIM in predicting and solving construction, safety, environmental performance, and maintenance issues at the design stage
  • New directions and developments in BIM enabled design process. 

Learning and Teaching

The module is delivered by way of five study days of face-to-face teaching. Recorded lectures and the use of email discussion groups, virtual learning environments (VLEs) and other technology-aided means are also employed. 

Study time

This module will involve a total of 30 hours direct contact time (on campus). 

Students undertake a significant amount of directed and independent study between and after the sessions. 

To complete the module and assessment, if taken, we recommend students allocate approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time. This is only a guideline and will depend on the participants' motivation and learning abilities. 


The module will be assessed through a practical skills assessment and a written report. 


Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment. Our online learning environments deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library. 

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Cohort Dates

Cohort May 2024TimeLocation
Tuesdays 21 May, 04, 18 June, 02 July 202409:30-17:00Frenchay Campus
Tuesday 16 July 202409:30-17:30Frenchay Campus


Cohort October 2024 - TBC*TimeLocation
Five days over nine weeksTBCFrenchay Campus

*This course is planned to run again in 2024. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.


Course fees

All prices are VAT exempt.

CohortMay 2024
UK participants£792
International participants£1,333

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

Course location

UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

To book your place please click on the Apply Now banner.

To make an enquiry: Enquire Now

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information for the Programme Leader to review and formally accept your application as required by the university. 

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference) 
  • A brief personal statement to support your application 
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied 
  • For UK students, a copy of your photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport)
  • For non-UK students, a copy of your current passport. Please note you may need a Visitor Visa to come to the UK to study less than 6 months. Visit UWE's Visas webpage for more information

For further information

  • Email: For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, assessments, submissions, etc. please contact the Programme Leader directly ( For queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. fees, etc. please contact us using the enquire now link above or phone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)